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Holyport FC bow out of Hellenic League Cup after nine-goal thriller at Reading City

Andy Forisky (left)


Holyport's 'never-say-die' spirit was once again in evidence as they bowed out of the Hellenic League Cup at Reading City on Monday night.

A thriller at the Rivermoor Stadium saw Port fall 3-1 behind before staging an impressive comeback to lead 4-3 heading into the closing stages. Unfortunately, in horrendous conditions, they failed to hold on, losing out 5-4 to a last-minute thunderbolt.

McKoy Palmer started the net bulging for Hellenic Premier Division City in the 20th minute and thoughts of an upset for Port seemed pretty distant when Steve Lee nodded home from a corner.

Andy Forisky finished well for the Port who responded immediately but a soft third goal - credited to Stubbs-Alleyne - gave the home side a firm stranglehold on the tie.

As conditions worsened from torrential to biblical in the second half Port staged a stunning fightback. They reduced the arrears from the penalty spot through Fabian Driffill, who then fired home a stonking strike to tie the game up on the hour mark. Port were in dreamland when Forisky slotted home with 15 minutes to play, but Palmer finished off a fine team move for City before completing his hat-trick with the goal of the night, a fine solo effort in the last minute.

Port return to league action at home to Langley on Saturday. They sit 11th in the Division 1 East table but have played fewer games than their rivals.


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