The Colts travelled to Rathmore School for an away game against 3E Champions elect Aquinas.
Once again manager Ian McArthur was forced into numerous changes for a variety of reasons including illness, injury, and work commitments. Jack Meegan, John Nutman and Robin Renwick were among several players drafted in for what was only the team’s 2nd outing since Christmas.
Aquinas – needing two wins to guarantee the 3E title – were immediately on the offensive but the students thwarted a couple of early and settled quickly into the match. The home side launched a lot of long balls from the full-back positions but O’Hare and Nutman dealt with them comfortably and keeper Lewsley mopped up anything that got past the capable pair.
Queen’s forced several corners as the game ebbed and flowed but the delivery of the set-piece was a poor on each occasion and Aquinas cleared their lines with ease. After half an hour Queen’s went behind when an Aquinas attacker nipped in between two defenders and lofted the ball over Lewsley.
The Colts were now containing rather than threatening as the half ended with the home team a goal to the good.
A lapse in concentration allowed Aquinas to futher their lead shotly after the restart when the scorer of the first goal ran uncontested to the edge of the box before lofting a short over Lewsley.
Jonny Boyd went close with Queen’s best effort of the match but eventually lack of match fitness kicked in and the youngsters conceded two very soft goals in the latter stages to give Aquinas a slightly flattering 4 – 0 victory.
The students now embark on the second half of the campaign with at least four games in hand on most teams and the aim being to climb the table for a top half finish.
Best performers for the Colts on a difficult afternoon were Bravo and Meegan.