Queens lose at home to table topping Aquinas
A 10 minute spell at the start of the game during which Queens’ started very slowly and sluggish prove costly as Aquinas ran out comfortable winners in this much anticipated fixture.
Despite Aquinas, who many have tipped to win the NAFL Amateur League Division 2B this season being the opposition, manager Luke Ogilvie went into this game on good form and with confidence. However, a lacklustre start, coupled with a very resolute and well organised Aquinas side soon dampened those hopes.
5 minutes into the game, the opposition won a free kick, and from the resulting set piece, Aquinas took the lead when their captain and main striker, who posed a constant threat throughout, floated in a kick that sailed over both defenders and attackers and nestled into the top corner of Empsall’s net. Queen’s had barely had time to pick themselves up when following a good passing move, Aquinas went further ahead when a cross from the right was glanced in at the near post; although the decision to award the goal was somewhat dubious as the opposition player was clearly offside. This seemed to kick the home side into life and it was they that began to take the game to their table topping opponents in a dominant 20 minute spell. Jason Mcdermott let fly from 25 yards out following good play but was unlucky to see his effort cannon back off the post. The same player; usually lethal when in the box inexplicably lashed an effort well wide, following a fine run from Abladey on the left, who was slowly beginning to impact the game. Despite several such chances, old habits were to prove the home side’s downfall yet again when a lack of communication resulted in full back Keenan heading past a hapless Empsall who had come rushing out in an attempt to claim a harmless ball over the top. This goal effectively ended the game as a contest, and with 5 minutes to go till the interval, Queen’s had lost their momentum.
Queen’s started the second period with high intensity and began putting the opposition under pressure. However, a simple ball over the top caught the home defence napping, allowing Aquinas’ skipper, who was having a fine game to run through on goal and coolly slot the ball under the onrushing Empsall and into the net. Things went from bad to worse when another lack of communication resulted in Keenan heading the ball to Empsall from close range, who to be fair stopped the ball brilliantly, but unfortunately the ball fell to an opposition forward who simply tapped in for the away side’s 5th goal of the game.
The home side managed to claw back 2 impressive goals following neat turns from centre forwards McDermott and Diamond respectively. Queens continued to press forward in search of a third goal that would’ve made for an exciting finish, but that proved to be that as Aquinas ran out comfortable winners in the end. Queens were the instigators of their own downfall and manager Ogilvie hopes to ensure his young side learn from the mistakes made in this game and respond positively in the next game.
Next Game: Portavogie (Away), Saturday October 10th 2015, 2pm KO
Queen’s: Empsall, Keenan, Mcillwaine, Boyd (c), O’Connor, O’Reilly, Homan, Abladey, Diamond, Coulter, McDermott
Substitutes: Maguire, Watts, Andrews
Goal Scorers: McDermott, Diamond