Intermediate Cup Round 2
For Queen’s this was a return to the scene of a 2-0 victory in the Irish Cup on the way to the semi-final in 2014.
All of the recent rain meant this game was played on a very soft pitch which passed a referee’s inspection prior to kick off.
It was a lively start to the game and the home team was ahead after just 6 minutes. The referee awarded a penalty following Adam Robinson’s tackle on the right wing. Following lengthy protest from the Queen’s players, Denver Taggart kept his cool and sent Declan Brown the wrong way from the spot kick.
Queen’s took a while to get into the game and thought they had equalised following Michael Allison’s right wing run and low cross which found Patrick Stuart who slotted it into the empty net only for the ref to rule him offside. A difficult call for a ref working without official assistants. Twenty five minutes in, Allison again got down the right and his cross was deflected into the path of Noel Corrigan who had a simple tap in for the equaliser. Queen’s were on top for the rest of the half and would have led at the break but for some heroic defending.
Queen’s did most of the attacking in the second period. Patrick Stuart broke clear on the right side and his low drive hit the bottom of the post. The decisive moment came when Corrigan’s right wing cross found Mark Prenter who controlled the ball near the penalty spot, swivelled and scored despite keeper Darren Ross getting a hand to it. Distillery pressed in the final 10 minutes but were unable to trouble Brown in the visitors goal.
In Round 3 Queen’s will be at home to another Championship 1 side, Institute, on Sat 23rd January ko 1:30pm.
Our next match will be a league game away to Glebe Rangers on Sat 9th January 2016 ko 2pm