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.