Spoils shared at Fortwilliam Park

Tobermore United 0-0 Warrenpoint Town

THIS won’t go down as one of the games of the season but a draw was probably a fair, if predictable, result on a sunny St Patrick’s Day at Fortwilliam Park.

Tobermore were without their top marksman Neil Lamont and his pace and eye for goal was sorely missed as the game stuttered to gain any momentum in a poor first half.

To be fair to the visitors they did have the major share of possession with Sean McMullan in particular a constant thorn in the side of the home defence but even he struggled to get an effort on target.

The pattern of the second half was very much the same as the first with both sides struggling to put any sort of passing movements together and rarely troubling the respective keepers but that all changed in the last 15 minutes.

It all started when Town’s keeper Jonathan Parr got a little annoyed when referee Paddy McFadden correctly allowed play to continue after Tobermore’s Kris Magill challenged him for a loose ball but his team mate Jonathan Caven was shown a straight red when he decided to deal with the situation and confronted Magill.

Tobermore upped the anti against 10 man Town and Dean Stewart was unlucky not to steal the points for the home side with 10 minutes to go when his close range effort was well saved by Parr.

Warrenpoint also had their chances in the dying minutes but home stopper Sammy Foster did well to make a double stop from Keith Johnston and Gary Boyle.

Not a classic but both managers will be content with a point apiece.

Tobermore United: Foster, McKenna, Donaldson, Neill, Campbell, Millar, Henneghan, Gardner, Spratt, Hassan, Patton; Subs: Stewart, McComb, Magill

Tobermore United March Fixtures.

Sat March 24th v Bangor (A) IFA Championship 1 (3pm)

Sat March 31st v Banbridge Town (H) IFA Championship 1 (3pm)

Tobermore United would like to congratulate their ex player and former first team manager Kenny Shiels on winning the Scottish Community League Cup with Kilmarnock. Well done Kenny and we look forward to seeing you, and the cup, at Fortwilliam Park soon.

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