TOBERMORE UNITED 4 SPORT & LEISURE 0
Tobermore deservedly came out on top by a handsome margin in this “six pointer” relegation battle against fellow strugglers Sport & Leisure.
Although Tobermore have a number of games in hand over the teams in the bottom half of the league they are of no significance unless they are won along with beating their closest rivals and in that context this was a very important victory.
The visitors played some neat football early on and almost went in front with barely five minutes on the clock when a speculative shot from at least 25 yards out had keeper Paul Wells scrambling back towards his goals. He somehow got a fingertip to the ball and then smothered it as it crashed from the crossbar onto the goal line.
Ryan Winton opened the scoring for the home side on 12 minutes with a well taken header and James McGahan must still be wondering how he didn’t get Tobermore’s second and third as on two occasions in quick succession he found himself in front of an open goal but couldn’t get his efforts on target.
Although Tobermore dominated most of the play Darren Gallagher must have thought he was in for the equaliser just before half time but was denied by a wonderful last ditch tackle by full back Adam Graham.
The hard working McGahan made up for his earlier misses when he pounced for Tobermore’s second on 51 minutes and although the visitors never gave up the fight the game was put beyond them when Trevor Parkhill struck twice in a minute.
The first on 72 minutes was a relatively easy close range finish for the big striker but his second was a superb goal when he beat a couple of defenders inside the box and gave Damien Nugent no chance with a crisp finish.
Five minutes later Parkhill must have thought he had his hat trick from a similar position but he was denied by a great one handed save by Nugent.
The visitors kept up their hard work until the final whistle but couldn’t find a way to a goal.
All in all a good days work for the home side who will hope to kick on and get away from the relegation zone.
TOBERMORE UTD: P Wells, A Graham, D McGee, B Anderson, G. Donaldson, D Stewart, C Donaldson, T Parkhill, R. Winton, J. McGahan G McLaughlin. Subs: G Clarke, M. Hughes, C. Beattie, G. Clarke
Glebe Rangers are next up at Fortwilliam Park next Saturday in another tasty encounter and this game will be followed by a fund raiser “Night at the Races” in Richards Bar Tobermore.
Tobermore’s popular Mini Soccer sessions continue this Saturday at Maghera Leisure centre. The one hour session start at 10am sharp. The fun sessions are supervised by IFA accredited coaches and are open to all boys and girls of primary school age and everyone is welcome. For more information visit tobermoreunitedminisoccer on Facebook or go to www.tobermoreminisoccer.com.