ADRIAN WHITESIDE: Tobermore manager’s praise for ‘ruthless’ United

Tobermore United manager Adrian Whiteside. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Tobermore United manager Adrian Whiteside. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Tobermore United manager Adrian Whiteside put special focus on his forward-thinking players following Saturday’s impressive 4-0 success.

The Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League win over Portstewart left the visitors to Fortwilliam Park with a first defeat of the league campaign.

Whiteside’s call for a greater cutting edge in the final third was answered in style by the squad as Tobermore fired home four goals towards full points.

“I told our forward players at half-time to be more ruthless and that the goals would then come, which they did,” said Whiteside. “Portstewart have started the season well but they couldn’t match our work-rate and desire on the day.”

Conor Kearns’ finish handed Tobermore control before the break then a slick second-half scoring spree produced two goals across a fine 10-minute spell thanks to Peter Duffin and Shay Dunlop, with Ciaran Curran closing out the scoring.

Tobermore sit joint third alongside Newington and Portstewart on seven points from four fixtures - with Annagh United out in front over Queen’s.

“We have no league game now for another few weeks,” said Whiteside. “Our next three are in the cups.”