Queen’s University 4 Dollingstown 3 (aet)

Irish Cup Round 2

Queen’s were quickly into their stride and their quick passing and movement had the visitors defence at full stretch. No surprise then that they scored the opener after 7 minutes. Good work on the left wing saw a pass to Lorcan McIlroy who touched it past keeper Stephen Croft and into the far corner. Queen’s continued on top and missed chances until Matt Hughes turned in the box and fired home a low left foot shot giving Croft no chance. In a rare attack Dollingstown’s David Gray strode forward and his low cross shot from the edge of the box nestled in the far corner. Dollingstown came more into the game but Hughes restored Queen’s two goal advantage, lashing the ball in off the far post. Moments before halftime, the visitors were awarded a penalty and their captain Aaron Moffett sent Declan Brown the wrong way from the spot kick.

The second period was just as exciting but produced just one more goal. Dollingstown came close when a shot came back off the post before substitute Nathan Laverty scored a late equaliser, after coming through some poor tackles on the edge of the box before striking a good shot which Brown got hands to but couldn’t prevent the goal.

Queen’s were dominant in extra time and won the game when Adam Robinson’s glancing header from Ronan Young’s corner, found the far corner of the goal. McIlroy was then fouled in the box but Young’s penalty was easily saved by Croft.

This was another very entertaining, exciting game which Queen’s should have won without the need for extra time. Too many defensive mistakes have made it difficult to win games recently.

Next game will be another meeting with Dollingstown in the League this time at home on Saturday 13th October KO 3pm