NW Craig Memorial Cup semi-final
Dungiven 2 Tobermore United 2 (AET)
(Tobermore win 11-10 on penalties)
Tobermore travelled the short distance over the Glenshane Pass for this tricky Craig Memorial Cup Semi Final tie expecting, and getting, a very tough game against a well disciplined and fit Dungiven side.
Dungiven started the game at a good pace and deservedly went ahead on 25 minutes when ex-Tobermore player Stephen McGuigan tapped home from close range.
Neil Lamont got Tobermore back on level terms on 55 minutes but Dungiven went back in front three minutes later courtesy of a mix up in the Reds’ defence.
Tobermore were thrown a lifeline on 80 minutes when the referee awarded a hotly disputed penalty for a push on Ryan Doherty which Danny Gardner smashed home to once again level the game.
With the temperature plummeting, 30 minutes of extra time saw no change to the score line so it was down to the dreaded penalty kicks.
Sean Heneghan was first up for Tobermore but Connor O’Kane made a magnificent save to put the visitors immediately on the back foot. The following eight penalties were all converted leaving Dungiven only to knock home number 10 for a place in the final but unfortunately for the home side they missed and the game went into sudden death.
Again spot kick after spot kick was expertly despatched by both sides but a miss by keeper O’Kane, that hit both posts and came out, and a great save by Willie Hassan sent Tobermore into their foutth consecutive Craig Memorial cup final when they will face Limavady United at Fortwilliam Park on Boxing Day,
Dungiven will consider themselves very unfortunate not to be in the final after at times outplaying their Championship One opponents but in cup games it’s the result that’s counts and not how well you play on the day.
Tobermore United: W. Hassan, S. Mulgrew, G. Donaldson, J. Neill, K. Steele, D. Gardner, S. Henneghan, N. Lamont, R. Doherty D. McClements, K. Lynch. Subs; D. Stewart, K. Hassan, C. McKenna, R. McAuley, J. Henry.
Tobermore were due to travel to Carrick Rangers next Saturday November 10th, but due to a problem with Carrick’s pitch the game will now be played at Fortwilliam Park with a 2pm kick off.
Tobermore Mini Soccer Centre sessions continue in Maghera Recreation Centre every 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.