Colts Canter in Ballyclare
The Colts continued their fabulous league campaign with a comfortable victory away to 4th Newtownabbey 2nds in Ballyclare.
Conditions were difficult on a blustery afternoon where the very narrow and rutted playing surface made life tricky for both sets of players.
The early stages saw the students on the front foot and they should have taken the lead when Ghaffari was put through on goal, seeing his shot parried by the keeper and then missing with a header back towards the open goal. The pace and trickery of right winger Kyle McCullough was causing 4th’s defenders all sorts of problems and it was from his good work that Ghaffari was presented with a tap-in to give the students the lead. A second goal from the lively Moseneke followed soon after and then he provided the pass of the day for McCullough to slot in the third.
Newtownabbey had some good chances of their own during the first period where the Colts defence were occasionally slack – but a fourth goal arrived before the interval when Ghaffari finished off at the back post after more great approach play by his striking partner Moseneke. Morgan and Devlin were now running the show for Queens in central midfield and only the brilliance of the home keeper kept the score at 4-0.
In the second half with the wind behind them Queens were comfortable. Ghaffari completed his hat-trick at the far post after fine work from Morgan. Further chances went unconverted before 4th lost a player to what looked like a fairly serious knee injury. Queens comfortably saw out the remainder of the game with subs Boyd and McKeown coming into the fray.
Three more well earned points for the youngsters who, with leaders Ballysillan not in action, will go top the table if they can overcome Whitehead Eagles at the seaside next Saturday.
Top performers on the day were McCullough and Devlin.