Narrow defeat for Ports away at South Antrim

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Portrush Mens First XI went down to a narrowdefeat in the group stages of the Linden Cup.

The local lads went into the game with South Antrim as underdogs, but they produced an excellent display.

The game was fairly even in the opening exchanges with both sides finding their feet.

It was Portrush who settled first and they edged in front as a move from back to front found Leon Smith and he finished well.

Portrush were playing well, but the hosts were starting to show their calibre, particularly going forward.

They forced a number of short corners and managed to grab an equaliser just before the the half time whistle.

South Antrim kept up the pressure after the restart and it began to tell on the visitors.

The home side took the lead from another short corner soon after.

Portrush kept battling until the end but they couldn’t find an equaliser.

Overall a positive performance by Portrush to compete with such a team, however there is still work to be done on discipline and fitness.

With three weeks until the first league game, Portrush will be set to work hard on improvements so in the future more games can be won and better teams defeated. Great performances from Christie and Smith.