Portrush reach semis - by a whisker!

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SAINTFIELD SECONDS 1 PORTRUSH SECONDS 1

(Portrush won 3-1 on penalty strokes)

PORTRUSH Seconds made the journey to Saintfield on Saturday for a quarter final Junior 5/6 cup game and in a tight game that could have gone either way, they made it home by a whisker – winning 3-1 on penalty strokes.

Portrush began in a whirlwind fashion and totally dominated play but just couldn’t find a way through a determined Saintfield defence despite having at least ten short corners.

The gravel surface contributed to Portrush’s failure to break the deadlock but just before half time they did manage to get their noses in front courtesy of prolific scorer, Andy Dalzell.

Saintfield were a different side in the second half and took the game to Portrush forcing them on the backfoot on numerous occasions. A short corner was defended but a further short was awarded and from this, Sainfield levelled matters the ball deceiving ‘keeper, Trevor Kirkpatrick who looked as though he was going to make the save.

Saintfield had their tails up and could easily have gone ahead as Portrush struggled to deal with the difficult surface with rain making it even more tricky for the visitors.

Extra time couldn’t separate the teams and it was down to penalty strokes. Saintfield opened their account, but missed a number and with Andy Dalzell, Philip Linton and Graham Christie converting, Portrush were in the semis much to their relief.

PORTRUSH: T. Kirkpatrick, P. McMullan, T. Cartmill, A. Douglas, J. Hutchinson, P. Linton, G. Christie, C. Henry, A. Dalzell, B. McMullan, P. Kerr. Subs – C. Hogg, C. Leeming.