Match Report

Queens maintained their position as leaders of division 2 after they recorded a narrow 1-0 win over Alloa Athletic at a bright, but blustery, Palmerston this afternoon. The single goal victory was enough to keep up this season`s 100% home league record, and also made it five league wins in succession for Allan Johnston`s side.

After the disappointment of losing for the first time this season in midweek,Queens, were eager to get back into the habit of winning games, and although the performance did not reach the heights of some of Queens earlier displays, they were still good enough on the day to claim all 3 points.

Manager Allan Johnston, made just the one change to the team that began against Dundee United, with Paul Burns -making his first home start since re-signing- replaced Stephen McKenna in midfield, and the manager included himself on the bench as Derek Lyle dropped out of the squad. Last season`s Queens skipper,Stephen Simmons,lined up against his former team.

From the outset, it was clear that Queens intended to try to and attack Alloa down the flanks, and in particular, down the right where the pace and trickery of Danny Carmichael could cause them problems, and the skillful winger was heavily involved in the opening spell, combining effectively with Nicky Clark as Queens began brightly. Early in the game, Clark had the chance to get behind the visitors defence, but a heavy first touch, and poor control saw him eventually run the ball out of play. After being given a free-kick on the right, Chris Mitchell picked out Kevin Holt with his cross, but the defender`s header across goal was too far in front of the onrushing Burns, and the danger was cleared. Again good work from Clark saw him reach the bye-line, but with Gavin Reilly well placed at the far post, Clark`s cross lacked direction and was easily gathered by Alloa `keeper Bain. The lively Clark then created a chance for himself, as his shot from 25 yards had to be tipped away for a corner by the alert Bain. The resulting corner from Willie Gibson was met at the far post by Mitchell`s volleyed pass back towards goal, but the ball was blocked away by the under pressure visiting defence. Alloa had hardly been inside the Queens half in the opening period, but a Ryan McCord effort from distance wasn`t that far away, and after a mistake in the middle of the park, Cawley was next to try his luck as the visitors created a couple of chances in quick succession.

Reilly fighting hard


Danny Carmichael continued to see plenty of the ball, but unfortunately on several occasions his final ball was not what he, or his team-mates would have wanted. Midway through the half as Queens pushed for the opening goal, a forward run from Kevin Holt ended with the defender slicing his shot from the edge of the box harmlessly wide. For some reason, Queens were finding it hard to find any real momentum, and the neat, quick , passing game that has so often been evident in games this season, was only visible in patches, which led to a certain amount of frustration being expressed by the some in the expectant home support. However, Queens stuck to their task and 35 minutes in, they produced their best move of the half. Carmichael`s skill and pace saw him skip away from 2 defenders and deliver a perfect cross to Reilly 12 yards out. The young striker directed a powerful header goalwards only to see Alloa `keeper Bain dive full length  to push the ball away for a corner. Minutes later, Queens came even closer to opening the scoring when a hopeful driven cross from the right flicked off Clark and then hit defender Meggart which caused Bain to react quickly to smother the ball on the line. As the first period ended Kevin Holt reacted well to block a shot from Cawley as the visitors threatened again, and a frustrating half, with Queens creating the better of the chances came to a slightly disappointing conclusion.


Queens began the 2nd half brightly, and a Gibson cross almost found it`s way to Clark, and moments later a cross from Reilly fell nicely into the path of Clark, but slightly off balance, the striker rushed his shot and blazed it wildly high. As Queens began to get on top, Gibson was next to have an attempt on goal, with his right-foot drive only just clearing the crossbar.

Carmichael takes on the Alloa defence

Alloa defender Gordon was yellow carded for hauling back Clark as the striker threatened to break clear, and a quick move involving Burns, Clark, and then Carmichael almost put Reilly in the clear, but the young Queens forward had strayed marginally offside and play was stopped. Just as it looked as if it was going to be one of those days for Queens, they made the breakthrough on 67 minutes, and Reilly was the at the heart of the move. The striker showed great spirit and determination to win the ball out by the touchline, and after doing so his pass set Clark free on the left. Clark found Burns, who in turn found Carmichael who saw his shot parried away by the `keeper, but the ball rolled nicely to Reilly and his driven shot across goal was tapped in at the far post by the unmarked Nicky Clark who claimed his 3rd league goal of the season, and his 9th in all competitions so far this season.

Clark slips the ball home


Clark is airborne as he attempts a spectacular effort late on


Queens made a change straight after the goal, with Dan Orsi replacing Willie Gibson for the last 22 minutes. The home side tried to increase the pace of the game, and a flick on by Clark sent Reilly bursting clear of the defence, but as he tried to steady himself to shoot, he lost control at the vital moment and the ball was cleared to safety. A Chris Mitchell cross sat up nicely for Clark to hit, but he mis-hit his effort which almost ran through to Burns, but Bain was alert to the situation and claimed the ball just ahead of the Queens man.

As the clock moved towards the 90 minute mark, Queens survived a couple of tricky moments at the back as first Mark Durnan, and then Chris Mitchell made timely blocks to preserve the lead, and ensure that Queens extended their unbeaten league run.

Skipper Chris Higgins was named as man-of-the-match, and I would expect that most of the crowd of 1573 would be in agreement as Queens completed another calendar month unbeaten in the league.

