Tobermore United go down 1-0 in North West Senior Cup to Institute

Institute's Darren McCauley holds off a challenge from Tobermore United's Adam Graham at the Riverside Stadium. (DER3513PG091)
Institute's Darren McCauley holds off a challenge from Tobermore United's Adam Graham at the Riverside Stadium. (DER3513PG091)

Tobermore had no league game last Saturday but travelled to Institute on Friday evening where they narrowly lost 1-0 in an entertaining game in the North West Senior Cup.

Midfielder Aaron Walsh was Institute’s match winner.

The Drumahoe men started brightly and went close on nine minutes when Darren McCauley’s long range strike flew just over the bar, after the midfielder cut inside from the left to create the opportunity.

Minutes later a super inch perfect pass by McCauley found debutant Colm McLaughlin and his left wing cross found Robbie Hume, but the in-form striker saw his close range shot superbly kept out by United keeper Paul Wells.

The visitors had a golden chance to break the deadlock after James McGahan’s centre found Daniel Gardener, but his effort was outstandingly saved by Michael Doherty.

More good link-up play down the left by McCauley and McLaughlin ended with the left-back’s cross picking out Stephen Parkhouse, but the big striker’s close range header was again kept out by Wells.

The Waterside men’s continued to get annoyed as they couldn’t break the deadlock and more last ditch defending by United saw Gary Donaldson’s throw himself at the ball to divert Hume’s goal bound shot away for a corner.

On 80 minutes Paul Kee’s side deservedly scored that all important only goal of the tie.

Once again that man McCauley was in the thick of things, this time his run and cross fell firstly for Hume, but he failed to connect properly, however Walsh was on hand to calmly plant the ball high into the net past Wells.

This Saturday its back to league business when Tobermore travel to Glebe Rangers. The game kicks off at 3pm and both sides will be hoping to field some new faces signed before the transfer window closed.

Tobermore’s Mini Soccer Centre has been invited to play at half time in this Friday evenings World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park when Northern Ireland take on the mighty Portugal whose team includes the great Cristiano Ronaldo. It will be an unforgettable experience for the players, and coaches, and we hope to have more info and photos next week.

In the mean time the fun football sessions continue this Saturday at Maghera Leisure Centre. The 1 hour session start at 10am sharp and everyone is welcome.

The fun sessions are supervised by IFA accredited coaches and are open to all boys and girls of primary school age.