Queen’s University 0 Linfield Swifts 3

STEEL & SONS CUP ROUND 3

For the first home game of the season, Steel Cup holders Linfield Swifts, were the visitors.

Once again Queen’s conceded an early goal, this one after barely 2 minutes. A good ball to the left wing resulted in a perfect low cross to the far post where the Swifts right winger Adam Carroll had a simple tap in from 6 yards. It was an attractive end to end game and Josh Corry had a chance with a header from a corner but was just wide. Connor Mulholland’s volley was well saved by the impressive Swifts keeper Alex Moore. Eamon Fyfe’s free kick was heading for the top corner but again Moore was up to the challenge as he tipped the ball round the post. Queen’s had a series of corners which caused problems in the Swifts defence but they couldn’t find an equaliser. On thirty five minutes, against the run of play, the Swifts scored a second goal. Their first shot was blocked but the ball dropped for Chris Murray to hit a scuffed shot which found the corner of the net. Soon it was game over. Ryan Strain ran on to a perfect through ball, rounded Queen’s keeper Declan Brown and slipped the ball in to the empty net.

There were no further goals in a second half in which Queen’s had most of the possession. They had a number of chances the best of which came from a left wing cross to Ryan McCready whose header was brilliantly tipped over by the excellent Alex Moore.

This was another day on which we were thwarted by excellent goal keeping. The score line sounds like we were outplayed but it wasn’t like that. Swifts keeper, Alex Moore had a lot more to do than Declan Brown. We had more possession and enough chances to win the game but we didn’t take our chances and the young Blues took theirs.

Next up is a league game away to Armagh City on Saturday 16th September, ko 3pm