  • Robinson

  • Mitchell

  • Durnan

  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • Carmichael

  • Young

  • Burns

  • Gibson


  • Clark

  • Reilly


  • Atkinson

  • McKenna

  • McGuffie

  • Orsi


  • Johnston

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14:32 Good afternoon folks and welcome to sunny Palmerston as Queen of the South take on Alloa Athletic in the Second Division.
14:33 Today`s teams:
14:34 Queens: 1 Robinson 2 Mitchell 3 Holt 4 Durnan 5 Higgins 6 Young 7 Gibson 8 Burns 9 Reilly 10 Clark 11 Carmichael
14:34 Subs: 14 McKenna 15 McGuffie 16 Orsi 17 Johnston 12 Atkinson (gk)
14:37 Alloa: 1 Bain 2 Doyle 3 Meggatt 4 Gordon 5 Marr 6 Young 7 Simmons 8 McCord 9 Grehan 10 Holmes 11 Cawley
14:38 Subs: 12 McCord 14 Makombo-Eboma 15 Thomson 16 Docherty 20 McDowall (gk)
14:39 And today`s whistler is John Beaton assisted by flagwavers Stuart MacMillan and Liam Butler.
14:42 Just one change from midweek for Queens with Burns replacing McKenna in midfield as they look to bounce back from the loss to Dundee United.
14:44 Todays opponents have made a promising start to the season after winning last season`s 3rd Division. They have 10 points from 6 games so far
14:47 Queens have been impressive at home this season but need to be wary as Alloa have won both away league fixtures this season...
14:50 ... scoring 3 goals at both Brechin and Albion. They also defeated Stranraer by 3 goals to nil last weekend at Recreation Park.
14:55 So there could be plenty of goals today as there were when the teams met in August. Queens ran out 5-2 winners that day.
14:56 A couple of interesting notes in todays lineups with Derek Young up against his brother Darren and Stephen Simmons returning to his old club
1 min Queens kick off and both teams line-up in 4-4-2 formations.
5 min First real threat as Carmichael lifts a flighted ball into the far-post area and the Alloa `keeper gathers at the second attempt.
10 min Good strike by Clark. Carmichael tries to jink past a defender and the ball falls to Clark who takes a touch before having his effort saved.
13 min A well worked corner routine sees Gibson flight the ball to Mitchell coming in at the far post. His effort hits Higgins and the keeper saves
16 min And Alloa have their first effort on goal as McCord hits a curler just over the Queens bar. Robinson didn`t look concerned though.
22 min Great defending from Durnan. Queens should have a freekick on the Alloa box but Alloa break but Grehan is tackled in the area by Mark Durnan
27 min So far Queens have probably been the better team with Alloa relying on counter-attacks. No real chances created yet though.
28 min Yellow Card : Alloa`s Ryan McCord dives in late on Chris Mitchell and is rightly booked.
33 min What a save by Scott Bain. Dan Carmichael skins the leftback before finding Reilly with the cross. His header is going in but Bain saves.
37 min Queens have stepped it up now and are getting lots of crosses into the box. They just need to find a final ball now.
40 min Darren Young has had to go off for Alloa and he is replaced by 16 Mark Docherty.
43 min The Alloa leftback Daryll Meggatt was nearly left red-faced there as he almost powered a header past his own `keeper.
45 min Alloa are threatening late in the half but the Queens defence has coped with no real problems.
Half Time HALF TIME - QOS 0:0 Alloa
Half Time Not a lot happening as Queens have battled to break down a stubborn Alloa defence who are relying on the counter attack.
Half Time Not a lot happening as Queens have battled to break down a stubborn Alloa defence who are relying on the counter attack.
Half Time Dan Carmichael has again looked bright and looked like the most likely route for Queens to find an opener.
47 min Great chance for Clark! Gavin Reilly gets clear in the channel and sends in a low cross for Carmichael. It falls for Clark but he fires over
55 min Good effort from Gibson. The ball rebounds from a corner to Gibson who sets himself before unleashing a savage shot a yard over the crossbar
66 min GOAL QUEENS! Clark the scorer
67 min GOAL QUEENS! Clark the scorer
73 min At last. Burns plays in Carmichael whose shot is saved and the rebound falls to Reilly. He sclaffs his shot but Clark is there to tap home.
83 min That was only one goal from Clark there. We`re having some technical issues at the moment. The score is 1-0.
83 min Substitution : Orsi on for Gibson
85 min Since the goal Queens have continued to attack and are looking to extend their lead.
86 min Yellow Card : Alloa`s Mark Docherty for high feet.
89 min Chance for Alloa! The ball falls to Cawley on the 6-yard box but Mitchell is there to block. There`s a bit of a scramble but Queens clear.
16:47 FULL TIME - QOS 1:0 Alloa
16:48 It was a struggle at times but Queens have notched up another win to stay on top of the table.
16:50 Quite fitting that a scrappy goal wins a scrappy game. Alloa`s gameplan was to defend but once Queens got in front they couldn`t reply.
16:50 Quite fitting that a scrappy goal wins a scrappy game. Alloa`s gameplan was to defend but once Queens got in front they couldn`t reply.
16:51 Quite fitting that a scrappy goal wins a scrappy game. Alloa`s gameplan was to defend but once Queens got in front they couldn`t reply.
16:51 Quite fitting that a scrappy goal wins a scrappy game. Alloa`s gameplan was to defend but once Queens got in front they couldn`t reply.