JACK PORTER sees no reason why Windsor Under 18s cannot go one better than last year and win the Grant McLellan Cup this season.

Having lost to Abbey Rangers in the final last year, Windsor are safely through to round two of the competition after a 2-1 win against Manorcroft United on Monday.

A Finn Kelly-Lewis header and Dan Roth penalty gave the hosts a comfortable lead heading into the half-time interval at Stag Meadow.

Manorcroft pulled a goal back through substitute Cal Hamilton after the break, but the young stars held on for the win.

Speaking to the Observer, Windsor coach Porter said: “It was a positive result. After doing really well in this competition last year, we wanted to do as good as we could, maybe the same again this time.

“We wanted a good positive start and we managed to get that. Our first-half performance was very strong.

“We didn’t quite match that in the second half, but it’s a cup competition at the end of the day so you need to win the game and get through, and we’ve done that.

“It was probably one of the more comfortable half-time talks we’ve had this season, not only because of the two goals but the performance was good as well.

“It was nice to get a goal from a set-piece and Dan with the penalty, but for me, without any disrespect to the opposition, we probably could have been four, five or maybe even six up at half time.

“We had some really good opportunities and chances and that’s the only disappointment from the first half “It was a nice talk at half time, a bit more relaxed. Maybe that’s not how we reflected it in the second half, but it was positive.”

He continued: “Once they got a goal it made it a lot more exciting I’m sure, for the neutral and not for us.

“But the conditions played a little bit of a part because they had the wind with them in the second half and it’s a difficult ball to judge sometimes.

“Like any team, if you’re two down and score a goal you have then got the momentum and fair play to them they put us under a bit of pressure, but I felt we dealt with that very well.

“That’s probably the difference between this match and other games this season, certainly in the Youth Cup, where we would score a goal or be comfortable in a game and then panic sets in and mistakes happen.

“But, once we made that mistake, we tightened it up a bit more and I was pleased with the reaction.”

Commenting on his ambition in the competition this season, Porter said: “After the final last year, we were beaten by a good Abbey Rangers side, I remember coming away and saying that next year I want to win it.

“It’s very rare that I say I want to win this or that, but this is a competition where half of the team have already played in a final so there’s no reason why we can’t go all the way this year.”

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