Match Preview

Stopping Goals

MARTIN Gallagher insists he is looking forward to another big fixture as the Bannsiders’ hectic schedule continues tomorrow afternoon…

Oran Kearney’s men take on Portadown in the Danske Bank Premiership as they aim to keep the pressure on the teams above them in the standings.

Coleraine are currently ten games unbeaten in all competitions and will hope to find a three-fixture week by picking up maximum points against Niall Currie’s side.

“We’re on a good run of form at the moment,” the shot stopper said.

“However, Portadown will be a tough test.

“But we are at home so we need to make that count.

“We are looking forward to it as the games just keep coming.”

The Stripes were victorious on Tuesday night as they battled the elements to defeat Newry City away from home.

An eighth consecutive clean sheet wouldn’t be banked by the visitors as Daniel Hughes netted from the spot – much to Gallagher’s frustration.

“It was a massive result for us,” he added.

“We knew coming to Newry it was going to be difficult, especially when we didn’t know if the game was going to be on or off with the pitch inspection.

“We knew we had to go here and do a professional job and thankfully we done that with the three points which is the most important thing.

“I’m disappointed to concede the goal and from where I was standing it wasn’t a penalty but I do realise it is hard for referees to make decisions in the heat of the moment.

“I’m disappointed to concede goals as I want to stay in the team and keep clean sheets.”