Queen’s University 0 Portstewart 1

Intermediate Cup Semi-Final

A chance to play Crumlin Star in the final of the Intermediate Cup was the prize for the winners of this semi-final played on a very cold, wet night in Ballyclare.

Matt Hughes had an early chance for Queen’s when a cross from the right found him unmarked on the left side of the box but his first timeleft foot volley was well wide of the far post. Philip Traynor had a chance when he tried to lob Portstewart keeper Andrew Findlay but his effort fell short for an easy save for Findlay. As the half went on Portstewart came more and more into the game and just before the break Tommy Elder’s close range shot after a corner was well blocked by Daniel Hanna.

The second half was a dour affair of much effort but few chances. On 66 minutes, Portstewart were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. Karl Steele struck a powerful low shot which was deflected but Queen’s keeper Declan Brown got a hand to it only for the linesman to indicate that the ball has crossed the line, a view not shared Brown. Portstewart defended their advantage very well and might have added to their score when Ryan Doherty broke away but his shot from the left side of the box went wide of the far post. Brown then made a good save from Saul McCaughan who had also got clear on the break.

This was a disappointing defeat on a night where the teams were evenly matched and the game was decided on a controversial goal.

Next is a league game home to Lisburn Distillery, KO 3pm on Saturday 6th April.