TOBERMORE UNITED 6
Ardglass got off to a slow start in this entertaining intermediate cup game and Tobermore almost punished some slack defending with only a couple of minutes on the clock.
The visitors weathered the early storm and played some good football but were caught out on 25 minutes when Steven Lyons headed home at the back post to put Tobermore ahead.
This seemed to lift the visitors and they created a few good chances but were unable to take any of them.
Adam Graham, with his first goal in four years, put Tobermore 2-0 up just before the break when he fired home from the edge of the penalty box.
Goal number three arrived just after halftime when Gary Donaldson pounced on a loose ball inside the penalty area and Gareth McLaughlin added number four on the hour mark with a well struck shot from just outside the box.
It was by no means all one way traffic and Ardglass got their reward with 12 minutes left when Stephen Deeson punished some poor marking and smashed the ball past the helpless Paul Wells.
Any thoughts Ardglass had of a late comeback were quickly dispersed when James McGahan bravely out jumped the onrushing keeper to head home number five and three minutes later McLaughlin got his second and Tobermore’s sixth to round off a good afternoon’s work and set up an interesting home quarter final clash against Knockbreda on Saturday March 8.
Tobermore United: P. Wells, A. Graham, D. Magee G. Donaldson, B. Anderson, S. Heneghan, D. Stewart C. Donaldson, T. Parkhill, S. Lyons, G. McLaughlin. Subs: R. Winton, J. McGahan, M. Hughes, M. Brown. D. McClements
Tobermore’s manager Adrian Whiteside was understandably happy with the result and said after the game.
“We are obviously delighted to progress to the quarter final of the Intermediate Cup, but more pleasing is the fact that we at last were able to take the majority of the chances we created and hopefully we can build on this performance.
“To be fair Ardglass isn’t a bad side and came here on a good run but on the day we punished their mistakes and took our chances and they didn’t. It’s now important to put some league points on the board and we look forward to Saturday’s league game at Wakehurst.”
Tobermore’s popular Mini Soccer sessions continue this Saturday at Maghera Leisure centre. The 1 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 Facebook or www.tobermoreminisoccer.com