Queen’s University 6 Tobermore 3

IRISH CUP Round 3

Queen’s were on top for most of the first half and had a deserved 2 goal lead at the interval. Despite almost total possession it took an own goal to break the deadlock when on the half hour, yet another low cross from the right by Chris Middleton was turned into his own goal by Kyle McVey. Just before the break Leon Bonnes tried his luck from 25 yards and his low shot nestled in the bottom corner.

There was a hectic start to the second period. Philip Trainor’s effort struck the outside of the post and moments later Middleton fired home off the far post to give Queen’s a 3 goal lead. Queen’s keeper Declan Brown was then fouled by Paul Duffin and his retaliatory push was seen by the referee who awarded a penalty to the visitors. Brown got a big hand to McVey’s spot kick but couldn’t keep it out. Within minutes Queen’s then were awarded a penalty when Trainor was tripped and Middleton scored from the spot. Tobermore came well into the game and had another penalty when the pacey Paul Duffin was brought down by Brown. This time McVey’s penalty gave Brown no chance. With 15 minutes left Duffin scored the goal of the game after turning inside on the right wing his left foot shot from outside the box found the far top corner of Brown’s goal. It was game on now and Tobermore came close on a number of occasions before, on a quick breakaway, Middleton beat keeper Bednarz to complete his hatrick. Moments later on another breakaway, Lorcan McIlroy set up Ryan McCready who completed the scoring.

This was an amazing game with 9 goals and there could easily have been 9 more. After 53 minutes Queen’s were coasting at 4-1 but in the end had quite a struggle to hold on for the win and a place in Round 4 of the competition.

Next game will be another home fixture against Banbridge Town in the League on Saturday 10th November KO 2pm