Match Report

 Two first half goals saw Queens take all three points from their opening Scottish Championship game against Alloa this afternoon ,as the hosts ran out comfortable winners in what was Manager, Jim McIntyre`s 50th competitive game in charge.

   Following the win over Elgin last weekend, Queens began with the same team that started that match, with new signing, John Baird finding a place on the bench. Visitors Alloa, who started their season with two cup victories over Arbroath, and Stirling Albion, respectively, included former Queens player, Stephen Simmons in their line up, as well as John Baird`s former strike partner at Raith, Greig Spence, the scorer of 4 goals already this season.

The visitors got the game under way, and the opening exchanges were fairly even with both sides having plenty of possession without really threatening either back-line. Alloa created the first half chance, but having got in behind the Queens defence, their attack was swiftly halted by an offside decision.

      Although probably not noticeable from the stands, there was a gusting breeze blowing around the pitch, and at times the conditions seemed to affect the quality of passing from both sides. The home side struggled to find any early rhythm to their game, however, on 8 minutes they found themselves ahead. A short back pass put Alloa `keeper Gibson, under severe pressure, and as he was closed down by, DEREK LYLE, the Queens striker got the benefit of the block and was able to guide the ball into the net as he fell to the ground. The goal was Lyle`s third of the season, and his effort took his goals tally for Queens to an impressive 60.


Lyle salutes the main stand


      The visitors responded well to going behind, and a quick break through the middle ended with a cross being well defended by Kevin Holt, which led to Alloa winning their first corner. The set-piece that followed should really have got the visitors an equalising goal as the ball fell to McCord some 8-yards out, but his shot from a tight angle went wide. That was a huge let off for Queens, and for the next few minutes, Alloa looked the more likely. They had another chance to draw level shortly afterwards, this time after good approach play by Cawley, a shot from Buchanan was comfortably saved by Zander Clark.

      Last weekend`s hat-trick hero, Iain Russell, went very close to adding to Queens` lead after 27 minutes, his attempted curling shot just clearing the top of the bar after initial good play involving Danny Carmichael and Gavin Reilly had set him up. Alloa responded with a chance of their own, and once again it was the combination of Cawley and McCord causing the problems, McCord forcing Clark into making a good blocking save. Moments later, and Queens were going forward again after Andy Dowie`s ball over the top of the defence sent Carmichael on a run down the right, the winger did remarkably well to ease past two defenders before driving a fierce shot across the face of the goal that just passed the far post. It was like the Carmichael of old, having the confidence to take on and beat defenders with his skill and pace, and the end result almost had Queens further ahead.

     Ten minutes from the break saw the first yellow card of the game. Chris Higgins was a bit clumsy with his challenge just outside the area, and the referee deemed it to be a bookable offence. The free-kick from McCord found the head of centre-back Meggatt, but although his header thumped against the bar, the flag had already been raised by the far side assistant for offside. At this stage of the game, Alloa were having their best spell, and it took a good piece of covering by Higgins, conceding a corner, to prevent Spence from having a sight of goal. However, far from putting Queens under pressure from the set-piece, Queens put together a perfect counter attack and increased their lead. As the ball broke to Lyle midway inside his own half on the right, the striker played a perfectly weighted pass into the path of Russell, who in turn played the ball inside to GAVIN REILLY,who took one touch to control, and then fired the ball past Gibson from just inside the box. That goal for Reilly continued the young striker`s impressive league scoring rate at Palmerston, scoring for the 6th league game in a row that he has played in.


Reilly fires home his strike


     Once again, the visitors reacted well to the goal they conceded, and after springing the Queens offside trap, a good save by Zander Clark denied Spence the chance to get his side back into the game, the Queens shot stopper coming out on top in the `one on one` with the Alloa striker. As the half moved towards it`s conclusion, there was just enough time for McCord to become the second player to see yellow, when he was cautioned for a trip on Russell on half-way


So at the break it was very much advantage Queens as the first 45 minutes of the league season went just about to plan.




Queens began the second period in the ascendancy and created two decent chances in the opening minutes as firstly Carmichael`s effort was blocked for a corner, and then moments later Reilly latched on to a through ball and in attempting to lift the ball over the`keeper, he was unable to get it high enough, and the `keeper stretched just enough to touch the ball to safety. As Queens continued to press forward, a long diagonal pass from Mark Durnan picked out Kevin Holt deep in the Alloa half, and the hosts won their 3rd corner in as many minutes when Holt`s cross was blocked. Regular set-piece taker Ian McShane`s delivery to the back post almost produced Queens` third goal of the game, but as the ball fell to Durnan the big man produced a `typical` defenders finish as he blazed the ball over the bar.


Danny decides which way to go


    Up until this point of the half, the visitors had hardly broken into the Queens half, but in a rare break forward , Zander Clark had to be alert to punch away a dangerous looking cross as Alloa tried to find a way back into the contest. Just a couple of minutes later, Alloa created a good opportunity to reduce the arrears when following a corner Meggatt rose well, but he was unable to keep his close range header on target.


