TOBERMORE United boss Jim Scott will be bitterly disappointed with his sides defeat in the Craig Memorial Cup final but delighted that they took maximum points from their two league games over the Christmas period.
“We just didn’t turn up against Limavady on the Boxing Day final, he said. “We handed them two early goals and just couldn’t get into the game so on the day the best team won and we congratulate them on their win.
“To be honest league points are a priority with us and I wouldn’t swap the 6 points for a cup winner’s medal.
Tobermore had a cracking game at Coagh the Saturday before Christmas and deservedly won 3-2 with goals from Forgrave, Doherty and a last minute winner from Lynch.
Last Saturday Dergview were the visitors to Fortwilliam Park and they took a first minute lead when Sproule punished some sloppy defending. Dean Stewart put Tobermore back on level terms on 20 minutes with a firm back post header.
McCusker prevented Tobermore from going ahead just after the restart when he made a tremendous save from Ryan Doherty’s header but it was the visitors who struck next on 52 minutes when Carlin ran in behind Tobermore’s defence and gave Mark Hassan no chance to put his side ahead again.
David McClements beat McCusker to a loose ball 10 minutes later to bring Tobermore back on level terms for the 2nd time.
Neil Lamont thought he had put Tobermore ahead on the 75 minute mark but McCusker somehow kept his point blank header out but with time running out Lamont did get his deserved goal when he outpaced the visitors defence and gave McCusker no chance from close range.
Dergview lost a little discipline right at the end and were punished for a rash tackle on McClements inside the box. Sean Heneghan made no mistake from the resulting penalty to give Tobermore a rather flattering 4-2 final result. Final score; Tobermore United 4 – 2 Dergview
Tobermore United: M. Hassan, R. Winton, J. Neill, G. Donaldson, D. Stewart, S. Heneghan, L. Forgrave,, R. McAuley, N. Lamont, R. Doherty D. McClements, Subs; C. McKenna, R. Stewart, M. Drennan.
The 6 points over Christmas lifted Tobermore out of the bottom 4 for the first time this season and although it’s still a long way from safety Jim Scott will be hoping to build on the recent good results.
The next two weeks Tobermore are at home in cup competitions with Wellington Rec first up on Jan 5th in the intermediate cup and Kilmore Rec on Jan 12th in the Irish Cup
Tobermore United FC would like to wish everyone a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
Saturday Jan 5th V Wellington. Rec (Home) Coca Cola Intermediate Cup. 1.30 ko
Saturday Jan 12nd V Kilmore Rec (home) Irish Cup. 2.00 kick off
Saturday Jan 19th V Larne (Away) Belfast Telegraph Championship 1. 3.00 kick off Saturday Jan 26th no game yet scheduled.
Tobermore Mini Soccer Centre.
Tobermore Mini Soccer Centre sessions resumes in Maghera Recreation Centre this Saturday morning from 10.00 am until 11.00.
Players as usual should come along kitted out ready to play with shin guards and trainers or boots, weather permitting.
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 www.facebook.com/tobermoreunitedminisoccer.