Disappointing Draw at Queens for First Eleven

By Robin Mitchell

North Down travelled to Queens on Saturday hoping to get rid of the festive cheer and maintain pressure on league leaders Raphoe.

However it was not to be and after a disappointing performance had to settle for a 2-2 draw, a result which their performance may not have deserved.

Queens opened the stronger and kept the North Down defence under pressure.It was not a surprise when they took the lead after 15 minutes.They worked the ball nicely along the byline giving Blair a simple tap in.Queens maintained the pressure but the resolute North Down defence held firm.Against the run of play and with their first shot at goal Watt equalised when his shot went in of the post.Just before halftime Cooper gave the visitors the lead when he blasted home from mid circle.North Down were dealt a severe blow when Richard Willis received a blow to the head and was unable to continue.

North Down enjoyed more possession in the second period but neither keeper was troubled.

With about 15 minutes remaining North Down thought they had won a free but the umpire awarded against tom donnan.Queens took the free quickly and Mitchell was first to the ball and slipped past McBride for the equaliser.North Down piled on the pressure as they searched for the winner but were unable to convert A number of corners.McKibbin had a strong run into the circle but his shot at goal was cleared by the keeper.

A much improved performance will be required against Newry next week if they are to keep up the chase for league honours

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