After a morning of heavy rain the sun was out for this difficult looking fixture against a Tobermore side looking to consolidate its position at the top of the table.
This was a very entertaining game with a lot of attractive football from both teams. Queen’s, with wide men Michael Allison and Matt Hughes prominent, just edged a fairly even first half. Patrick Stuart, Daniel Hanna and Mark Prenter all went close but couldn’t find the net. With 44 minutes played Tobermore won a corner on the right and Trevor Parkhill’s cross found Conor Kearns whose header produced a fine tip over save from Declan Brown.
The game was end to end with the visitors Dean Brown causing problems with his pace on the right and it was he whose shot was parried by keeper Brown into the path of Gary Keane who inexplicably volleyed against the crossbar from 5 yards. With 65 mins on the clock the breakthrough came for the visitors. Queen’s central defenders hesitated and failed to deal with a long ball up the middle of the pitch. Parkhill nipped in and stroked the ball past the stranded Brown and into the corner of the goal. A few minutes later Parkhill’s corner from the left found the unmarked Brown who headed powerfully into the roof of the net from 5 yards. Queen’s never gave up and got back into the game and came close when Hanna’s header cleared keeper Matthew McGraw but went narrowly over the bar.
Tobermore’s first goal was the result of a basic defensive mistake, until which this had been a very close game which might have gone either way. There were positives in the way we played today against a strong, skillful side.
Next week we are away to Moyola in the League on Sat 14th November ko 3.00pm.
Queens: Brown, Cleary, Keenan, McManus, McGonigle, Prenter, Hanna, Lavery, Hughes, Allison, P. Stuart.
Substitutes: O’Reilly, McDonald, Corrigan, McIlwaine, O’Hare