Tobermore Youth finally got their season under way with all three teams having games over the weekend.
U11s traveled to Ballymoney on Friday night to play Loughguile in a friendly. The U11s started strongly and with a few new players out to impress it was no surprise when they took an early lead.
As the game progressed the bigger and stronger Loughguile side got more into the game. At the final whistle the score was 3-2 to Loughguile. Sam Boyce and Rory McAleese scored for Tobermore. Man of the Match was Callum Speirs.
On Saturday morning the U15s traveled the short distance to Dungiven to get their league campaign up and running. With this being the first match for most of the boys playing together it was always going to be difficult against last year’s league champions.
The game started with Dungiven on the front foot and within five minutes were 1-0 up. From the restart Tobermore got reorganized and held their own until twenty minutes into the game when the ref gave the home side a debatable penalty.
With the score now 2-0 some of the boys let their heads drop and conceded two soft goals from corners before half time. Second half was a different story with Tobermore more up for the challenge. A few positional changes made after the break made a big difference with Tobermore now putting the Dungiven back four under a bit of pressure.
Cian Jones pulled two goals back for Tobermore and Samuel Curry almost adding a third with a spectacular overhead kick which crashed of the crossbar, with the keeper well beaten. Men of the match were Cian Jones and Samuel Curry.
The U17s played Dungiven at home on Saturday morning. Tobermore opened the scoring to take a 1-0 lead and although Dungiven equalized Tobermore got their noses in front again to lead 2-1.
As the game progressed the stronger Dungiven side were able to take advantage of a few mistakes and score another two goals.
Lee Watterson and Robert Walker scored for Tobermore. Man of the match was Ty Cowden.
Tobermore Youth Football Academy are still recruiting players from the whole community to develop for their U15 and U17 squads.