Wednesday 24 October 2018

Portrane draw little comfort after late leveller

Hockey, Leinster League - Railway Union 2nds 3 - Portrane 3

Paul Byrne

After the excitement of the previous week's win in the Irish Hockey Trophy, it was back to League action for Portrane as they embarked on a very important Division 2 match against Railway Union on a chilly morning in Sandymount.

Portrane enjoyed most of the territory early on, but Railway always looked dangerous on the counter-attack and against the run of play Railway Union took the lead with a neat finish that followed a good dribble and pass.

Portrane immediately went looking for an equaliser and the game took on a familiar pattern, with the visitors having the majority of possession without causing too many threats for the Railway goalkeeper.

Almost predictably, Railway hit Portrane with another sucker punch as a swift counter-attack found Portrane short at the back to make it 2-0.

With about 15 minutes to go until half-time Portrane finally converted a short corner with a routine that proved successful the previous week as Chris Neville's deflection from Imran's shot made it 2-1.

Portrane continued to press forward looking for an equaliser before half-time and eventually the pressure paid off when Colin Neville made it 2-2 with a shot into the bottom of the Railway net.

Reaching half-time on level terms, Portrane seemed to have the momentum to go on and win the game.

As the second half got under way, Portrane played some of the best hockey of the match and only a number of fine saves from the Railway keeper kept the scores level.

A series of short corners followed and eventually a Peter Conway rocket found the backboard to make it 3-2 to the visitors.

At this point of the game, with about 20 minutes to go, Portrane had all the momentum and they really should have gone on to make the game safe.

However, despite enjoying the lion's share of possession they just couldn't find the opening to score the fourth goal.

Whilst the scores were so close Portrane remained vulnerable to Railway counter-attacks and unfortunately so it proved. With about 90 seconds left on the clock Portrane switched off momentarily and Railway were in to make it 3-3.

All in all this was a disappointing result for the men from Donabate who will see this as two points dropped.

Portrane: Dan Graham, Rory McKeon, Muhktar Ahmad, Peter Conway, Riley Shoebridge, Chris Neville, Rory Govan, Seamus Stone, Ossain Olmiger, Sean Graham, Colin Neville, Shane Healy, Stephen Neville, Imran Khan.

Fingal Independent