Ellis excels in Cup-tie climax
A late Ellis Kow brace sees Yate through in a classic FA Youth Cup battle
Early pressure from Portishead gave indication of their intent, forcing a series of corners, before a great Ewan McMillan pass out of defence set Takayo Nembhard clear. Forced wide by the keeper, he skimmed his shot across the face of goal, before bringing out a fine point-blank save soon afterwards and watching the rebound cleared away.
The hosts then took a set-piece from an acute angle. Mason Hawkins was late to see the effort that was crashed in at the near post, but reacted well, and the visitors themselves hacked clear off their own line before, on 23 minutes, a ricochet on a Yate free-kick sat up well for Nembhard to slam in a crisp volley. 0-1
Loose play from the away side and set-piece defending that lacked strength and purpose were the undoing as the break approached. A home free-kick flicked off a heel and, as the ball rolled towards the post, no-one reacted except a Portishead striker who tapped in from a yard.
The hosts were lifted by this, and Yate started flatly with frustration setting in, despite Rahel Jafar moving right to left to get a shot in on target. From another home corner, the marking went missing and a bullet header at the far post gave Portishead the lead.
Nembhard lifted an effort wide when one-on-one before the hosts played on from what looked like an infringement to attack down the centre, forcing Hawkins into a block. The follow-up was snapped up and rifled in for 3-1. Yate now had to really raise their game to stay in the Cup.
Sam Knight's low drive was expertly saved, Troy Sutherland blazed over at the far post, before Nembhard pressed the defence well and Ellis Kow seized on a short back-pass to round the keeper and score. The visitors went for the kill, Nembhard drew a foul after skipping into the box, and Knight clinically despatched the leveller from the spot. 3-3
Justin Hall hesitated when well-placed and then, in added time, Luca Wilson crossed from the left, Nembhard cushioned a header back and Kow swivelled to hook in the winner. At the whistle, Portishead looked shattered, having given everything but Yate move on in the competition, after nicking it at the death, and next face an away tie at Plainmoor, home to Torquay United U18s in the week commencing 15th October 2018.