Knockbreda were firm favourites to progress in this much anticipated cup tie and whilst that was the final outcome it was the First Division outfit that were the happier side to hear the final whistle.
Tobermore got off to a flying start and went ahead with barely a minute on the clock when Colin Donaldson rose highest to head past the advancing Brian Neeson.
It took the Belfast men some time to settle and Tobermore could have had a second in that time but Knockbreda’s quality eventually got them on top and it was no surprise when the equaliser arrived.
James Wright was all alone at the back post and headed past Paul Wells on 39 minutes and 5 minutes later the same player add a second with a sweet free kick from just outside the box the that gave Wells no chance.
Tobermore made a couple of changes at the start of the second half and transformed their performance. James McGahan replaced Steven Lyons and he gave the visiting back four a torrid time. Knockbreda were on the back foot and their cause wasn’t helped when sub Eddie Williamson was shown a strait red for a bad tackle with 10 minutes to go.
His team mate Neeson should have followed him five minutes later when he felled McGahan, but the referee completely missed the incident.
After the dust settled Tobermore continued to dominate the game but the visitors rode the storm to progress to the semi final.
TOBERMORE: P Wells, D McClements, R. Winton, G Donaldson, B Anderson, S Heneghan, D Stewart, C Donaldson, T Parkhill, G McLaughlin, S Lyons. Subs: C. Beattie, J. McGahan, M Brown, M. Hughes, C. McKenna
Tobermore are back in league action next Saturday March 15th when league leaders PSNI visit Fortwilliam Park and Tobermore will be hoping to reverse the outcome of the two previous meetings this season when the “cops” won in the league and Irish cup at Newforge. The game kicks off at 3pm.
Tobermore’s popular Mini Soccer sessions continue this Saturday at Maghera Leisure centre. The 1 hour session start at 10am sharp. The fun sessions are supervised by IFA accredited coaches and are open to all boys and girls of primary school age and everyone is welcome.For more information visit facebook.com/tobermoreunitedminisoccer or www.tobermoreminisoccer.com.