Football: On-form Tobermore hit Banbridge for eight

Tobermore's Trevor Parkhill on the attack
Tobermore's Trevor Parkhill on the attack
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Tobermore United 8-0 Banbridge Town

Hat-tricks from Seamie Brown and Trevor Parkhill and a Neil Lamont brace helped Tobermore to a big win over Banbridge Town on Saturday.

Tobermore had doubled their lead when great play down the left from Magee, Winton and Parkhill saw Batista’s effort come back of the bar.

With 25 minutes gone Seamie Brown controlled the ball well at the back post to put Tobermore 2-0 up. Again Batista was the provider.

Banbridge almost caught Tobermore on the counter when Evans was allowed to travel a long way but again the chance was wasted by the visitors.

On the half hour Winton intercepted a pass and broke clear but his effort was tame and easily saved.

Then two minutes later you would have bet your house that Parkhill would shoot when bearing down on goal but he tried to feed his strike partner Brown and the move broke down.

Batista saw a red mist when he kicked out at Greene on the sideline. The referee had no choice and showed the winger a straight red. Greene received a yellow for his part.

That appeared to spur Banbridge on and they pushed to try get back into the game. Evans and Gourley were bombing forward but Tobermore’s defence dealt with the threat with Stewart and Glasgow dropping in and helping out.

Things went from bad to worse though for Banbridge when Waddell saw red right on the stroke of half time. Waddell couldn’t handle the pace of Winton and had little choice but to pull the winger back as he sprinted towards goal.

Half time and Tobermore went in with a deserved 2-0 lead.

The referee had barely got the second half started and Tobermore found themselves 3-0 up. Seamie Brown with a great finish from the edge of the box after a good pass from Parkhill.

Banbridge continued to search for their opener but Kilpatrick was winning everything in the air and Donaldson, Neill and Magee were mopping up.

Gourley’s pace and trickery always looked dangerous going forward and after a good spell of possesion for Tobermore, McGraw was called into action with a great reaction save from Donaldson’s attempted clearance.

Seamie Brown almost got his hat-trick when Neill’s cross found him unmarked at the back post but his effort was off target.

Tobermore really were playing some very neat football as they searched for more goals. Stewart and Glasgow were bossing the midfield and Winton and Parkhill were now playing on the flanks.

The football paid of and again it was Brown with the finish. The build up to this goal was excellent and words can’t do it justice.

Starting with Andy Neill at right back through Stewart and Glasgow and Winton’s clever back heal to Magee who put it on a plate for Brown.

With 15 minutes to go Parkhill made it 5-0 from what looked like an impossible angle and he added another five minutes later for his hat-trick and to make it six with Winton the provider.

The 82nd minute saw a welcome return for Neil Lamont made his first appearance after a serious injury he sustained almost two years ago.

Banbridge looked like they were going to get a consolation goal with seven minutes to go but again McGraw pulled of a top class save low to his left.

Tobermore continued to press and Winton again provided a great ball for Lamont and the big striker showed his strength and ability to finish brilliantly under pressure to make it seven for the home side.

Less than two minutes later and again it was Lamont with another great finish after a good ball in from the left from Curtis. Two goals in eight minutes for the local man and a return of two for two for Lamont.

All in all this was a very good performance from Tobermore with every last player playing their part. As late Tobermore have been creating chances but not scoring and today Banbridge found themselves on the receiving end of some very good finishes and some very good moves.

Tobermore: McGraw, Neill, Magee, Donaldson(c), Kilpatrick, Stewart, Batista, Glasgow, Brown, Parkhill, Winton. Subs Used: Curtis, Lamont, Harkness.