Colts lose but show huge promise.
The Colts entertained unbeaten league leaders Aquinas 2nds at the Dub on Saturday. Missing four key starting players the youngsters included three more debutants in their line-up. Michael Moseneke, Sean McGarry and Niall McCourt dropped down from the seconds. Robbie Reid was injured in the warm-up and unable to participate.
The opening exchanges were fairly even with Queen’s dealing comfortably with sporadic attacks from an Aquinas side that have been scoring freely from the start of the season. Sean McGarry and Niall Greenlees in central midfield showed some excellent touches as Queen’s more than matched a mature and experienced opposition.
Nick Lewsley was in top form in goal for the students – calmly handling and distributing the ball well on several occasions. Moseneke, Boyd and McGarry all went close for Queen’s before the Aquinas centre forward missed a glorious chance when through on goal. There were half chances for both teams before the interval in an entertaining first period.
Queen’s were forced into two substitutions early in the second half when both Nelson and White succumbed to first half knocks. A nasty foul by the Aquinas number 9 gave Queen’s another problem as the impressive Greenlees was left hobbling for the remainder of the match.
As the younsters tired a more match-hardened Aquinas began to take control. A very harshly awarded penalty for handball was saved by Lewsley to preserve the 0-0 scoreline but the ebullient visitors finally took a deserved lead midway through the half when an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box was dispatched by an Aquinas forward.
Lewsley brilliantly saved a second penalty and Queen’s had a couple of half chances to tie up the contest. However, two very well-taken goals in the final minutes secured the victory for Aquinas.
No points on the day for The Colts but another match under their belt as match fitness develops and many plusses on a testing afternoon. This was a very encouraging performance and with the prospect of several of the walking wounded to return in the near future things are looking very positive indeed for last year’s 3F Champions.
Nick Lewsley in goal had an outstanding afternoon for the students who will hope to bounce back quickly and start climbing the league table. Queen’s have four games in hand on most teams in the division.
Queen’s Colts 0 – 3 Aquinas.