2004s (Black) — The Port travelled to play Baljaffray in a second round Scottish Cup tie at Beardsen Academy, on an artificial surface which was not the best. It took the boys 10 to 15 minutes to get going, but when they did they produced possibly their best performance of the season. They eventually opened the scoring after good work down the right from McAteer whose cross was fired home by Creen at the back post to give the Port the lead. Baljaffray were resorting to long balls in behind the Port’s full back, but McPhee and Emmerson coped well with this tactic, and anything that did get by them was dealt with by McLaughlin and Scott at centre back. The midfield three of McAteer, Madden and Devenney were imposing themselves on the Baljaffray midfield forcing them further and further back but, despite creating a few chances, the Port went in at the break with only a one-goal lead.
The second half saw wide men Creen and Darroch push further on to assist Smith in attack. Baljaffray did get a few attempts at the Port goal but couldn’t find a way past goalkeeper McDougall. It was from a kick-out by McDougall that the Port scored their second. His long kick found Smith on the halfway line with three defenders around him. Smith’s first touch was perfect and he turned and ran at the defence before slotting past the keeper. This gave the Port a huge lift and it wasn’t long before Smith added his second when he controlled the ball at the edge of the box and drifted past two defenders to slot home. The confidence was growing amongst the Port and this saw them dictate the action, with some excellent play resulting in Creen adding a fourth, slotting home from the edge of the box. Port introduced O’Rourke and Aitchison for the tiring McAteer and Madden and continued in the same fashion with the boys getting the ball down and playing the early pass to wide men Creen and Darroch. They could have scored a few more but in fact ended up losing a late goal, when the defence in an effort to score more pushed too far forward and left the Baljaffray forward to run in on goal and slot home to give his team a consolation. This was a great team performance from the Port. Scorers: Creen (2) and Smith (2)
Players and coaches thank sponsors Ian Millar of Millar Property and Michael Stevenson
2004s Finnart 2 Port Glasgow BC (Orange) 4
The Port travelled to Glasgow Green to take on Finnart in the second round of the Scottish Cup. The game burst into life courtesy of the referee who had a few horrendous decisions and infuriated both sets of coaches and players. With players getting frustrated, there was a bit of tit-for-tat and things could have spilled over with coaches reminding players they were there to play football. Lyle MacDonald got the break of the ball to put the Port ahead after a nervy spell for the Port’s defence taking unnecessary risks and putting themselves under pressure. Port keeper Hayden O’Neill had to make a few good saves to come to the Port’s rescue. The Port grew more and more into the game with Jamie Gilmour making his presence felt in the middle of the park with some strong challenges and also doing his bit to help defend. As the half drew to a close, Darren Macleay beat the keeper to a loose ball and squared across goal to Lyle MacDonald who couldn’t make the most of the opportunity.
Into the second half, the Port won a corner and Kyle Fuller was first to react to the loose ball slamming it into the net. Kyle’s goal settled the nerves a bit more and the Port began to play some decent football. A long ball forward sent Declan Byrne clean through on goal and, calm and composed, he slotted home to make it three nil. The Port lost their way slightly and Finnart pulled one back when the Port’s defence stopped for offside — the Finnart player raced on and keeper O’Neill had no chance. The Port response was almost immediate as they went further in front with another Declan Byrne goal. Finnart grabbed a late goal again as the Port’s defence gave players too much room.
Overall this was a good performance from the team. Sean Gault deserves a special mention as one of the unsung heroes who rarely puts a foot wrong and always gives a good shift down the right. He came in for a bit of stick from oposing players and did well to walk away from it and let his football do the talking. Jamie Gilmour gave one of his best performances, winning tackles, defending, passing and, most importantly, maintaining composure, raising the bar and setting the standard for his football for the rest of the season.
Scorers: Lyle MacDonald, Kyle Fuller, Declan Byrne (2) | Man of the match: Jamie Gilmour | The team thank sponsor Marcus Humphrey House
2003s Port Glasgow BC 0 St Cadoc’s 5
Sponsors Robert Polland and Scott Percival of Ensite Business Technology presenting the 2003s with their strips for the season ahead.
Port welcomed St Cadocs to Parklea for a Scottish Cup tie. The early stages of the game were even with Port more than holding their own against their opponents from two divisions above. After 15 minutes, Lee Finlay set up Ciaran McLees when he headed back to him but the shot was saved. Luke Cunningham then made a great save and Ryan O’Connor cleared the danger. St Cadoc’s scored after 25 minutes and doubled their lead five minutes later when, despite Luke Cunningham making a double save, the rebound was scored. Just before half-time, Lewis Leitch headed narrowly past the post from a corner kick. Port started the second half strongly and Lewis Kerr hit the bar when he ran through from midfield and the keeper then made a good save. Against the run of play St Cadoc’s scored again. Ryan O’Connor hit the bar from a free kick with the keeper beaten. St Cadoc’s scored two late goals to secure their win.
The 2003s are sponsored by Ensite Business Technology.
Under-17s Westerton 4 Port Glasgow BC 1
Port travelled to Westerton and ended up on the wrong side of a 4-1 scoreline. Port’s goal was scored by Reuben Ballingall with a well-taken free kick. Next game is this Sunday against Milngavie at Parklea with a noon kick-off.
The team thank sponsors JD External Building Services and Inverweld