Given that this game was very important for each team for different reasons, it got off to a surprisingly low key first half. A strong, cold, gusting wind and a very bumpy pitch suggested that little good football would be seen, and so it proved.
Queen’s were almost ahead when in the only incident of note in a dreadful first period a good cross from the right wing to the far post was missed by Ciaran O’Hare and Ryan McCready.
There was more urgency to the play in the second half and after 55 minutes the home side took the lead. A long ball was played out to the impressive Ryan Doherty on the right wing and he beat a defender, turned the ball on to his left foot and struck a low shot into the goal. Queen’s had most of the possession but despite many balls into the Portstewart box, clear cut chances were hard to come by. Eamon Fyfe came close but his low shot was well saved by Portstewart keeper Lucasz Bednarz. With 15 minutes left, Doherty ran onto the ball on the left wing and played a good pass to Glenn Law whose cross was headed powerfully home by Lee Forgave. Queen’s got one back when Tony
Tumelty’s right wing cross was dropped by Bednarz and McCready was on hand to turn it into the net. Queen’s threw everything forward in search of an equaliser but in the final seconds Portstewart cleared the ball up field to the unmarked Doherty who raced away, rounded Declan Brown and placed the ball into the empty net.
Next game is on Tuesday 17th April at the Dub against Armagh City, kick off 6:30pm