THE Portland Soccer Club might not have recorded a win at home on Sunday in the opening round of the Western Border Soccer Association but it did take a positive step forward, fielding a side in every grade.
The Panthers had been unable to get a reserves team on the park throughout the three Cup rounds prior to the Easter break however on Sunday had all five teams run out against the Mount Gambier Sharks.
The senior team recorded a 7-0 defeat against the Sharks after being caught napping in the opening 15 minutes.
The Sharks came out with all guns blazing and by the time the Panthers got into the game the scoreboard already showed 4-0 to the visitors.
It was a long road back from there for Portland although the home side did produce a much more competitive effort through the latter part of the opening half and all of the second.
By half time the margin was 5-0 Sharks’ way, while the Panthers held them to two goals in the second half to keep the margin from becoming too ugly, a good result given the speed with which the Sharks were able to score in the opening 15 minutes.
Michael Phillips was again one of the Panthers best in the loss, while Vince Tagliaferro and Zac Millard were also strong.
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