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Portobello hit eight to reach South East Region Cup final

Salvesen CFC 0

Portobello CFA 8

Smith 10, 18, Reynolds 27, Peffers 39, 57, Monteith 41, Stirling 50, Hamill 66
  • Sunday, 03 March 2019
  • Forrester High School, Edinburgh
  • Under 13´s
  • South East Region Cup - Semi Final
Portobello CFA were in fine form on a windy afternoon in Edinburgh, as they marched on to the final of the South East Region Cup with an impressive 8-0 victory over Salvesen CFC. Alfie Smith and Robbie Peffers both bagged braces for a Portobello team oozing with quality and confidence, with their perfect record in their league campaign carrying over to the cup. Underdogs Salvesen worked tirelessly until the final whistle blew, but ultimately, the day belonged to Portobello.
Smith looked dangerous in the opening stages of the game, as he saw his long-range free kick soar just over the bar. Moments later, his driving effort from the edge of the box was parried well by Salvesen 'keeper Dylan Martin. The breakthrough did eventually come for Smith in the tenth minute when he collected the ball on the edge of the box and fired it into the bottom left corner of the goal.
The number nine soon doubled his tally from the penalty spot after Owen Hastie was brought down in the box. Smith was coolness personified as he placed the ball calmly into the same corner he had buried his first goal.
Playmaker Josh Crolla pulled the strings magnificently for Portobello in the first half, displaying an incredible range of short, cute passes and astounding crossfield balls. It seemed inevitable that one of his passes would lead to a third goal for his team, a sentiment which rang true as his astute through ball released Harris Reynolds, who slotted the ball under Martin to give Portobello a three goal advantage before the half hour mark.
Salvesen looked to make their mark on the game, with centre half Stuart Littlejohn taking a speculative effort from 40 yards, which was well held by Michael Wilson. The defender soon had cause for concern at the other end as Hastie unleashed a powerful strike from the edge of the box. The midfielder’s shot cannoned off the crossbar to bring the first half to a close.
  • Half Time:
  • Salvesen CFC
  • 0-3
  • Portobello CFA
Portobello showed no signs of letting up in the second half and it didn't take them long to further their lead. Substitute Peffers showed class and composure in adding a fourth for his team, as the winger exquisitely controlled a high ball into the box with a single touch, before calmly rounding Martin and blasting the ball into the roof of the net.
Fortune played a far greater part in Portobello's fifth however, with a combination of high winds and an awkward bounce allowing Dylan Monteith's clearance from the halfway line to fly over Martin into the Salvesen goal. The 'keeper soon redeemed himself with a fantastic save down to his right from Peffers' snapshot from distance.
The next two goals may both have come from Portobello corners, but they were goals scored in very different manners. The first saw the ball lofted high into the box and ultimately fall at the feet of Cole Stirling, who poked the ball into the Salvesen net. For the second, Portobello opted to go short, as Peffers picked the ball up on the left-hand side of the box before elegantly curling it into the top right corner.
Scintillating wing play was the catalyst for Portobello's final goal as Kieran Wilson used his quick feet to beat multiple Salvesen players, giving himself space to play in a good cross which was volleyed home emphatically by Taylor Hamill.
Despite the dogged and determined nature of their opponents, Portobello's quality shone through as they proved they will be a force to be reckoned with in this year's final.
  • Full Time:
  • Salvesen CFC
  • 0-8
  • Portobello CFA


Salvesen CFC
Portobello CFA
1. Dylan Martin
2. Jake Hunter
3. Sebastian Mary
4. Kerr Campbell
5. Jacob Creighton
6. Miko Brown
7. Finley Ellis
9. Charlie Mitchell
10. Ben Blackley
11. Nathan Denis
15. Lewis Moffat
16. Kamran Denholm
20. Ben McManus
21. Stuart Littlejohn
29. Lewis Marshall
99. Keir Rice
1. Michael Wilson
2. Brodie Hood
3. Dylan Monteith
4. Arran Bone
5. Jamie Anderson
6. Evan Bonar
7. Taylor Hamill
8. Sam Meaney
9. Alfie Smith
10. Josh Crolla
11. Harris Reynolds
12. Kieran Wilson
14. Owen Hastie
15. Declan Byrne
16. Robbie Peffers
17. Cole Stirling
Star Player
Salvesen CFC
Portobello CFA
Jacob Creighton allowed his team to get up the pitch by offering a strong presence up front for Salvesen. The number five coped well when asked to slot into midfield in the second half and put in some good tackles to break up promising Portobello attacks.
Despite not getting on the scoresheet, Owen Hastie, with his surging runs from midfield, clever passes and desire to win the ball back quickly, was the driving force behind Portobello's dominance on the day.
Magic Moment
Salvesen CFC
Portobello CFA
Goalkeeper Dylan Martin displayed astoundingly quick reactions to get down to his right in order to deny Peffers in the second half.
Robbie Peffers' second goal was a thing of beauty. The winger was alert enough to be found from a short corner, before calmly picking his spot and caressing the ball into the far corner of the goal with ease.
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