This was the first of the 5 post-split matches. Just two weeks ago in a poor performance, Queen’s lost 2-0 at Tobermore and a positive result was needed to maintain second place in the League.
This game was effectively over with Ryan Doherty’s dismissal after just three minutes. Connor Mulholland was racing into the Tobermore box when Doherty brought him down from behind just outside the penalty area and referee Hanna showed him a red card. Six minutes later Queen’s opened the scoring. Ronan Young’s corner was played to Matt Hughes who flicked it on to the penalty spot where Ryan McCready volleyed the ball past Andrew Finlay in the visiting goal. Tobermore’s ten men battled manfully and came close when Neil Lamont headed over and Ryan Whiteside’s shot from a narrow angle went wide of the far post. Queen’s second goal duly arrived when Young crossed the ball from the left wing and McCready’s looping header dropped over the stranded Finlay.
There was little atmosphere in a low key second half. Conor Kearns for Tobermore volleyed across the goal but wide of the far post and Aidan McAuley struck a shot against the crossbar. The final goal was scored by McCready who timed his run to meet Young’s corner and headed in at the near post.
Next game is away to Banbridge Town on Tuesday 24th April kick off 6:30 pm.