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FOOTBALL: Halloran has final say in Senior Cup thriller
PARLEY SPORTS 3
PORTLAND UNITED 5
PORTLAND United secured a home tie with Hamworthy United in the second round of the Dorset Senior Cup after seeing off a dogged Parley side on Saturday.
All eight goals were scored in an action-packed second half and, in the end, it was the current Dorset Premier League leaders that came out on top.
Alex Halloran’s fine individual effort eventually sealed victory for the Blues late on after Par- ley had threatened to send the game into extra time when they made it 4-3 with some five minutes left.
“It was a bit of a bizarre game,” said Portland boss Gary Bailey. “The first 45 minutes were quite cagey then everything seemed to happen in the second half.
“I thought we shaded the first half in terms of possession and chances but we ran out of ideas in the final third.
“But we were confident at half- time that if we were a bit more precise, in and around their goal, we would be alright.
“We deserved it in the end but fair play to Parley, when they made it 4-3 with five or six minutes to go we could have been heading into extra time.”
He added: “I can’t complain much about our performance, we played some nice football.
“We struggled to find the final pass in the first half but we always looked a threat and scored five in the second half, and it could have been more.
“The boys are enjoying play- ing in the competition and it would be good to have a run in it.”
Parley had taken the lead from the penalty spot on 55 minutes when the referee penalised a Portland defender for a handball in his own area.
The visitors got back on level terms 10 minutes later when Lewis Whyton headed in Ashley Smith’s cross.
Adam Linaker added a second soon after, heading in a corner, and then Tom Carter also used his head to power the ball in for a 3-1 advantage.
A lapse at the back allowed Parley to halve the deficit, though Ross Doidge restored Portland’s two-goal lead with a penalty in the 83rd minute.
But Parley weren’t going to go quietly and a snap shot into the roof of the net made it 4-3, only for Halloran to waltz past a couple of defenders and smash home at the death.
Hamworthy Recreation are up next in the league for Portland with Ben Doidge a major doubt after a groin injury forced him off in the first half against Par-ley.
Blues: Weeks, Carter, Harris, Carmichael, B Doidge (Gould 25), Smith, R Doidge, Halloran, Clarke, Linaker (Jansz-Baker 75), Whyton. Sub not used: Newnham
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