Young Portsmouth loanees see their Irish League homecomings delayed - again

Young Pompey duo Eoin Teggart and Gerard Storey have once again been made to wait for their Irish League homecomings.

Sunday, 24th January 2021, 3:00 pm
Gerard Storey, left, and Eoin Teggart

The Blues youngsters, both of whom come from Northern Ireland, signed for Cliftonville and Carrick Rangers respectively earlier this month in order to get valuable match action.

Both teenagers have featured in the Pompey first team this season, with the third-year scholars playing in this term’s Papa John’s Trophy.

But with loans spells at non-league Gosport Borough cut short because of coronavirus, it was believed they would benefit by joining clubs in their native Ulster.

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Teggart rejoined former club Cliftonville, while ex-Portadown youngster Storey agreed on a switch to Carrick.

Yet neither player has kicked a ball for their new clubs since signing.

Around the same time that their respective loan deals were struck, the Irish Premiership decided to take a two-week circuit-break amid rising Covid levels in the Province.

Action resumed on Saturday, with a full top-flight programme scheduled.

But once again the Fratton Park duo were denied the chance to showcase their quality.

Cliftonville’s game at Ballymena United was called off following a pitch inspection.

Meanwhile, Carrick’s home match against Portadown suffered a similar fate.

Both Teggart and Storey will be keen that Tuesday night fixtures against Linfield and Glentoran respectively will now get the go-ahead.

If they do, Carrick’s trip to the Glens will be only their fifth game in more than 70 days.

Pompey fans can monitor both players’ progress by tuning into the Cliftonville v Linfield game on the BBC iPlayer.

Meanwhile, Carrick’s home game against David Healey’s Linfield will be live on Sky Sports on Tuesday, February 9.

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