On a very difficult, bumpy pitch, Portstewart started better with speedy left winger Craig Moore causing lots of problems and he went close with a fiercely hit shot which went narrowly over. After 20 minutes the home side were in front when Ryan Doherty’s elusive run led to a pass to Lee Forgrave straight in front of goal and his weak shot caught Queen’s keeper Declan Brown off balance as the ball trickled in to net. On 25 minutes, Queen’s Andy Cleary received a second yellow card for a foul on Moore.
Two minutes into second half, Forgrave’s pass found Chris Hanson on the right wing and he cut inside and fired a great low left foot shot into the far corner. Jonny Stewart’s great volley against the crossbar almost added another for the home team. Queen’s 10 men battled manfully and came close on a number of occasions. In the last few minutes Sean O’Reilly tried his luck from the edge of the box and his shot went in off the crossbar. In a scramble the ball hit the post of the Portstewart goal and came out. In a breakaway Portstewart’s Moore raced clear and saw his shot parried by Brown into the path of Hanson who seemed certain to score but his weak effort was gratefully grabbed by Brown. In the dying moments Queen’s were down to 9 men when Matt McManus was dismissed for dissent.
A first ever goal for Sean O’Reilly was one of the few good memories from this game.
Next game is home to Glebe Rangers on Sat 23rd April, ko 3pm