Bare bones Colts lose last game of the season.
The Colts made the short journey to Drumbo on Tuesday evening to complete their first season in the 3E division. A fourth place finish was still a possibility but once again a frustrated Colts’ boss had difficulty finding enough players to form a team due to the the usual raft of student related difficulties compounded by late withdrawals. Niall McCourt returned to the fold but was clearly not fully recovered from his recent hamstring injury. Coach Glen Andrews slotted in a right back in a back four that also included Eoin O’Hare and Anton McSheffrey.
Queen’s played with the strong wind behind them in the first half but it was clear from the kick-off that the opposition were a much stronger unit than the Drumbo team Queen’s easily brushed aside earlier in the season at the Dub. Forwards Carlos Alvarez and Jack Meegan faced a strong defensive unit who coped extremely well with the elements and any occasional attacking threat posed by the youngsters. In a fairly even first period which was largely bereft of goalmouth action it was Drumbo who scored the important “go ahead” goal when a long hopeful ball from the back split the Queen’s defence and an unchallenged forward slipped the ball past Gawne. Queen’s did not use the breeze to their advantage – over-hitting or misplacing too many passes – and the score remained 1-0 to Drumbo at the interval.
Queen’s were looking quite comfortable against the stiff breeze but a combination of slack marking, hesitancy and poor concentration allowed Drumbo to double their lead in the 50th minute. The misery continued just ten minutes later when a similar moment of indecision enabled Drumbo to essentially put the game to bed. The youngsters to their credit produced a mini rally of sorts but could not find anything in the way of consolation. Alvarez out-paced the home defence and brilliantly set up Matty Andrews but the midfielder could not keep his first-time shot down as he bore in on goal. The busy Andrews then carved out a couple of decent chances for both Meegan and Alvarez but the Drumbo keeper dealt comfortably with their attempts. Then a bespectacled Queen’s manager made a cameo appearance late in the game – playing a beautifully struck inch-perfect pass to Liam Devin before going close with an excellent free kick which brought a good save from the keeper as time elapsed.
This was a deserved victory for the home team on what was a difficult and mightily frustrating evening for the Colts – certainly not the ideal finish to what has been a more than satisfactory first season in 3E. The team looks like it will finish in a very commendable 5th position with a record of 9 wins 9 defeats and two draws. Some excellent players have joined the club and will be pressing for places on the second team next season.
Drumbo 3 – 0 Queen’s Colts