Portadown's Keith O'Hara out of Cliftonville clash

Keith O'Hara
Keith O'Hara delivers a pass during last weekend's 2-0 defeat by Linfield

Portadown defender Keith O'Hara has been ruled out of Saturday's Carling Premiership game against Cliftonville.

O'Hara misses out with a groin injury as the Ports host a Cliftonville side on a high after thumping Linfield 6-2 in the Co Antrim Shield semi-final.

"The Linfield win was great but the focus is on Saturday and it'll be very tough," said Reds boss Tommy Breslin.

Cliftonville can moved to within two points of second-placed Portadown if they win at Shamrock Park.

Breslin is determined to bring consistency to the north Belfast team after failed title challenges in recent seasons.

"At this club we normally have highs and lows - I'm trying to bring in a bit more level headedness," he added.

"Shamrock Park is a tough place to go and Portadown are playing well, but hopefully we'll get the points and close the gap on them.

"Their strikers Kevin Braniff and Matthew Tipton are outstanding players but we have a wee game plan and hopefully it works us for us."

Crusaders will be without defender Gareth McKeown (suspension) and forward Timmy Adamson (hamstring) for the visit of Carrick Rangers to Seaview.

Coleraine midfielder Ciaran Clarke is banned for the Showgrounds encounter against Glenavon, who have Brendan Shannon back from a ban while Jonathan Magee (knee) is doubtful.

Linfield boss David Jeffrey has promised a positive response from his team against Dungannon Swifts at Windsor Park after the midweek hammering at Solitude.

"It will be very simple lifting the players for Saturday - there will be a response to the hurt, embarrasment, humiliation and pain ," he told the club website.

Donegal Celtic host a Glentoran side with defender Jason Hill back after illness and midfielder Ciaran Martyn returning following the birth of his daughter.

Lisburn Distillery will aim to end a six-match losing streak when they take on Ballymena United at the Showgrounds.

Saturday 29 October - 1500 BST

Carling Premiership

Ballymena Utd v Lisburn Distillery

Coleraine v Glenavon

Crusaders v Carrick Rangers

Donegal Celtic v Glentoran

Linfield v Dungannon Swifts

Portadown v Cliftonville

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