Wednesday 26 June 2019

Flawless Porto make most of home comfort

Soccer Leinster Senior League, Snr Div Sunday: Portmarnock 3 Bangor Celtic 0

Paul Byrne

Portmarnock maintained their 100% home record with a flawless 3-0 victory over Bangor Celtic as Willie O'Leary's side made it three wins from five this season.

The outstanding Kato Akomoto had a hand in all three goals, with his excellent delivery from the left causing Bangor Celtic problems all day long.

Porto came into the game on the back of two successive defeats and were looking to bounce back at Paddy's Hill where they were two from two this season.

The hosts began well and took the lead after just three minutes after a good move which began in defence. Eric Whelan picked the ball up in his own half before finding Akomoto in space out on the left. Akomoto flicked a beautiful 'around the corner' pass to Sam O'Connor who stroked the ball home to make it 1-0.

Porto thought they had doubled their lead five minutes later but were denied by the linesman who deemed Barry Caulfield was offside when he powered home a header from another Akomoto cross.

Akomoto was proving a real handful for the beleaguered Bangor defence and it was his cross which led to the second goal in the 22nd minute. The midfielder beat his man before swinging in a dangerous cross which was put into his own net by a Bangor defender.

Chris Burgess played a big part in the goal, with the in-form striker putting the Bangor defender under all sorts of pressure which led to the mistake.

Portmarnock were really enjoying themselves now and almost put the game beyond the visitors just before half-time when O'Connor headed home a Caulfield cross. Once again they were denied by the offside flag, with the linesman indicating that O'Connor had made his run that little bit too early.

That proved to be the final action of an excellent first half for the hosts, with O'Leary's side going in at the break 2-0 up.

The second half saw Bangor finally get into the match, but although they enjoyed a good spell of possession they failed to really test Robbie Byrne in the home goal. Pushing men forward, the visitors were caught on the break mid-way through the second half as Porto scored a carbon copy of their second goal.

Once again Akomoto swung in a dangerous delivery and once again the defender, under severe pressure from Burgess, diverted the ball past his goalkeeper to make it 3-0 to Porto and put the gloss on an excellent performance.

O'Leary will be pleased with his side's start to the season, with three wins from their opening five games.

Portmarnock: Robert Byrne, Noel McGinty, Ian O'Reilly, Eric Whelan, Jamie McGlynn, Barry Caulfield, Robert Gaul, Phillip Rusk, Kato Akomoto, Chris Burgess, Sam O'Connor. Subs: Graham Rusk for Chris Burgess, Raoui Lassoued for Sam O'Connor, James Rice for Phillip Rusk, Gary Mortimer for Barry Caulfield, Joe O'Riordan for Kato Akamoto.

Fingal Independent