The U18’s continued their winning streak with a 15-14 win v Menzieshill at the Olympia Pool on Tuesday night. They started very well  like previous games with powerful shooting from Clayton Woods and excellent goalkeeping from James Gardner meant a 5-3 lead to Portobello at the end of the 1st quarter. However the 2nd period was a poor performance (5-2 loss) as the team seemed to lose their shape, the ball distribution up the pool was poor and James Gardiner was not offered any protection in goal and Menzieshill went in at half time 8-7 in the lead.

 

Half time saw some harsh words by coach Ramon Valvona however Menzieshill scored first and Porty slipped to 2 goals down before the fight back began and 2 great goals from Clayton Woods & Ben Scott tied the game at 9-9 but Menzieshill got back ahead before a great man up move by Porty saw Carys Hardy tie again at 10-10. Menzieshill scored with 20 seconds left of the quarter to go 11-10 ahead but this could have been a 2 goal lead if James Gardiner had not pulled of a magnificent save to keep Porty in the match when they lost the ball in the last attack of the quarter.

 

Jamie Davidson tied the game in the first minute of the 4th quarter and then 2 goals from Ben Scott put Porty 13-11 ahead however, Menzieshill fought back again to tie the game at 13-13 with 2 minutes of the match to play. Menzieshill then went 14-13 ahead with 1 minute of the game remaining but this young team should resilience and refused to give in and Ben Scott tied the game at 14-14 with 44 seconds to go. Menzieshill could not score from their last attack which left Porty with one last chance and with 20 seconds to go in the match Ben Scott (who also plays in the U16’s) scored the winner from 5 metres by kicking round the defender and rifled the ball in to the top corner to make the final score 15-14 for another Porty victory in the U18 Scottish National League.

 

Every player played their part and credit to Ben Scott who scored 5 goals (4 in the last quarter), Esme McGregor and Gregor Turner who all play in the U16 team as well so this U18 league is a step up for these players and they all made a great contribution. James Gardiner was superb in the Porty goal and credit to the team for never giving up and listening and responding to instructions from coach Ramon Valvona.

 

This was a hard fought victory and great team effort by all involved. This is now 4 wins in a row and their next opponents are Aberdeen this Saturday, 5.30pm at Royal Commonwealth Pool so please come and give your support.

 

Team: James Gardiner, Jamie Davidson (2), Esme McGregor (1), Gregor Turner (1), Clayton Woods (5), Bethany Livinstone, Ben Scott (5),

Carys Hardy (1), Felix Charlton, Casey Scott