Irish Premiership: Currie confident for Crues clash

A massive 65 points separate basement boys Portadown and leaders Crusaders
A massive 65 points separate basement boys Portadown and leaders Crusaders

Portadown boss Niall Currie hopes to build on last week's draw at Linfield in the top versus bottom game against leaders Crusaders at Shamrock Park.

Holding the title-challenging Blues left the Ports 11 points adrift at the Premiership basement.

"We have set out own bar with that performance against Linfield and we need that to be a springboard," said Currie.

"We've have highs and lows and but now need that consistency."

He added: "When we are right, when we are pulling in the same direction we can be competitive.

"If we can get that honesty regularly throughout the rest of the season then we can be a match for any team."

Blues drop further behind

The result at Windsor Park may have been a boost for the Ports but it was a hammer blow to Linfield's hopes of catching Crusaders, who are now nine points clear.

Linfield face traditional foes Glentoran at the Oval on Saturday with the Blues winning two of this season's meetings while the other game was drawn.

Gary Haveron's first game in charge of the Glens was a 2-1 defeat by Linfield back in October.

Inform Coleraine are just four points behind third-place Cliftonville as they prepare for a Solitude showdown.

Ferney trip for Sky Blues

Ballymena are back in action after their League Cup triumph last weekend and the Sky Blues visit Ballinamallard.

Glenavon have signed former Northern Ireland U21 midfielder Chris Turner after the 30-year-old left Scottish club Cowdenbeath by mutual consent last month.

The Lurgan Blues travel to relegation threatened Carrick Rangers, who lost out to Ballymena in the Seaview decider.

Dungannon Swifts are still in contention for a top-six spot in the league split as they welcome Ards to Stangmore Park.

Danske Bank Irish Premiership - Saturday, 25 February (15:00 GMT)
Ballinamallard UtdvBallymena Utd
Carrick RangersvGlenavon
Dungannon SwiftsvArds
PortadownvCrusaders (17:30)
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