QM 1sts 0
Globe Rangers II 2

AFC Division 1 North (26 Nov 2011)

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Old Ignatians III 3
QM 2nds 1

AFA Division 3 North (26 Nov 2011)

 

QM 3rds 0
Old Actonians IV 2

AFA Minor Cup, third round (26 Nov 2011)

A host of missed chances on both sides defined a tough game for QM IIIs, which ended with a 2-0 defeat against Old Actonians IVs at a very windy Fairlop.

The third round AFA Minor Cup game remained goalless in the first half but Actonians made better use of the wind after the break with a deflected goal straight from kick-off then a second to seal victory eight minutes before the final whistle.

A number of contentious refereeing decisions including a disallowed overhead kick goal and some good saves kept the score-line from flattering the away side. But Queen Mary were not so much out-classed in quality as out-played on the day.

With Actonians sitting second in their league – the SAL Minor Div 1 – and conceding less than a goal a game, it was always going to be a tight affair and the first half seemed to show that.

The team won the London Old Boys Minor Cup three years running in 1995, 96 and 97 and showed that strong cup heritage early on with a string of chances.

After skimming the crossbar with a dipping shot, Actonians were denied twice the first a point-blank double-save from goalkeeper Alex Hudson, the second a reaction save from a header on the edge of the six-yard box.

The wind was proving a problem for Queen Mary, with strikers Paul Routledge and Gar Thomas unable to get on the end a host of long balls, despite the hard work of QMs man of the match Marcos Roitberg.

The Actonians goalkeeper was able to cope with the wind-assisted long balls and looked relatively comfortable throughout the first half.

Straight from the kick-off in the second half, Actonians now with the wind at their backs went straight down the field to score, with a deflection taking it past the stretched right glove of Hudson.

A host of chances were then created by both sides. QM substitute Hatim Morsy-Fahmy created the best of them with a chance crossed across an empty net only to fall inches from the two strikers.

Actonians were then left frustrated by two offside decisions which had left strikers clean through and then a disallowed goal.

A dramatic overhead kick flew into the corner of the net from a cross only for the referee to blow his whistle and shake his finger to convey his decision for dangerous play, much to the disgust of the Actonians coach and players.

With QM pushing for the equaliser, they were left exposed at the back and conceded a second when an Actonians striker broke a tackle and shot low into the bottom right to double the lead and settle the game.

Actonians secretary Eric Owen called it another good away win and they are looking solid stuff.

Queen Mary now face another stern cup test, this time in the London Old Boys Drummond Cup, with a visit from Mill Hill Village, who got a bye in the previous round.

Their second team beat Mayfield Athletic III 4-1 in the second round and have comprehensively thrashed Latymer Old Boys IV 10-1 this season.

QM Man of the Match: Marcos Roitberg

Southgate County II 3
QM 1sts 1

AFC Division 1 North (19 Nov 2011)

Phoenix Old Boys 5
QM 2nds 2

AFA Division 3 North (19 Nov 2011)

QM 3rds 6
Latymer Old Boys IV 1

AFC Division 7 North (19 Nov 2011)

A flurry of goals on boths sides of half time set up a convincing 6-1 victory for QMFC third team against Latymer Old Boys – the sixth win in seven games and the third in a row.

Becoming the league’s top scorers, a brace of goals from both Diego Carmona and Paul Routledge finished off the game as a contest by the hour, with other goals coming from Hatim Morsy-Fahmy and Joe Roberts.

Man of the match Tristan Peck made much of the running down the left wing, setting up four of the six goals. The win moves QM IIIs up to third in the table, three points behind league leaders Bealonians but with a game in hand.

Opening exchanges were tight, with neither goalkeeper worked early on – an audacious 35-yard chip by Andy Jones, making his first start of the season, the only real worry to Latymer’s stand-in goalkeeper.

A number of personnel changes in the Latymer starting 11 from the team that lost 8-3 three weeks ago left them as an unknown quantity.

Once the deadlock was broken by Carmona – playing in the unfamiliar role of right back – QM maintained the same level of dominance shown in the reverse fixture.

Bringing it down from Peck mid-way through the first half, Carmona turned onto his left foot and calmly finished in the corner to begin the scoring.

