Tobermore v Mallards

Tobermore Utd 1-2 Ballinamallard Utd BALLINAMALLARD United were the visitors at a sunny Fortwilliam Park last Saturday. Tobermore were keen to continue their early season form .However, the Fermanagh men proved that they will be a hard nut to crack again this season and after an entertaining game they went home with all three points.

The Mallards took just four minutes to open their account when poor marking gave Mark Stafford a clear header from a free kick and the big centre half made no mistake.

It took Tobermore ten minutes to get into the game and they could have gone further behind in that time but they eventually settled down and Danny Gardner deservedly levelled things on twenty minutes with a well taken goal.

That goal saw Tobermore’s take control of the game with Neil Lamont and Davey Patton both going close but the goal that their possession deserved didn’t come.

Half time: Tobermore Utd. 1-2 Ballinamallard Utd Ballinamallard were the stronger side in the second half, with left winger John Currie proving a real handful for the home defence. However, it was his strike partner Darren Higginbotham who put the visitors in front again when he converted from the penalty spot on five minutes.

Home keeper Sammy Foster hotly disputed the referee’s decision to punish him for his challenge on Higginbotham but the decision stood and the centre forward took full advantage with a well placed spot kick.

With 10 minutes to go Foster made a brilliant save from Andy Crawford’s glancing header and at the other end sub Hugo Batista was unlucky not to level things again with a snap shot that keeper Fergal Murphy did well to save and secure the win for his side.

Tobermore United: Foster, McComb, Donaldson, Neill, Millar, Gardiner, Stewart, Magill, Kelly, Patton, Lamont Subs: Batista, Henneghan, Campbell, McKenna

Tobermore have a break from league action this weekend when they take on Limavady on Friday evening in the N.West Craig Memorial Cup. This is a repeat of last season’s cup final and should be a cracking game with Limavady seeking revenge for their recent 4-2 home defeat to Tobermore.

Fri Aug 26th V Limavady United (home) N. West Craig Memorial Cup (6.45 pm)

Sat Sept 3rd V H&W Welders (home) IFA Championship 1 (3.00 pm)

Mon Sept 5th V Coleraine FC (away) N. West senior Cup semi final (7.45 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.