Match Report

Queen of the South continued their unbeaten start to the season as they were held to a 0-0 draw against East Fife at Bayview.
After the game manager Allan Johnston expressed his disappointment at not being able to convert one of a number of chances into a fifth straight win.  He said: “First half was probably the best we’ve played all season.  Some of the passing and creating chances was brilliant but we’ve got to be more clinical and take our chances.  You can’t afford to create chances and not finish them.”
The first half began quite evenly with both teams sizing each other up.  The first chance of note fell to Queen of the South’s Chris Higgins as a Mitchell free-kick from wide dropped to the centre-back at the far post but he could only volley over from inside the six-yard-box.
East Fife’s main threat came from wide positions as Durie and Sloan gave their markers a tough time on the wings but Queens defended the crosses well enough.
The away side began to control possession of the ball and should have scored from a number of chances.  Nicky Clark missed the target with a header from inside the six-yard-box before Queens’ player-manager Allan Johnston missed a chance of his own.  The 38-year-old played a one-two with Derek Lyle but then skewed his effort wide from inside the area.
The Fifers were struggling to get the ball off the Dumfries side and could well have fallen behind seconds before half-time.  A deflected cross from the Queens right fell at the back-post where striker Nicky Clark was driving in but his header was somehow kept out by Michael Brown in the East Fife goal.
The second half began in much the same fashion with Queens on the front foot and they could have taken a deserved lead had Chris Higgins managed to connect with a header from a Mitchell corner.
The home side finally woke up after this and began to create opportunities for themselves.  First Paul McManus was played in on the penalty spot but Robinson was out quickly to block the shot and then David Muir smashed a long-range drive just inches over the Queens bar.
The Queens defence started to look a bit more worried as McKenna and Johnston picked up bookings and the Fifers were looking more confident.  Playing extra-time during the week was starting to catch up with the Queens players and they struggled to create any cohesive attacking moves.
The match was headed to a stalemate with both teams battling for the win but it was East Fife who were looking the more likely and their hopes of winning the game were boosted when Allan Johnston picked up his second booking with just minutes remaining.
Queens’ player-manager had no complaints as his late challenge merited a booking but he might feel hard done by as he only committed two fouls throughout the whole game and neither were in particularly dangerous areas of the pitch.  Johnston said: “That was just a silly tackle.  I shouldn’t have done that he was going nowhere.  It was silly.”
Derek Lyle was sacrificed for Derek Young as the away side shut-up shop and held on for a point.
The big striker had praise for the opposition after the match.  Lyle said: “All credit to East Fife, they made it hard for us but if we’d taken one of our chances we could have won the game comfortably.”

