Holywood IIs 1 Queen’s Colts 3
Joy at the seaside for Colts
The Colts travelled to Seapark for a league game with Holywood 2nds for their fist game on a grass pitch in over a month. Conditions were surprisingly decent in spite of the heavy rain which had fallen for a lot of the week.
The home team fielded an experienced line-up and it was clear from the early exchanges that this was going to be a tricky encounter for the Colts. Playing with the wind largely behind them the students settled quickly and pressed for the opening goal, forcing several corners and sustaining attacks at the muddier end of the pitch. Holywood produced some decent attacking play of their own and Gawne in the Colts’ goal needed to be sharp on a couple of occasions. McCourt and Lynch in central defence for Queens dealt well with the physical challenge of the Holywood attack and the game was fairly even until McCullough was put clear on the right by Paddy White. As the speedy winger entered the box he was scythed down by a retreating Holywood defender. With regular penalty take Hugh Maguire playing for the 2nds captain Niall McCourt stepped up and thundered in the spot kick to give the students the lead.
Queens pressed for a second goal in a spell were only a quality final ball was missing. Jonny Boyd saw a magnificent effort come back off the far post. Enright and White began to win the central midfield battle as conditions worsened but the Colts could not add to their single goal advantage before half-time.
Playing into a strong wind in the second period Queens produced what was probably their best 45 minutes of all-round football this season. The back four and keeper Gawne dealt extremely well with the direct approach from the opposition and the elements. The Colts were on the front foot and after some precise inter-play in midfield Peter Morgan sent Kyle McCullough scampering in on goal. The winger was upended by the keeper and McCourt scored his second penalty of the day with a firmly struck spot kick. More good attacking play ensued with Morgan, Boyd and substitute Moseneke all prominent. Queens essentially put the game to be bed with fifteen minutes remaining when the lively McCullough dribbled in from his wing and hit a left foot shot back in the direction he had come from and into the corner of the net to give students a comfortable lead.
Close to the end a huge punt by the Holywood keeper bounced over the Colts’ defence and ended up on the toe of a Holywood attacker who beat Andrew Gawne from point blank range for what was nothing more than a consolation goal. Queens saw out the final few minutes to record a fully deserved three points.
This was the fourth victory in a row for The Colts who handled the difficult conditions very well. In a solid team performance defender Caolan Lynch was the pick of the bunch. The Colts will be in action again next Saturday and on the Monday following under the floodlights at The Dub against Suffolk 2nds.