LSL Senior Sunday
Ray Whelehan delighted the Portmarnock support and indeed the followers of the likes of Bluebell, Crumlin and Killester with a delightful winning goal on Sunday.
The former Amateur International completed a Porto comeback with a brilliant chip finish as the promoted side managed to defeat reigning champions St Mochtas.
The late finish might suggest a bit of a snatch and grab win for the home side, but on the balance of play and chances created Portmarnock were deserving of a result at the very least.
Porto settled first and a quick start saw them create some early chances. The best of those opportunities fell to Sam O’Connor, one of which was brilliantly saved point blank from Osborne.
Mochtas then had a great chance to take the lead but after a brilliant pass from Alan McGreal his fellow former Crumlin player Luke Kelly saw his effort rebuffed by Oisin Taylor.
The home side were holding their own against the reigning champions wiht David Sherpard a threat out wide and Ray Whelehan and Noel McGinnty proving creatively probing.
In saying that Mochtas always looked dangerous with Philly Hughes capable of playing the killer pass to lively Dean Kelly and Alan McGreal.
However, despite the attack minded approach of both the the sides went into the break level at 0-0.
That open nature continued in the second period with former Swords favourite Barry Caulfield forcing a fine footed save from Osborne in goals.
Philip Rusk then hit the post with a sublime free kick as Porto upped the pressure. The chances kept coming and Chris Burgess had two great headers that just went wide.
Mochtas then showed their quality with a well taken header from Dean Kelly and at that stage some were predicting a visiting take over.
However, Portmarnock struck back straight away with a superb strike from David Shepard.
The newly promoted side eventually got the winner with a sublime chip from former Amateur International Ray Whelehan with 10 left.
The hosts could have sealed it but Darragh Coates was unlucky as his shot hit the post soon after.
Mochtas threw everything at their hosts trying to get an equaliser but the Porto deference with Niall Kenny outstanding stood firm.