REFEREEING decisions were at the forefront of many arguments discussed up and down the country. Like Sir Alex Ferguson, Tobermore boss, Johnny Law will not be sending too many Christmas cards to the officials. Tobermore were defeated by 2-1 by Larne at Inver Park and the away side will certainly feel aggrieved at a number of decisions, such as eight added minutes in injury time and a controversial penalty decision. However, that said it was an entertaining game and with both sides having identical league statistics prior to kick off a close encounter was expected and that’s how the game panned out.
As expected Larne pressed early on but Neil Lamont almost put Tobermore ahead with 10 minutes gone when his effort from the edge of the box shaved the back post and 3 minutes later David McClements rattled the cross bar with Gibbons well beaten.
At the other end, Sammy Foster pulled off two world class saves to deny Brown from a free kick and a Yilmaz header that was goal bound.
Who else but Lamont put the visitors ahead on 35 minutes when he pounced on a mistake by keeper Gibbons and slotted into an empty net for his 5th goal in 3 games.
Tobermore, despite some sustained pressure from the hosts, held on to the lead until the 71st minute when the referee, to everyone amazement, pointed to the penalty spot which Brown gleefully smashed home for the equalizer.
The game got a bit frantic at this stage and several yellow cards were shown to both sides but it boiled over after Larne scored the winner deep into time mysteriously added on and Yilmaz was shown a straight red card for striking Tobermore defender Millar.
Final score; Larne 2-1 Tobermore Utd.
Tobermore United: Foster, Campbell, Millar, McComb, Neill, Donaldson, Henneghan, Gardner, McClements, Lamont, Patton and Magill Subs: McKenna, Glasgow and Batista,
Tobermore next game is away to Dergview but there is doubt if this fixture will go ahead as Dergview’s cup game was postponed last Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch and will most likely be rescheduled.
Tobermore United December Fixtures.
Sat Dec 3rd v Dergview (A) Belfast Telegraph Championship 1 (3pm)
Sat Dec 10th v Ballinamallard (H) JJB Sports Irish Cup (1.30pm)
Sat Dec 17th v Ards (H) Belfast Telegraph Championship 1 (2.00 pm)
Mon Dec 26th v Institute (H) North West Craig Memorial Cup Final (11.00 pm)
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 www.tobermoreunitedfc.co.uk