Portrush win last home game of season


PORTRUSH hosted Saintfield on Saturday at the Quay Road playing fields in Ballycastle and it turned out to be another win and another very good performance from the Seasiders.

The Ports starting really bright following last week’s win at Foyle and wanted a goal to calm the nerves, however the defiant Saintfield defence made it difficult and proved to test the patience of the Portrush forwards.

Attack after attack came the Saintfield way but they stood firm, however it did not deter the Portrush forwards and after a number of attempts (30) John Dillon scored a wonderful reverse stick shot into the far corner of the net. 1-0.

After this goal Portrush kept the ball really well and were again piling on the pressure with attacks from David Price, James McCook and Andy Christie however the Saintfield defence were still in a defiant mood and at half time the score was 1-0.

Portrush came out of the blocks flying after half time and through more pressure were awarded a short corner which was turned in by Aaron Kerr (C) to make the score 2-0.

The match was now very one sided and the Portrush goalkeeper had still not touched the ball!

The game was then brought into life with a double change from Portrush and Phillip Linton was beating the opposition every time up the right side and after another very good run from Phillip he found John Dillon in the circle who slotted away his second of the game and Portrush’s third.

Portrush were now in a very commanding position but weren’t just finished when again Phillip Linton provided a lovely ball for Callum McKeeman to latch on to and finish the scoring for Portrush. Full time 4-0.

This performance was outstanding by all players of Portrush with Ryan Smith providing many attacking options, as well as defensive duties from right back and Aaron Kerr playing an excellent game attacking and defending so well from sweeper position.

Andy Christie had another fantastic game this week from centre midfield and controlled the pace and passing through the whole team. John Dillon was man of the match, not just because of his two goals but for the effort that he put in all over the pitch.

Team: G. McAllister(GK), R.Smith, N.McMaster, A.Kerr(C), A.McConaghie, D.Price, A.Christie, G.Kerr, C.McKeeman, J.Dillon, J.McCook. Subs: J,McMullan, G.Christie, P.Linton.