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Renton stars as Portobello battle past Lasswade to win opener

Portobello CFA 4

Evans 19, Renton 26, 30, Bain 54

Lasswade Thistle 2

Klimionek 5, Richardson 29
  • Sunday, 19 August 2018
  • Portobello High School
  • Under 14´s
  • SERYFA Division 1

Portobello got off to a dream start in their division one campaign with a narrow victory over Lasswade Thistle to earn a hard fought three points at Portobello High.

The conditions were grim from the get-go but that didn’t hamper the football in the first half. Thistle took the early lead but yet found themselves trailing by the break. Farrell Bain sealed the deal in a not-so-exciting second period as the home side hung on to claim victory.

The game started as a relatively open encounter: Thistle were looking to play from the back, but had to negotiate through the Portobello press. It only took five minutes for the opener to come, throught the source of Bayley Klimionek, who swept home with his left foot after Bailey Mckenzie had his initial effort saved.

It very nearly became two for the visitors as Mckenzie again raced in on goal after a tidy stepover, but Josh Ingles managed to throw his body in the way of it. At the other end, Max Evans headed Stevie Renton’s corner back across to Finlay Yule, but the forward could only hit the goalkeeper with his strike.

The equaliser came on 19 minutes as Renton sliced open the Thistle backline to pick out Evans. The wideman did the rest as he controlled with his first touch before firing across the body of Joshua Lothian and into the far corner.

Seven minutes later and Porty had turned the score on its head as Yule picked out Renton on a breakaway. The midfielder opted to hit it early – which turned out to be the right call as the ball squirmed underneath Lothian before dribbling over the line.

Yet Lasswade refused to lie down and a nice pass found its way to the feet of Ben Richardson, who did the rest as he slotted underneath Rory Comerford to level the score once more.

Less than a minute later Yule was in behind the Thistle backline but his touch was heavy which gave Lothian the chance to rush out and win the ball. However his challenge only made it as far as Renton, who only had on thing in his mind as he cracked the ball home from the edge of the area.

One final chance fell to the visitors before the interval, and perhaps one that Mckenzie would have taken if it wasn’t for Paul Serpenskas, who managed to get his body in and ease the forward out. That was to be the final action in an enthralling first half.

  • Half Time:
  • Portobello CFA
  • 3-2
  • Lasswade Thistle

The conditons worsened as the sides set off for the second period, and understandably, so too did the quality of the football. Both sides had to dig in – leading to a somewhat scrappy second half.

In the early stages, Max Dowling headed over from Tyrone Core’s freekick. Up the other end, Bain almost got onto the end of Renton’s through pass which was swept up by the keeper in the end.  

Euan Walker almost wriggled his way through the Thistle backline, although his final effort was tame, before Mathias Martinezput a cross into Lothian’s arms.

On 54 minutes, Lucas Martin stepped into midfield and sent Farrell Bain in behind. The subsitute did the rest from inside the area as he guided the ball beyond Lothian and into the far corner.

Just a few minutes later Thistle had a fantastic chance to get back into the game, as trhe ball was cut back to the feet of Louis Kerr, but the winger could only get minimal contact with the ball.

They kept on huffing and puffing but Thistle just couldn’t fashion another clear-cut chance to get back into it. Serpenskas threw himself infront of Richardson’s shot before Kris Young blazed wide from distance. Time slipped away from the visitors and the game came to a close: a hard fought battle with Portobello coming out narrowly on top.

  • Full Time:
  • Portobello CFA
  • 4-2
  • Lasswade Thistle

Lineups

Portobello CFA
Lasswade Thistle
1. Rory Comerford
2. Paul Serpenskas
3. Josh Ingles
4. Ben McCabe
5. Euan Walker
6. Matthew Winn
7. Lucas Martin
8. Stevie Renton
9. Finlay Yule
10. Mathias Martinez
11. Luke Griffiths
12. Ben Veitch
15. Connor Cameron
16. Farrell Bain
18. Max Evans
19. Lucas Davidson
1. Joshua Lothian
2. Max Dowling
3. Freddie Owens
4. Kris Young
5. Gabriel Fleet
6. Ian Galloway
7. Ben Richardson
8. Jamie Purdie
9. Bailey McKenzie
10. Bayley Klimionek
11. Cole Dillon
12. Millar Ritchie
14. Max McGinley
15. Louis Kerr
18. Tyrone Core
Star Player
Portobello CFA
Lasswade Thistle
Stevie Renton was the main man for Portobello. The playmaker not only showed a good range of passing, getting an assist, but also added a further two goals in the first half which helped propel his side to win.
Gabriel Fleet was a real standout for Lasswade Thistle. The centre half led by example as every captain should. He commanded the line well and made a number of good interceptions througout.
Magic Moment
Portobello CFA
Lasswade Thistle
The second of Stevie Renton’s goals was a brilliant strike. The ball fell to his feet after the keeper cleared the initial effort, and he struck it ever so sweetly as the ball nestled in the far corner – to make the score 3-2 at the time.
The opening goal was a big one for Thistle, again, the initial effort was saved but Bayley Klimionek did the rest as the ball fell to him 20 yards out, he composed himself and guided the ball into the bottom left corner.
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