Last minute drama at Fortwilliam Park

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Tobermore Utd 1 Banbridge Town 1

TOBERMORE entertained Banbridge Town at Fortwilliam Park last Saturday in a game that both managers were keen to win, albeit for different reasons.

Tobermore boss Oliver McAuley was keen to see his side bounce back from last weeks drubbing at Bangor whilst his Banbridge counterpart knew that maximum points were needed to help his side avoid relegation. Unfortunately neither man got his wish as United produced another stuttering performance and the draw, along with other results on the day, condemned Banbridge to life in Championship 2 next season.

It was a strange game with Banbridge well on top for long periods and Tobermore having little to offer at times against Town’s quick passing game but their domination in midfield faded as they got the ball into the final third of the pitch.

Connor Downey and the lively Chris Kingsberry worked hard up front for the visitors but they rarely troubled Willie Hassan in goals for the injured Sammy Foster.

At the other end Kieran Maguire dealt easily with a snapshot from Neil Lamont and his strike partner David Patton went close with a shot from just outside the box.

Tobermore brought on Dean Stewart and Kris Magill midway through the second half and the changes seemed to tip the balance in favour of the home side and after some sustained pressure they took the lead when Patton stabbed home a Magill corner on 77 minutes.

Time was fast running out for Banbridge but sub Adam McBurney gave them a lifeline when he capitalised on a mistake in the home defence and nodded over the advancing Hassan to level things up in the last minute.

With the whistle literally in the referee’s mouth to blow for full time Patton could have won it for the home side when he found himself clear just outside the box but his tame lob fell into Maguire’s arms and the game finished all square.

Team : Hassan, Donaldson, Neill, McComb, Campbell, Millar, Henneghan, Gardner, Lamont, Patton; McClements Subs: Stewart, Magill McKenna,

Sat April 7th v H&W Welders (A) IFA Championship 1 (3pm)

Mon April 9th v Dergview (H) IFA Championship 1 (Noon)

Tobermore United’s popular Mini Soccer Centre continues this Saturday morning in Maghera Recreation Centre, from 10.00 am until 11.00. Players should come along kitted out ready to play with shin guards and trainers essential (not football boots).

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 our website www.tobermoreunitedfc.co.uk