UK news Portadown won’t shy away from tough Premiership start, vows manager Paul Doolin last news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Portadown manager Paul Doolin says his boys will relish a shot at Danske Bank Premiership champions Linfield on the opening day of the season.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "Portadown manager Paul Doolin says his boys will relish a shot at Danske Bank Premiership champions Linfield on the opening day of the season. The Ports couldn’t have been handed a more daunting challenge in their first fixture on Saturday, August 13 — Linfield away. David Healy’s side, who are preparing for another summer of continental action, are going for a fifth championship on the bounce. It would be only the second time the club achieved the feat, following their six consecutive league triumphs in the 1980s. Portadown had to see off Championship side Annagh United in a tense promotion/relegation play-off to retain their top flight status and they will get an early taste of the challenge that awaits them again when they arrive at Windsor Park. “Our first four matches are actually quite tough but you have to play them,” said Doolin, who has brought in Lee Upton from Annagh and hopes to add more faces. “I think they will have a few European games under their belt and Linfield away is always tough. They are league champions and have top players but I felt we played well against them in spells. “They are all tough games and you have to go to Windsor at some stage.
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. “Cliftonville were brilliant and it shows you you can compete with the right players. “It will be a difficult test for us but hopefully we can show improvement. “We don’t want to be near the bottom of the table fighting relegation.” The transfer market can be challenging for managers, particularly at the clubs which lack financial muscle. “There’s not a lot of players around although there’s a few moving,” added Doolin. “Financially, we can’t compete with some clubs but we can look for players who are not costing too much money.” Danske Bank Premiership opening day fixturesSaturday, August 13Ballymena United v Glenavon, Carrick Rangers v Newry City, Coleraine v Cliftonville, Crusaders v Dungannon Swifts, Larne v Glentoran, Linfield v Portadown."
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