Tobermore Utd 4 Limavady Utd 2 IT might have been 10 weeks since Tobermore last played a home league game but what a game to welcome the fans back to Fortwilliam Park with three sending offs, a plethora of yellow cards and six goals to entertain a good crowd.
Despite all of the cards the game could not be considered as a dirty one, some tough tackles as you would expect in any derby that both sides considered a must win game, but overall it was played in a very sporting manner.
Sean Henneghan put Tobermore ahead on 30 minutes with a good strike from just outside the box and 5 minutes later they went 2 up when a Peter Spratt shot was deflected past his own keeper by Limavady’s Kevin Roddy.
As expected Limavady came storming back and ex Tobermore man Ricky Close reduced the deficit when he headed home from close range on 38 minutes and Ryan Mullan ensured an interesting second period when he equalized for the visitors with another close range header deep into injury time at the end of the first half.
Both sides had chances at the start of the second half and on 55 minutes Tobermore’s top marksman Neil Lamont could have done better when one on one with Lawrence McCormack. The big stopper did well to save Lamont’s weak effort.
Nonetheless the centre forward made no mistake when he was presented with a similar opportunity 2 minutes later and he coolly put Tobermore back in front with a fine finish.
On the hour mark referee Mr. Ferguson reduced both teams to 10 men when he showed strait red cards to Limavady’s Gareth McConaghie and Tobermore’s David McClements following an incident out on the touchline.
Fifteen minutes later Limavady lost another player when James McLaughlin received a second yellow.
In between the dismissals Tobermore made the game safe when Lamont doubled his tally on 69 minutes. The tricky forward was clearly upended inside the penalty box but somehow a free kick was awarded on the 18 yard line. Lamont took the free kick himself and it sailed past McCormick, via a wicked deflection, for Tobermore’s 4th goal. It was a hugely impressive performance from the home side and they deservedly got all 3 points and a hat trick of wins against their North West neighbours this season.
Tobermore United: Foster, McComb, Donaldson, Neill, Millar, Henneghan, Gardner, Spratt, McClements, Lamont, Patton Subs: Campbell, McKenna, Hassan, Stewart, Magill
Sat March 3rd v Larne (H) IFA Championship 1 (2pm)
Sat March 17th v Warrenpoint (H) IFA Championship 1 (3pm)
Sat March 24th v Bangor (A) IFA Championship 1 (3pm)
Sat March 31st v Banbridge Town (H) IFA Championship 1 (3pm)
Tobermore United’s popular Mini Soccer Centre continues this Saturday morning in Maghera Recreation Centre, from 10.00 am until 11.00. Players should come along kitted out ready to play with shin guards and trainers essential (not football boots).
The fun sessions are supervised by IFA accredited coaches and are open to all boys and girls of primary school age.
For more information visit our website www.tobermoreunitedfc.co.uk