Ards 2 - 0 Tobermore Utd. Ards enjoyed near domination of the first half, with Tobermore failing to test opposing keeper Graeme McKibbin. The danger man for Ards for the most of the game was Mark Picking, who worked tirelessly up and down the right wing. It was his cross on six minutes that almost laid a chance on for McConnell but the Ards striker had the ball knocked from his path by a fine intercepting header from United’s Jason Campbell.
Tobermore’s only sight of the Ards goal came on 22 minutes after a poorly delivered free kick from Ards’ Ciaran Boyd was cleared quickly up the field. With Ards well committed in their opponents’ half, David Patton began a chase for the loose ball but was beaten to it by keeper McKibbin.
The game’s opening goal arrived in the 33rd minute. Picking was again the thorn in the Tobermore side as he worked his way down the right flank and delivered a cross that struck the arm of Gary Donaldson. The Tobermore man became the game’s second player to be cautioned as Ards were awarded a penalty. Aaron McKee took the responsibility and he hammered the ball into the roof of Sammy Foster’s net.
Half time Ards 1-0 Tobermore Utd.
Tobermore were a much better side at the start of the second half with a lot more possession but still were struggling to make any real breakthroughs. Neil Lamont had hard luck on two occasions with an overhead kick inside the box and another effort from further out and a free kick from Henneghan had McKibbin at full stretch but it was Ards who got the important second goal 6 minutes from time when McConnell headed home Arthurs cross.
Full time Ards 1-0 Tobermore Utd
Tobermore United: Foster, McComb Campbell, Whiteside, Neill, Donaldson, McClements, Millar, Lamont Patton and Magill Subs:, Hassan, McKenna, Batista, Henneghan, Kelly.
The defeat on Saturday saw Tobermore drop into the bottom half of the league table for the first time this season and they will be hoping to get back on track next weekend when they face Bangor at home. It will be another difficult game however as Bangor will be on a high having beaten league leaders Newry last Saturday.
Sat Oct 29th V Bangor (home) IFA Championship 1 (3.00 pm)
Sat Nov 5th V To be confirmed as Larne now have a cup game.
Sat Nov 12th V Institute (home) IFA Championship 1 (2.00 pm)
Sat Nov 19th V TBC
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.