Ballinamallard Utd 2-1 Tobermore Utd. LIFE without the recently departed Johnny Law began in earnest for Tobermore last Saturday and the new management team of Oliver McAuley and Davy Patton couldn’t have wished for a tougher test than a visit to league leaders Ballinamallard.
Their task wasn’t helped by the fact that Tobermore’s last league game was back at the end of December last year but they will be very pleased by the performance, attitude and effort of every single player.
Ballinamallard are by far the best team in the league and at times it was backs to the wall stuff for the visitors but at no time could you say that Tobermore were out played.
In a scoreless first half the majority of the chances fell to the hosts but Sammy Foster had a superb game and comfortably dealt with all that the Mallards could throw at him,
Despite having to defend in numbers at times Neil Lamont almost put Tobermore ahead on the half hour when he hit the inside of a post from an acute angle but no one in red was on hand to tap in the rebound.
The Mallards continued their assault in the second half without really troubling Foster and his defenders but the Fermanagh men got their breakthrough on 53 minutes when McCartney converted a hotly disputed penalty and Kee put them further ahead 20 minutes later with a deflected free kick.
To be fair to Tobermore, even at two down, they never gave up and ensured that the Mallards had a nervy final 10 minutes when big John Neil fired home for the Reds at the back post.
Tobermore didn’t get any points out of the game but they did get a lot of credit from the home support for pushing the league leaders all the way in a very entertaining game.
Tobermore United: Foster, McComb, Donaldson, Neill, Millar, Henneghan, Stewart, Spratt, McClements Magill, Lamont
Subs: Campbell, Kelly, Patton, Hassan
Tobermore unbelievably again have no fixtures scheduled yet for Saturday Feb 11th and 18th but the IFA are looking into the possibility of organizing rearranged fixtures
Sat Feb. 25th V Limavady United (H) 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 our website www.tobermoreunitedfc.co.uk