Own goal proves costly as Tobermore lose in Belfast

DERBY... Tobermore's Danny Gardiner tussle's for the ball with a Moyola Park player during last Saturday's Craig Memorial Cup clash at Mill Meadow.INMM3813-378SR
DERBY... Tobermore's Danny Gardiner tussle's for the ball with a Moyola Park player during last Saturday's Craig Memorial Cup clash at Mill Meadow.INMM3813-378SR
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Tobermore travelled to Belfast last Friday night to take on league new boys Newington on the plastic pitch at Seaview.

Manager Adrian Whiteside must be wondering how his side came away with nothing out of the game as United lost out to the Belfast side.

In an entertaining first half the home side had most possession and played a good close passing game but it was the visitors who chalked up more chances on goal with Trevor Parkhill and James McGahan both testing the home keeper.

The first half ended scoreless but within 2 minutes of the restart Tobermore went one up when McGahan found Parkhill with a slide rule pass and the big striker made no mistake for his second goal in as many games for his new club.

Newington, who haven’t lost in the league since the end of August, seemed a little shell shocked at going behind and Tobermore could have added to their tally before the home side gathered their composure and went looking for an equaliser.

Despite dominating possession Newington didn’t really look like scoring but with 10 minutes remaining they were thrown a lifeline when big defender Karl Steele inexplicably handled the ball inside the box and Newington made no mistake from the resulting penalty kick.

This gave the home side a much needed shot in the arm and they threw everything into attack looking for the winning goal and with minutes remaining they got their reward when the unfortunate Steele knocked the ball past his own keeper to gift the visitors all 3 points.

Tobermore United: P Wells, R Winton, G Donaldson, K Steele, D Stewart, D McClements, D Gardner, T Parkhill, G McLaughlin, S Heneghan, J McGahan. Subs: J. Henry, C. McFaul, M. Hughes D. Gibson.

October Fixtures: Saturday 19th V Chimney Corner (away) league. 3pm kick off; Saturday 26th V PSNI (away) league. 3pm kick off.

Fund Raiser- Just a reminder that the famous Pink tribute band is appearing in Tobermore Clubrooms on Saturday Oct 26th.

The gig kicks off at 9.00 and there are still a few tickets left and available from Lyle 02879642425.

Tobermore’s Mini Soccer Centre fun football sessions continue this Saturday at Maghera leisure Centre. The 1 hour session start at 10am sharp and end 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.