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Ports book Final spot

Portadown survived a nerve tingling penalty shoot-out at Windsor Park yesterday to clinch their place in the May 8 final of the JJB Sports Irish Cup.

But Ronnie McFall will have to wait another week to discover whether it’s Coleraine or Linfield they will meet in this season’s showpiece.

Ports kept cool in the heat of the lottery and came out on top 4-3 even though Kevin Braniff missed their first penalty.

Bossman McFall, who can look forward to his ninth final, said: “We showed character and resolve just as we have done all season.

“Naturally I’m very happy to be in the final. We lost key players early on, Keith O’Hara with a broken right shoulder which will sideline him for the rest of the season and Gary McCutcheon with a hamstring injury.

“I think overall we got our just reward because we had chances which could have put us out of sight by half-time.”

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