Early Hume spot kicks earn United home victory

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Limavady United.............2 Tobermore United............0

THE meeting of the Uniteds saw the spoils go to the home side, courtesy of two early Robbie Hume penalties which provided the platform for what turned out to be routine win.
The Roesiders were forced into a late change, as Joe McCready had to cry off with an illness, giving Jordan Thompson a starting berth, and he did his chances of a regular start no harm at all, with a lively performance full of pace and trickery.
United got the best possible start, winning a penalty in the eighth minute when Harkness could not handle Hume's pace and sent him tumbling inside the box. Hume took the spot kick, and placed the ball low to McGraw's right for his eighth goal in as many games.
Tobermore hit back straight away, and Lamont's cross from the right was tipped on to the bar by Wells. Then Owens was knocked over in the box but the referee was unimpressed. The visitors had another effort on 19 minutes, when a free kick on the edge of the box was blocked, but the ricochet was fired low through a crowd of players, and was going in on until Wells stuck out a leg for an instinctive save. Two minutes later the lead was doubled, as Thompson slipped Gillan on the edge of the box, but he was tripped before he could shoot. Hume took the ball, and sent McGraw the wrong way again. With the second goal, the champions were able to show why they are regarded as the best footballing side in the division, playing with panache. Owens' 27th minute cross was met on the full by Thompson but was off target. There was a lot of neat inter passing in the midfield, but little to trouble McGraw.


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