Match Report


 An Iain Russell hat-trick was the highlight for Queens this afternoon as they cruised to a comfortable victory over League 2 side Elgin, scoring five times and missing just as many in a one-sided encounter that was dominated by the hosts from start to finish. With the attraction of the Agricultural show, and heavy rain showers to contend with, there was always the possibility that this game would have a low attendance, and although the figure was less than one thousand, those who made the trip to Palmerston saw their side recover from last week`s disappointing defeat by Livingston to progress into the 2nd round of the competition without being caused any problems by the lower league side.

     Queens switched to a 4-4-2 formation for the game, and made two changes to the side that started against Livingston. Chris Higgins returned to the defence in place of Lewis Kidd, who began on the bench, and the injury suffered by Michael Paton, gave Derek Lyle the chance to start as he joined Gavin Reilly in attack.
     The game began with Queens attacking the Terregles Street end of the ground, and they carved out an early opening after just 2 minutes, but Derek Lyle`s effort was hit straight at `keeper Fraser, who saved comfortably. Queens were soon on the attack again and this time a long ball from Andy Dowie was well controlled by Gavin Reilly right by the corner flag on the right, and under instant pressure the young striker did well to win his side their first corner of the game. From the resulting set-piece the ball ended up in the net, but even before the ball had crossed the line, the referee had blown for an infringement and awarded a free-kick to the visitors. That would have been the perfect start for Queens, but such was their dominance of the early proceedings, they and their fans did not have long to wait for the opening goal when on 6 minutes, an awful mistake by the visitors gifted them the lead. There seemed to be little danger after Mark Durnan`s long clearance entered the penalty area, but defender McLean misjudged the ball and his header fell into the path of IAIN RUSSELL who was on hand to slide the ball past the `keeper from 6-yards out.
     The pattern of the game continued with Queens having virtually all of the possession, and creating all of the chances. A neat build up involving Higgins, Lyle and Reilly ended with the striker testing `keeper Fraser with a low drive from just inside the box.On the quarter hour mark, Russell went close to scoring again after his mazy run ended with a thumping shot that smashed against the far upright, and when the ball fell into the path of Danny Carmichael, his shot on the half volley was kept out by a smart diving save from Fraser.
      With the visitors hardly being able to get out of their own half, Queens continued possession of the ball saw them become a little guilty of overplaying the ball on a number of occasions, but thankfully, Elgin just did not have the capability of punishing them. Most of Queens attacking play involved the impressive Russell, and he almost scored again moments later when he got on the end of a superb pass from McShane, but after side stepping the `keeper, his shot from a tight angle was just deflected past the post.
      Following corner number seven for Queens, Mark Durnan went close to opening his account for the season, but slightly off balance his header sailed over the bar. There was some cause for concern for Andy Dowie as following the corner, the defender required treatment following a clash in the area, but thankfully he was able to continue. On a rare foray into the Queens half, the visitors won their first corner of the game on 33 minutes, but the delivery was so poor, Elgin boss, and former Queens player, Barry Wilson, threw his hands up in despair on the sidelines as his side wasted a golden opportunity to put Queens under pressure. Worse was to come for Wilson`s side, when Queens increased their lead 10 minutes before the break. More sloppy play at the back allowed DEREK LYLE to pounce on the loose ball and then take the ball around the `keeper to score from a tight angle. It was no more than Queens deserved, and quite frankly even at that stage, there seemed to be no way back from that moment for the visitors.
Lyle rounds the keeper to score his first
