It may seem an unlikely headline, but that's what we need to do tomorrow, we need to take the Ports down. They seemed to be worried, why else would they start a foolish rumour about them making a bid for United's talisman, David Cushley. It has been proved to be unfounded, but these rumours have a chance of unsettling the opposition, as people are notorious for saying things like, 'no smoke without fire', but this time it's only smoke. We at 'Sport will make a prediction, if Cush 'ever' wants to move, we expect Portadown to be the last place he ends up at.
Not that has any hatred for Ports, it's just not on his wavelength, we would say the only club that might prise away from the high country is, Linfield, but he's already turned down a move there, for he's Sky Blue through and through and we love him. Instead of unsettlingly Cush, he's liable to have 'a man of the match' display, like he did last Saturday, for he is magic. We haven't heard anything about injuries, but Alan D was substituted 4 mins into the 2nd half on Wednesday night, but maybe this was a tactical ploy and it certainly turned out to be when the man who replaced Alan, the much maligned Gavin Taggart, scored a peach of goal to draw United level with the hatchet men at one apiece.
If Alan D is not fit, will Fergie start Gavin or maybe he's inclined to go 'head to head' with old Ronnie and select Darboy and Tippers for their first outing this campaign. We know it seems like a foolhardy tactic, but we need to put doubt in the old fox's head and not let him dictate the tactics. Ports reportedly have four players available for their first game of the season, but we wouldn't think old Ronnie will bring in all four to his starting line-up. He's far likelier to start two of them and bring the other two on later if need be, but we need to be up for that and most of our panel have two games under their belt and are match fit, unlike the returning Ports four, who haven't kicked a ball in earnest and believe us, that does make a difference.
The four goals scored at Seaview, all came from set-pieces and I wouldn't be surprised to see one or two tomorrow from set-pieces, so we will have to be on our toes. We have an early lead in the Dankse Bank Premiership (alphabetical) and it would be nice to consolidate that position tomorrow, but at this early juncture, results are what matter and we might have to settle for another draw tomorrow, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. Sky Blues new boy, Tippers, could be our 'ace in the hole' as he comes up against one of his former clubs and he would dearly like to lower their colours, we echo that. It's going to tough, we have a weak referee in Tim Marshall, so we must be focused, come on Sky Blues, lets shag those apple pickers!