Queen’s University 3 Tobermore Utd 1

Premier Intermediate League

There was a debut at right back for 3rd year student Calum Smith, a reward for fine performances with the Seconds.

It was a very entertaining first half played at a fast pace and some good football to admire. It was Queen’s who opened the scoring after 14 minutes. Eamon Fyfe got on the ball in midfield and fired a great crossfield ball towards Ciaran O’Hare. Tobermore keeper Andrew Findlay left his goal in an attempt to cut out the pass but O’Hare got there first, turned inside and struck the ball into the empty net. The lead was short lived. The visitor’s right winger Dean Brown, sent a great cross to the far post where Stephen Lamont hammered it into the roof of the net. On 35 minutes Matt Hughes, on the right wing, cut inside and played in Eamon Fyfe on the left. His first shot was well saved by Findlay but the ball rebounded to Fyfe who made no mistake second time round.

The second half was scrappier and the visitors had a good deal of possession but few chances. Queen’s had a third goal with 10 minutes to go. Ryan McCready’s shot from a narrow angle struck his colleague Hughes but the ball ended up at Hughes’s feet and he swiveled and tucked it in from close range. Tobermore battled to the end and the ref awarded penalty against Queen’s keeper Declan Brown who then palmed away the ensuing spot kick.

A good win against a talented side, which takes us up to second place in the league table.

Next up is a league game home to Portstewart on Saturday 14th October, ko 3pm