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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2021 3:51 pm    Post subject: Portadown v Saints Reply with quote

While the Saints earned a deserved 1-0 win over a much depleted Linfield side on Wednesday night at Windsor Park, be assured that they should find the going a lot easier against Portadown tomorrow (Saturday) at Shamrock Park. To begin with, Portadown who finished second to Linfield in the League, were defeated 5-1 by a team from the Republic of Ireland called Drogheda Utd. Shamrock Park's facilities are nowhere in comparison to that of Windsor Park, and is at present under renovation. Portadown is a medium size town which makes the news most years with the events at Drumcree, which I'm sure most are aware of. These days the conflict surrounding the Orange Order march from Drumcree receives little media attention. Anyhow, here's hoping that TNS enjoyed their (short) here in Northern Ireland. May I suggest that a full strength Linfield side would have reversed the result on Wednesday night! All the best for the new season, and of course your European game.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2021 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We beat Portadown 1-0 at Shamrock Park last summer!
And we were not at full strength on Wednesday either - we even had to play our 44-year old manager!
Let's hope we both do well in Europe and the same goes for all the other Irish, Welsh, Scottish and English sides.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2021 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I completely agree and likewise hope that our respective teams progress to the next round of their competitions. Are Linfield and TNS in the same competition, the Champions' League preliminary round? Yet in reality, progression, while hoped for is sadly only that, hoped for! Just to return to Wednesday night's game (yet again), if both teams being at full strength and playing in front of ten- twelve thousand, had've met in mid-season under the aforementioned circumstances. May I suggest it would've been 'one hell've a good game' instead of a rather tame affair, in front of small crowd in the Northern Ireland international stadium. [/b]
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2021 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are in the Uefa Cup v Osters IF of Swedish Superatten (Second Division).
They were relegated last season, but got in via the Fair Play route.
And you're right, friendlies don't tell the whole story!
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