Newington were the better team in the first half and had good chances to score but Queen’s keeper, Declan Brown, came to his side’s rescue on three occasions. Just before the break Queen’s took an undeserved lead. Matt Hughes’s low cross from the left wing was into the stride of Connor Mulholland who swept the ball into the net.
With an extra man in midfield, Queen’s came more into the game and should have doubled their lead when Hughes crossed from the left. Ben Mulgrew strangely opted to chest the ball which hit the post. In the ensuing scramble the ball ended up in the net but referee Hanna awarded a free out for Newington for a foul on keeper Jason Craughwell . With 10 minutes left Newington got the goal they deserved when Ethan Devine fired a low left foot shot past Brown. A few minutes from the end Matt Hughes was brought down in the box leading to a red card for Richard Gowdy and Chris Middleton’s
spot kick proved to be the winner.
Teams that win leagues, find a way to win when well below their best. That’s how it was for Queen’s in this important game. Five more points from the remaining three games would be enough to win the League.
Next game is on Sat 20th April away to Tobermore KO 3pm