Three sent off in Portland nightmare

Wednesday 06th March 2019

LYMINGTON TOWN 4

PORTLAND UNITED 2

PORTLAND United had three men sent off and conceded three late goals as they dramatically fell 4-2 at Lymington Town in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division.

The Blues took the lead in the contest, but fell to eight men in an action-packed final 15 minutes.

Lee Sharpe was sent off after 20 minutes with a straight red card, while Steven Walker and Max Buckler saw red late on.

Ironically, Portland got off to a perfect start after 10 minutes when Max Buckler was brought down inside the box and Jamie Symes was able to fire in the penalty.

Yet Lymington responded with a goal of their own to level after 35 minutes, although the first half was tame compared to the thrilling second.

Firstly, the Blues took the lead again after 55 minutes when Walker fired in from a Ross Doidge free-kick.

Portland were holding out well but in the 75th minute Lymington equalised.

Two minutes later, Lymington were handed a penalty after a tackle from Sam Buckler, which they fired in.

Portland then lost their heads and Max Buckler and Walker were both sent off.

With five minutes to go, Lymington completed the victory to end a very hectic contest.

Portland United boss Brendon King was frustrated with the red cards and when questioned did not wish to discuss them.

King said: “All I am going to say is that in the circumstances the team performed fantastically well when we were up against it.

“I just want to say that the lads worked very hard, were very committed and I felt sorry for them.

“I really felt for the players. It was a bit of a funny game to be involved in, and when the opposition manager and their players apologise afterwards it is a bitter pill to swallow.”

King also highlighted the performance of Sol Roche plus substitutes Manny Roche and Harry Hutchinson for their display during the defeat.

Portland travel to Alresford Town on Saturday (3pm).

Portland United: Edgar, Sharpe, Clarke, Halloran (Hutchinson 80), Whyton, Walker, S Buckler, M Buckler, Symes (M Roche 75), S Roche, Doidge

Subs not used: Stewart

Attendance: 43

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