A strong wind led to a very scrappy start to the game but gradually Queen’s got on top and soon a series of crosses into the Ballymoney box put the visiting defence under much pressure. After five mins an injury to Queen’s keeper, Declan Brown, gave a debut to former Crusaders keeper Jack McCrea. Michael Allison broke clear on the right wing but his shot was well saved by Bryan Moore in the Ballymoney goal. Ryan Murphy tried his luck from distance and again Moore came to the rescue. Ballymoney had a good chance before the break when a left wing cross to the far post found the head of Ryan Stewart who headed narrowly wide.
Queen’s pressure told after 50 mins when Murphy’s right wing corner found Daniel Culbert who scored from close range. Queen’s missed many good chances to make the game safe but Ballymoney pushed them back in the final 20 mins. Stewart intercepted Daniel Hanna’s back pass but couldn’t beat McCrea. Despite their pressure Ballymoney couldn’t make clear chances and Queen’s held on for the victory and a welcome three points.
We made very hard work of this, again, dominating the play but unable to convert superior possession and pressure into goals. Still, 3 consecutive victories for the first time this season.
Next up is a league game away to Limavady on Saturday 17th January ko 3 pm.
Queens: Declan Brown, Daniel Culbert, Thomas Plant, Zac Fletcher, Ryan Murphy, James Ferrin, Kevin Hagan, Michael Allison, Daniel Hanna , James Lavery, Sean Walsh
Subs:, Stephen McDowell, Jack McCrea, Dealgan McMahon, Adam Robinson