Darren McQueen double earns non-league Three Lions victory

Monday 29 May 2017
England C team manager Paul Fairclough

A brace from Darren McQueen saw an inexperienced England C team beat Panjab FA at Solihull Moors.

After a promising start, Paul Fairclough’s team broke the deadlock on 34 minutes.

A turn of pace from McQueen saw him break beyond the Panjab defence and latch on to Chester’s James Alabi’s net through ball, then the Ebbsfleet United front man saw him finish over the advancing keeper Ash Malhotra.

England C 2-1 Panjab FA
  • An International Match
  • Sunday 28 May 2017
  • Damson Park, Solihull Moors

Panjab got back on level terms 10 minutes after the restart.

Rajpal Virk was brought down by Ryan Croasdale 25 yards out, Gurjit Singh’s subsequent free-kick was parried by keeper James Montgomery, but Raspal Virk was well-placed to fire in the loose ball.

Seven minutes later McQueen hit the winner. David Ferguson put in a brilliant low cross and McQueen hooked his effort into the far corner via a deflection.

England: James Montgomery (Gateshead); Keaton Wood (Dartford), Callum Howe (Lincoln City), Kevin Lokko (Maidstone United), David Ferguson (Darlington); Gus Mafuta (Gateshead), Ryan Croasdale (Kidderminster Harriers); Fejiri Okenabirhie (Dagenham & Redbridge), Darren McQueen (Ebbsfleet United), Bobby-Joe Taylor (Maidstone United); James Alabi (Chester)

Substitutes: Jack Powell (Ebbsfleet United) for Mafuta 65, Morgan Ferrier (Boreham Wood for Alabi 73, Joe Ironside (Kidderminster Harriers) for McQueen 82, George Carline (Solihull Moors) for Taylor 85, Jordan Tunnicliffe (Kidderminster Harriers) for Howe 88

Substitutes not used: Ross Fitzsimons (Chelmsford), Harry Vince (Boston United)

Manager: Paul Fairclough 

Goals: McQueen 34, 62

By FA Staff