Tobermore faced Queen’s University at sunny Fortwilliam Park last Saturday without a recognised keeper in their ranks due to regular stopper Paul Walsh out through suspension and reserve keeper out through injury.
Fair play to centre forward James McGahan who volunteered his services to go between the sticks and most at the game would agree that he performed his duty well.
Tobermore were by far the better side in the early stages of the game and debutant Trevor Parkhill opened his account for his new club with a well struck penalty on 10 minutes after Ryan Winton was upended inside the box.
The same player could have doubled his and Tobermore’s tally 5 minutes later but his delicate chip went just over.
Queens did have the odd counter attack but it was the home side creating all the chances with Steven Lyons a constant threat to the visitors defence.
Despite their dominance Tobermore were unable to add to the score line and with 10 minutes to half time the whole pattern of play changed when Lyons had to go off with a hamstring problem.
Tobermore seemed to lose their way and Queens quickly capitalised with Mark Prenter scoring twice for the students in as many minutes to give them an unexpected 2-1 half time lead.
Lyons replacement Marty Hughes restored parity 12 minutes after the break when he finished well from a lovely Winton through ball.
Both sides created plenty of chances in a lively second half but it was the visitors who managed to take one of them when James Lavery was left unmarked inside the 6 yard box and he made no mistake with a simple header to claim all three points.
Tobermore should have a number of players back from injury and suspension for the difficult game on Friday night at Seaview against Newington YC at 7.45pm.
Tobermore United: J. McGahan R. Winton, G. Donaldson, K. Steele, D. Stewart, D. McClements, D. Gibson, S. Lyons, T. Parkhill, G. McLaughlin, S. Heneghan. Subs: J. Henry, C. Patterson, M. Hughes
Tobermore’s Mini Soccer Centre fun football sessions continue this Saturday at Maghera leisure Centre.
The one hour session start at 10am sharp and end at 11am and everyone is welcome.
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.facebook.com/tobermoreunitedminisoccer or www.tobermoreminisoccer.com.