Anto Stuart’s injury gave a first team debut to Gareth Keenan. Sean O’Reilly came on in the second half and it was good to see Mark Prenter back, having found a small gap in his social calendar.
The best thing in a most disappointing first period was the halftime whistle. An early injury to Paul McDonald gave Michael McGonigle another chance to show what he can do. Queen’s had the best chance of the half when Matt Hughes got to the bye line on the left and crossed to Patrick Stuart whose first time shot went well wide.
The game opened up a bit in the second period but there were few good chances. For Queen’s, Stuart’s effort from 15 yards was easily save by Dundela keeper James Taylor. Dundela winger Ethan Knipe had a great run on the right but his low shot was into the side netting. The visitors got on top near the end and sub Scott Doran, had a good chance on the right but his hard hit shot was parried away by Queen’s keeper Declan Brown.
A point each was probably a fair outcome. A goal before midnight seemed unlikely. The most encouraging aspect of the day was the promise shown by the younger players.
No game next week so the next game is home to high flying Tobermore in the League on Sat 7th November ko 2.00pm.
Queens: Brown, Byrne, Keenan, McManus, McDonald, Prenter, Cleary, Lavery, Hughes, Allison, P. Stuart.
Substitutes: O’Reilly, McGonigle, McIlwaine, O’Hare