A very strong wind suggested that good football would be difficult to achieve and so it proved to be. Queen’s had two chances in the first half. Barry Walsh ran onto a good through ball, leaving him one on one with the visitor’s keeper Andrew Findlay who saved well with his legs. Matt Hughes weaved his way into the box but his shot was straight at Findlay who saved easily. At the other end Matt Torrens’ header fell to Thomas Elder on the edge of the box and his low shot was well saved by Declan Brown in the Queen’s goal.
The second half was a slightly better spectacle than the first had been. Queen’s were dominating possession now and the opening goal came when Ryan McCready’s effort to the far post crossed the line just as Philip Traynor arrived to finish it off. Queen’s made the game safe when Chris Middleton’s long free kick was headed back across goal where Traynor fired home from 8 yards. Portstewart’s best chance of the half fell to Elder who shot wide after running clear of the Queen’s defence.
This was hard to watch though no blame on the players for that. The conditions were awful. The League has reached the point where all that matters is the result.
Queen’s next fixture is an Intermediate Cup quarter final tie home to Lurgan Town on Saturday 9th March ko 1:30pm