Sunday 17 November 2019

Struggling Porto hit for six at Killester

Soccer, LSL Senior Division Sunday: Killester/Donnycarney 6 Portmarnock 1

Paul Byrne

Portmarnock's poor start to the season continued as Killester/Donnycarney hit them for six in a one-sided match on Sunday afternoon.

Porto actually took the lead in this one with striker Alex Boylan scoring smartly at the back post after some good approach play from the visitors. However, that was as good as it got for Brian Irwin's side as Killester ran riot for the remainder of the game scoring half a dozen goals.

The defeat was Porto's sixth in seven games and they now lie third from bottom in Senior Sunday with just Wayside Celtic and Ballymun in their rear-view mirror. Worryingly for manager Brian Irwin the Fingal side have now got the joint worst defence in the league with twenty-five goals conceded in seven matches.

Porto have been unlucky in recent games, losing back to back games 3-2 against both Edenderry and Cherry Orchard in matches where they were on top for long periods. However, they needed a win to boost confidence amongst the squad and they were hoping that would come against Killester who have had a relatively poor start to the campaign themselves with just two wins in their opening five games. Porto began brightly and deservedly took the lead after fifteen minutes when Alex Boylan got in behind the home defence before finishing smartly at the back post. Porto haven't had much luck of late and they were struck with misfortune once again as Killester equalised after they were awarded a hotly disputed throw in. The ball looked to have hit off a Killester player and out for a Porto throw but the linesman thought otherwise and awarded the throw to the home side who scored almost immediately. Porto's protests fell on deaf ears which meant that scores were now level at 1-1.

Porto responded well to that setback with a decent ten minute spell where they created two excellent chances which were just missed by the busy Kaito Akimoto. Those misses would prove crucial with Killester coming back to take the lead for the first time in the match. The excellent Stephen Chambers was causing Porto problems with his set pieces all day and it was from his corner that Killester scored their second to go 2-1 up. It was 3-1 just before half-time as the home side scored again from another perfect delivery from Chambers who was proving to be a real thorn in Porto's side.

The second half saw Killester sit back and play on the counter and this proved an effective tactic as Porto were now leaving big gaps in their defence. The home side piled on the misery for Porto with three second half goals to complete a 6-1 rout which leaves the Fingal club third from bottom and in dire need of a win.

Portmarnock: Ciaran Bizzell, Reece Clusker, James Page, Darragh Browne, John Clancy, Conor Rustle, Daragh Keating, Cormac Herlihy, Kaito Akimoto, Andrew Keegan, Alex Boylan. Subs: Alex McWilliams, Kinjo Ono,

Fingal Independent