Football

Football Report: Portadown College vs St Columb’s (Londonderry)

Round 4 of the Northern Ireland Cup

Underdogs PC concede nail-biting clash to favourites St Columb’s in high scoring game

PC started the stronger of the two teams and opened the scoring through a clinical finish from Harry Anderson. Soon after, the PC goalkeeper David Walsh sustained an injury which would later rule him out of finishing the game. St Columb’s scored soon after play was resumed which twisted the game into a free scoring shootout. However, a few minutes before half time Adam Neill put in a low cross for a nice calm finish from Craig Archer. That was about it for the first half.

Early in the second half St Columb’s came out and got a quick equaliser, which made the rest of the match an interesting encounter.

PC were disappointed as goalkeeper David Walsh couldn’t carry on, coming off as a result of the injury he had picked up early in the first half. Adam Neill stepped into goal and proceeded to finish the match between the sticks.

Unfortunately, PC conceded another goal but the players did not lose hope and quickly bounced back with a lovely low driven shot from Harry Anderson. Things were tight as St Columb’s started to put on the pressure and took their chances by scoring another to put them 4-3 in front.

With the match coming to an end PC just couldn’t find the equaliser until the dying seconds when it came from a long strike from Dane McCullough. The referee blew the final whistle and extra time beckoned plus penalties if needed.

As extra time began, St Columb’s started the stronger of the two teams and scored from a nicely placed free kick. PC didn’t give up and scored quickly after with a half volley from Harry Anderson for his hat-trick to make the score 5-5. The second half of extra time saw good defending from both teams, as PC made a tactical switch for the penalties and Jack Scott stepped up and went into goal.

PENALTIES!!

Penalties were frustrating for both teams but two good penalty saves from Jack Scott gave PC hope. Sadly, it just wasn’t PC’s day, beaten 8-7 on penalties after a roller-coaster match that showcased PC footballing talent.

U18 Football Success

Well done to U18s who are through to the last 16 of the NI Cup following a comprehensive 6-1 victory against Fivemiletown College on Friday.  Goals were scored by Nathaniel Ferris, Jackson Holmes, Ben Davison and Ben Neill.  The star performer was James Gould in PC’s midfield.  James also recently represented Northern Ireland in the Home Nations Futsal tournament in Wales.

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Portadown College is represented at U16 level in the NISFA Senior Cup, the Mid-Ulster League and the Mid-Ulster Cup.

 

The 2014/2015 U16 squad had a very successful season reaching the semi-final of the InspireSport Senior Cup in March and sharing the Mid-Ulster League title with Craigavon SHS in May. The U16 squad contains a mixture of Year 11 and Year 12 students.

 

Results 2014/2015

Mid-Ulster League

Drumglass HS 0 – 7 Portadown College

Portadown College 2 – 0 Integrated College Dungannon

Drumcree College  2 – 7  Portadown College

 

League Final

Portadown College 2 -2 Craigavon SHS (trophy shared)

 

Mid-Ulster Cup

Round 1

Dromore HS 3 -0 Portadown College

 

InspireSport U16 Senior Cup

Bye to Round 3

 

Round 3

St.Pius XI 2 – 4 Portadown College

 

Round 4

De La Salle 2 -3 Portadown College (AET)

 

Quarter-Final (Solitude, Belfast)

St.Joseph’s Belfast 0 -6 Portadown College

 

Semi-Final (Solitude, Belfast)

Boys Model 6 -0 Portadown College

 

 

 

Portadown College is represented at U18 level in the NISFA U18 Youth Cup.

The 2014/2015 U18 squad also had a strong campaign reaching the semi-final of the InspireSport Youth Plate. The U18 squad contains a mixture of Year 13 and Year 14 students.

 

Results 2014/2015

 

InspireSport U18 Senior Cup

 

Round 1

Aquinas GS 3 -2 Portadown College

 

Plate Competition

Round 1

Omagh HS 0 – 1 Portadown College

 

Round 2

Ballymena Academy 0 – 6 Portadown College

 

Quarter-Final

Castlederg HS 3 – 7 Portadown College

 

Semi-Final

St.Joseph’s Londonderry 4 – 1 Portadown College

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