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Millburn Park, Leven Street, Alexandria, Dunbartonshire
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Vale won this 2nd round tie comfortably in the end after surviving some early scares from a plucky Port side. The home side made a couple of changes to the side that lost to nine man Glencairn the previous week. Bryan Boal and Dougie Wilson returned in place of Hunter and Goodwin who were on the bench.
Vale were playing a dangerous offside game and after 25 minutes they almost paid the price when a diagonal ball over the top found Alford free on the left. The winger raced into the area but his low drive was brilliantly punched around the post by the diving Maclaurin. That save proved to be the turning point as Vale started to get a grip of the game at last.
After 28 minutes Gow headed down to Boal and he was denied by the blocking challenge of Harkness virtually on the goal line. A minute later following another Ward corner Wardle's net bound header was cleared off the line by McLaren. Wilson was then out of luck when his low cross was turned away by keeper McGarrigle.
The home side increased their lead after 57 minutes when Ward helped the ball onto Bryan Boal who left the defender on the ground as he advanced on goal to slip the ball past the advancing McGarrigle and into the net.
Four minutes later it was 4-0, Boal's pace took him clear on the left and from his cross Wilson looked sure to score until he was pulled down for another penalty. After offending defender Smith was ordered off Hugh Ward slotted home his second spot kick of the day.
Vale then replaced the hard working Boal and Wilson with Scott McKernan and David Meechan. 10 man Port grabbed a consolation goal after 66 minutes when Piggott got to the line and from his cut back D. McKay got to the near post to score.
Vale then added a fifth a minute later when Brian Deeley burst through from midfield to tuck the ball past McGarrigle for his 6th goal of the season.
Port were reduced to 9 men after 73 minutes when Piggott, who lost the plot and seemed determined to get sent off, got his wish when he was booked twice within a minute and shown the red card.
Scott McKernan set up Vale's sixth after 74 minutes when he cut the ball back to Tom Fox and from 20 yards his powerful shot was fumbled into the net by McGarrigle although Ward was on hand to make sure that the ball was over the line.
Vale's seventh and final goal came with 11 minutes remaining when Ritchie and Fox combined on the right and from the latter's cross David Meechan was on hand to volley the ball into the net from 2 yards.
Vale boss Hugh Hamill could be pleased with his side's overall performance and in particular the form of young Wilson, the not so young Deeley and man of the match Boal.