Ten man Colts lose to Newtownbreda.
In an attempt to catch up on some of their games in hand The Colts were in action on Monday evening against a strong Newtownbreda side which included several First team players. Stuart Harper was drafted in due to a defence crisis and partnered Niall McCourt in central defence. Jack Megan again filled in at left back and Carlos Alvarez played up top with Tim Nelson not fit following his injury at the weekend.
The students had the better of the opening exchanges and dealt comfortably with occasional attacks from the visitors. The pace of Alvarez and the trickery of Greenlees were causing concern to Breda’s back line. In the fifteenth minute Megan’s superb ball down the left flank found Alvarez and the athletic Spaniard finished superbly across the keeper to register his first goal for the club – giving the youngsters a well-deserved lead.
The visitors began to threaten more regularly and drew level when unfortunate keeper Lewsley allowed a shot to slip through his grasp. Worse was to follow shortly afterwards when a Newtownbreda forward glanced a header into the far corner of the next when Queen’s had failed to clear their lines. Further disaster ensued after twenty-five minutes when McCourt was adjudged to have fouled the last man on a breakaway and was shown what looked like a harsh red card by the referee.
Newtonbreda took full advantage as Queen’s readjusted and took a 3-1 lead when a low cross from the right evaded all the home defenders and was toed in at the back post.
Queen’s settled well after this series of setbacks and following strong left wing move Niall Greenlees’ pin-point corner kick was headed firmly home by Alvarez on the stroke of half-time. 2-3
Manager McArthur asked for composure and consolidation in the second half and the short-handed students were more than matching their experienced opponents until a looping cross from the left wing eluded the home defence and was headed home at the far post. However, the ten men continued to take the fight to the opposition and carved out several half-chances in a spirited response. Sam Kyle replaced the excellent Glen Andrews to add some from fresh legs and Joe Beams came of for the hard-working Andrew White.
Queen’s came close to scoring on further occasions before a very good game of football came to an end. Much to admire and many positives on the night with outstanding performances from Greenlees, Harper, Reid, Megan and Alvarez in top form. The youngsters will take a lot of confidence from an outing where they showed tremendous character in difficult circumstances.
The Colts will hope to welcome back a few of the injured and unavailable for the game next weekend.
Queen’s Colts 2 – 4 Newtownbreda
Goals: Alvarez 2