Football: Three first half goals haunt Tobermore United against Wakehurst

SHOT... Tobermore take a shot at goal during last Saturday's league clash with Wakehurst.INMM4613-367SR
SHOT... Tobermore take a shot at goal during last Saturday's league clash with Wakehurst.INMM4613-367SR

It wasn’t to be for Tobermore at the weekend as they lost out at home to Wakehurst in a mid-table league encounter.

Tobermore could well have taken the lead twice in this entertaining game at Fortwilliam Park before Wakehurst stormed into a three goal half time lead.

Indeed, that lead could have been four, had they not missed another golden chance from the penalty spot.

Wakehurst were playing a neat passing game but hadn’t really threatened to score but that changed in the 30th minute when the unfortunate Gary Donaldson deflected a great cross from Jason Paul into his own net.

Five minutes later Conor Gregg made it two when he beautifully lobbed the advancing Paul Wells from 20 yards.

Steven Lyons almost pulled one back for Tobermore when his header beat Mark Maybin but came back off the cross bar.

Gregg should have made it 3-0 to Wakehurst from the penalty spot on 40 minutes but Wells pulled of a great save.

However the visitors weren’t to be denied a third before the break and when Lee McGaughern was given too much room inside the box he scored from a very tight angle.

Tobermore made two changes just after the break that seemed to give them a much needed boost. Sean Heneghan was on the field for less than five minutes when he made it 3–1 from the edge of the box.

Ten minutes later with Tobermore in control the same player made it 3-2 with a similar finish and he was unlucky not to level matters with a header that grazed the outside of Maybin’s post.

Gareth McLaughlin also had a great chance to get Tobermore’s equaliser but Maybin brought off a superb save to deny him and protect his sides lead.

Wakehurst weathered the storm and as happens many times in football, when you don’t take your chances you can get punished at the other end.

When a Greggs shot from just outside the box took a wicked deflection Wells was left with no chance, ensuring that Wakehurst were going home with all three points.

Tobermore United: P Wells, R Winton, G Donaldson, K Steele, D Gardner, D Stewart, C McFaul. D McClements S Lyons. T Parkhill, G McLaughlin. Subs: S Heneghan, J McGahan, D Gibson, C Patterson.

Tobermore United would like to thank Anne and Tom Cassidy, Tobermore, who sponsored last Saturday’s match ball.

Tobermore face Killymoon Rangers at home this Saturday in a game both sides will be keen to win.

Tobermore will want to get back to winning ways having lost their last two league games whilst Rangers haven’t had a league win since they beat Moyola back in early September so it will be all to play for at Fortwilliam Park.

November Fixtures: Saturday v Killymoon Rangers (home) 2pm kick off; Saturday November 23rd no game yet scheduled; Saturday November 30th v Sport & Leisure (away) 2pm.

Tobermore’s Mini Soccer Centre fun football sessions continue this Saturday at Maghera Leisure Centre. The hour long session starts at 10am sharp and finishes at 11am. 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.