Tobermore Utd 0
Newry City 0
LEAGUE leaders Newry City were the opposition at Fortwilliam Park last Saturday afternoon and Tobermore boss Johnny Law knew his side needed a vastly improved performance from their last outing against Loughgall if they were going to get anything from this game.
His cause wasn’t helped by the fact that a number of key players were missing through injury and suspension but at the end of the 90 minutes he was pleased with the result and more importantly with the performance.
Newry had recorded 5 league wins out of 5 starts before this game and a betting man could see them getting their 6th straight win but that’s not how it works in football and despite being under periods of pressure Tobermore got the point that their performance thoroughly deserved.
Newry’s young side made the early running with home keeper Sammy Foster being called on to make some fine saves from Steven and Daniel Hughes but it was Tobermore’s Dean Stewart who could have broken the deadlock with 15 minutes gone when he burst into the box but scuffed his shot and it went harmlessly wide.
Tobermore’s back four had to be at the top of their game and they were with John Neill and Gary Donaldson in particular doing well to counter the threat in the air from Newry’s big men at set pieces .
After a fairly even first 45 minutes Tobermore should have gone in front early in the second half when Neil Lamont out paced the visitors defence and although his shot beat keeper Gareth Buchannan it went just the wrong side of the post and wide.
At the other end Foster made a wonder save to keep out a Marty Havern drive and he also did well to keep out the resulting corner.
The pace of Hugo Batista and Neil Lamont was causing all sorts of problems for Newry’s defence and Ricky Copeland was fortunate to only be punished with a free kick when he felled Lamont with a high tackle just outside the box.
Kris Magil hit a wonderful left foot strike from the resulting free kick which Buchannan was at full stretch to save.
Both managers used their full compliment of substitutes and although Newry finished the game strongly as they went looking for all 3 points, Tobermore defended well and deservedly shared the spoils.
Final score; Tobermore Utd. 0-0 Newry City
Tobermore United: Foster, McKenna, Campbell, Neill, Donaldson, Gardiner, Stewart, Batista, Henneghan, Lamont and Magill Subs: Whiteside, Hassan, Bradley
Sat Oct 8th V Glebe Rangers (home) IFA Championship 1 (3.00 pm) Sat Oct 22nd V Ards (away) IFA Championship 1 (3.00 pm)
Sat Oct 29th V Bangor (home) IFA Championship 1 (3.00 pm)
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 www.tobermoreunitedfc.co.uk