Newry settled quickly into the game and had the majority of possession in a fast paced first half but they didn’t make many clear cut chances. The closest they came was when Mark McCabe’s fine effort from 25 yards thumped the post and stayed out. Queen’s keeper Declan Brown had a fine game and he eased the pressure on his defence on a number of occasions by coming off his line to catch dangerous crosses.
The first half pace was quick and it got even quicker in an excellent second half. Queen’s were much more in the game and took the lead when Michael Allison cut in from the right wing and scored with a well struck low shot into the far corner. The lead lasted just a few minutes. From a corner Brown made an excellent save but the ball fell perfectly to Newry defender John Boyle who scored from a few yards. Boyle’s joy was short lived as he was sent off for a second yellow card offence.
With the Newry keeper off his line, the home team’s Daire Rooney struck a volley from 25 yards which hit the post and went wide. Newry then won a corner on the left which resulted in a number of blocked shots before Jimmy Walker fired a low drive through a crowded box and into the corner of the net for the winning goal.
It was disappointing to lose this game from a winning position but it was another encouraging performance against one of the teams bidding for promotion.
Next game: Newry City away on Sat 11th February ko 3pm