Queen’s started well and, in the first 10 minutes, made and missed three good chances. With 15 minutes gone it was first blood to the home side. In their first serious attack, Glen Hand’s ball forward through a square Queen’s defence, played in Richard Thompson who ran away from the defenders, rounded Queen’s keeper Declan Brown, and slotted the ball into an empty net. Thompson had another chance but failed to convert.
In the first few seconds of the second period, the Queen’s defence was breached again as McMath ran in on goal but Brown managed to divert his shot narrowly wide. Queen’s equaliser soon arrived thanks to Matt Hughes who went on a great run on the left and cut in along the goal line. His shot was blocked but the ball rebounded to him off a home defender and he back heeled the ball into the net. The assistant had his flag up for offside but the ref over ruled him as the ball had rebounded to Hughes off a defender. Yet again McMath ran onto Thompson’s pass but shot narrowly wide, another let off for Queen’s who capitalised by taking the lead soon after when Daniel Hanna’s long ball sent Ryan McCready clear and in similar circumstances to Thompson’s first half strike, he rounded keeper Stephen Croft to score. With ten minutes left, after good work by Jones and Thompson, McMath levelled the score again. Five minutes later Queen’s sub Connor Mulholland pounced to score from 10 yards for what seemed to be the winner. However there was more to come in this topsy turvy game. On ninety three minutes Michael Denver had the ball in the net but again the assistant had his flag up for offside. After a short discussion the goal stood and seconds later the ref blew the final whistle.
The draw was probably a fair result. It is some time since the Queen’s defence was so vulnerable to long balls and quick breakaways but the point seemed more valuable when news came through of Annagh’s loss to Tobermore.
Queen’s next game is away to Warrenpoint Town on Saturday 2nd February in Roind 6 of the Irish Cup KO 3pm