This game was switched at the last minute from Newforge on a mild but very windy day. A tough game was anticipated against the team sitting second in the table.
The first chance fell to PSNI when Andrew Blackledge was sent through on the left wing and was denied by Queen’s keeper Declan Brown who made an excellent save with his legs. Queen’s were on top and took the lead through Michael Allison whose powerful shot from 20 yards flew past David Harrison and into the top corner. On the half hour mark things got worse for PSNI when Ashton McDermott was sent off for illegal use of the elbow. Just before the break Queen’s missed a series of chances which could have proved costly.
Queen’s domination continued early in the second half and a good left wing cross by Matt Hughes was headed powerfully into the roof of the net by Patrick Stuart. Two minutes later it was game over when Stuart ran through the middle onto a through ball and shot home first time off the inside of the post. Ten minutes later Mark Prenter was fouled in the box and he dispatched the resultant penalty with ease to complete the scoring.
In the end this was a remarkably easy win for Queen’s. PSNI may argue that having a player sent off before halftime had a big bearing on the outcome but the truth was that Queen’s were the better team throughout the ninety minutes and some of their football was excellent. It was good to achieve a clean sheet following the defensive mistakes so evident in recent games and to achieve our first win since early October. We finish the year in 6th place in the league table and hopefully the confidence gained from this game will carry forward into the New Year.
Our next game will be away to Lisburn Distillery on Sat 2nd January 2016 ko 1:30pm