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CONGRATULATIONS CRUSADERS!

Published Date: 25 Apr 2016
 
 

Congratulations to everyone at Crusaders on securing back-to-back league titles for the first time in their history, from all of us here at Toals Bookmakers.

 
 

Toals & NADAFL Agree Sponsorship Deal

Published Date: 12 Feb 2016
 
 

We are very pleased to announce that we have agreed a deal with the NADAFL to sponsor the Harry Clarke Cup for the 2015/16 season, a move that will see the competition re-branded as the Toals Harry Clarke Cup.

The deal includes an extension option at the end of the season to sponsor both the Harry Clarke and Bobby Dalzell cups for the 2016/17 season.

As the primary sponsors of Irish league champions Crusaders & the County Antrim FA and their four associated competitions, this sponsorship deal further adds to our continuing support for the local game throughout all levels across Northern Ireland.

View the official press release here: http://bit.ly/1QbTQK2

[Picture: Mourne Observer]

 
 

360 Virtual Tour of Belfast High Street Shop

Published Date: 12 Feb 2016
 
 

Navigate through the LARGEST betting shop in the UK and Ireland

 
 

Albert Foundry v PSNI - And the Toals MOTM is...

Published Date: 12 Feb 2016
 
 

Congrats to Albert Foundry's Paul Young who was named Toals Man of the Match in the first Toals Steel & Sons Cup semi-final at Seaview last night. Paul scored twice in a cracking 4-3 win over PSNI and was presented with his award after the match by Emmet McEvoy of Toals.

 
 

Ballymena See Off Blues to Win Toals Senior Shield

Published Date: 12 Feb 2016
 
 

Report by Graham Luney of the Belfast Telegraph 

The Sky Blues stormed fortress Windsor - or the National Stadium if you prefer - and grabbed the Toals County Antrim Shield for the second time in four seasons.

In November, 2012 United stunned Linfield after winning a penalty shootout at The Oval so they had form when it comes to wrecking parties and it was the Blues who were hurting again last night.

After losing an Irish Cup Final to Glenavon and League Cup decider to Cliftonville the Sky Blues faithful feared another painful hard luck story but this time they had the last laugh.

Linfield were favourites to win this final but there aren't many predictable things in life - apart from rain clouds over Northern Ireland - and Irish League football consistently throws up surprises.

Paddy McNally headed the Sky Blues in front on 32 minutes but Guy Bates cancelled that advantage seven minutes into the second half.

It was Ferguson's troops, however, who produced a cutting edge in the second half with David Cushley (59) and Eoin Kane (76) finding the net.

Mark Stafford's header in the 85th minute sparked a tense final few minutes and Linfield struck the woodwork twice in injury time but United held on.

Guy Bates was promoted to Linfield's starting line-up for the suspended Paul Smyth while McNally filled the boots of the banned Johnny Taylor, both players paying a heavy price for dismissals in the Irish Cup battle.

United played three at the back and looked to push men forward but even though they were competitive in the opening half they were fortunate to be in front at the interval.

Ferguson's men took their one clear chance in clinical fashion while the Blues had several opportunities to strike first blood.

In the seventh minute Bates's drive bounced off the chest of Jim Ervin and away to safety and on 16 minutes Jamie Mulgrew's piledriver shook the crossbar.

The Sky Blues made sporadic bursts forward but were restricted to long range efforts from Cushley.

The United dangerman was fortunate not to be booked for a challenge on Mulgrew but seconds after he did foul the winger in the 32nd minute Tony Kane's free-kick gave McNally the chance to find the net with a superb downward header, the defender climbing above Mark Haughey to inflict maximum damage.

Linfield were missing Smyth's energy and drive but United's defence was defiant when put under pressure.

In a lively start to the second half Waterworth blasted a shot over the bar while GARY Thompson's effort drifted wide of the post.

The first booking came in the 51st minute when Allan Jenkins was guilty of dissent after protesting at the awarding of a free-kick. A minute later United conceded the equaliser when Niall Quinn's free-kick was flicked up into the air by keeper Alan Blayney and when the ball dropped Bates hammered it home from close range.

The Braidmen were on the canvas but they bounced straight back up again as Cushley's low, powerful drive in the 59th minute deflected off Stafford and flew past keeper Ross Glendinning.

The injured Matthew Clarke was replaced by Ross Gaynor and Aaron Burns came on for Niall Quinn as the Blues tried to hit back and Sean Ward's drive sailed past the upright.

Blayney tipped over Jimmy Callacher's quickly taken set piece and just when it looked the Blues might level the contest United scored a third.

