UK news It was the right decision to throw Zach Cowan (15) into Portadown's first team, insists manager Matthew Tipton last news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Matthew Tipton is ready to hand more opportunities to Portadown's exciting crop of teenage talent after 15-year-old Zach Cowan made his debut for the club against Warrenpoint Town.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "Matthew Tipton is ready to hand more opportunities to Portadown's exciting crop of teenage talent after 15-year-old Zach Cowan made his debut for the club against Warrenpoint Town. Tipton has regularly dipped into the Ports' youth ranks and promoted those he feels are ready since taking charge at Shamrock Park three years ago and Cowan became the latest to roll off the production line when he came off the bench with 15 minutes to go in the 2-1 defeat to Barry Gray's men.Portadown took a 17th minute lead when Adam Salley smashed home a penalty after Paul Finnegan had been impeded as a free-kick was floated into the box.Protests surrounded Warrenpoint's equaliser 10 minutes laster, with claims Fra McCaffrey had made illegal contact with Portadown goalkeeper Jacob Carney after he came rushing off his line to collect a long lofted pass. The Point skipper ignored the appeals to to curl the ball into the net from almost on the byline on the left.There were no doubts about the winner on 62 minutes when Alan O'Sullivan swivelled to finish inside the six-yard box after Dan Byrne had headed down Kealan Doyle's corner.The Ports have fielded nine teenagers this season - three of them played on Saturday - with a widely varying number of appearances and Tipton revealed that it's far from being a case of just throwing youngsters in to see if they are up to the challenge.
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."Zach has only turned 15 - he's fourth year in school - so if we can put that into context that's how much we rate him," said Tipton."With Zach and some young players they are actually better playing in first-team football than they are in their own age group just because of the style of football they play."His style is better suited to us than to under-20s or under-18s football, I believe, because of the positions he picks up. That doesn't happen at lower level of football."We've seen it before, George (Tipton) was the same, Oisin Conaty, Dane McCullough, these boys who have come in and played they are actually more suited to playing at a high level of football because football intelligence is up there, while their physical development is low.""
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