PORTRUSH Seconds suffered a crushing defeat in a second round cup game at the Quay Road Playing Fields on Saturday when they lost six-nil to a slick-moving Queen’s University outfit.
It was a game in which Portrush beefed up their squad in an effort to pull off what would have been an upset, but while they put in the usual spirited peformance, they never quite matched the skill and guile of their opponents.
However, despite the scoreline, things could have been very different had Callum McKeeman not missed two excellent chances early on in the game.
The quick-footed forward cleverly slipped his marker, but with only the goalkeeper to beat he pushed the ball wide on each occasion.
Portrush were certainly not letting themselves down in this period, but it was Queen’s who showed how it should be done when they scored from open play after a mix up in the Portrush defence.
A short time later, Queen’s scored again from a short corner and by half time they had rattled in three more goals to leave them comfortably positioned.
Five down, but no one could have blamed Trevor Kilpatrick in goals.
He pulled off a number of fine stops, but was just beaten by rebounds.
Tom Cartmill returned to the team after a short spell on the sidelines to help steady the defence and as stated, the team had brought more experienced players on.
However, some late night excesses might have caused some of these ‘recruits’ not to perform as well they might.
In the end, Queen’s were worthy winners and will go into their next game with a great deal of confidence.