In many ways it was a fairly even first half except for the score line. Queen’s captain, Matt Hughes had a good shout for a penalty but referee Clarke thought not. PSNI had already missed a couple of chances before going ahead after 20 minutes. Nathan Best’s right wing cross was controlled by Mark Anderson who struck a low shot into the corner giving Conor Lally no chance. Five minutes later it was 2-0, this time it was left back Nathan Riddle who benefitted from a right wing cross, timing his run at the far post and scoring from close range. Things got worse on 31 minutes. A poor defensive header saw the ball fall to Anderson and he struck it home from the edge of the box. Queen’s had a good share of possession, sending many crosses into the box but no one was able to capitalise.
Queen’s had the lion’s share of possession in the second period and got on the score sheet when Nathan O’Neill had the misfortune to turn the ball into his own goal. Straight from the restart a ball up the left wing released Brian Cabraley and he fired the ball past Lally to restore PSNI’s 3 goal advantage. Soon after, Marc McKenna cut in from the left wing and drove a shot low into the far corner. In a hectic finish, former Queen’s player Tony Tumilty scored PSNI’s fifth goal. Lorcan McIlroy scored Queen’s third goal and then Matt Hughes was brought down in the box, however, the usually reliable Jonah Mitchell saw his spot kick well saved by PSNI keeper Daniele Di Giorgio.
Eight goals and many close shaves made this game riveting watching on a day of chances galore and dreadful defending.
Next game is home to Ballyclare Comrades on Sat 23rd November KO 2pm