PORTLAND Soccer Club continues to make giant strides in season 2012, both at senior and junior levels.
The club’s Under-14 team was runner-up in last Sunday’s final of the prestigious Caffe Belgiorno Cup in Mount Gambier.
The young Panthers were defeated 5-2 by Blue Lake.
“We didn’t win the final unfortunately, but we did really well,” Portland coach David Stafford said.
“It was a good performance by the boys.
“Blue Lake has been the yardstick and they’ve beaten most teams comfortably.
“It wasn’t a bad performance to lose 5-2 to them and it was a good effort to get there.
“They all put in and played pretty well … it was good.
“It was a good day to be involved with and be there on the big cup finale day.”
Stafford described it as a great experience for his players.
“A lot of our kids have just come up from the Under-12s, so a lot of them are 13s playing against Under-14s,” he said.
“The side that won it are a good Under-14 side, so they did really well.
“They put in quite well.”
Among the influential contributors for the Panthers was Ryan Bail, who played well in the midfield and then up forward.
“He made a big difference when he went forward,” Stafford said.
Callan Gerritsen and Beau Stafford in the midfield, along with captain Muku Mudzi and Harry McIntyre in defence were other solid contributors.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.