Five Star Colts back in the saddle.
Queen’s Colts entertained Dromore Amateurs 2nds at Dub on Saturday – the first really bitterly cold afternoon of the season. Eager to erase the memory of a below par outing last weekend the youngsters started on the front foot and continued in that fashion for the entire match. John Nutman returned to the fold in central defence with the experienced Robin Renwick at right back. Captain Niall McCourt and young Tim Nelson completed a strong back four. Liam McGarry partnered Nacho Bravo in central midfield and David Kennedy was pushed up front to partner Jonny Boyd.
Queens dominated the early exchanges with McGarry and Bravo taking a stranglehold of the midfield. Using both flanks the students began to carve out opportunities with both Boyd and Nutman going close. The Dromore keeper pulled off a magnificent stop down to his left as Boyd let fly from the edge of the box. Dromore were limited to very few opportunities with Nutman and McCourt rock solid at the back.
The students continued to dominate possession and it was no more than they deserved when after a move started by the impressive McGarry was finished with aplomb by Boyd – a stunning volley from just outside the box which nestled in the far corner of the net.
This goal completely galvanised the Colts and after a move which started from the right back position deep in their own half, Boyd was again on hand to power a header past the visiting keeper – the perfect finish to a seven pass move of true quality. Queens comfortably and deservedly took a 2-0 lead into the break.
Queens continued their bright and energetic play in the second period, forcing numerous corners and keeping the Dromore keeper busy. Another impressive passing move was finished off by Nacho Bravo who found the corner of the net with a superb left foot strike. Shortly afterwards Jonny Boyd completed a fantastic hat-trick with a clever finish into the far corner. Moments later Boyd turned provider to set up Liam McGarry for a richly deserved goal – the culmination to a move started by the scorer.
The Colts had further chances to increase their lead but also had to remain concentrated in order to keep a clean sheet as Dromore fought hard for a consolation. Heard-working David Kennedy went close on several occasions and looks to be the perfect partner up top for Boyd. Substitutes Devine, Alvarez and Andrews all acquitted themselves well in the final twenty minutes as manager McArthur gave well earned rests to a few tiring players until the referee brought an end to a very decent game of football played in a sporting manner throughout.
Three well-deserved points for Queens who next meet last week’s conquerors Bangor Amateurs at the Dub. Liam McGarry and Jonny Boyd share the man of the match award on a day when the whole team was”at it” from the first whistle.
Queen’s Colts 5 – 0 Dromore Amateurs 2nds
Scorers: Boyd 3, McGarry and Bravo