Carryduff Colts 3 – 3 Queens Grads
(After Extra time Queens Win 3-1 on pens)
The match started with a minute’s silence for the McCormick family after the sad loss of Pearse during the week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
The Firsts, however, showed the spirit and fight that he would have been proud of. They took it to Queens who sit 2 divisions above the Colts right from the first whistle and were so unlucky to lose the first goal to a ricochet pass and shot that beat the impressive McCann.
That did not stop Carryduff constantly pestering the Queens back 3 who at times were overrun by Irwin, O’Hallaron McNally and MOTM Sherry. How the equaliser did not come in that first half is a mystery.
Queens however went 2-0 up and must have thought that was it but they did not reckon on a Colts fight-back and the pace of substitute McSorley. It was started off by the power house that is The King who, along with McEvoy, controlled the midfield and King it was who scored by flicking a header in from a corner.
Time was running out and with 3 minutes left the giant of a keeper, McCann, came up for his second corner trying to cause confusion and after Irwin hit the bar the big keeper became the hero toe poking the ball in to mass scenes of celebration.
That sent the game into 20 minutes extra time and again the Colts dominated with shots from Murphy and McNally unlucky not to put them ahead but then came the penalty that should have finished Queens off and was put away with aplomb by King sending the keeper the wrong way.
Queens suddenly came to life and with a string of corners they were awarded a dubious penalty themselves with seconds on the clock which they also put away to make it 3-3.
Penalties beckoned but, unfortunately, we missed 3 with Irwin holding his nerve to score our only pen and Queens scored all 3 of their pens.
Even though we lost it was an excellent performance for the watching crowd and just a mention for the back four of Crompton, McDonnell, O’Toole and Murphy who were magnificent all day.
Thank you to The Parador for supplying ourselves along with our opponents hospitality after the game.
McCann, Crompton, McDonnell, O’Toole, Murphy, McNally, Cassidy, McEvoy, Sherry MOTM (Duncan), Irwin, O’Hallaron, (Mc Sorley), Neil