Ports boss is hoping his side can show some bounce-back-ability

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Portstewart put in a poor display against Lurgan Celtic on Saturday.

A first half goal was enough for the Lurgan men to take all three points on a heavy pitch at Mullaghacall.

Portstewart boss Gary Taylor admitted his side ‘struggled’ against the side who lie three places below them in Championship Two.

“Our preparations were all wrong. Our start wasn’t good, and when we went a goal down early on we knew it was going to be an up-hill battle.

“Thankfully our defence was good on Saturday, otherwise it could have been more than 1-0.

“Last ditch goalmouth clearances from John Neill, Ian Todd and Lee Forgrave kept the score down.”

Taylor is hopeful that neighbours Coleraine would loan a few of their young stars out to Portstewart for the remainder of the season.

“Trevor [McKendry] has been working hard behind the scenes to get a few players for us.

“It will benefit both clubs, so I am hopeful that we might get something.”

Portstewart face a tough test this Saturday when they travel to Newington YC.

“They are a very physical side, so we need to be at our best. Ryan Doherty is struggling a bit with an injury, but he is playing on. Sam Boylan was back from university and played a few games. Sam was brilliant for us on and off the pitch, he is a great wee character, it is just unfortunate that he can’t be with us a little longer.

Owen Moody is unavailable for Saturday and Adam Campbell and Johnny Gawne are struggling with injuries, however we’re hopeful NIgel Turner might be available.”