Football: Tobermore survive Intermediate Cup fight back by Wakehurst

SHIELDS... A Tobermore Utd player shields the ball from an Ardglass player their Intermediate Cup clash at Fortwilliam Park.INMM0914-311SR
SHIELDS... A Tobermore Utd player shields the ball from an Ardglass player their Intermediate Cup clash at Fortwilliam Park.INMM0914-311SR
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Tobermore made the short trip to Castledawson last Saturday hoping to take their impressive Intermediate Cup form into this very important league game .

Within three minutes Gareth McLaughlin had put them ahead with a cracking half volley from just outside the box.

Little was seen of either team as an attacking force after this bright opening as play was generally bogged down in midfield and it was 36 minutes before Dean Stewart caught a sweet volley that flashed just wide of the far upright.

Jason Paul broke away on 41 minutes but his shot was blocked by a last gasp tackle from Sean Heneghan.

Tobermore were quickly out of the blocks at the start of the second half and Marc Maybin kept his team in the game with two superb stops from McLaughlin and Trevor Parkhill, but he could do nothing to prevent Tobermore doubling their lead on 52 minutes. A deep free-kick from the right found left wing-back Daryl McGee at the back post and his header back across goal was turned into the net by Steven Lyons.

Wakehurst were a little pedestrian at the back and it was no surprise when the Tobermore struck again after 75 minutes. McGee was involved again as he broke free on the left and his drilled pass across the 6-yard box was met by substitute Glen Clarke, giving Maybin no chance.

Tobermore took their foot off the pedal in the final ten minutes and they almost paid the ultimate penalty as the home team produced their only two shots of the game on target!

Ryan Young struck on 81 minutes with a well hit shot from 18 yards into the roof of the net and 4 minutes later Andy Laughlin, who had been pushed into his more natural position in midfield after substitute Andy Erwin moved to right wing-back, tried his luck with a 20-yard effort that squirmed through the hands of keeper Paul Wells for 3-2.

With their tails up Wakehurst saw an unlikely draw as a reward for their late endeavour and sub Erwin could have scored an undeserved equaliser but he dragged his shot wide and Tobermore held on to collect all three much needed points.

TOBERMORE UTD: P Wells, D McClements, D McGee, G Donaldson, B Anderson, S Heneghan, D Stewart, C Donaldson, T Parkhill, G McLaughlin, S Lyons. Subs: G Clarke, M Harkness, A Graham, M Brown,

Tobermore are back on cup duty next Saturday March 8 when they take on Championship 1 outfit Knockbreda in the quarter-final of the Intermediate Cup. The game kicks off at 1.30pm.

Tobermore’s popular Mini Soccer sessions continue this Saturday at Maghera Leisure centre. The 1 hour session start at 10am sharp and finish at 11am. 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 www.facebook.com/tobermoreunitedminisoccer or www.tobermoreminisoccer.com