Queen’s Colts 1 Whitehead Eagles IIs 0

The Colts returned to action for the first time since the 12th march in league fixture switched to the Dub as Whitehead’s pitch was deemed unplayable.

On a mild afternoon the match was a fairly even contest during the opening twenty minutes with both sides trying to get a measure of the other. As things settled the students began to take control and went close with a couple of long range attempts which kept the visiting keeper on his toes. Queens looked very strong defensively and Andrew Gawne in goal was rarely tested.

Sustained pressure in the closing stages of the half failed to produce a goal for The Colts. McDermott hit the post when through on goal and Whitehead survived a succession of fantastic corners where only the final touch was missing. The half ended with Queens producing everything but the opening goal.

The pattern continued after the break. Gareth Orr whipped in several great crosses from the right which had the Whitehead defence scrambling. Finally the breakthrough came after another well taken corner. Maguire’s header came back off the crossbar and Ghaffari was on hand to smash in the rebound from six yards. A well deserved goal for the students.

Maguire hit the crossbar with an excellent free kick and further chances went unconverted. The Queens back line easily contained Whitehead’s attack – limiting them to only two serious goal attempts all afternoon. The students comfortably saw out the game – the only disappointment being the failure to add insurance goals to match a wonderful display.

Impressive performances today from the likes of Ghaffari, Maguire and Orr for Queens but a very strong all-round display.

The Colts now embark on six away games in their pursuit of a league success. Things are very tight at the top of the division with the students firmly in the mix for promotion and even the title. Next up is a visit to league leaders Ballysillan Swifts.