      As the home side threatened to score almost every time they went forward, McShane`s probing pass sent Carmichael clear, but the winger went for a near post shot rather than picking out a fellow colleague in the middle, as the under pressure Elgin defence survived again. Queens were forced into an early change as Dowie, who had clearly not recovered from that earlier challenge, being replaced by Lewis Kidd. Queens `keeper, Zander Clark, who had been a spectator for most of the half, was required to make his only save of the game on 43 minutes, tipping Cameron`s shot round the post for a corner.
      The hosts ended the half the way they had played for all of the opening period, on the attack. McShane found Russell on the left and his early cross towards the near post was only just gathered by Fraser as Reilly tried to reach Russell`s inviting delivery. The first half was very comfortable for Queens, and realistically, they probably should have been further ahead at the break.
There was no let up for the overworked Elgin defence as Queens simply continued their attacking play at the start of the second period. Danny Carmichael was giving his marker an awful time, and his fine run and cross carved open a chance for Lyle, but his stooping header from the centre of the goal flew straight at the `keeper. Queens were simply flooding forward at every opportunity and an intricate flick by Russell sent Reilly bearing down on goal, but his left footed drive was deflected past the post for yet another Queens corner. Once again McShane`s delivery was a tester which bounced off of Kevin Holt and landed just past the far post.
      Player-coach, James Fowler made way for Kevin Dzierzawski on 54 minutes as Queens made their second change of the game, and minutes later a jinking run from Russell ended with his shot being pushed away by Fraser. The striker was unlucky on that occasion, but just after the hour mark, the former Livingston man was all smiles once again. Carmichael`s skill on the right saw him skip past his marker and on reaching the bye-line he produced a well placed cross which gave IAIN RUSSELL the easiest of tasks to prod the ball home from close range.
Iain Russell makes the goal look easy by getting into the perfect spot to tap home Danny Carmichaels cross
       Straight from the kick off Elgin managed just their second shot of the game, but from the edge of the area, Craig Gunn drove his attempt wide of the target. With the game really finished as a contest, the final 20 minutes or so was really about how many more goals Queens would score, and a speculative effort from Kidd almost produced number four. Queens third and final change saw Dean Smith, replace Reilly, with the young winger playing wide left and Russell moving to join Lyle up front. Almost straight after moving into a central role, Russell nearly completed his hat-trick. Latching onto a through ball from midfield he burst into the area and went down as he appeared to be pushed from behind, but with no foul given and play continuing, his effort whilst still grounded lacked power and rolled to safety.
       Continuing to have total control, Queens almost scored again when Kidd and Carmichael linked up well to create a chance for McShane, but the midfielder`s effort was too straight and Fraser held on. Another attack produced another chance, and this time it was really close. Lyle pressurised the defence on the right wing and after gaining possession whipped in a superb cross that was met by Russell`s volley that smashed against the crossbar. Substitute Dzierzawski went close with a powerful drive from 30-yards as Queens searched for a fourth goal. Five minutes from time, Durnan rose high above the defence from Queens corner number umpteen!! but guided his header over and not under the bar. As the game entered it`s closing stages, Queens put further gloss on their performance by scoring two further goals. Firstly striker IAIN RUSSELL completed his hat-trick when he was on hand to sweep home a fantastic right wing cross from Lewis Kidd, and then almost on the full time whistle, DEREK LYLE scored his second after having his first attempt blocked by the `keeper. 
Hat-trick for Russell
Lyle strikes his second
Despite the torrential rain, Derek Lyle takes great delight in notching the fifth goal
       The crowd of 939 who braved the conditions certainly would have enjoyed the goals and the performance, but against a side who have only ever won two out of fifteen league cup games, a Queens win was always going to be the most likely outcome. A good boost for Queens ahead of next week`s league opener against Alloa, capped off by a well taken hat-trick from leading scorer, Iain Russell.