Before half-time, in an almost identical finish, Morsy-Fahmy marked his return from a month-long absence with a crisp strike to double the lead. He has now scored in all games he’s played this season, tallying six goals in three games.

Morsy-Fahmy was also influential in the third goal just after half time, troubling the substitute goalkeeper as a Peck cross reached Routledge for an easy header into an open net.

For the opening 20 minutes of the second half, QM were in complete control, with further goals added by Routledge, Carmona and Roberts but complacency and fatigue turned the game in the last quarter of the game.

Latymer were beginning to get time on the ball and creating chances through ever-expanding gaps in the Queen Mary side.

Still searching for a first clean sheet of the league season, goalkeeper Alex Hudson was forced to deal with four one-on-ones in the last half hour and a well-hit strike from outside the box forced a full-stretch save.

After hitting the crossbar on another breakaway, the pressure proved too much and a pass beating the Queen Mary defence let the Latymer striker in free to score on 80 minutes.

But this was a minor blemish on another great performance from QM IIIs, pushing them further up the table with a real chance of promotion. Queen Mary captain Alfie Boyle said: “Another good win this weekend.

“With most of the other teams in the league playing in the cups this weekend we have closed the gap at the top to just three points.

“We still have a game in hand on the top team and the same goal difference. So get that win and we’ll be sitting pretty.”

QM goalscorers: Diego Carmona (2), Hatim Morsy-Fahmy, Paul Routledge (2), Joe Roberts

QM Man of the Match: Tristan Peck

QM 1sts 1
Hale End Athletic III 1

AFC Division 1 North (12 Nov 2011)

Leyton County Old Boys II 2
QM 2nds 5

AFA Division 3 North (12 Nov 2011)

QM 3rds 5
Old Kingsburians II 2

AFC Division 7 North (12 Nov 2011)

The Thirds continued with their rich vein of form in front of goal with another assured performance to claim 3 vital points to stay in the hunt for promotion. After early pressure QM got the lead through a calm finish by Paul Routledge. The 3rds continued to dominate possession and Old Kingburians II were lucky to have 10 men on the pitch after Tristan Peck through on goal with only the keeper to beat was shamelessly hacked down by the oppo’s defender only for the ref to wave away QM’s protests.

The second goal came shortly after, following a corner that was half cleared, with the ball falling to Joe, who cleverly found Gar Thomas unmarked in the area and the stand in striker made no mistake from 10 yards out to make it 2-0. With about 10 minutes to go in the half the oppo had their first attempt on the QM goal, a free-kick coming in from the left, an their mammoth of a centre back leaped highest to send the ball to the back of the QM net to make it 2-1.

The matched changed drastically and still recovering from the shock of conceding a goal having dominated the match the thirds had to endure some heavy pressure on Alex Hudson’s goal, great defending by the back four and keeper kept the score at 2-1 until half time.

QM were able to regroup at the break and started the second half strongly, after an initial 15 minutes of heavy tackles and high intensity play the thirds hit again on the counter, a neat cross from Joe (surname) from the left that was met cleanly by Gar Thomas to give QM a bit of breathing space. Shortly after the game was put beyond doubt after Gar Thomas again found himself at the end of another neat QM move to make it 4-1 and complete his hat-trick. The oppo were left frustrated and this lead to a nasty period of the match where Old Kingburians II picked up 4 yellow cards in the space of 10 minutes for dissent to the ref and heavy tackles.

It was all getting too much for the ref who under constant criticism by the oppo gave the softest penalty you are likely to see all season, minimal/non-existing contact from a throw in into the area and the ref blew his whistle to the ow of the 22 players on the pitch. Penalty converted and 4-2 was the score with 10 minutes to go, but the thirds never lost their cool and continued pressure in the oppo’s area yielded another penalty, Paul Routledge made no mistake from the spot to make the final score at 5-2.

A good win to build on and many positives to take away, with a bare 11 starting the match several players had to play out of position showing great versatility, special mentions to Chris Thompson at centre back and skipper Alfie Boyle playing in a holding centre midfield role.

QM goalscorers: Gar Thomas (3), Paul Routledge (2)

QM Man of the Match: Gar Thomas/Chris Thompson

Old Aloysians III
QM 1sts 1

AFC Division 1 North (5 Nov 2011)

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