Portrane win after Tarf day at the office
SEAN Ryan's late striker sealed victory for Portane Athletic in this hard-fought Under-12 Premier game which in truth could have gone either way.
The wind played its part and made it difficult for both teams to play the type of football which they are now becoming known for, and although Clontarf had the breeze at their backs in the first half they couldn't convert two golden chances which saw Portrane keeper Sam Dolan pull off two fine saves.
The breakthrough came 20 minutes into the game when a corner for Portrane fall to the feet of Ciaran Lyons at the edge of the box and his clever pass into the area picked out Ryan Hensey who neatly slotted home from close range.
The second half saw Portrane play a more attacking brand of football and strong running from Robert Mahon, Evan Corcoran and Ryan Downes was starting to cause Clontarf problems.
The visitors tried to reply and only for strong defending from Stephen Mc Dermott, Ollie Brooks and Sean Kane the outcome could have been very different.
Portrane almost grabbed a second goal when Mahon collected a pass from Dylan Foy in the middle of the pitch, carried the ball into Clontarf's box and laid it on for Lyons whose shot slid just wide of the post.
Portrane sealed the win with time running out when Corcoran played a clever one/two with Alex Redmond and delivered a perfect pass into Ryan who slotted home.
Both teams had chances late in the game and Lyons was unlucky not to add a goal to his man-of-the-match performance when he struck a shot just wide from 20 yards.