Queen’s University 4 Portstewart 5

On a cold, miserable day Queen’s welcomed back Connor Mulholland for his first game in twelve months.

By the time there was five minutes on the clock Queen’s should have been ahead. Good crosses were headed wide by Ciaran O’Hare and Patrick Stuart. It was a very open game and Portstewart also had early chances. After 20 minutes O’Hare set up Patrick Stuart and he scored with a left foot drive from 12 yards. On 35 minutes the visitors equalized from a free kick when Declan Brown palmed the ball aside but Johnny Stuart reacted first and stabbed home from close range. Within a minute Queen’s were ahead again. Following a corner the ball fell at the feet of Matt McManus who scored from a narrow angle. Five minutes from the break it was level again. A deep cross from the right wing found Ryan Doherty at the far post and he dived bravely to head the ball past Brown.

Five minutes after the break Portstewart led for the first time, Craig Moore got on the end of a long clearance and placed the ball wide of the advancing Brown. Minutes later a long free kick to the far post was headed home by the unchallenged Johnny Stuart and soon after Doherty got his second and Portstewart’s fifth. This crazy game wasn’t finished and Queen’s then were given hope through quick goals from Patrick Stuart and Connor Mulholland. There was still 15 minutes to go and Queen’s pressed strongly for an equalizer. Mark Prenter’s header from a corner rolled agonizingly wide and at the other end Brown made a good save with his legs as Portstewart hung on for the victory.

This was a very strange game with as many chances as you would normally see in a dozen games. It was full of exciting attacking and horrendous defending, a game to cause managers to tear their hair out, but very exciting for the spectator.

Next game is at home on Sat 5th December in the Irish Cup to Tobermore Utd, kick off 1:30.

Queens University: Brown, Byrne, Keenan, Robinson, McManus, McDonald, Allison, Hanna, Stuart, O’Hare, Hughes.

Subs: Mulholland, Prenter, Lavery, Cleary, Corrigan