This was the 3rd meeting of these two teams this season, Distillery having won the previous two games at the Dub.
Distillery would have scored in the first minute but for a good save by Declan Brown who was back in the Queen’s goal after missing 9 games through a knee injury. The visitors defender Daniel Hanna left the game with a leg injury after just 15 minutes, replaced by Gareth Orr.
Queen’s had a number of chances in the first half and Darren Doherty and Stephen Curley each cleared the ball off the line with keeper Tony Galbraith beaten. O’Hare and Keenan shot wildly wide and just before the break Daire Rooney broke through on the left wing but his shot miscued wide of the far post.
Distillery’s Alan McMurtry hit a good shot from outside the box and Brown did well to divert it round the post. O’Hare and Hagan missed very good chances but Queen’s finally took a deserved lead on the break after 65 minutes when Eoghan Byrne played Rooney in and he fired home from 8 yards. Queen’s sat back and seemed to be easily seeing out the game. Paul Young hit a great volley from a narrow angle and Brown saved well again. With 5 minutes left a mad scramble in the Queen’s box resulted in the award of a penalty to the home side, for handball. This looked a very harsh decision but McMurtry easily beat Brown from the spot. In the dying seconds Distillery’s Stephen Hislop, following a half clearance, hit a great volley from the corner of the box and the ball flew into the far corner through a crowded penalty area to seal an unlikely win for the home team.
Everyone agreed that Queen’s were the better team and should have won this game. They had a number of good chances but their finishing was just not good enough.
Next game is home to Dundela on Sat 31st Dec ko 2pm