It was just three days since Queen’s clinched the league title with a comfortable victory in Tobermore but this latest win was certainly not easily achieved. Queen’s made 7 changes to the starting lineup including a first team debut for second string keeper Eoin Matthewson whose father also played in goal for Queen’s.
A good right wing cross gave Gary Keane a great chance to open the scoring but he headed over when it looked easier to score. This set the pattern for a night on which Tobermore made and missed an amazing number of chances, many of them saved by Matthewson. Despite all the chances
there was no score at the break.
The deadlock was finally broken when Paul Keane took advantage of hesitancy in the Queen’s defence to score into an unguarded goal. Minutes later it was almost level when Ben Mulgrew was out of luck when his shot from the edge of the box struck the bottom of the post. Queen’s equaliser soon arrived courtesy of a great left foot strike from Matt Hughes from outside the box, following a corner. Tobermore then piled on the pressure but couldn’t take advantage of many mad scrambles in the Queen’s box. In the final minutes Queen’s broke away and Philip Traynor tucked his shot under Tobermore keeper Lukadz Bednarz to claim the victory.
It’s hard to believe that Tobermore lost this game on a night when Eoin Matthewson made a dream debut with a sting of important saves.
The final League game of the season will be at the Dub on Sat 27 th April against Lurgan Celtic ko 3pm. The League trophy and medals will be presented after the game.