Colts promoted after hard-fought victory at Greenisland.
The Colts travelled to Greenisland on Saturday knowing a victory would clinch a guaranteed promotion place.
Iman Ghaffari missed out with a hip injury and Liam Devlin was rested due to tight hamstrings after the midweek game. Jonny Boyd started up front alongside the speedy Moseneke and Peter Morgan partnered Paddy White in the engine room.
On a decent surface it became quickly apparent that the hosts were looking for a big scalp with their own promotion hopes still very much alive. An experienced centre-forward and several other useful youngsters made life quite tricky for Queen’s in the early stages of the game but as the half progressed The Colts found their rhythm and wingers Andrew White and Kyle McCullough began causing problems for their markers. Moseneke and Boyd were becoming a handful for the home defence and the two combined after fifteen minutes – Boyd finishing with aplomb from just inside the box. Queen’s by now were in control of the match, pressing for a second and dealing fairly comfortably with a lively Greenisland forward line. But an uncharacteristic error by full-back Riley allowed the home side to equalise lifting the opposition and their side-line support. Queen’s responded well to the setback and were awarded a penalty kick for a trip on Moseneke as he bore down on goal. Jonny Boyd grabbed the ball and despatched it to the roof of the net to restore the student’s lead. Then after a long crafted pass down the left side of the field by White, Michael Moseneke dribbled past the last defender, cutting inside and slotting home from an acute angle to make it 3-1 to the Black and Red Army. Shortly afterwards Boyd completed his hat-trick with a stunning volley after a wonderful flicked pass from the classy Peter Morgan. Greenisland picked up three yellow cards – resorting to foul play as the only means of stopping the rampant McCullough and Moseneke.
All was going very smoothly for Queen’s until just before the interval when a cross from the left eluded the grasp of Andrew Gawne and an incoming forward tapped home at the back post to make the half-time scoreline 4-2 to The Colts.
After some stern words from the boss at the break regarding defensive fundamentals and time management the students gradually retook control of the contest – looking more likely to increase their lead than concede again. Niall McCourt had a header cleared off the line and Jonny Boyd hit the outside of the post after being played in by McCullough The points seemed comfortably in the bag until a misplaced pass ten minutes before the end resulted in Greenisland scoring their third goal of the afternoon. Queen’s were slightly rattled but some immense defending by Enright and McCourt helped cope with the inevitable onslaught in the closing minutes. At one point the home keeper joined the attack to try and rescue a point for his team – but the students manfully blocked and cleared until the referee finally found his whistle and brought an end to an entertaining seven goal contest.
The three points secure promotion for the Colts who recorded their seventh straight victory. The title will be theirs with one more win – the first opportunity being this coming Tuesday evening in Donaghadee where any support will be welcomed. The boys are determined to see the job through and celebrations were fairly low key as they sampled the club house hospitality of GFC after the game. The youngsters received high praise from first team Boss Peter Thompson at Saturday night’s presentation evening where Kyle McCullough took the player of the Year prize. ‘Top goalscorer’ will be awarded after the final game at the Dub on Thursday May 12 – Jonny Boyd now in pole position after his stunning hat-trick yesterday.
MoTM: Jonny Boyd