Malone ready to name young Ports in his Celtic panel for weekend Irish League home test against Rangers

Caolan Skelton.
Caolan Skelton.

Lurgan Celtic manager Colin Malone has added two bright prospects to his NIFL Championship Two panel following confirmation this week of deals for Caolan Skelton and Paudraig Judge from Portadown.

Both teenagers have experience around the first-team squad at Shamrock Park and will go straight into contention for selection on Saturday when Celtic play host to Glebe Rangers.

“Both players have been released to us by Portadown, with a clause in place that they can return in the next transfer window, if required,” said Malone. “They show good potential and have impressed during training.

“Conor Hagan is also back training after struggling with a calf injury.”

Skelton can operate at right-back, centre-back or midfield - with Judge a midfielder.

Kick-off on Saturday will be 3 o’clock.

Lurgan Celtic Youth enjoyed a weekend win over Ballinamallard United by 3-2.

Jonathan Douglas levelled the match, with Anthony McIlroy capping a slick team move to push Celtic in front. It was 2-2 but the game’s final twist featured success in the second half for Ruairi McCann.

Conal O’Hagan came close after the break from distance plus Declan Ewing’s penalty kick bounced off the crossbar.

GRASSROOTS

Moira Football Club officials would welcome interest from any children born from 2001 to 2007.

The 2001 and 2002 teams will enter the Mid-Ulster football schedule, with the 2003 and 2004 players taking part in nine-a-side fixtures.

The 2005 age group will sign up for the Mid-Ulster Games Development programme alongside the 2007 squad.

The 2006 players will continue in the Lisburn Games Development programme.

Contact 07517611413 or e-mail moirafc@hotmail.co.uk.