Battalion boys’ shoot-out success to seal shield hat-trick

Portadown Battlion under 14s show off the Torrens Northern Ireland Shield.
Portadown Battlion under 14s show off the Torrens Northern Ireland Shield.

Portadown Boys’ Brigade Battalion under 14s recently wrapped up a third successive Torrens Northern Ireland Shield success.

Victory on a penalty shoot-out at Tannaghmore Gardens against Belfast Battalion helped to complete a BB hat-trick of titles at the expense of the city side.

Goalkeeper Adam McAlpine stepped up to slot home a vital penalty then returned between the posts for a trophy-winning save to secure a 3-2 triumph.

Daniel Gordon broke the deadlock in the second half of normal time with a close-range finish, following a save off the initial shot by captain Thomas McIntosh.

Lee Upton smashed home a free-kick from distance to double the Portadown Battalion advantage.

However, a late fightback resulted in two goals inside the final five minutes by Belfast Battalion to force a spot-kick lottery.

McIntosh and Gordon each converted under pressure before McAlpine claimed centre-stage.

Eddie Drury, the team manager, highlighted the impressive display by referee Martin Larkham plus the coaching work by Portadown Football Club thirds’ Andrew Topley.

PORTADOWN BATTLION: Adam McAlpine, Adam Glenny, Lee Upton, Morgan Smith, Bailey Finlay, Jack Evans, Thomas McIntosh, Adam Alexander, Jack Adamson, Daniel Gordon, Harry Evans. Subs: Elliott McHugh, Sam Higginson, Matthew Robinson, Joel Davidson, Daniel Moorcroft, Harry Armstrong.