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Tobermore's double scorer Neil Lamont (Picture: Paul McCambridge/


TWO first half goals from Tobermore’s in form striker Neil Lamont was enough to settle this entertaining game at Fortwilliam Park on Saturday.

Institute, keen to get things back on track following their home defeat to Ballinamallard last week, showed good early form with Mark Kenny and Declan McKeever both going close whilst at the other end Lamont stated his intention by shaving Cory Wilson’s crossbar with a terrific strike from wide on the right.

Stute didn’t heed Lamont’s early warning and they paid the price with 30 minutes gone when David McClements flicked on Davy Patton’s header to Lamont who blasted into the roof of the net from the right hand edge of the penalty box to put United one up.

Three minutes later the same combination doubled Tobermore’s lead when Lamont raced onto a McClements throw-in, first beating a defender and then the onrushing Wilson with a daisy cutter from a similar position to his first effort.

Institute continued to play a very attractive passing game which Tobermore at times found difficult to deal with but when it came to the final third of the pitch Tobermore’s defense and keeper played exceptionally well limiting their opponents to very few clear cut chances although Paddy McLaughlin will feel he should have done better with his effort from the edge of the box.

The pattern in the second half was very much like the first with Stute continuing their passing game without much success in front of goals although Sammy Foster pulled off a wonderful save at the foot of his left hand post to deny McKeever.

Lamont’s pace was a constant threat to the visitors and Wilson did well to deny the young striker his hat trick.

Both managers used their full quota of subs but despite some neat football and good chances created by both sides there were no further goals and all three points deservedly went to Tobermore.

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