  • Robinson

  • McGuffie

  • Durnan

  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • Mitchell

  • Johnston

  • McKenna

  • Orsi


  • Lyle


  • Clark



  • Atkinson

  • Young


  • Reilly


  • Black

  • Hopkirk


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14:23 Howdy folks and welcome to Bayview for Queens` 2nd league match of the season as Allan Johnston looks to continue his side`s 100% start.
14:23 Team lines coming up
14:25 Queens: 1 Robinson 2 McGuffie 3 Holt 4 Durnan 5 Higgins 6 Mitchell 7 Orsi 8 McKenna 9 Lyle 10 Clark 11 Johnston
14:26 Subs: 14 Young 15 Reilly 16 Black 17 Hopkirk 12 Atkinson (gk)
14:28 East Fife: 1 Brown 2 Cook 3 McCormack 4 Campbell 5 Wedderburn 6 Smith 7 Durie 8 Muir 9 McManus 10 Wardlaw 11 Sloan
14:29 Subs: 12 Brewster 14 Malcolm 15 McBride 16 Jamieson 21 Collier (gk)
14:31 Queens make two changes from Tuesday`s win at Morton with Orsi and Lyle coming in for Carmichael and Reilly.
14:33 Allan Johnston starts after playing 110 minutes in the Morton match and will look to use his ability and experience to control the midfield.
14:35 Today`s match officials are Referee Des Roache who is assisted by Alan Newlands and William Cowie.
14:43 East Fife have had an indifferent start to the season, losing 3-0 at Cowdenbeath during the week after drawing with Alloa last Saturday.
14:44 Queens on the other hand, as no doubt you already know, have won all four of their fixtures this season.
14:44 The Doonhamers will see this as a chance to continue their winning start to the season.
14:56 It`s a cloudy day in Fife with a just a breath of wind flowing through the stadium.It`s dry and cool so perfect weather for a football match
14:57 The players are out and ready to go...
2 min Both teams have lined up 4-4-2.
4 min First half chance for Queens. Johnston floats the ball wide to Lyle whose low cross finds Clark but he misses his kick completely.
6 min Gordon Chisholm, East Fife`s assistant manager, has already had a volley of abuse from the crowd. Can`t think it will be the last...
9 min Higgins chance. Good chance for the centre-back as Mitchell`s lofted free-kick drops to him at the back post but he fires his shot just ove
14 min Penalty shout as Dan Orsi bursts past the fullback who looks like he brings him down in the area. The ref gives a goal kick.
20 min East Fife threaten with a low cross from the byline but Robinson shows good hands and deals with it.
23 min McGuffie sends the ball into the box where Nicky Clark controls well before firing the ball wide. Queens are looking the more threatening.
29 min Clark chance! A deflected Derek Lyle cross finds Clark inside the 6-yard box. All he has to do is hit the target but he heads well over.
31 min Not a whole lot to say for the 1st half hour. Queens have looked better but East Fife have threatened from wide areas. Pretty even.
34 min Chance! Good Queens possession finds Lyle on the edge of the box who lays it to Allan Johnston just inside the area but his shot skews wide.
37 min More good play from Queens. Clark spins his marker and tries a one-two with Lyle but the final ball isn`t accurate and the `keeper grabs it.
44 min Nice play by Queens sees Allan Johnston play a class ball to Orsi whose cross from the byline is defended well.
45+1 min Clark should have scored.A cross from the right flies over everyone but Clark is steaming in at the back who heads but somehow it`s kept out
Half Time HALF TIME - East Fife 0:0 QOS
Half Time Queens have had most of the play and should really be ahead. Nicky Clark had the best chance just before halftime but the keeper saved well.
Half Time East Fife`s only threat has been from wide positions and Queens have defended those well enough.I think Robinson has only had to make 1 save
47 min Good `keeping from Lee Robinson as he flies out to grab the ball at the feet of a East Fife striker.
51 min Free header for Higgins from a corner but he can`t connect and East Fife survive.
55 min Orsi is played in by Johnston in the area but his cut-back is defended well. Queens have started the 2nd half how they finished the 1st.
56 min Substitution : Reilly on for Orsi
57 min Reilly has gone straight up front with Derek Lyle dropping onto the left wing.
59 min Gavin Reilly has taken a sore one seconds after coming on. Hopefully the magic sponge is working. Looks like he`s coming back on.
62 min Chance East Fife! Holt loses out on as the East Fife winger beats him to the ball. He plays in McManus but Robinson is out to save. Close.
65 min Yellow Card : Queens` McKenna
70 min East Fife are looking a bit more dangerous now. Queens need to step it up again.
70 min Yellow Card : Queens` Johnston
73 min East Fife come close again. Muir smacks a long range shot just inches over the Queens bar.
76 min Worried defending from Queens as they just manage to get the ball clear after a dangerous East Fife corner. The home side doing the pressing
82 min Substitution : Clark on for Hopkirk
83 min The substitution was the other way round. Try Hopkirk on for Clark!
87 min Queens have a chance to get the ball into the box but Chris Mitchell`s free-kick flies over everybody. Waste.
88 min Red Card : Queens` Johnston
90 min Two fouls, two bookings and Queens are down to 10 men. It looked a bit harsh but Johnston made no complaint.
90 min Substitution : Young on for Lyle
90+2 min Yellow Card : East Fife`s Durie
90+2 min Another free-kick in a dangerous position wasted by Mitchell.
16:46 FULL TIME - East Fife 0:0 QOS
16:47 This match was there for the taking for Queens but missed chances saw them hanging on for a draw after Johnston`s red card.