Eoin Kane was allowed to burst past Stafford in the penalty area and drill a shot into the roof of the net.

Linfield fought to the end and Stafford's header from Jonny Frazer's cross with five minutes remaining set up a nervous finale.

In the fourth minute of stoppage time Kirk Millar's shot hammered against the crossbar and in the fifth minute of added time Stafford struck the post.

A brave effort from Linfield but this was the Sky Blues' night.

The Ballymena United players are heroes - for more than one day.

 
 

Congratulations Crusaders - CHAMPIONS 2015

Published Date: 12 Feb 2016
 
 

Congratulations to Crusaders FC, League Champions 2015, from everyone at Toals Bookmakers!

 
 

Crues Launch New Home Kit at Toals High Street Belfast

Published Date: 12 Feb 2016
 
 

Last week Lauren Toal was joined by Crues players Declan Caddell and new signings Michael Carvill and Andrew Mitchell at our High Street Belfast shop to launch their new kit for the 2015/16 season.

The Premiership champions begin their season as early as next Tuesday with a Champions League qualifier against Levadia Tallin. Their domestic season begins with the NI Hospice Charity Shield match against Glentoran at the start of August before getting the defence of their title underway.

Everyone at Toals would like to wish the Crues all the very best for the new season.

 
 

Jude Bangs in the Winner in Toals Senior Shield Final

Published Date: 12 Feb 2016
 
 

By Mark Macintosh

JUDE WINCHESTER was the hero as Cliftonville re-ignited their stuttering season by landing the first trophy of the campaign.

The ex-Kilmarnock midfielder’s 15th minute strike secured the Toals Bookmakers County Antrim Shield would rest in the Reds’ for the next 12 months as they saw off a battling Bangor outfit at Solitude.

Tommy Breslin’s men have now won five out of the last eight pieces of silverware available to senior clubs and it was the tenth time they lifted the County Antrim Shield.

Winchester was a threat throughout, but Jay Donnelly was perhaps the standout performer in difficult conditions.

Bangor were dealt a major blow before kick-off when star man Jordan Forsythe was ruled out due to an ankle ankle sustained in their routine Irish Cup victory over Brantwood on Saturday.

Top scorer Forsythe has netted 19 goals this season and was vital to the Seasiders’ chances of lifting the famous old trophy but having been stretchered off at the weekend, he was never likely to take his place in the Garth Scates’ side.

The Reds resisted the temptation to bring central midfielder Ryan Catney straight back into their side after a couple of weeks out so new signing Robert Bayly started his second game in a cup final, while defender Jaimie McGivern was serving a one-game ban.

Some Bangor supporters were late getting into the ground due to security arrangement bringing their buses to Solitude and many would have missed their side’s first shot when Paul McDowell let fly from 25 yards but Reds keeper Conor Devlin got his body behind the dipping strike.

The swirling wind was soon accompanied by rain, then snow but both sides tried to play their normal, attractive brand of football.

Cliftonville’s top scorer Joe Gormley tested Darren Gibbons’ reactions on nine minutes and the Bangor keeper, who was thrown in at the deep end in their last trip to Solitude last month after Paul Cairnduff was injured, was equal to the task.

Bangor veteran Colin Nixon spotted Devlin off his line on 13 minutes but it proved lucky for the ex-Manchester United man as the lob landed two yards wide of the post.

Two minutes later Cliftonville took the lead and it was all too easy.

Tomas Cosgrove’s searching ball found Jay Donnelly on the right and after beating the offside trap he squared into the six-yard box for Winchester to side-foot into the net.

Martin Donnelly looked as though he’d earned the Reds a penalty on 31 minutes after going down under a challenge from Dean Youle but referee Ross Dunlop wasn’t interested.

A minute later Gibbons came to Bangor’s rescue as he palmed Gormley’s instinctive flick over the bar.

Winchester went for glory with a low, angled drove from the left side of the penalty area 11 minutes before the interval but his team-mates were less than amused with both Martin and Jay Donnelly screaming for the ball in the middle of the box.

With Breslin’s men seemingly in control, one moment of hesitation almost cost them their half-time lead two minutes before the break.

Cosgrove dithered on a back-pass and winger Willie McBirney got ahead of him to poke the ball goalwards but Devlin got his frame in the way to block the danger.

The wind and snow had subsided by the time the second-half got underway, making it much easier for both sides to get into their strides.

Winchester, a constant threat cutting in from the flank, produced an eye-catching run and shot over the the bar before the Championship 1 leaders came within a whisker of levelling on 63 minutes.

