Under-strength Colts do double over Holywood.
The Colts took to the field with several regulars missing due to promotion and unavailability. This gave opportunities to the likes of back-up keeper Jack McMahon and William Riley who slotted in at right back with Declan McGinn moving over to the left. Michael Moseneke started on the right of midfield in the absence of Kyle McCullough and Liam Devlin returned to the line-up after injury in central midfield.
Holywood started the game quite brightly using the pace of their two wide men effectively with a couple of dangerous raids down the flanks which ended in corners. As several of the home players adjusted to their positions McCourt and Lynch had to be alert to subdue the lively Holywood attack.
As the half progress The Colts began to look dangerous on the break and carved out several good chances to open the scoring. Jonny Boyd tested the visitor’s keeper with a low drive which he tipped around the post for a corner and after good work from Paddy White centre forward White Peter Morgan was narrowly off target with a lob. Against the run of play Holywood latched onto a lose pass out of defence and quickly switched play to the left where their un-marked centre forward slotted a well-placed effort past McMahon for the opening goal. Taking the lead inspired the visitors and as half-time approached it took a fantastic one-handed save from McMahon at his near post to prevent Queens going further behind. The referee’s whistle brought an end to a half of football where The Colts lacked their normal energy and urgency.
Half-time Queens Colts 0 – 1 Holywood FC 2nds
The message for McArthur and Andrews at half-time was to up the intensity and urgency and take the game to Holywood. From the first whistle of the second period Queens were on the front foot and went close on several occasions before a neat inter-change between Moseneke and Morgan sent the latter in on goal. Morgan calmly slid the ball into the corner of the net for the equaliser. The goal seemed to galvanise the students who continued to dominate. A speedy break after a rare Holywood attack allowed Jonny Boyd a chance and from a difficult angle he found the far corner of the next with his left foot. Soon afterwards hard-working Andrew White was rewarded with a goal when he hammered in from the edge of the six yard box after a corner was not properly cleared by Holywood. The home defence was rarely troubled and full-backs McGinn and Riley took up increasingly advanced positions as Queens took complete control of the match. Michael Moseneke drilled in a right footer from the corner of the box before substitute Jack McKeown rounded the keeper to make it five. Holywood scored a consolation goal late on when a stunning free-kick from distance left McMahon with no chance – but by this point three more well-deserved points were in the bag for Queens.
A remarkable second half by the students who recorded their sixth win in a row. Several stand-out performances but the pick of the bunch was Andrew White on the left side of midfield who kept the pressure on the opposition all afternoon by winning numerous headers, attacking the full back constantly and chipping in with a goal. The Colts are lucky to have several top quality wide players in the squad this season.
The Colts will hope to continue this excellent winning run against Suffolk Swifts 2nds at The Dub under lights on Monday evening and for the visit of Rooftop 2nds next weekend.
Queens Colts 5 – 2 Holywood 2nds
Scorers: Morgan, Boyd, A.White, Moseneke and McKeown