THERE was a dominant away victory for Hexham Porto U13 against Wallsend Boys Club Yellows U13 in the Pin Point Sunday League Division One.

Porto were in control from the off, creating several good opportunities chances within the opening 10 minutes.

Luke Emery and Oliver Furness had the best of the early chances but were unable to find the net. Emery came closest to breaking the deadlock when he rounded the goalkeeper but hit the post from an acute angle.

Furness then had a superb header cleared off the goal line by a fast-thinking Wallsend defender. Hexham continued to try their luck from distance with Tom Storey, Ryan Macneil and Max Gradwell all going close.

The breakthrough eventually came on 18 minutes from a sweeping counter attack when Gradwell played an impressive ball forward for Emery to race on to. This time, he converted his chance into the bottom corner.

Like buses, you wait a long time for one and then two come along at once, as Furness scored a second soon afterwards, as a result of good inter play between Emery and Alfie McGray.

The home team continued to assert pressure where they could, and Hexham keeper James Craig was called upon to make a tremendous save and preserve Hexham’s lead.

Emery gave Hexham some breathing space when he scored his second and Hexham’s third after initial good work by Cameron Hardy. It was not long before man of the match Furness scored his second and Hexham’s fourth after being put through again by a Gradwell pass, and Furness showed good composure to slot low passed the goalkeeper to give the visitors a well-deserved 4-0 lead at half time.

The Hexham defence of Benjamin Eglon, Taylor Milton, Ben Brownless and Sam Brown were strong all day and protected by a midfield of Hardy, Gradwell and an excellent captain’s performance from Storey.

However, it was Wallsend who came out the stronger in the initial stages of the second half and surprised the visitors with a great team goal which came from down the left-hand side.

This merely spurred Porto into action and a superb second half showing from substitute Will Kidman punished the Wallsend defence as he added to his early season goal scoring tally with four well-taken goals.

Kidman’s strength and pace were too much for the opposition defence to handle. Hexham continued to create further chances with Furness, Brownless, Hugh Ballantyne, and Kidman going close again had it not been for a resolute Wallsend reserve goalkeeper who managed to deny the visitors.

Hexham did add to their score late in to the match when Gradwell broke forward and shot into the bottom corner. That made it three wins from three for Hexham Porto in the league so far.

Coaches Lee Milton and Mark Gradwell said they were delighted with the way the team were creating chances and adjusting to the 11-a-side formats of the game.