Crusaders tonight lost 2-1 to Queens University in a friendly at Seaview. The game replaced the League Cup 2nd Round tie with Lurgan Celtic that was called off with Crusaders receiving a walkover due to Lurgan Celtic pulling out of the league.
Crusaders started well but could not get the breakthrough in the first 15 minutes. They did take the lead on 17 minutes though when Gary Thomspon played a neat "one two" with Matthew Snoddy and then put the ball past the Queens keeper Doherty. Crusaders pushed on but Queens stood firm. The visitors missed a good chance from a free kick and also when Magee shot wide from a good position. Tom Mathieson forced a good save from Queens keeper and it kept the half time score 1-0 to Crusaders.
The second hald saw Crusaders hold the upper hand on possession but again could not turn this into goals. Gerard Doherty made a good reaction save just before the hour mark and Queens keeper Doherty did well to reach the ball and clear in a "one on one" with Lumi Kanwei. Queens equalised on 69 minutes when Mulholland scored with a cheeky back heel after Gerard Doherty had saved well just before but the cross back in saw Mulholland react quickest. Four minutes later Queens went 2-1 in front when Calvert ran on to a good through ball and put past Doherty. Sub Queens keeper Gawne made a good save from Kanwei as he came out and narrowed the angle and as the game came to the closing stages a Crusaders penalty appeal was turned down. Crusaders could not get back on level terms and as the whistle blew for full time Queens had won 2-1.
A decent work out against Queens and some much needed game time for a quite a few of the squad. The Club would like to thank Queens University in facilitating this game at short notice and wish them all the best for the season. We now turn our attention to the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday and the visit of second placed Dungannon Swifts.