Immaculata 1 Queen’s University 4

Intermediate Cup (Round 3)

This was the first ever meeting of these two clubs, both at the top end of their respective leagues.

A tight first half was full of endeavor but both teams were hitting mostly long balls so there was little good football and very few chances. Ryan McCready had a chance for Queen’s but his effort drifted just wide of the post. Colm O’Riordan of Immaculata had the best chance when James Haughey’s cross found him unmarked 5 yards out but his powerful header went over the bar.

Matt McManus got his head to a corner but Mark McKenna made an easy save. The deadlock was broken when Chris Middleton’s goal bound free kick was headed into his own goal by Daniel Largey. Immaculata were soon back on level terms. O’Riordan got free on the left wing and his low cross was turned in by Kevin McGovern. The game opened up and it was Queen’s who dominated the last 20 minutes. Matt Hughes’s powerful strike into the roof of the net from about the penalty spot was quickly followed by some intricate passing between McCready and Hughes which resulted in the latter scoring his second goal from a narrow angle. Hughes finished the scoring with a great header which gave McKenna no chance. Queen’s might have had further goals in the final minutes when Hughes and Ronan Young each had one on one’s saved by McKenna.

Queen’s next game is a league game away to Dollingstown on 26th January, ko 2pm