    Queens` next attacking move saw them produce what was probably their best piece of play during the game. Holt and Reilly linked up well before the ball was moved quickly on to McShane, who in turn slipped a neat pass inside to Lyle, but `keeper Gibson reacted well to block Lyle`s attempt away for a corner. From the corner, Lyle came very close to scoring again, unfortunately his powerful header was just inches too high. The home side made their first change after 70 minutes with Danny Carmichael making way for Lewis Kidd, and their next change saw new signing, John Baird, make his competitive debut for Queens, coming on in place of opening scorer Derek Lyle, for the remaining 13 minutes.


    The visitors then had defender Gordon booked for a blatant foul on Kevin Holt, and the resulting free-kick signalled delight amongst some of the home support when Baird flicked in McShane`s cross, but the delight was short lived as he was denied his first Queens goal having been flagged for offside. Sponsors choice of man of the match, Gavin Reilly was replaced by Kevin Dzierzawski for the final two minutes, and right at the death, Alloa spurned a great chance to net a consolation goal. Chris Higgins did well to clear a header off the line with the help of a post, and as the ball fell back into the path of Spence, he ballooned the follow up over the bar.


     The majority in the crowd of 1635 would have left the ground pleased with the result, but, and this is no dis-respect to Alloa, there will certainly be tougher tests ahead as the season unfolds.

  • Clark

  • Dowie

  • Durnan

  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • Carmichael


  • McShane

  • Fowler

  • Russell


  • Lyle

  • Reilly


  • Atkinson

  • Dzierzawski


  • Kidd


  • Baird


  • Slattery

  • Smith

  • Hooper

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14:10 It`s not too late to get yourself down to Palmerston to watch the first game of the most exciting Championship season ever. Kick-off at 3.
14:10 Team news to follow for today`s match against Alloa.
14:22 Queens Starting 11: Clark, Dowie, Durnan, Higgins, Holt, Fowler, McShane, Carmichael, Russell, Reilly, Lyle
14:23 Queens Substitutes: Atkinson, Dzierzawski, Kidd, Baird, Slattery, Smith, Hooper
14:24 Alloa Starting 11: Gibson, Doyle, Gordon, Marr, Meggatt, Simmons, Holmes, Cawley, McCord, Buchanan, Spence
15:00 Remember you can follow all the action on the Live Updates Service on
6 min A very open game in the early stages at Palmerston but neither side has created a clear-cut chance.
7 min GOAL QUEENS. Lyle the scorer - QOS 1:0 Alloa
8 min Great start for Queens as Gibson in the Alloa goal fails to deal with a backpass and Derek Lyle has an easy finish from six yards out.
9 min Don`t get excited but as things stand Queens sit top of the league...
15 min Kevin Holt knocks a dangerous cross behind for an Alloa corner. The visitors continue to press.
16 min Ryan McCord blasts the ball wide from 8 yards out. Glorious chance for the Wasps.
26 min Iain Russell curls the ball beautifully but his effort finds the top of the net and Alloa breath a sigh of relief.
29 min McCord has another effort blocked by Zander Clark and Alloa fail to capitalize from the resulting corner.
32 min Close! Carmichael skillfully shrugs off two Alloa defenders and drills the ball low past Gibson but his effort scrapes by the post.
32 min Close! Carmichael skillfully shrugs off two Alloa defenders and drills the ball low past Gibson but his effort scrapes by the post.
35 min Yellow Card : Higgins
37 min Meggatt hits the bar for the Wasps but the flag was up for a foul against the Alloa defender.
39 min GOAL QUEENS. Reilly the scorer - QOS 2:0 Alloa
40 min Gavin Reilly blasts the ball home from the edge of the box after Lyle and Russell spearheaded a 3 on 2 attack.
42 min Great save again from Zander Clark as he denies Greig Spence from six yards out.
45 min Yellow Card : McCord
Half Time HALF TIME - QOS 2:0 Alloa
Half Time Queens go in at half time 2-0 up thanks to goals from Derek Lyle and Gavin Reilly.
Half Time Today`s Attendance at Palmerston Park is 1635.
Half Time The teams are back out on the park and the second half is about to get underway...
50 min Carmichael tries to dink the ball over Alloa `keeper Gibson but the number one saves it and puts it behind for a corner.
51 min Reilly almost adds his second of the match with a chip from outside the box but the `keeper gets a touch on it.
65 min Substitution : Flannigan on for McCord
69 min Some silky play from McShane plays in Derek Lyle but the striker can`t beat Gibson and it`s a corner for Queens.
69 min Substitution : Kidd on for Carmichael
76 min Substitution : Baird on for Lyle
82 min The game has fallen flat at Palmerston with ten minutes to go. Queens look content to protect their two goal advantage.
84 min Yellow Card : Gordon
86 min Baird has the ball in the back of the net but the flag is up for offside. Unfortunate for the striker on his debut.
87 min Substitution : Dzierzawski on for Reilly
88 min Goal-line clearance by Chris Higgins keeps the score at 2-0 as we enter stoppage time at Palmerston.
90+1 min Today`s Man of the Match is Gavin Reilly.
16:48 FULL TIME - QOS 2:0 Alloa
16:48 First half strikes from Derek Lyle and Gavin Reilly give Queens three points to start off their Championship Campaign.
16:49 As always, match report and reaction will follow over the course of the weekend on