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Sunday 21 Jan 2018
Two second half goals seal win for Tobermore

Tobermore United beat St James' Swifts to progress to the fourth round of the Match Intermediate Cup.

Second half goals from Conor Kearns and Aaron Campbell were enough to send the Premier Intermediate side into the next round but not without a late scare as the hosts, St James' Swifts, scored a penalty to set up a tense finish.

The visitors dominated the opening stages of this tie of the round game as Gareth Breslin saw his curling shot well saved by St James' goalkeeper Marc Maybin. 

They nearly paid the price as Padraig McCormack broke clear and was left one-on-one with the Tobermore goalkeeper Andrew Findlay but his effort went wide.

It was then the turn of Sean Pat Donnelly to fire in a shot following a swift counter attack but he was denied by the legs of Findlay on the edge of the box.

Tobermore took advantage of those missed opportunities as they went ahead after 64 minutes. A foul by Kyle Reid was judged to be a penalty and captain Kearns netted the opener.

Four minutes later it was two for Tobermore as midfielder Aidan McAuley broke into the box on the right and sent a pass across goal for Campbell to slot home.

But St James' gave themselves hope on 78 minutes when Breslin fouled Gerard McShane and Eugene Gallagher fired home the penalty.

St James' upped their game in the closing minutes but Tobermore held on and they are now in the hat for the fourth round draw.