Ards made to fight for victory

Irish Football Association Grass Roots Officer Ciaran Donaghy addressing some of Tobermore's Mini Soccer Centre players. INMM40 504con
Irish Football Association Grass Roots Officer Ciaran Donaghy addressing some of Tobermore's Mini Soccer Centre players. INMM40 504con

Tobermore Utd 0

Ards 2

ARDS were the visitors at Fortwilliam Park last Saturday and although the league leaders left with all three points Tobermore made them fight all the way for their victory.

Indeed the home side could have drawn first blood inside the first 10 minutes when Davy Patton hit the woodwork and Neil Lamont went close with a screamer across McKibbon’s goals.

Ards had most of the possession during an entertaining game but another solid performance from the home defence continually frustrated the visiting forward line giving them little time to play their neat passing game.

Ards continued to press without really troubling William Hassan in the home nets but as the game wore on Tobermore seemed to tire and their resolve was finally broken on 68 minutes when McDonell headed home from a good cross from the right and Dougan made the points safe 4 minutes from time when he was given too much room inside the box and slipped the ball inside Hassan’s left hand post.

Tobermore United: W. Hassan, L. Forgrave, J. Neill, S. Mulgrew, K. Steele, G. Donaldson, D. Gardner, D. McClements, N. Lamont, K. Lynch, D. Patton,

Subs; D. Stewart, R. Winton, S. Henneghan, J. Lockhart, R. Doherty

Tobermore have another break from league action next Saturday when they travel to neighbours Magherafelt Sky Blues in the Craig Memorial Cup in what promises to be a rip roaring cup tie. Tobermore’s poor league form will not have escaped the notice of the Blues management team and they will be up to take a Championship scalp but Tobermore will want to progress in the cup that they have won on 5 occasions..

October fixtures

Saturday October 6th V Magherafelt Sky Blues (away) N.W. Craig Cup 1.30 kick off.

Saturday October 13th V Newry City (POSTPONED).

Saturday October 20th V Limavady United (away) 3.00 kick off.
Saturday October 27th V no game yet scheduled.

Tobermore mini soccer

Tobermore Mini Soccer Centre sessions continue in Maghera Recreation Centre every Saturday morning from 10.00 am until 11.00.

Players as usual should come along kitted out ready to play with shin guards and trainers or boots, weather permitting.

The fun sessions are supervised by IFA accredited coaches and are open to all boys and girls of primary school age.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/tobermoreunitedminisoccer.