Colts Canter to Kelvin conquest
The Colts travelled across town to Dixon Park on Tuesday for a midweek game against Kelvin OB 2nds. Late withdrawals again provided a selection headache for boss Ian McArthur who was once again was forced to shuffle the pack. Jack Meegan returned at left back and Tim Nelson took his regular place in central midfield alongside compadre Nacho Bravo. Free-scoring Carlos Alvarez continued up top with Sam Kyle.
Queen’s faced a stiff breeze in the first half as a determined and robust opposition set about using the favourable elements. A sustained series on long balls from the back were comfortably dealt with by the imperious Nutman and Renwick with Goalkeeper Andrew Gawne alert to anything played over the top. The students gradually began to master what was a difficult playing surface with full-back William Riley prominent in several good passing movements on the right hand side of the pitch. An excellent cross from Kyle was finished clinically by Alvarez but the goal was disallowed for handball prior to shooting.
The students forced several corner in a dominant display and deservedly took the lead when Alvarez got his head to a driven delivery from Jack Meegan to the front post. The athletic Spaniard doubled The Colts’ lead ten minutes later after Andrew White won a heading duel in the box allowing Alvarez to cleverly loft the ball over the advancing Kelvin keeper. The home team were clearly rattled by going behind and some rather poor challenges ensued in the closing stages of the half.
Playing with the wind the students continued to dominate possession and play some lovely football. Nelson skipped past his man and released Alvarez but the Kelvin keeper produced one of many excellent second half stops. A strong referee came under a lot of pressure from an increasingly disgruntled opposition and the free-kick count against them mounted. Manager McArthur was verbally abused by a Kelvin defender who disagreed with a throw-in decision. Queen’s essentially made the game safe in the 60th minute when Nutman headed in Nelson’s wickedly fizzed in corner at the far post to make the shoreline 3-0. Queen’s almost made it four when Meegan’s long-range volley cannoned off the crossbar and just evaded a couple of incoming Colts.
McSheffrey and Andrews were introduced for Kyle and Bravo as the students easily played out the remainder of the game with their goal unthreatened by an opposition who competed right to the end.
Three more valuable away points for The Colts who have the opportunity of finishing as high as 4th with a couple more victories. Another fantastic all-round team display with right-back William Riley the star on the evening. The away game roadshow heads to Greyabbey on Saturday for a tough game against Rosemount 2nds.
Kelvin OB IIs 0 – 3 Queen’s Colts