United edged by Rangers 0
Portage United was winless in its third game in a row after a 1-0 loss to the King's Park Rangers in Winnipeg on Sunday. (File photo)
Promotion seemed to be a foregone conclusion for Portage United.
Now, it's not so set in stone.
After cruising easily atop the Manitoba Major Soccer League's fourth division for much of the year, it's not looking quite as rosy for United.
United (9-3-3) extended its winless streak to three games after falling 1-0 to the King's Park Rangers in Winnipeg on Sunday night.
The Rangers also played Friday night against Mutiny FC, though the result was not reported. A win gives them 32 points and top spot in the league, while a tie would have placed them into a three-way tie atop the table with United and Winnipeg FC at 30 points, though Winnipeg FC has a game in hand.
While these teams are surging, Portage has just two wins in its last six outings.
Head coach Ian Benson said his side just seemed stuck in neutral all evening.
"We never got going. We never did anything right. We were negative and not really good," said Benson. "I've never seen a performance like that tonight. We weren't intentionally bad, it's just the cohesion has gone completely.
"There was disjointed movement and it was not good. We just didn't seem to be able to get any offence going at all."
United will begin the final sixth of its season next Sunday in Winnipeg against Red River Valley AFC.
For more, please see Monday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.