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Queen's in good place ahead of Linfield battle, says Thompson

 

Goals from Ciaran O'Hare and Adam Robinson had the students in the driving seat before half-time and they forced home their advantage after the break with further strikes from Jonah Mitchell and Ben Mulgrew (stock photo)
Goals from Ciaran O'Hare and Adam Robinson had the students in the driving seat before half-time and they forced home their advantage after the break with further strikes from Jonah Mitchell and Ben Mulgrew (stock photo)

By Stuart McKinley

Queen's University warmed up for their huge Irish Cup clash with Linfield on Saturday with an impressive 4-0 defeat of local rivals PSNI.

It wasn't just the four goals - two in each half - that pleased Queen's manager Peter Thompson. The victory, their third in the last four games, makes them one of the form teams in the Bluefin Sport Championship.

Their only defeat in December came against second-placed Ballinamallard United and that was even beyond Thompson's expectations, which is perfect ahead of the visit of the Blues.

"I'm delighted with the three points, the clean sheet and four goals," said Thompson.

"We've had a really good December. We set targets at the start of each month and with the fixtures that we had, we'd have been happy with six points out of 12, but we've taken nine out of 12.

"All credit to the players. It's a very busy time of year and they have looked after themselves and trained hard during the week and got their just rewards.

"I'm really happy with the results and now we move on next week to Linfield, a game that everyone at the club is looking forward to."

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Goals from Ciaran O'Hare and Adam Robinson had the students in the driving seat before half-time and they forced home their advantage after the break with further strikes from Jonah Mitchell and Ben Mulgrew.

PSNI have now recorded just one win in their last 13 games - ironically when they beat Queen's 5-3 last month - and they are only a point better off then Knockbreda and Dergview at the bottom of the table.

Dundela responded after back-to-back defeats against Ards and Newry City with a 1-0 victory in their derby clash with Harland & Wolff Welders.

Their winner came midway through the second half when Gareth Tommons lofted the ball over the Welders defence and Owain Beggs dinked over the goalkeeper with a neat finish.

Promotion-chasing Ballinamallard are in action this afternoon when they host fellow Championship side Dergview in the North West Cup final.

United boss Harry McConkey said: "We are very proud to have the match staged at Ferney Park and we believe it will be hosted well. We will not be underestimating what it means for Dergview either because winning a trophy could have a positive impact on their season just as much as it could help us."

RESULTS: Dundela 1 H&W Welders 0; PSNI 0 Queen's University 4.

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