Queen’s University IIs 1 Finaghy F.C. 3

Queen’s failed to keep momentum going as Finaghy ran out comfortable winners

On a rather beautiful and perfect day for football, on an immaculate pitch, Queen’s were hoping to build on the performance against second placed Portavogie in the previous game. However it was the away side who took the game to Queen’s and ran out deserved winners.

From the first whistle, Finaghy, led by their rather imposing and dangerous centre forward controlled the game and prevented Ogilvie’s side making any inroads. Despite their dominance, the away side failed to make their pressure count, with continuous efforts on goal failing to trouble home custodian McCrea. Finaghy’s main threat on goal was from their number 9 who was proving a handful for Mcillwaine, and halfway through the first half managed to send a thumping header towards McCrea’s goal, bringing out a great fingertip save from the goalie. The first half ended goalless, with the home side rather fortunate not to have been behind.

The away side took the lead 20 minutes after the restart when a fairly weak cross into McCrea’s box unsettled the home defence, and despite repeated attempts to clear the ball, neither centre half pairing of Mcillwaine or Watts could do so, resulting in a simple finish for the away side.

Following neat play on the left hand side, substitute Abladey crossed for Mcillwaine whose neat touch to control the ball failed to set up a clear stroke on goal as he blazed over. Prenter had a great chance to equalize for Queen’s following excellent work by substitutes Diamond and McDermott down the right, but he placed his shot agonisingly wide when it was easier to score. Despite Queen’s slowly improving, Finaghy went further ahead when a cross from their impressive left winger evaded the defence and was met with a thundering volley to make it 2-0. 2 soon became 3 when an attacker was left unmarked in the penalty area and planted a free header past McCrea. The home side responded immediately when a neat interchange between Abladey and Homan resulted in the former picking the ball up just inside the opposition half and raced clear of the retreating defenders and into the box to send a low strike into the bottom corner.

Finaghy has further chances to inflict further damage on the home side who were now down to 10 men following O’Connor’s injury. With all substitutes used, Queen’s had to dig deep to prevent conceding further goals and were somewhat pleased to hear the final whistle blown.

Next Game: Temple Rangers FC (Away), Saturday October 24th 2015, 2pm KO

Queen’s: McCrea, Keenan, Watts, Mcillwaine, O’Connor, Maguire, Homan, Andrews, Coulter, O’Reilly, Prenter

Substitutes: Abladey, Diamond, McDermott,

Goal Scorers: Abladey