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Tipton confident Portadown will be able to keep Tilney but won't rest easy until the deal is done

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Ben Tilney

Ben Tilney

Portadown manager Matthew Tipton was last night hoping to secure a permanent deal for Ben Tilney after the midfielder scored a stunning opener at Milltown to help the Ports to their fourth win in five games.

The on-loan Larne man struck a quite brilliant left foot rocket from outside the box to give Tipton's side the lead against Warrenpoint Town and, although Ryan Swan deservedly equalised for Barry Gray's men before the break, a second half double from Adam Salley sealed the victory for Portadown, who move three clear of the Point in the table.

Tipton is hopeful of confirming the deal to keep the 24-year-old at Shamrock Park for the foreseeable future sooner rather than later, with other top-flight clubs believed to be interested in the former MK Dons man.

"He's a difference maker, a game changer," said Tipton.

"At this level, and certainly at the level we're at in this League, it's a big difference to us.

"We've got goals in our team and when I look at the other teams round us, I don't think they have a Ben Tilney who can get a goal out of nothing, alongside good goalscorers in Adam Salley and Lee Bonis.

"The deal is there. We're hopefully going to tie it up. We want him at the football club and we've made him as good an offer as we can. I think he likes it here.

"He could probably have his pick of any team in the League, but we've brought him in and let him have the freedom to go and do what he does.

"I'll be delighted if he signs."

Despite Tilney's fine opener, Portadown were on the back foot for a lot of the first half, with Swan's headed equaliser shortly after the half hour mark no more than Warrenpoint deserved.

Salley nodded in the second from Sam Warde's corner before the striker converted a penalty after Daniel Byrne was adjudged to have fouled Lee Bonis on his way to goal. It earned Byrne a red card before Salley beat Andy Coleman from the spot.

"The best way to defend is to be scoring," moaned disappointed Town boss Gray.

"They didn't do it, we wasted too many opportunities and gifted a goal from a set play.

"The second goal came from a set play and the third from a penalty kick. Outside of that, they didn't largely trouble us, but we get beaten 3-1."


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