Colts march on
The Colts travelled to Wallace Park in Lisburn for a league game against Suffolk Swifts 2nds – who had narrowly beaten the students with a late goal under the lights at the Dub last month. Daire Rooney made his first appearance of the season after a lengthy spell on the side-lines due to injury. He partnered Jonny Boyd up front with Peter Morgan switching to the left side of midfield.
The early exchanges were even on what was a sticky and difficult surface. Queen’s delivered a couple of dangerous looking crosses into the opposing box but as the Suffolk keeper came under increasing pressure. A high ball out of defence was cushioned on his toe by the skilful Morgan and his cross set up a chance for Michael Moseneke in the centre of the goal. The keeper kept out Michael’s driven effort but Jonny Boyd was on hand to tuck away the rebound for his twelfth goal of the season. McCrea in goal for Queens was rarely tested as The Colts tightened their grip on the contest. More good work on the left side of the field put Rooney through on goal and he calmly slotted the ball into the corner to give his side a well-deserved 2-0 cushion. Suffolk’s response was good and McCrea needed to be sharp to keep out a couple of decent free-kick attempts as the half ended.
Queen’s were forced into a change at the break with Captain Niall McCourt limping off with a hamstring strain and the second half was only a few minutes old when the unfortunate Rooney hobbled off with a similar ailment. White and Devine came off the bench and adjusted immediately to the pace of the game. A period of sustained pressure from The Colts resulted in a third and decisive goal when after a dangerous a long throw-in the Suffolk centre-half headed into his own goal after a misunderstanding with his keeper.
It was largely pipe and slippers mode for Queens from then onwards with the students producing some lovely football at times. Suffolk squandered a clear opportunity to register a consolation goal late on and McCrea kept the clean sheet intact with an alert piece of goalkeeping when he was quickly off his line to thwart a rare Suffolk opportunity.
Three quite comfortable points for The Colts in tricky conditions against a fairly muscular outfit. This victory – their tenth victory of the season – keeps Queen’s in second place. Seven away games and two home games remain. The Colts will not be in action next Saturday but will hope to continue their fine form the week after in what is likely to be another away fixture. Some excellent performances on the day with Enright in midfield powerful and determined and Moseneke a handful for the visitors all afternoon.
Suffolk 2nds 0 – 3 Queen’s Colts
Scorers: Boyd, Rooney and an OG