Winger Andy Hall played a one-two with McDowell and drilled a rasping strike from 25-yards against the inside of the post before the nervous Reds backline cleared.

Devlin was beaten all ends up but Bangor’s luck was out.

At the other end Winchester’s curling shot from the edge of the box was deflected wide but Cliftonville were dropping deeper and deeper, inviting Bangor onto them.

They failed to create a clear-cut chance to take the game into extra-time, however, and Cliftonville came closest to adding to the scoring.

Jay Donnelly forced Gibbons into a smart save and from the resulting corner, Thomas Wray blocked Johnny Flynn’s close-range header when a goal seemed certain but Winchester’s first-half strike proved enough to secure the Shield.

They now have a League Cup final to prepare for later this month and Breslin will hope it can kick-start their league form with North Belfast men seven points adrift of leaders Crusaders.

 


 

TOALS MAN OF THE MATCH: Jay Donnelly

CLIFTONVILLE: Devlin, Cosgrove, Flynn (Scannell 89), Smyth, Seydak, Winchester, McMullan (Catney 61), Bayly, M Donnelly (McCarron, 6), J Donnelly, Gormley. Subs not used: Knowles, Murray.

BANGOR: Gibbons, Youle, Wray, Nixon, Pike, Hall, Walsh, Cooling, McBirney, Morrow, McDowell (Boylan 69). Subs not used: Steele, McCallion, Gibson, Long.

REFEREE: Ross Dunlop (Carrickfergus) 7

 
 

Linfield v Cliftonville - And the Toals MOTM is...

Published Date: 12 Feb 2016
 
 

Congrats to Linfield's Aaron Burns who was named Toals Man of the Match after scoring twice in their 3-1 extra time win over Cliftonville in the Toals Senior Shield. Aaron was presented with his award after the match by Emmet McEvoy of Toals.

 
 

Local Jockey Nominated for Flat Ride of the Year

Published Date: 12 Feb 2016
 
 

Local flat jockey Fergus Sweeney is one of four nominees compiled by Racing Post experts for this year’s “Flat Ride of the Year” in the annual Stobart Lesters.

Originally from Holywood, Co. Down, Fergus was nominated after he won his first Group One aboard Twilight Son in the Sprint Cup at Haydock.

Fergus went to the front two furlongs out and held off a strong challenge from Strath Burn and Magical Memory to prevail by a short head.

Other nominees include former champion jockey Ryan Moore.

Click here to watch Fergus' ride and vote for him: http://bit.ly/1NdsYYw

 
 

Rampant Blues Win The Toals Women's Cup

Published Date: 12 Feb 2016
 
 

Linfield produced a dominant performance to thrash Glentoran 4-0 in the Toals Women's Challenge Cup at Seaview.

Player of the Match Kirsty McGuinness scored twice - the first an absolute pearler - either side of a brace from Alison Smyth to seal the emphatic win.

The Blues have now won the competition in each of the last three seasons.

 
 

Rampant Tullycarnet Take Home the Toals Junior Shield

Published Date: 12 Feb 2016
 
 

Congratulations to Tullycarnet, who won their first ever Toals Co. Antrim Junior Shield after thrashing Kelvin Old Boys 4-0 at Seaview.

After a goalless first half, Tullycarnet took the lead less than a minute after the restart through Toals Man of the Match Paul Davis, and added three more goals to seal an emphatic win.

Kelvin's evening went from bad to worse when they had goalkeeper Barry Lavery sent off for violent conduct.

 
 

Ruthless Carrick Too Good For Welders in Toals Steel & Sons Cup Final

Published Date: 12 Feb 2016
 
 

 

Carrick Rangers have won the Toals Steel & Sons Cup after a comfortable 4-1 win over H&W Welders at Seaview on Christmas Day.

Goals from Aaron Smyth and Kyle Cherry put Gary Haveron's side in control at the break before Conor McCluskey effectively ended the match as a contest just before the hour mark. Michael McLellan pulled a goal back after Daniel Kelly's red card but Ben Roy sealed the win with a fourth in stoppage time.

Carrick started well and took the lead after 17 minutes when Smyth took advantage of a weak defensive header to fire a superb volley past Michael Dougherty in the Welders goal.

A few minutes later, Roy and Adam Dick both wasted good chances for Carrick before the Welders responded with a chance of their own shortly before half-time. Mark Magennis burst down the right flank and his cross was deflected onto the crossbar by Kelly.

Moments later Carrick doubled their lead when Cherry headed home an excellent cross from McCloskey.

