After some horrible weather on recent Saturdays, spring put in a welcome, if belated, appearance for the visit of Glebe Rangers who were on a good recent run. Adam Robinson and Stephen McDowell were added to the lengthy injury list.
It was a dream start for Queen’s, one up after just 4 minutes. Glebe left back, Jonathon Hume tackled Owain Beggs from behind inside the box and referee Andrews immediately pointed to the spot. Beggs stepped up and sent keeper Gregg Shannon the wrong way to give the home side the lead. A long ball found Glebe’s speedy winger Christopher Wilson who had got clear of the Queen’s defence, he played the ball past Queen’s outrushing keeper Jack McCrea but couldn’t catch up with it before it crossed the bye line. Glebe had a good spell just before the break but were caught out when Queen’s broke quickly. Good passing on the right wing led to a good cross by Eoghan Byrne from which Ciaran O’Hare’s header was palmed away by Shannon into the path of James Lavery who scored from 7 yards.
In an entertaining second half Glebe’s Maurice McDowell sent over a great cross from the left wing and Christopher Mawhinney’s header hit the top of the crossbar. With 20 minutes left James Lavery played Sean Walsh in on the left wing and his low cross was perfect for Byrne to slot home at the back post. The game became niggley in the last 10 minutes but the young referee dealt well to keep everybody on the pitch.
This was a much better performance and a deserved victory.
Next week we have our final home game of the season against Wakehurst, ko 3pm and on the following Tuesday night we travel to Banbridge for a 6:45 kick off.
Queen’s University: Jack McCrea, Robbie Budden, Zac Fletcher, James Turley, Matt McManus, Kevin Hagan, Ciaran O’Hare, James Ferrin, James Lavery, Owain Beggs, Eoghan Byrne. Substitutes: Thomas Plant, Ryan Murphy, Daniel Hanna, Sean Walsh.