Portishead Juniors reach the Avon Youth League Cup semi-finals
PUBLISHED: 09:26 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:26 17 January 2018
Portishead Juniors Under-12s reached the semi-finals of the Avon Youth League Cup after a 4-1 success over Whitchurch Sports.
Portishead Juniors Under-12s continued their winning streak with a decisive win over Whitchurch Sports in the quarter-final of the Avon Youth League Cup.
The deadlock was broken after five minutes when Jenson Blackhouse converted a corner for Portishead. The lead for Portishead was doubled five minutes later when Sammy Foster threaded an excellent pass through to Alex Esposito, who dribbled past a couple of defenders and beat the Whitchurch keeper.
The game still felt in the balance as Whitchurch started to get more possession and look dangerous going forward, but a goal from Foster made it 3-0 to Portishead after 22 minutes.
To their credit, Whitchurch came out fighting in the second half and were the first to score after a free kick was saved, but not held by Portishead keeper Ethan Noble, and the loose ball was pounced on and put away by Whitchurch.
The Whitchurch team hit the woodwork twice and defended strongly in the second half, but the game was put beyond them when Foster scored a great goal to make it 4-1 to Portishead.
Portishead Juniors are due to meet Rockleaze Rangers in the semi-finals in January.
Portishead Juniors Under-14s suffered their first defeat in 1,140 days of competitive football spanning almost three years.
Their opponents Shire Colts dominated the first-half and went into the break three goals ahead.
To their credit, Juniors responded extremely well and were the better team in the second half.
The introduction of Sam Parsons helped their cause as they created five one-on-one opportunities against the visiting keeper, but could not convert any, which in the end proved costly.
Man of the match Daniel McCorquodale was excellent at the back, with Joseph Sands making several good saves. In midfield, Jacob Weekes stood out and combined well with Ethan Monks, who opened up the Colts defence on numerous occasions.
Near the end, both Harri Battista and Isaac Rylett went close but despite a second half clean sheet, Juniors could not find a breakthrough.