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Football: PORTS CAN BE BEL OF THE BALL.

Byline: LEE WEST

PORTADOWN boss Ronnie McFall has defensive problems ahead of tonight's Champions League clash with Belshina Bobruisk.

The Reds are looking to make the second round after a 0-0 draw in the home leg - but McFall will be without several key players for the second leg in Belarus.

Right-back Stephen Douglas is on holiday and central defender Cullen Feeney is ruled out until November after an operation on a broken shoulder.

McFall had signed John Convery during the close season but the player's absence from pre-season training has left the Shamrock Park manager relying heavily on veteran Philip Major.

McFall may also consider using 17-year-old Philip Gray in central defence as partner to Neil Ogden.

With midfielder Richard Clarke on honeymoon McFall welcomes back former Leeds United player Wesley Boyle who missed the first leg with ligament damage.

McFall, who will look to Vinny Arkins to fire his side into the second round of the European cup for the first time since 1974.

He said: "The team played with a real hunger last week and I haven't seen anything from Belshina that should worry us.

"We go there with a lot of hope and optimism."

McFall also has winger Peter McCann available. The U21 international plays wide on the right but has proved potent in front of goal.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 24, 2002
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