Portobello CFA were in fine form on a windy afternoon in Edinburgh, as they marched on to the final of the South East Region Cup with an impressive 8-0 victory over Salvesen CFC. Alfie Smith and Robbie Peffers both bagged braces for a Portobello team oozing with quality and confidence, with their perfect record in their league campaign carrying over to the cup. Underdogs Salvesen worked tirelessly until the final whistle blew, but ultimately, the day belonged to Portobello.
Smith looked dangerous in the opening stages of the game, as he saw his long-range free kick soar just over the bar. Moments later, his driving effort from the edge of the box was parried well by Salvesen 'keeper Dylan Martin. The breakthrough did eventually come for Smith in the tenth minute when he collected the ball on the edge of the box and fired it into the bottom left corner of the goal.
The number nine soon doubled his tally from the penalty spot after Owen Hastie was brought down in the box. Smith was coolness personified as he placed the ball calmly into the same corner he had buried his first goal.
Playmaker Josh Crolla pulled the strings magnificently for Portobello in the first half, displaying an incredible range of short, cute passes and astounding crossfield balls. It seemed inevitable that one of his passes would lead to a third goal for his team, a sentiment which rang true as his astute through ball released Harris Reynolds, who slotted the ball under Martin to give Portobello a three goal advantage before the half hour mark.
Salvesen looked to make their mark on the game, with centre half Stuart Littlejohn taking a speculative effort from 40 yards, which was well held by Michael Wilson. The defender soon had cause for concern at the other end as Hastie unleashed a powerful strike from the edge of the box. The midfielder’s shot cannoned off the crossbar to bring the first half to a close.