Pompey Academy extended their unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient this morning.
In horrendous wet and windy conditions, both sides made little headway. And apart from a Lewis Horsburgh shot that raced inches wide of Orient upright, the only other chance in the opening 45 minutes had Pompey keeper Luke Colquhoun reacting quickly to turn a well-struck free-kick away to safety.
But minutes into the second half - and with the conditions worsening - the young Fratton hopefuls shook Orient by taking the lead.
While the initial move was a superb creation that involved both Harry Medway and Horsburgh, the finish by Bradley Tarbuck was sheer quality, the talented striker holding off his marker to propel the ball into the back of the Orient net from distance.
Rather than sit back and defend their slender lead, the young Blues set about the task of putting the result out of reach and only the width of an upright denied Tarbuck from doubling the advantage after another sparkling move had undone the Orient rearguard.
Just when it looked as though Pompey would be travelling home with three points for a job well done, fortune shone on the hosts who managed to steal an equaliser when a cross into the penalty area took a wicked deflection off defender Ben Close and found a path beyond the efforts of Colquhoun to keep it out.
Despite the late blow, Pompey can be in confident mood and looking forward to a busy week ahead of them with Alliance Youth League matches against Aldershot at Guildford Sports complex on Tuesday (2.30pm), before the visit of Luton Town at the weekend (11am).
Pompey Academy: Colquhoun, Medway, Triggs, Awford, Field, Whatmough, Kim, Branford, Horsburgh, Close, Tarbuck. Subs: Chaplin, Haunstrup, Tarasenko.