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Drogheda – Portadown

Portadown hit by injury problems

Portadown’s Brian Gartland and Chris Casement will miss Monday’s Setanta Cup game against Drogheda United at Honky Dorys Park.

Both players hobbled out of their team’s 1-0 Irish Cup win over Ards at the weekend.

“They picked up hamstring injuries, which is hardly surprising considering the state of our pitch at Shamrock Park, it has taken a battering,” said Ports boss Ronnie McFall.

“Gary Twigg also suffered a little hamstring strain. We’ll assess him nearer kick off time.

“Gartland and Casement have been big players for us this season, so it’s a blow losing them.”

It was Casement who grabbed the winner against an impressive Ards side, who top the Championship 1 table.

“It was important we got a result,” added McFall. “Tim Mouncey and Kevin Braniff had been carrying knocks going into the game.

“We’ll now look at our options for the Drogheda match. We don’t know much about them as their season is just about to kick off.

“They finished second in the league last season, four points behind Sligo Rovers. We’ll have to battle to get something. To be honest, I think our lads would prefer to play away from home due to the state of our pitch at present.”

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“Metallurg” against the “Tavria”: Rotation of inevitable

They will use youngsters  link 

As is well known football fans on April 24 footballers Donetsk “Metallurg” should hold unplayed match before the 21 th roundagainst the “Tavria” in Simferopol. It reasoned position of representatives of the Donetsk “Metallurg”, unfortunately, was not heard by the Directorate of the Premier League. It all started with the incorrect sentences in the Rules of the championship that the host team match, in this case, “Tavria”, can be credited with a forfeit loss. 

The correspondent of the press service of the club in an interview with the CEO of FC “Metallurg” (Donetsk), Yevgeny Hayduk asked the opinion of one of the leaders of the club about a situation that has arisen around the controversial game “Tavria” – “Metallurg”.

– “To begin with, that the DC of the Premier League, in my opinion, can not achieve the main thing – to create a club for all the Ukrainian Premier League the same conditions – says Evgeny. Everyone understands the value of each point at the finish of the championship. Decisions are made members of the Premier League, argue that this body is not able to hold the championship. Let me remind you that when re-elected Vitaly Danilov for the presidency of the Premier League, he said that all teams will have equal rights. We see that this is not happening.

– Eugene A., a decision on the match in Simferopol, who did not take place due to the unavailability of lawn stadium “Locomotive”, accepted by representatives of DC Premier League, consisting of representatives of clubs. Is this correct?
– I think that is wrong. Most clubs are interested in that was not made ​​a fair decision, because each of them solves its own interests. Now, DC Premier League has once again failed to comply with the Regulations, designating the date of the previously unplayed match in Simferopol, 11 days before the fight.

– This week, “Metallurg” will spend two games. In what part of “blue-white” go to the game with the “Tavria”?
– No need to recall how a principled fight forward “Metallurg” next Tuesday in the capital of Crimea. But equally important match Donetsk team will have next Saturday’s Cup semi-finals against Ukraine Lviv “Carpathians”. Fans of our team are well aware that the cups game in which everything is decided in one night, could be one of the most important games for the “Metallurgist” in the spring of this season.

Donetsk “Metallurg” from 7th April to 10th May to spend a minimum of 8 and a maximum of nine official games.Stress, “Metallurg” was the only club (!) Of all 16 teams, which holds the official games in this mode. Such a tight schedule of the game involves a rotation of staff. It is for this reason, the club’s coaching staff with our team decided to send in Simferopol, the most likely composition of the youth players.

Our fans can rest assured that the “junior”, “Metallurg” spare no effort to play a match worthy of the 21 th round and go home with three points. In Donetsk, talented players, “Metallurg” will appear a great opportunity to show our fans and all fans of football his class, and that the motivation of our players will be at the highest level, no doubt.

Unprofessional staff of the Premier League force, our coaching staff to rotate staff. Despite all the circumstances, inform our fans that the players of our team will do their best to win in each of the upcoming games.

Press Service of the FC “Metallurg” (Donetsk)