For this, our first game of the New Year, there were debuts for fullbacks Thomas Plant and Zac Fletcher.
Glebe had an early chance which went across the goal and wide in a scrappy start to the game before, completely out of the blue, Daniel Culbert turned the ball onto his weaker left foot, 30 yards out and hit a great drive into the top corner with 12 minutes gone. A slip in the Queen’s defence presented an opportunity for Nicholl but the big striker delayed his shot and the chance was gone. On the half hour Queen’s Ryan Murphy cut in from the left wing and his long range effort came back off the crossbar. In the 33rd minute it was 2-0. Murphy again came in from his left wing berth, drifted past a couple of defenders, but this time his low shot nestled in the corner of the net to give Queen’s a two goal cushion which they almost added to five minutes later when Murphy played in Sean Walsh who was denied by McIlveen. Glebe had their closest effort of the game when Ian Christie saw his shot from 20 yards rattle the crossbar with Brown beaten.
Glebe displayed a degree of urgency at the start of the second half, and claimed unsuccessfully for a penalty when Nicholl collided with Queen’s keeper Declan Brown, but referee Gibbons was unmoved. McDowell and Christie combined well for Glebe but there weren’t any takers for the latter’s inviting cross. The game was over as a contest in the 64th minute. Murphy’s cross was met by Adam Robinson whose header was stopped by Adam McVicker on the goal-line. However the ball fell kindly for substitute Stephen McDowell to slot home and end any hopes of a Glebe comeback. As the game tailed off McIlveen was called on to prevent further efforts from Walsh and Laverty before Murphy had the final say with the goal having a familiar theme. The left winger again came inside and placed a right-footed effort beyond McIlveen and in at the far post.
This was a comprehensive win in the end, notable for 3 great long range strikes and fine debuts for Thomas Plant and Zac Fletcher. Dealgan McMahon also made his first appearance as a late substitute.
A slight disappointment was that we got to the bye line so many times but failed to score from the subsequent crosses.
Next up is a league game home to Ballymoney on Saturday 10th January ko 2 pm.
Queens: Declan Brown, Daniel Culbert, Thomas Plant, Zac Fletcher, Ryan Murphy, James Ferrin, Kevin Hagan, Michael Allison, Adam Robinson, James Lavery, Sean Walsh
Subs:, Stephen McDowell, Ciaran O’Hare, Daniel Hanna, Jamie Mairs, Dealgan McMahon