Colts held – title decider looms.
The Colts travelled to Donaghadee on Tuesday night knowing a win would secure the league title. However, a strong home side had different ideas and from kick-off it was clear that this was going to be a close affair. Without Player of the Year Kyle McCullough and fellow winger Andrew White the Colts struggled early on as a lively home attack posed several problems for central defenders McCourt and Enright. Having steadied the ship the students gradually began to make an impact and Moseneke should have put them in front when he volleyed over the crossbar after a fine cross from Morgan. Further half chances came and went as Queens went in search of the opener but it was Donaghadee who almost took the lead when one of their own players got in the way of a goal-bound shot and was ruled off-side. It was end to end stuff on a smallish playing surface which The Colts never really adapted to properly all night. A fussy and inconsistent ref was frustrated both teams with some mind-boggling decisions.
Queen’s were brighter in the second period and carved out several clear openings. Ghaffari should have done better on a couple of occasions and Boyd had a header well saved by the keeper. The youngsters were wasteful with a number of set-piece opportunities before Boyd, Ghaffari and Moseneke all had decent chances to win the contest only to badly fluff their lines. At the other end Andrew Gawne made a magnificent triple save to preserve the clean sheet when the students were caught on the break. Donaghadee then missed a glorious headed opportunity as the half wore on. Both sides strived manfully for the winning goal until the final whistle but the match ended scoreless – which was probably a fair result.
Certainly not the end of the world and the students will have another opportunity to clinch the title on Thursday week at the Dub. Three games in six days was a tough ask for The Colts who will thankfully now have nine days rest before the showdown at Upper Malone. Finishing practice will be on menu at Monday training.
MoTM: Michael Enright.