Colts taught lesson in Bangor.
A depleted Queens Colts went down by four goals to one against an experienced Bangor Amateurs 2nds at Clandeboye Road on Saturday.
Queen’s included three more debutants in the ranks in the absence of influential midfielders Liam Devlin, Kyle McCullough and Nial Greenlees for a game played in mild conditions on a calm autumnal afternoon.
The home team started brightly winning the physical battle early and dominating possession. Several dangerous attacks were repelled before Bangor scored what looked like an inevitable opener when Queen’s failed to deal with a low left wing cross and an unmarked attacker hammered the Bangor side ahead. Worse was to follow shortly afterwards when The Amateurs increased their lead to 2-0 after an indirect free-kick inside box awarded for high feet. Lewsley was given no chance as Queens dealt very poorly with set-piece.
A calamitous and fairly timid twenty minute spell culminated with the students conceding a penalty after a tangle of legs inside the box.
Queen’s woes were compounded by a rather fussy referee but this was no excuse for an insipid period which left the students with mountain to climb.
As Queen’s finally came into the match Alvarez wasted a decent opportunity and Boyd twice tested the Bangor keeper. Queen’s got a lifeline when Boyd’s left wing cross was headed past his own keeper by a Bangor defender. Queens were now showing a bit more fight before the ref signalled a break to a very one-sided contest.
Some harsh words from the coaches at the break produced an improved second half performance. White and Nelson produced moments of qulaity for The Colts in a much more even second half contest. However, the students could not add the finish to several decent moves and as time ran out Bangor scored a second penalty to record a deserved 4-1 win.
Much to ponder for McArthur and Andrews who expect to have some key players back in the near coming weeks. Hopefully this game will make the players aware of standards required in this division.
Bangor Amateurs IIs 4 – 1 Queens Colts.
MoM: Nick Lewsley