Latimer hands Tandragee men perfectly-timed lift for title bid

Iain Latimer (left).
Iain Latimer (left).

Iain Latimer enjoyed an immediate impact to life with Tandragee Rovers as the former Irish League defender helped his title-chasing side to a clean sheet and welcome league win.

Latimer, celebrated previously during Irish League spells with Loughgall and Annagh United, formed an immediate partnership alongside Colin Bingham as Tandragee proved too strong for Camlough Rovers.

High-flying Camlough played host to a Rovers side with just five Intermediate A fixtures on the books. The pre-match absence of four players was balanced out by the debut display of Latimer.

Rovers impressed early on when AJ Gallagher, Simon McClean and Mark Bicker linked up to carve out an opening.

Latimer then cleared the crossbar with one attempt before Johnny Black’s fine strike was pushed over the target.

Richard McGivern worked hard to prevent Camlough from converting off set-piece play.

The opening goal was scored in the second half thanks to Gallagher’s measured pass and a slick strike from Black.

Rovers failed to take advantage of a dangerous counter-attack but an excellent curling finish from distance by Gallagher doubled the Tandragee tally.

A penalty kick allowed Simon Andrews to close the scoring off the rebound during a convincing performance by Scott Walker’s on-song squad.

The road trip tested Rovers’ resolve, with Latimer offering encouraging signs of proving an assured addition.

TANDRAGEE ROVERS: Richard McGivern, Philip Pedlow, Jamie Rooney, Colin Bingham, Gary Whiteside, Iain Latimer, Lee Wells, AJ Gallagher, Johnny Black, Mark Bicker, Simon McClean. Subs: Jamie Uprichard, Cecil Corbett, Simon Andrews, Scott Walker.