Portadown seek league revival in Dungannon clash

Portadown's Kevin Braniff

Portadown aim to put their late collapse against Coleraine firmly behind them when they take on Dungannon Swifts in the Premiership on Friday.

The Ports lost 4-3 to Coleraine in their last league game, after leading 3-0 with less than 20 minutes left.

Dungannon are unbeaten with two wins and a draw in their opening matches.

Lisburn Distillery seek their first points when they travel to Ballymena and Donegal Celtic play Glenavon in Friday's other fixture.

Portadown beat Championship One side Dundela in the League Cup on Monday night and forward Kevin Braniff believes they must build on that.

"We kept our first clean sheet of the season in that game and we have to move on and do the same against Dungannon," said Braniff.

"Dungannon have been doing OK from what I hear.

"It is always good going there because it is a great pitch and there is a good atmosphere."

Ballymena expect to still be without injured forwards James Costello and Jordan Baker for their clash with Distillery at the Showgrounds.

The match should see United recruits Gary Thompson and David Cushley face their old club.

Glenavon, reported to be trying sign former Portadown midfielder Shane McCabe on a short-term contract, travel to Donegal Celtic hoping to secure their first league win of the season.

DC, who also have just one point from three matches, will not have new signing Ciaran Gargan on board because his move from Crusaders was not completed in time.

Danske Bank Premiership - Friday 31 August

Ballymena United v Lisburn Distillery

Dungannon Swifts v Portadown

Donegal Celtic v Glenavon