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Blues exam puts Queen's in line to pass league tests: Thompson

Queen's manager Peter Thompson. Photo Laura Davison/Pacemaker Press
Queen's manager Peter Thompson. Photo Laura Davison/Pacemaker Press

By Steven Beacom

Queen's manager Peter Thompson believes their sensational Irish Cup victory over Linfield can provide a major boost to the club in the Championship.

Last weekend Queen's were the talk of Northern Ireland football having beaten the Blues 2-1 at The Dub in an incredible fifth round tie against the Irish League title holders.

It was a champagne occasion. Today they are back to the bread and butter of the league and host bottom of the table side Knockbreda.

While many are already focusing on another mouthwatering Cup tie at home to Glentoran next month, Thompson will be telling his players to concentrate on Knockbreda.

Queen's are currently in seventh place in the Championship and harbour ambitions of making the top six before the split in the division.

"The victory over Linfield was fantastic for all the lads and I think it will be a real confidence boost for the side," said Thompson, who has done an exceptional job with the university outfit over the years.

"We play Knockbreda (today) and our aim will be to win that match and get a good run going in the league."

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For Knockbreda it is also a vital encounter.

They are on the same number of points as Dergview but have an inferior goal difference. Ivan Sproule's side also have a match in hand while PSNI are a point ahead of both.

Today's Bluefin Sport Championship fixtures (3pm unless stated): H&W Welders v Portadown (2pm), Queen's University v Knockbreda (2pm), Ards v Ballyclare Comrades, Ballinamallard United v Loughgall, Dergview v Dundela, Newry City v PSNI.

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