  • Clark

  • Dowie


  • Durnan

  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • Carmichael

  • McShane

  • Fowler


  • Russell

  • Lyle

  • Reilly



  • Atkinson

  • Dzierzawski


  • Kidd


  • Smith


  • Slattery

  • Hooper

  • Smith

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14:23 Welcome to a very wet Palmerston where Elgin City are the visitors in the Scottish league cup first round
14:29 No Baird or Paton today but Higgins returns after his suspension last week. We`ll bring you the full lineups shortly
14:36 Queens lineup : 1. Clark. 4. Dowie. 5. Durnan. 6. Higgins 3. Holt 26. Fowler 18. McShane 17. Carmichael 11. Russell 10. Reilly 19. Lyle
14:37 Queens subs : 20. Atkinson 16. Dzierzawski 12. Kidd 23. D Smith 21. Slattery 22. Hooper 24. A Smith
14:39 Elgin lineup :1. Fraser 2. Beveridge 3. Finlayson 4. Cooper 5. Nicolson 6. McLean 7. Gunn. 8. Mcphee 9. Cameron 10. Sutherland 11. Moore
14:40 Elgin subs : 20. Black 12. Mckenzie 14. Mchardy 15. Wyness 16. Modules 17. Murray
14:41 So ex-Queens player Dennis Wyness starts on the bench. For Queens, it looks like a standard 4-4-2 with Dowie moving to right back
14:47 Apologies to those on Twitter who missed the lineups, here they are again
14:47 Queens lineup : 1. Clark. 4. Dowie. 5. Durnan. 6. Higgins 3. Holt 26. Fowler 18. McShane 17. Carmichael 11. Russell 10. Reilly 19. Lyle
14:48 Queens subs : 20. Atkinson 16. Dzierzawski 12. Kidd 23. D Smith 21. Slattery 22. Hooper 24. A Smith
14:48 Elgin lineup :1. Fraser 2. Beveridge 3. Finlayson 4. Cooper 5. Nicolson 6. McLean 7. Gunn. 8. Mcphee 9. Cameron 10. Sutherland 11. Moore
14:49 Elgin subs : 20. Black 12. Mckenzie 14. Mchardy 15. Wyness 16. Modules 17. Murray
2 min As expected, Queens lineup up in a fairly standard 4-4-2. With Russell and carmichael on the wings it looks more like 4-2-4
4 min First shot from Lyle but it`s easy for Fraser. First corner of the game goes to Queens
5 min Durnan has the ball in the net from the corner but someone is penalised for a push
6 min GOAL QUEENS. Russell the scorer - QOS 1:0 Elgin
7 min Long ball forward flicks off the defenders head straight to Russell who has an easy tap in from 8 yards
11 min Fraser makes another comfortable save from Reilly this time. It`s all Queens so far
14 min Nearly two. Russell hits a drive from 20 yards which hits the post. Fraser then saves a shot from carmichael. Corner comes to nothing
16 min Russell hits the post again from close range this time. Another corner comes to nothing
28 min Gone a little quiet. Queens are having all the possession but haven`t created much for 15 minutes
32 min First period of possession for Elgin, including their first corner, but no meaningful chance as yet
35 min GOAL QUEENS. Lyle the scorer - QOS 2:0 Elgin
36 min Another slip at the back let`s Lyle in who does well to go round the keeper and slide it in from a tight angle
37 min Just last like week Queens take a 2-0 lead. Let`s hope the final score isn`t the same
37 min Substitution : Kidd on for Dowie
38 min Dowie took a knock earlier and looks like he hasn`t been able to shake it. Strain swap for Kidd
40 min Queens go close again. Great ball from carmichael right across the face eludes Lyle and Russell. Danny himself almost heads in
43 min First shot for Elgin. It`s from distance but the ball squirms out of Clarks hands for a corner. Easily cleared though
Half Time HALF TIME - QOS 2:0 Elgin
Half Time Very, very comfortable first half for Queens. McShane in particular has looked very sharp.
Half Time Credit to Elgin, they`ve tried to keep the ball down and pass it but they don`t look to have enough to cause Queens any problems
Half Time Attendance today 939.
49 min First chance of the half. Lyle heads into frasers chest. It`s all coming down the right for Queens
51 min Russell has the ball in the net but is flagged offside
53 min Lovely flick from Russell puts Reilly in. His shot is deflected for a corner
53 min Which bounces off Holt and wide
53 min Substitution : Dzierzawski on for Fowler
61 min GOAL QUEENS. Russell the scorer - QOS 3:0 Elgin
62 min Second of the game and third tap-in of the season for Russell. Carmichael skinned the defender before putting it on a plate
65 min Substitution : Mckenzie on for moore
70 min Substitution : Smith on for Reilly
71 min That`s Dean Smith who`s come on. He`s playing on the left, Russell has gone up front.
73 min Great work from Kidd and carmichael down the right again gives McShane a shot. Straight at the keeper though
75 min Substitution : Mchardy on for Cameron
78 min Russell hits the bar. Lyle robs the defender and crosses to Russell who`s volley crashes off the bar
78 min Smith heads goalwards but it`s cleared then Russell forces fraser to save at his near post
85 min Durnan should make it four but puts a free header over the bar from a corner
85 min Substitution : Mcauley on for Beveridge
86 min GOAL QUEENS. Russell the scorer - QOS 4:0 Elgin
87 min Russell completes his hat trick. More good work down the right and this time Russell makes no mistake with the volley
90+1 min GOAL QUEENS. Lyle the scorer - QOS 5:0 Elgin
16:45 FULL TIME - QOS 5:0 Elgin
16:46 Lyle makes it 5 right on the whistle, played in by McShane but he needed two tries to beat fraser
16:47 An even more comfortable game than the scoreline suggests. The gulf between the two teams was huge