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FOOTBALL: Portland pay price at Corfe
3:51pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Sport
Under-18s Division One
CORFE MULLEN UNITED 4
PORTLAND TOWN 1
PORTLAND failed to take their chances and paid the price against a very spirited Corfe Mullen side.
The hosts eventually ran out 4-1 winners but things could have been very different had Town been clinical in the opening 45 minutes.
The islanders also suffered a pre-match blow when goalkeeper Matty Peart had to pull out of the squad through illness.
Right-back Joe Green filled the void and was totally blameless for any of the goals, even pulling off some great second-half saves.
Edd Barber, Adam Barrett and Matt Dunlop all squandered early chances for the visitors before Corfe grabbed the lead against the run of play with a fantastic lob.
A soft free-kick then led to the home side’s second just four minutes later with the ball being fired home via a post from 25 yards.
However, the islanders refused to buckle and with 10 minutes remaining of the half they gave themselves a lifeline when Barrett controlled a Dunlop cross on his chest and fired a shot high into the net.
The visitors then almost scrambled home an equaliser in the 41st minute but the Corfe keeper somehow kept them out with a great double-save to deny Dunlop and Barrett, who then fired the third attempt wide.
Strangely the second half was a much quieter affair with the hosts’ defence coping much better against Town’s attacking threat.
In the end Corfe went on to add two more, one from the spot after a foul from Dunlop, and the other from a fine finish following a cross from the left.
The hosts certainly deserved their victory while Portland will now have to pick their heads up again for the visit of Hamworthy United on Saturday.
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