Glentanar CFC and Portlethen SC met on a sunny morning to face off in what proved to be a competitive encounter, with Portlethen securing a 5-4 win with a last minute goal. Antonio Jam scored a hat trick for the visitors with Jackson Pirie and Harvey Clark also adding their names to the score sheet, while Glentanar’s goals were scored by Kayden Whyte, Josh Thomson, Nathan Bloice and Ciaran Smith.
The home side had an early chance to open the scoring as Nathan Bloice pressed down the wing. He passed the ball to Kyle Fraser who drove the ball into the box but Liam Tough swept in in defence and cleared the danger.
Portlethen had their first chance from a corner. Lewis Brougham sent the ball to the edge of the box but Glentanar held their defence. Ryan Bruce then shot from twenty-five yards but fired the ball just wide.
Glentanar looked for an opening and Fraser broke down the wing and drove towards the box but Nicholas Critchard swept in in defence to clear.
The visitors exerted pressure through Antonio Jam who penetrated the defence but was unable to link with Brougham and Jackson Pirie to create a goal-scoring chance. However Jam made another break and lured Glentanar goalkeeper, Robert Mitchell, out from the goal. Brougham shot from twenty-five yards but sent the ball just wide.
Jam continued to frustrate Glentanar’s defence and lured Mitchell out again, lobbing him from twenty-five yards and sending the ball into the back of the net to open the scoring in the fifteenth minute.
Portlethen took heart from their score and Bruce sent the ball into the box but Mitchell pushed the ball wide, only for Jam to run on and send it in from close range to extend his side’s lead in the eighteenth minute.
Glentanar were looking for a response, and were awarded a free kick at thirty-five yards. Jan Polanski sent the ball just too far for Bloice to get his head to the ball.
However Glentanar were soon awarded another free kick in almost the same spot. Kayden Whyte sent the ball over the defensive wall and goalkeeper Ryan Tocher, to narrow the gap in the twenty-third minute.
The home side pressed forward through Whyte but Critchard put the ball into touch. Bloice stepped up to take the resulting corner and crossed the ball into the box but Whyte headed it just over the crossbar.
Glentanar were still looking for chances and were awarded a free kick at forty yards. Polanski sent the ball over the defensive wall but it was pushed wide by Tocher. Bloice crossed the ball from the corner into the box and Josh Thomson sent it into the net from inside the box to draw the score level in the twenty-ninth minute.
Whyte looked for a chance to add his name to the score sheet and raced down the wing with Tough chasing. However Whyte fired his shot from twenty yards into the side of the net.
It looked as though the home side would have the final say of the half as Bloice sent the ball high into the net from ten yards out in the thirty-fourth minute to give the home side the lead for the first time.
However Portlethen were quick to find a response, as Jam turned on the ball and passed it to Pirie who shot from fifteen yards and sent the ball straight past Mitchell in the thirty-fifth minute to draw the score level once more.
Half-time: Glentanar CFC 3-3 Portlethen SC.