Disputed penalty denies Tobermore

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A CONTROVERSIAL penalty awarded to Warrenpoint in the 30th minute was enough to give the visitors all three points in this first game of the season at sunny Fortwilliam Park on Saturday.

Tobermore’s keeper Paul Wells challenged Keith Johnstown for a loose ball inside the box which the referee saw nothing wrong with but inexplicably the local linesman did and he signalled for the spot kick. The decision infuriated Tobermore and even the Warrenpoint contingent were a little bemused at the assistant referee’s bizarre call but Johnston dusted himself down and expertly dispatched the penalty kick to put his side ahead.

The penalty incident overshadowed a good game that probably should have had a few more goals but some cracking saves from both keepers kept the rusty front men at bay.

Warrenpoint probably shaded play in the first half with Ronan Kinney and Ashley Gregg going close to putting their side further ahead but Tobermore came well into the game in the second half with Neil Lamont and Davy Patton both having half chances to level the score line but David McClements will be annoyed with himself for not getting a late equaliser. On two occasions he shook off his markers on the edge of the box but couldn’t find the finish you would normally expect from him with Jonathan Parr making a great save from his first effort and the second going wide.

Team: P. Wells, C. McKenna, R. Winton, G. Donaldson, K. Steele, D. Stewart, D. Gardner, S. Henneghan, N. Lamont, D. Patton, D. McClements. Subs; N. Turner, J. Lockhart, W. Hassan, S. Bradley

It wasn’t the start boss Oliver McAuley had hoped for but he was missing some key players who should be available for next Friday night’s trip to Institute. One bright spark on the day was the performance of young Ryan Winton, recently signed from Maghera Strollers, who showed some good touches on his debut for his new club.

Tobermore would like to thank Tommy Gregg who sponsored Saturday’s match ball.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a ball, a game or putting an advertising sign around the ground should contact any committee member. For more information visit www.tobermoreunitedfc.co.uk

August fixtures

Tuesday August 14th V Moyola (away) 7.45 kick off

Friday August 17th V Institute (away) Irn Bru League Cup 7.45 kick off

Friday August 24th V Coagh United (home) 7.00 kick off

Tobermore United FC mini soccer centre

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