Queen’s University 3 Moyola Park 2

With Moyola just one point behind Queen’s in the League table, this was an important fixture for both teams. Queen’s welcomed back left back Phil Prenter on his return from Australia but following his strenuous efforts on the pitch in recent weeks, brother Mark was away on a much needed break in the mountains.

This was an exciting game with two goals in the first ten minutes. Moyola struck first when Oran McAuley ran on to a long ball up the middle and from 25 yards lobbed the ball over Queen’s keeper Declan Brown who was on the edge of his box. Queen’s were soon level when Matt Hughes won a penalty when brought down near the bye line by Moyola full back Aaron Harris. Patrick Stuart’s well hit spot kick gave Marc Maybin no chance. It was an open attractive game and soon Queen’s were ahead when Hughes corner was headed in at the far post by Queen’s defender, Matt McManus. After just 25 minutes it was level again. A shot from outside the box was deflected into the path of Mark Waddle who had a simple finish from close range.

The second half was less entertaining but Queen’s did most of the attacking and scored the decisive goal in the 64th minute. Matt Hughes free kick directed to the far post was perfect for Daniel Hanna to head home from a few yards. Minutes later a similar cross from Hughes again found Hanna but this time his effort went over the top. At the other end, in a strange incident, McManus’s attempted clearance of a low cross from the right struck his own post, rebounded to him and he cleared it at the second attempt. Queen’s came close to a fourth goal when a quick breakaway saw the ball fall perfectly for Connor Mulholland whose shot was deflected narrowly wide.

Confidence is high at the moment and this was another good performance and a deserved win.

Next game is at home on Sat 23rd Jan against Institute in the Intermediate Cup ko 1:30pm