Own goal proves the difference for Queen’s

Queen’s University booked their place in the sixth round of the Irish Cup with a narrow 1-0 win over Limavady United.

An unfortunate own goal from Rory Hassan settled this fifth round tie at the Dub.

Limavady’s Jason Blackwood had the first chance, shooting wildly wide from the right side of the box after 10 minutes.

Then Queen’s Michael Allison’s run and cross from the right wing found the head of Aaron Thompson who headed narrowly wide from six yards.

On 30 minutes Limavady had a scare when keeper Matt McGraw’s miskick fell to Lavery but he was unable to find the empty net.

There was little to choose between the two teams in the first period which finished scoreless.

Queen’s manager Peter Thompson introduced subs Stephen McDowell and Mark Prenter and the former had a chance after 68 minutes but fired wide.

It was end to end stuff now and Queen’s keeper Declan Brown kept his side in the game with two vital saves from Neil Harkin and then an outstanding block with his legs to deny Jack Heaney who seemed sure to score from close range.

With 15 minutes to go and just when it looked like a replay in Limavady would be needed, Queen’s sub Mark Prenter beat two men in the box and played the ball across the face of the goal where the unfortunate Limavady left back Hassan turned the ball into his own net.

It proved the telling moment of a tense affair.

A few minutes from time McDowell should have made the game safe for Queen’s but fired wide after breaking clear of the Limavady defence.

Queen’s victory sees them progress to the sixth round where they will meet the winners of Lisburn Distillery versus PSNI replay.