Second half goals from Stuart Glasgow and Trevor Parkhill were enough to see Adrian Whiteside’s Tobermore United into the next round of the North West Senior Cup on Saturday.
Portstewart made a good start, and put pressure on Tobermore with fast flowing football, but with the game scoreless at the break, it looked like one goal would win the tie.
It was Tobermore who came out fighting for the second spell and within ten minutes of the restart a neat lob from Glasgow put the visitors ahead.
Portstewart pushed forward but any efforts were in vain. The sucker punch came ten minutes from time when Parkhill broke through the defence to slot home.
Ports boss Gary Taylor was disappointed with the result: “The first half display wasn’t too bad, but the second half was awful. Attitudes were bad, but we have a chance to bounce back this week, when we meet Tobermore again in the League.
“I can take very few positives from the game, attitudes were poor and the boys all know that they can put in much better perforances than they did on Saturday.
“We have set ourselves a bar - we played well against Coleraine, Banbridge and Bangor - but we were no where near that bar on Saturday. This is a results game - our league is tight, every team is capable of beating each other. We just have to forget about Saturday and make sure we put in a better performance this week.”
The tie with Tobermore at Mullaghacall has a 3pm start.