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Portland in command
PORTLAND UNITED 4
PARLEY SPORTS 2
PORTLAND put on a commanding display at Parley Sports to move into the last eight of the Dorset Premier League Cup.
Ben Bosley handed the hosts a shock lead after just seven minutes but the Blues soon responded to move 3-1 up at half-time with strikes from Ross Carmichael, Adam Linaker and Joe Toghill.
Ashley Smith then went on to add a fourth for United and although Parley missed a penalty in the closing stages and grabbed another consolation from James Bailey-Pearce, the result never looked in doubt.
Blues’ boss Chris Wilson said: “They went one up from a free-kick early on but we equalised straight after when Ross tucked home a corner and from then on we took control.
“Fifteen minutes later, Alex Halloran was brought down enabling Adam to convert from the spot and then Joe grabbed our third with a fantastic chip from the edge of the area with the outside of his left foot.
“After that the onus was on them to try and change the game and although they gave it a good go, we always looked in control.
“Andy Harris took a quick free-kick to set up Ashley Smith for the fourth before Ashley Weeks then saved a penalty as they pushed towards the end.
“They did eventually pull another one back with a great goal but we had already done more than enough to win the game and overall I was pleased with the performance.
“Some of the football we played at times was excellent and the effort from the lads was spot on throughout.”
The Blues’ next assignment is a trip to Poole Borough on Saturday in the second round of the Dorset Senior Cup (1.30pm).
Blues: Weeks, Vincent (Newnham 75), Henley, Whyton, Carmichael, Harris, Doidge (Smith 65), Halloran, Conning, Linaker (Mutch 60), Toghill.