Queen's University v Dollingstown

3pm  18 October 2014

Northern Ireland Football League, Championship Two
Queen's University 1 Dollingstown 2 (att 40)

Dollingstown are newcomers to the Northern Ireland Football League (previously called the Irish League) and gained three more points as they continued their solid start to life in the competition's third tier.

They played well to establish a two goal lead by half time at Queen's, one a penalty. The home side were better in the second half, and had a lifeline thanks to a penalty of their own. It was saved, but Queen's reacted quickly and scored from the rebound.

It set up an exciting finale to the match. The students probably deserved a point, but Dollingstown held firm, at times with luck and at times thanks to good goalkeeping.

Queen's University have competed in lower division of the NIFL, and its predecessors, over many years. After a spell sharing a PSNI they're now back at their own university sports facilities, which are modern, impressive, and in Dub Lane, just off the Upper Malone Road a few miles from the centre of Belfast.

Football is played on "pitch one", a one-sided venue for spectators with a seated stand and a open standing area. On the opposite side of a clubhouse is a similar, but bigger, venue which looks to be used for rugby and/or Gaelic sports.

Unusually for a Northern Irish League venue, and despite the ground having turnstiles, there was no admission charge for spectators, but then the students don't get many fans.

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