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Second half performance inspires Portobello to victory over ten man St Bernards

Portobello CFA 3

Anukam 38, 51, 68

St Bernard's BC Midlothian 0

  • Sunday, 25 February 2018
  • Portobello High School
  • Under 14´s
  • Kenny McLean Cup
Elijah Anukam came off the bench to score a second half hat-trick as Portobello edged out an injury depleted St Bernards in what proved to be a tight battle at Portobello High School. 
 
With a place in the last 16 of the Kenny McLean cup up for grabs, chances were a plenty at both ends of the field. On the balance of play, St Bernards were marginally on top, although the sides went in level at the interval. 
 
However, the second half was a different story and even though the visitors continued to create opportunities, it was always Portobello in the ascendancy. 
 
It was a bright start for Saints, as Callum Lumsden early ball was dealt with by Dylin Izatt before Ryan Kerr scrambled the ball off the line at the other end following Ewan McKinaly’s strike. 
 
McKinaly would be at the heart of the Portobello attack once again, surging through the middle on the break before fizzing an effort from the edge of the area just wide of the left hand post. 
 
Jack Fall tested Jamie Stables with a free kick well outside the area but it was a fairly routine save for the St Bernards stopper. Up the other end, Lumsden saw another effort at goal caught following a ball over the top from Daniel Suala. 
 
Chances continued to rain at both ends as Ricky Waugh sliced a speculative volley wide of target and Finlay Halton looped an effort just wide of the top corner.  
 
Ewan Mcleannan failed to connect with an inviting cross into the middle before Saints had a penalty claim waved away by the referee. 
 
A key moment came when St Bernards' Kerr had to come off injured and couldn't continue. The visitiors didn't have any subsitutes on the bench and therefore had to play the lengthy remainder of the match with ten men. 
 
The ten men would end the first period with a succession of corners, the final of which saw Mcleannan's strike blocked from close range and the ball was eventually scrambled to safety as the half came to a close goalless. 
  • Half Time:
  • Portobello CFA
  • 0-0
  • St Bernard's BC Midlothian
Portobello would come racing out of the traps in the second half and would take the lead through Anukam. The subsitute killed the ball dead on his first touch before bending the ball in off the inside of the far post to open the scoring. 
 
They very nearly had a second a few minutes later as Stables scrambled over to parry McKinaly's low strike from 18 yards away to his right. 
 
Another chance came the way of Lumsden  following smart play by Ryan Simm, but the winger could only lift the ball into the hands of Izatt. 
 
Anukam dragged another strike marginally wide of the far post from the left of the area before Halton cut inside from the left and fired off the bottom of the near post for the home side. 
 
Logan Imrie's drive from the edge of the area was blockeed before Portobello keeper Izzat made a fantastic save to moments later to tip a fizzing strike onto the crossbar. 
 
St Bernards were suffering the consequences of playing with ten and Portobello were in the ascendancy when Anukam netted his second of the day. The forward cooly rounded Stables and slotted into the empty net from a matter of yards. 
 
St Bernards had to throw men forward at this point with both Mcleannan and Simm going close with headed efforts before Portobello eventually cleared from a goal line scramble. 
 
Anukam rounded off the scoring a few minutes from time as he found himself clean through on goal. He knew what he was doing all the way as he opended up and calmly rolled the ball past Stables to seal the win. 

 

  • Full Time:
  • Portobello CFA
  • 3-0
  • St Bernard's BC Midlothian

Lineups

Portobello CFA
St Bernard's BC Midlothian
1. Dylin Izzat
2. Aaron Booth
3. Evan Flemming
4. Liam Davidson
5. Finlay Stewart
6. Ryan Tweed
7. Ewan McKinlay
8. Jack fall
9. Jack Ryan
10. Elijah Anukam
11. Aiden Miller
14. Jay stewart
16. Finlay Halton
1. Jamie Stables
2. Daniel Suala
3. Ryan Kerr
5. Logan Imrie
7. Callum Lumsden
8. Grant Young
11. Ricky Waugh
12. Ryan Simm
16. Jack Allan
17. Jay Stevenson
24. Ewan Mcleannan
Star Player
Portobello CFA
St Bernard's BC Midlothian
Elijah Anukam was head and shoulders above the rest of his teammates - coming off the bench to swing the tie in Portobello's favour and fire them through to the last 16 of the Kenny McLean cup. The front-man was both technically strong and dominant in the air, which caused real problems for the ten men.
Ryan Simm was a standout for St Bernards. Despite not getting on the score sheet, the attacker showed both drive and a range of technical abilities to consistently create chances for both himself and his teammates .
Magic Moment
Portobello CFA
St Bernard's BC Midlothian
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