New signing, Joshua Corry, made his first appearance following his transfer from Ballyclare
Queen’s started at a blistering pace and should have had the game wrapped up after just 10
minutes. Two minutes in, Matt Hughes’ corner was perfect for Ryan McCready but his downward
header bounced high and hit the crossbar. Hughes beat men on the edge of the box and drove a left
foot shot low past Moyola keeper Ben McCauley to open the scoring. Connor Mulholland’s shot from
the edge of the box brought a fine save from McCauley but the ball rebounded to Ryan McCready
who, inexplicably, side footed the ball against the post from 5 yards with the keeper on the ground.
It was all one way traffic and Queen’s had a great shout for a penalty when a home defender clearly
handled the ball in the box from another Hughes corner but the ref waved play on. Totally against
the run of the play, Moyola equalised on the half hour when Jason Paul got free in the box and
struck a low shot which went in off a post.
Queen’s continued on top after the break but could have gone behind when keeper Declan Brown’s
clearance went straight to Tiernan Rafferty whose 30 yard lob towards the empty net went just
wide. Queen’s had good shots from Hughes and McCready before finally scoring the winning goal on
80 minutes. Hughes’ corner was headed back across goal and sub Ciaran O’Hare nodded it over
McCauley and into the net.
This was a very entertaining game with a lot of attractive passing football. Queen’s were deserved
winners and should have won a lot more easily.
Next Saturday 9th September, we are home to holders Linfield Swifts at the Dub in the Steel Cup ko