Welders responded well after the break and Magennis saw his 20-yard free-kick headed off the line by Aaron Traynor.

Their momentum was short-lived though as McCloskey added a stunning third goal on the hour. The 22-year-old picked up the ball on the left-flank, cut inside and curled a stunning shot from the edge of the box into the corner past a helpless Dougherty.

12 minutes from time the Welders were handed a life-line when Carrick's Kelly was sent off for a second bookable offence and McLellan found space from the resulting free-kick to pull a goal back for the East Belfast team.

The Welders pushed forward in search of more goals but were caught out in stoppage time when Roy raced clear and placed the ball past Dougherty to seal the win and the Cup for Carrick.

 


 

Carrick Rangers: Neeson, Smyth, Donaghy, Kelly, Traynor, Harmon, Cherry, Taggart, McCloskey (82 Kane), Roy (90 Arthur), Dick (69 Watson)

Subs: Arthur, McKenna, Lynch

H&W Welders: Dougherty, Beattie (HT Harris), McMurray, Spence, W. Armstrong, Deans (69 Devine), Simpson, Davidson, Magennis, Rainey, McLellan

Subs: Middleton, M. Armstrong, Dickson

Ref: Steven Gregg

 
 

Toals & Crusaders Agree Sponsorship Extension

Published Date: 12 Feb 2016
 
 
 
We're delighted to announce that we have agreed an two-year extension to our current sponsorship deal with league champions Crusaders.
 
The extension begins at the end of the current season and will see Toals remain as the Club's main sponsor through the 2017/18 season.
 
Director Lauren Toal said "Toals Bookmakers and Crusaders are both at the top of their games right now and we both look forward to further success in the seasons ahead."
 
 

Toals Opens the UK and Ireland's Largest Betting Shop

Published Date: 12 Feb 2016
 
 

During Cheltenham, Toals opened the largest betting shop in the UK and Ireland.

Located in the former passport office on Belfast’s High Street, the 7,600 square feet shop boasts state-of-the-art technology, including a 12x7ft video wall, as well as dedicated sporting zones and refreshment areas.

The shop is the first of its type in the UK and Ireland, with its unique style aiming to create a superior betting experience for our customers.

Toals operates shops 40 shops and employs 226 people across the modernised branches throughout every county in Northern Ireland.

Director Gary Toal is delighted that the shop was able to open in time for the Cheltenham Festival.

“We have had our own racing schedule to deal with in making sure the shop fit out was completed and ready for Cheltenham, the busiest week in the racing calendar. We are delighted with the results and the unique experience we can offer our customers,” he said.

“The investment in the new shop reflects the future of betting shops in Ireland and across the UK and we are proud to be leading the way in that experience.”

After three years of planning, the renovation programme took three months to complete and provided 22 local tradespeople with employment during that time.

Shop Manager and Betting Shop Manager of the Year finalist Declan Boyle believes the success of Toals is based on their reputation for quality customer service and a high quality betting experience.

“We pride ourselves by being at the forefront of cutting edge technology with customer information terminals supported by all in one betting screens and provide a variation of mark sense betting coupons.

Our new flagship shop puts customers at the heart of the action and that combined with the largest premium level facilities puts us first past the post in the betting shop experience.”

 
 

Welders Hold Their Nerve to Win Toals Steel & Sons Cup

Published Date: 12 Feb 2016
 
 

STORY COURTESY OF UTV

The sides finished deadlocked at 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra-time, but it was the Welders who held their nerve for the spot kicks to win 4-1 and lift the famous Toals Steel & Sons Cup.

It was tough on Albert Foundry who last reached the final 66 years ago.

They came from a goal down to draw level near the end and push Gary Smyth's side all the way.

In a keenly fought first half, the Welders took the lead through leading marksman Michael McLellan - who used his strength to create the chance and fire past Stephen Cairnduff in the Albert Foundry goal.

With only one goal in it going into the second half, it was still all to play for.

And with 17 minutes to go, Albert Foundry found a way back with a sublime goal from Darren McCombe who gave Welders keeper Michael Dougherty no chance with a delightful finish.

That was to be the end of the scoring, both in normal and extra time, with a shoot-out to determine the outcome.

Neil Dougan, Scott Davidson, Michael McLellan and Chris Middleton all scored for the Welders, while Darren McComb was the only man on target for Albert Foundry.

Manager Colin McIlwaine was left to console his players who put up a superb effort against the favourites H&W Welders who savoured the win, especially after losing out in the final last year.

 
 
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