This was another beautiful day for a game of football on a near perfect pitch. Queen’s were looking to extend their good run of 6 wins from the last 7 games against a Dollingstown team who were 5 points worse off at the start of the game.
In a disappointing first half Queen’s started well and went close when Matt McManus twice had headed chances which went wide and when Matt Hughes cut in from the left wing and saw his rising drive deflected over the crossbar for a corner. Dollinstown came more into the game and left back Nathan McConnell supplied a great long cross to Jordan Gibson whose powerful header produced a fine diving save from Queen’s keeper Declan Brown.
Queen’s had the better of the first half but it was the visitors who were dominant after the break. On 53 minutes Richard Thompson broke away on the left, outpaced the Queen’s defence and his low cross gave Gibson a simple tap in at the far post. Thompson then picked up a loose ball, carried it forward and fired home a great strike from the edge of the box. Any hopes of a Queen’s comeback were dashed when Noel Corrigan was dismissed for a second yellow card. A well-deserved win for the visitors.
This was a very disappointing performance. Not one clear chance made in the game. In the second half Queen’s couldn’t contain the excellent Richard Thompson and Jordan Gibson who gave the home defence a most difficult afternoon.
Next game is home to Dundela in the League on Sat 24th October ko 3.00pm.
Queens: Brown, Byrne, A. Stuart, McManus, McDonald, Hanna, Corrigan, Lavery, Hughes, Allison, P. Stuart.
Substitutes: Murphy, McGonigle, Cleary, O’Hare