This was a top versus bottom of the table clash with points very important to both teams.
Queen’s started brightly but high flying Banbridge began to dominate possession. They spurned two very good chances in a scrappy first period.
Early in the second half a mass pushing session woke up both teams and the referee, having consulted both assistants, gave a yellow card to Queen’s Stuart Harper in a clear case of mistaken identity, a decision which had later repercussions. On 57 minutes the excellent Ryan Moffat cut inside from the right and fired the opening goal low into the far corner, giving the visitors a deserved lead. Five minutes later Queen’s won a right wing corner which Cameron McAuley delivered to the near post where Daniel Hanna reacted quickest and brought the scores level with a close range finish.
The unfortunate Stuart Harper was then harshly sent off following a second yellow card but ten man Queen’s took the game to the league leaders and shocked them when Ryan Tumelty’s 25 yard free kick deflected off the wall and into the bottom corner with ten minutes left. Late in the game Banbridge also had a player sent off and Queen’s saw the game out without too much difficulty.
This was a most welcome improvement on recent performances and showed again that any team can win a game in this league.
Next game is home to Newry City on Sat 4 th Feb. Saturday kick offs will be at 3pm for the remainder of the season.