Ten goals scored in gripping cup clash as the Old Boys edge clear

Scott Richardson (right) keeps Rectory Rangers on the attack as Portadown BB Old Boys' Matthew Donaldson attempts to close down the move.INPT09-618
Scott Richardson (right) keeps Rectory Rangers on the attack as Portadown BB Old Boys' Matthew Donaldson attempts to close down the move.INPT09-618

Portadown BBOB and Rectory Rangers served up a derby to remember by sharing 10 goals across Saturday’s Foster Cup clash.

Willie Duke’s double alongside goals from RJ Treanor and Gareth Willis provided Rangers with four goals at Brownstown Park.

However, the Old Boys held the upper hand overall in a gripping knockout test which featured spells on top from both sets of players.

William Donaldson’s penalty kick and a composed Matthew Donaldson finish placed BBOB in control by 2-0.

Rangers responded with four consecutive goals before half-time.

Donaldson’s second spot-kick success of the afternoon cut the gap before Lee Bonis celebrated his return from long-term injury with an equaliser.

Alan Ritchie’s corner-kick delivery was steered home by Matthew Donaldson and the latter’s hat-trick finish arrived off a Gareth McCombe pass.

“We managed to tighten it up at the back as the game went on,” said Portadown BBOB manager Robert Love. “We always have confidence in our attacking players but it was great to see the defensive improvement across the second half.

“They hit the post and we had a goal ruled out.

“We want to keep on working on the defensive basics.”

RECTORY RANGERS: Luke Bush, Wayne McClure, Philip Pedlow, Gareth Willis, David Smith, RJ Treanor, Scott Richardson, Gareth Smith, Willie Duke, Joel McConnell, Matt Matchett. Subs: Dean Geddis, Stuart Rainey, Graham Bunting.

PORTADOWN BBOB: David Marsden, Gary Donaldson, Sam Thornbury, Andrew McCandless, Alan Ritchie, William Donaldson, Adam Hobson, Gareth McCombe, Daniel Robb, John Henderson, Matthew Donaldson. Subs: Lee Bonis, Scott McClatchey.