Tobermore United 2-0 Wakehurst
Tobermore entertained fellow strugglers Wakehurst on Saturday and, whilst the game wasn’t a classic, it provided plenty of talking points.
The Fortwilliam Park men emerged with the points and although there wasn’t a bad tackle in the game two Wakehurst men were shown red cards.
Tobermore started brightly but it was Wakehurst who almost took the lead with ten minutes gone when Conor Gregg, who was to have an eventful day, burst through the home defence.
Gregg beat the on-rushing Matthew McGraw with a fine shot but saw his effort crash off the crossbar and away to safety.
Ryan Winton was causing the visitors all sorts of problems with his pace and Tobermore’s first goal came from a Winton shot that Dean Stewart flicked past Mark Maybin on 35 minutes.
Both sides created chances without really troubling either goalkeeper. This pattern continued into the second period but Gregg should have put his side level when he again found space but his effort was well saved by McGraw.
Wakehurst had an appeal for a penalty waved away and as a result of something said to the assistant, Gregg was shown a red card with just over 10 minutes remaining.
This action seemed to stir the visitors into new life and as Tobermore defended deeper and deeper.
An equaliser seemed on the cards but any hope of a comeback was snuffed out when Andrew Erwin upended Winton inside the box in the 92nd minute and not only did they concede a penalty kick, that Conor Deane duly smashed home, but Erwin was rather harshly shown a red card, presumably for preventing a goal scoring opportunity.
All in all not a great game but Tobermore will be happy to have completed the double over their neighbors and with 3 more points in the bag.
Tobermore: M McGraw, A Neill, P Keane, G Donaldson, D Magee, S Glasgow, D Stewart, C Kearns, C Deane, H Batista, R Winton,Subs: C Kilpatrick, S Brown, M Curtis,