Portobello cruised into the InspireSport Scottish cup fourth round in a dominant display against a brave Campsie side who refused to lie down despite the inflated scoreline.
It was a very cold, crisp morning at Bingham Park, but that didn’t stop the hosts, who were in dreamland from the word go, and inside eight minutes they were 3-0 up on their visitors from the west.
Campsie showed fight at the end of both periods, although nothing to show for it at half time as they went in 7-0 down, but managed to snatch a couple of late consolation goals in the final minutes of the second half, to at least give the visitors something to cheer about.
Portobello had already hit the crossbar through Luke Griffiths when they took the lead on two minutes through Lucas Martin. The midfielder calmly guided the ball out of goalkeeper Euan Greig’s reach and into the top right corner from the penalty spot.
Mathias Martinez added the second on five minutes. The ball was edged into the winger’s path by Griffiths and he controlled before looping the ball over the helpless Greig for 2-0.
The goalkeeper, who made numerous good saves on the day, was then caught out in possession and Euan Walker made him pay as he caressed the ball to the goalkeepers left for Portobello’s third.
A brilliant double save from Greig kept the score at 3-0, firstly to deny Griffiths in a one on one situation and then to keep out a header moments later.
Campsie did manage the occasional breakaway, and were most threatening through Kai Grimes in the first half although the visitors one clear-cut chance fell to Rhyan Coll following Grimes’ pullback, but the strike was well off target.
Finally Yule slotted away the fourth for Portobello as he defied the offside trap before calmly rounding Greig and rolling in from an acute angle, despite the best efforts of Owen Barr trying to keep it out on the line.
Greig continued to stand in Portobello’s way, denying Frazer Robertson from a corner. Campsie then brought out a good save from the home side’s goalkeeper Rory Comerford, who rushed out to smother the ball at the feet of the advancing Grimes.
Walker would add his second and his sides fifth as he received the ball on the left and aided the ball into the net. Number six came soon enough from Stevie Renton’s corner, which looked to go through everyone and straight into the net, although Griffiths may claim it, as all poachers should.
Greig was once again there to save the visitors but only for a matter of seconds this time. The keeper beat away Renton’s low drive but as the cross came in from Martinez on the rebound, Yule leapt highest to power home the seventh.
Campsie came close with three free kicks in quick succession. Aidan Kelly curled a lovely cross into the middle but there were no takers and the ball was scrambled clear. Ben Brackenridge then fizzed a right footed free kick inches wide of the far post a minute later.
The third was straight off the training ground. The ball played into the feet of Mark Hale who was unmarked as he sent a swerving delivery into the mixer but Brackenridge couldn’t convert inside the area as the half time whistled sounded. A half dominated by the home side buy Campsie showing sign of life in the later stages.