Match Report

Queens were well beaten by Raith Rovers as their playoff hopes took a blow. With three wins this season already against the Kirkcaldy outfit the team must have travelled with confidence, especially following Saturday`s win over Cowdenbeath. However there was a pre-match blow when Iain Russell was ruled out due to a knee problem. Mark Durnan stepped in for him with Lewis Kidd moving forward into right midfield and Danny Carmichael switching over to the left side in a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 with Michael Paton supporting Derek Lyle who replaced Gavin Reilly in the starting eleven.

It was apparent from the early exchanges though that the passing was not going to be easy for both teams on a difficult pitch. Neither keeper indeed had been tested by an effort on target before the home side opened the scoring on 23 minutes. Ryan Conroy`s cross was headed goalward by Lewis Vaughan and although Zander Clark made a good reaction block the ball fell perfectly for Mark Stewart to rattle in off the crossbar. The goal increased the urgency in the Queens ranks but there were few openings in front of McGurn`s goal. One neat passing move before half time though ended with Millar firing just wide from the edge of the box.

Clark makes a great reaction block....

.......but the ball falls nicely for Stewart who smashes it into the net

The second half began with Kevin Holt making space down the left to fire in an excellent low cross which was just out of reach of Derek Lyle as he arrived in the six yard box. The manager then looked to change the formation to give us more options up front and Reilly came off the bench to replace Durnan. Lewis Kidd dropped into the back line, Carmichael switched back over to the right and Michael Paton moved to the left side. The change did liven us up too and from a back post Dowie header Rovers scrambled to clear the ball away from their line. Shortly after Gavin Reilly flicked the ball over the bar. Rovers needed more steel and sent Martin Scott on for Callahan whilst Queens replaced Kidd with Mitchell. Another good chance for an equaliser came and went though when Holt leapt to win a header at the back post but mistimed hsi jump and headed well over. It proved a crucial miss as Raith went up the other end and scored a second, clinching, goal. It came from the same source as Conroy crossed from wide and Stewart this time headed in off the post under pressure from Dowie.

Dowie heads goalward but McGurn made a great stop

That in reality was game over and Kevin Holt picked up his 5th booking of the season for a late challenge on Jason Thomson. Stephen McKenna replaced McShane before the home side added a third. It came from the impressive Lewis Vaughan who evaded a number of tackles before shooting past Clark from the edge of the area. We can be grateful that the last five minutes didn`t see the goal difference take more of a knock as Rovers on at least three occasions could have added a 4th. Barrie McKay was particularly wasteful late on.

So it`s off to Tynecastle next and a much better performance required if we are not to see Hearts completed a clean sweep of wins over us for the season.

  • Clark

  • Dowie

  • Durnan


  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • Kidd


  • Millar

  • McShane


  • Carmichael

  • Paton

  • Lyle


  • Atkinson

  • Mitchell


  • Reilly


  • McKenna


  • Smith

  • Smith

  • Pickard

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20:15 Welcome to Starks Park for another crucial game. Limited updates tonight but we will bring you the teams and all the goals
20:26 Qos Team : 1.Clark 3.Holt 4.Dowie 5.Durnan 6.Higgins 8.Millar 12.Kidd 15.Paton 17.Carmichael 18.McShane 19.Lyle
20:26 Qos Subs : 2.Mitchell 10.Reilly 14.McKenna 20.Atkinson 23.Smith 24.Smith 28.Pickard
20:27 Raith : 20. Mcgurn 2. Thomson 4. Watson 6. Fox 7. Anderson 9. Stewart 12. Callachan 14. Conroy 16. Vaughan 23. Mckeown 55. Barr
20:28 Raith subs : 5. Hill 10. Elliot 11. Scott 19. Mckay 30. Robertson 31. Matthews 1. Cuthbert
20:29 Tonight`s officials : referee Craig Charleston, assistants Gordon Crawford and Willie Ferguson
20:46 Teams are out and we`re nearly ready to go
20:47 Looks like 4-4-2 for Queens with carmichael on the left and kidd on the right. Paton and lyle up front
20:48 FULL TIME - Raith 0:0 QOS
21:10 Goal Raith. Stewart the scorer - Raith 1:0 QOS
21:40 Very poor first half from Queens, littered with mistakes and misplaced passes. Despite that Raith scored with their only shot in goal
Half Time HALF TIME - Raith 1:0 QOS
Half Time Oops. Sorry folks, slip of the finger earlier. It is of course half time here and Queens trail 1-0
Half Time Teams are back out ready for the second half. Thats SECOND half!
56 min Substitution : Reilly on for Durnan
78 min Goal Raith. Stewart the scorer - Raith 2:0 QOS
87 min Goal Raith. Vaughan the scorer - Raith 3:0 QOS
22:36 FULL TIME - Raith 3:0 QOS
22:37 That definitely was full time. Poor from Queens and with Falkirk heading for victory it`s a bad night all round