In the men's firsts penultimate Premier League game of the season they hosted Mossley at Deramore on a cold Tuesday night. After a recent poor run of form (as you may have noted from the lack of match reports) the men got a much needed win, with the match ending up a comfortable 4-1.
The match started slowly but as confidence started to grow there were opportunities opening up for both sides attackers. It was Quins who struck first through the returning Michael McKenna who made no mistake when a ball came bobbling into the D and he took a snapshot to send the home team ahead. Quins started to build in confidence and eventually got their reward when Michael Patterson strode purposefully forward and as soon as he hit the circle he struck the ball cleanly into the backboard to put the men 2-0 up. Mossley weren't without their own chances and were unlucky to go into half time scoreless.
As the temperature started to drop Quins looked the more likely to freeze when Mossley scored a penalty corner, with a well taken straight strike, shortly after the restart. Mossley got a second corner soon after but some strong defence kept the visitors to 1 goal. After the early scare Quins started to warm up and played some lovely hockey. In a particularly nice move Stephen McGrath linked up well with James Hutchison who took the ball into the circle and hit a reverse that was too powerful for the keeper. As the game was drawing to a close James Hutchison was again involved and played a weighted pass to Michael McKenna who turned strongly and with a delicate touch not often seen from Michael he placed the ball perfectly at the sideboard to take Quins to 4-1.
This was a much needed performance from the men and they will be glad to have stopped their losing run of late. It was two Michael's that shone on the pitch, Michael McKenna impressive with his brace and showing no ill effects of his recent trip to NYC, however the man of the match was reserved for Michael Patterson. The Methodist College Belfast schoolboy was fantastic in midfield, with brilliant work rate, a great goal, tackling back all game, and he seemed to have switched the dial on his stick to 'Mad Skills'.
The men travel to Campbellians on Saturday in their final league game, hoping to end the season on a high and to rectify their recent defeat to the newly promoted team.