TOBERMORE were the visitors to Fairhill on Saturday as Killymoon looked to secure local bragging rights.
Local derby matches are always hotly contested and full of incident and this one was certainly living up the derby billing. Chances were limited in the first half as both sides cancelled each other out as the rear-guards held firm. It was no surprise that the first half ended 0-0.
The second half saw the tie spring into life as Tobermore opened the scoring as Montgomery punched the ball to a Tobermore forward who lobbed the ball over the keeper and into the empty goal.
Killymoon kept their composure and continued to play football but they were dealt a crucial blow when Tobermore extended their lead. Moon player Marty Rea was lying on the floor following an injury yet the referee waved play on and Tobermore took full advantage and made it 2-0.
The home side were livid with the referee and knew that they had to score immediately to work a way back into the game.
Killymoon made a change in their formation and went with three defenders at the back. With only ten minutes remaining, Brownlee latched onto a ball and drilled home to make it 2-1.
Killymoon were now in control and David Millar grabbed that crucial equaliser as he made a strong run into the box and slotted past the keeper.
Manager Phil Gray was delighted with Killymoon’s performance.
“This was a magnificent performance from all the players today. They battled hard and it would have been an injustice if we had of lost this game. Credit must go to both players for a thrilling game of football.”