Queen’s had a comprehensive 7-2 victory over Annagh back at the end of November, but Annagh are made of sterner stuff now, having added a number of new players to their squad.
The home side had bad luck on 14 minutes when a long range shot hit the Queen’s crossbar and rebounded to safety. Queen’s then made and missed two excellent chances. Firstly Ciaran O’Hare had his shot saved, with his legs, by Annagh keeper Hughes. Hughes made an even better save when a right wing cross to the far post seemed a certainty for Ronan Young but his first time shot was saved by the keeper.
The first half was fairly even but Queen’s completely dominated possession after the break. Many chances and half chances came and went as the Annagh defence was severely tested. They seemed to have held out for a draw until, 3 minutes into added time, Barry Walsh’s speculative shot from the edge of the box, somehow eluded keeper Hughes and ended up in the net. This was harsh on the Annagh custodian who had kept his side in the game with a number of good saves.
This was an excellent second half performance but chance taking was again a problem.
Queen’s will be at home to Ballymena League side, Newtowne in round 4 of the Intermediate Cup on Sat 10th February, kick off 1:30pm