NEFL Division 3A
Torro United 1 – 2 OMP Utd
This was a hard fought game between local rivals on a very warm day in Powderly park. Torro took the lead through a rebound from a penalty which was won by Paul Murray. Matty Garry saw his effort his the post before being able to poke home the rebound. Torro had the bulk of possession but it was OMP Utd who struck next when Torro failed to clear their lines decisively from a corner and in the melee of players the breaking ball fell kindly to an OMP attacker who dispatched to the net through a body of players. It remained like that until the break with Conor Coogan’s appeals for another penalty waved away by the referee.
Again during the second period, Torro owned the lions share of the possession but found it hard to make it tell in the final third. Unfortunately it would take a defensive blunder to win this one when a high ball was allowed to bounce and the resultant back header was too weak and allowed the OMP striker to pounce to give them the lead.
Torro regrouped and substitute Eric Keating made his presence felt when Conor Coogan made a great run down the right hand side and fired a daisy cutter across the box. It was met by the in rushing Keating but he was unable to keep his shot low enough and blazed over. Then there was several penalty shouts when Keating and Paul Murray were tripped in the box, again waved away by the referee. The Murray penalty appeal being particualrly baffling why it wasn’t given. Torro finished the game with 10 men as Keating was forced to withdraw due to injury which show the importance of having a full compliment of subs, particularly with the warm weather. Torro ran themselves into the ground and deserved a lot more for their efforts on the day.
Torro had strong performances from Ciaran Casey, Matty Garry and Darren McGeever.