Queen’s show mettle and keep on track for ptomotion

Ards Damien Broughall in action with Skerries Thomas O'Hare.
Ards Damien Broughall in action with Skerries Thomas O'Hare.

Queen’s enhanced their promotion credentials from Division 2A with a hard fought victory over Old Wesley at the Dub.

The 18-10 win coupled with defeats for Ballymena and City of Derry means the students stay second and have opened up a four gap on the third place team.

Wesley playing against the elements took the lead after six minutes with a penalty from winger Barry McLaughlin.

Queen’s out half Ritchie McMaster levelled the scores two minutes later with a penalty.

Wesley had a chance to regain the lead when the forced a five metre scrum but the Queen’s pack were able to wheel it through 90 degrees and win the put in.

Queen’s took the lead with a long range penalty on 27 minutes and the out half narrowly failed with a difficult effort from near the touch line first minutes later.

The Dubliners finished the first half strongly camped on the try line working the ball through multiple phases but the Queen’s defence held firm to give themselves a 6-3 lead at the interval.

Queen’s took command of the game five minutes after the restart through a piece of individual brilliance from winger Andrew Butler.

He got the ball on the half way line and showed great pace and power beat four defenders and go over but McMaster was of target with the conversion.

Queen’s nearly got their second try when full back Damon Hall caught a box kick from scrum half Connor Spence but he was tackled close to the line and spilled the ball.

However Queen’s did score from the resulting clearing kicked, Wesley full back Eoin Stynes picked out Spence, he shipped the ball to McMaster about 30 metres out.

The out half had a two man overlap which he used as a decoy before he cut inside the last defender to go under the posts making his on conversion a formality.

Wesley set up a tense finish went they got back in the game with a try from winger Wez Deverell on 71 minutes.

From a quick tap penalty they moved the ball to out half Kieran Hurrell he slipped a missed tackle before offloading to Deverell to touch down with McLaughlin adding the conversion.

Queen’s had lock Robert Whitten sin binned for killing the ball but McLaughlin missed the resulting penalty and Colin Sheridan missed a drop goal for the visitors.