There was a strange lack of atmosphere and intensity in the early stages. The home side had no luck when Joe Reid shot through a number of legs following a corner, the ball striking the inside of the post and away to safety. With twenty minutes gone Queen’s took the lead when Ryan McCready got his head on a left wing cross and flicked it on to Chris Middleton on the right side of the box. He controlled it and shot home from a narrow angle. Queen’s were on top and might have increased their lead when McCready dribbled into the box and saw his shot palmed away by Jonah Nichol in the home goal.
Distillery had more possession but Queen’s always looked the more likely to score. Queen’s cleared up field from a corner and Lorcan McIlroy ran clear from the halfway line but his shot was weak and easily saved by Nichol. Moments later Queen’s again broke away on a two against one. McIlroy carried the ball to the edge of the box and passed to the unmarked Matt Hughes whose left foot volley went over the top. These spurned chances came back to haunt Queen’s when Distillery were awarded a penalty on 90 minutes. Alan Murtry stepped up and drilled the ball passed Declan Brown.
Queen’s were the better team but again many chances were missed. Two points thrown away.
Queen’s will be at home to Newington in round 3 of the Irish Cup on Sat 1st December, kick off 1:30pm