MERLEY COBHAM SPORTS 3 PORTLAND UTD RES 0

Sunday 26th August 2018

Portland came away from Merley Cobham Sports with nothing to show for their efforts in The Dorset Premier League in a game that Portland United Reserves Manager claimed they were `beaten by a better team`.

It was Portland who started the brightest as Tom Arliss saw his low drive go past the outside of the post before Josh Camps curling effort hit the underside of the bar and came back out.

Merley went ahead on 30 minutes when a ball in the area was controlled and fired in to the net despite The Blues stopper Ross Jones getting a strong hand to it.
They doubled their advantage as a ball over the top was converted despite pressure from covering defenders.

After the break Portland still created a couple of good opportunities to score, Aaron Ryan seeing his effort come back off the base of the post and then blazing over moments later. From the resulting goal kick Merley killed the game off with a long ball over the top was pulled back and converted.

Portland still threatened as Ryan was denied by a last gasp challenge when played through.

Looking back at the game Faulkner commented "There is no complaints about the result from us, we were beaten by the better side today, of course there is areas we can improve on and I think a couple of the goals could have been avoided. Goals change games and again we sit here thinking what if those early chances go in. I think we were unlucky not to have scored 1 or 2."

Faulkner also added "We`ve given our best shot today, we had quite a few missing because of injury and unavailability but we have to deal with that. Some of these lads are experiencing what it takes at this level and I`m sure Merley will be challenging for the league title, they`ve made a great start."

Team Lineup & Stats for Sunday 26th August 2018

No Player Yellow Cards Red Cards Assists Goals
1 Jones, Ross 0 0 0 0
2 Sharpe, Lee 0 0 0 0
3 Will, Jonny 1 0 0 0
4 Ryan, Aaron 0 0 0 0
5 Anstey, Adam 0 0 0 0
6 Thompson, Jack 0 0 0 0
7 Zima, Rory 0 0 0 0
8 Evans, Shane 0 0 0 0
9 Arliss, Tom 0 0 0 0
10 Zima, Sean 0 0 0 0
11 Camp, Josh 0 0 0 0
Substitutes
14 Prudames, Gary 0 0 0 0
Unused Substitutes
12 Hill, Alan 0 0 0 0

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