Queen’s had a great chance after 5 minutes when Ronan Young’s cross from the left found Ciaran O’Hare 6 yards out but his shot was weak and straight at Newry Keeper Andrew Coleman. Two minutes later Newry scored when Conor McCaul picked the ball up on the right wing, turned inside, weaved his way across the edge of the box and hit great left foot shot in off the far post, giving Declan Brown, no chance. Newry shaded the play in the rest of the first period and Mark McCabe missed a good chance for the visitors, lobbing over the bar from a perfect right wing cross. Queen’s Adam Calvert was unfortunate when his shot from a narrow angle was palmed onto his own post by Coleman.
Queen’s play improved as the second half progressed but their many crosses from both wings were well dealt with by a resolute Newry defence. With 15 minutes left, Brendan Glackin beat the Newry offside trap and ran on unopposed but his shot was well saved by Coleman. Queen’s pressed to the end but couldn’t find an equaliser.
This was a frustrating game in which we had the two best chances in a game we didn’t deserve to lose.
Next is an away game against Ballyclare Comrades on Sat 25th January, KO 3pm