Porto knock out Pat’s with late flour­ish

Fingal Independent - - SPORT - PAUL BYRNE

GOALS from Noel Mcginty and Chris Burgess helped Port­marnock to a come-from-be­hind vic­tory over St Pa­trick’s CYFC at Paddy’s Hill on Sun­day.

On a cold, wet morn­ing in north Dublin both sides looked slug­gish early on in this Char­lie Cahill Cup fix­ture. Passes went astray and there was lit­tle in the way of goal­mouth ac­tion as both

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teams strug­gled to shake off the rust gath­ered from the Christ­mas break.

Porto looked the more likely of the two sides to break the dead­lock, but they lacked their usual cut­ting edge in front of goal as chances were wasted.

The best chance of the open­ing half prob­a­bly fell to Burgess who was sent clear by mid­fielder Mcginty. Burgess took a touch, but the Pats goal­keeper was quickly off his line to snuff out the op­por­tu­nity.

Just be­fore the break Sam O’con­nor tried a spec­u­la­tive shot from dis­tance which al­most caught out the vis­it­ing goal­keeper, but his ef­fort just cleared the cross­bar to en­sure the score re­mained 0-0 as both sides went in at half-time.

St Pat’s had the first big chance of the sec­ond half when their cen­tre-for­ward broke the off­side trap be­fore blaz­ing wide when through on goal.

That chance served as a bit of a wake-up call for Porto who be­gan to as­sert their dom­i­nance on the game, with Ray Whele­han and Mcginty win­ning plenty of ball in A WON­DER goal from new sign­ing Ian Devine in ex­tra time en­sured Glebe North pro­gressed in the Char­lie Cahill Cup on Fri­day evening in Bal­brig­gan.

Devine, a re­cent sign­ing from New­foundwell in the North East Foot­ball League, scored a Van Bas­ten-es­que vol­ley early in ex­tra time to de­servedly give Glebe the lead.

The Bal­brig­gan side had started slowly but ab­so­lutely dom­i­nated the play dur­ing a sec­ond half where they could and prob­a­bly could have scored half a dozen goals.

With this be­ing the first game for both sides since be­fore the Christ­mas break, it was per­haps un­der­stand­able that the tempo of the open­ing half was quite pedes­trian, with lit­tle goal­mouth ac­tion to speak of for the ma­jor­ity of the open­ing 45 min­utes.

The clos­est Glebe came to the mid­dle of the pitch. How­ever, de­spite en­joy­ing their best spell of the match, the home side fell be­hind with 25 min­utes re­main­ing when the vis­i­tors were awarded a penalty.

Full back Jamie Mcg­lynn was ad­judged to have fouled the Pat’s striker in the box and the ref­eree pointed to the spot.

The vis­i­tors’ spot kick taker made no mis­take as the penalty was stroked home to give the vis­i­tors a 1-0 lead.

Port­marnock re­sponded well and pro­duced some ex­cel­lent foot­ball in the build-up to the equaliser which ar­rived with 20 min­utes re­main­ing.

Barry Caulfield was be­gin­ning to see plenty of the ball now and it was his per­fectly placed cross which was con­trolled by Burgess be­fore be­ing buried into the back of the net.

The equaliser was no more than Porto de­served and with Pat’s on the rack the home side looked for the win­ner.

The sec­ond goal for Port­marnock came just 13 min­utes from the end, with Caulfield again pro­vid­ing a cru­cial con­tri­bu­tion.

He floated in a lovely cor­ner which was headed against the post by the un­lucky Burgess. How­ever, the ball came back out to Mcginty who kept his com­po­sure be­fore vol­ley­ing into the net for what turned out to be the win­ning goal.

Porto should have added to their tally late on when sub­sti­tute Raoui Las­soued missed af­ter go­ing one-on-one with the Pat’s keeper, but all in all this was a good morn­ing’s work from Wil­lie O’leary’s side ahead of a Fin­gal derby against Swords Celtic this week. PORT­MARNOCK: Brian Kane, Jamie Mcg­lynn, Sean Mur­phy, Gareth Whe­lan, Robert Gaul, Barry Caulfield, Ray Whele­han, Noel Mcginty, Phillip Rusk (Raoui Las­soued), Sam O’con­nor, Chris Burgess.

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