Better display by Ports as they share spoils with Tobermore

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Two straight red cards ten minutes into the derby tie between Portstewart and Tobermore United put a dampner on the encounter.

The decision, by the linesman, to red card Portstewart defender John Neill and Tobermore forward Trevor Parkhill was met with dismay by both sets of fans and management.

It took some time for the game to get going after the red cards, but it was the home side who started best. Despite some good play the half time score was 0-0.

Darryl Magee put Tobermore in front from the penalty spot half way through the second half after Luke Bradley was adjudged to have brought down a Tobermore player in the box.

This seemed to spur the home side on and they had a number of good chances to level matters. Efforts from Doherty, Forgrave, McGowan and Donnell were saved by Tobermore keeper Wells.

Portstewart were rewarded for their efforts through Dean Murray, his low hit drive beat Wells to level the scores.

After this Portstewart had a number of corners, Doherty and McGowan had chances but it just wasn’t to be.

After the game, Portstwart boss Gary Taylor priased his side for a ‘good performance’.

“We looked like a different team to last week. We had a number of players missing, but credit to the boys that came in, they did very well. We are thankful this year to have a big enough squad to fall back on. When they got the penalty, heads could have dropped - the attitude of the players was right this week, I felt that we did enough to win.”