Match Report

Queen of the South extended their lead at the top of the Second Division to six points as they defeated Stranraer by two goals to nil at Stair Park.

Gavin Reilly opened the scoring midway through the first half and Nicky Clark clinched the victory by seizing on a defensive error.

The match started terribly for Queen of the South as they conceded a penalty after just four minutes when a Queens defender was adjudged to have pulled back his marker inside the area.  It was a blatant shirt-tug and it gave Stranraer the perfect chance to get off to a good start.  Christopher Aitken stepped up and elected for power but he gave it too much and hammered it well over the crossbar.

It was a real let-off for the away side and they looked to put it behind them and got onto the front foot.  Willie Gibson and Chris Mitchell were troubling the Stranraer defence with cross after cross cleared from inside the home box.

Queens first real chance came after twenty minutes as Chris Mitchell found space on the right wing and fed in a ball towards the run of Nicky Clark.  The striker wasn?t able to connect with the ball however and David Mitchell in the Stranraer goal was able to save.

The home side were obviously chastened by their 6-2 hammering the week before and were defending deep whenever Queens looked to try and pass a way through.  It was tough going for the away side but they finally managed to open the scoring after 28 minutes.

The goal came from some nice work from Derek Young on the right wing as he got past his marker before firing a low cross into the feet of Gavin Reilly.  The striker looked to turn and hit it but didn?t catch the ball correctly and it rolled towards the goal.  The Stranraer keeper was slow to react and wasn?t able to scramble the it clear and the ball ended up in the net.  It was a soft goal but Queens were more than happy to take it.

Reilly slides it past the `keeper

Queens started to look stronger after the goal and almost doubled their lead from a wide free-kick.  It was an orchestrated move as Willie Gibson pinged the delivery to the far post where Nicky Clark had peeled off his marker and got his head to the ball.  His header went into the ground and bounced over the bar to the Stranraer fans? relief.

Stranraer managed a few efforts on goal before half-time but none worried Robinson enough to get his shorts dirty.

The second half began in scrappy fashion as the Doonhamers looked to control the play but again were struggling to play through the Stranraer defence.  The home side on the other hand couldn?t get near the Queens box as their passing continually let them down.

Stranraer managed to create the first opportunity of the half though as Craig Malcolm sprinted clear of the defence and played the ball across the goalmouth where Love was waiting.  Chris Mitchell managed to get in in front to scramble it clear.

Willie Gibson then attacked down the left and drew a foul from the Stranraer left-back.  The same man stepped up and curled the free-kick into the side-netting as David Mitchell scrambled across the goal.  It was a fine effort and looked to waken Queens up somewhat.

Reilly pressurises the home goalkeeper

Derek Lyle replaced Reilly and had a chance immediately after coming on.  Dan Carmichael slipped between two defenders and raced into the box before cutting the ball back to the waiting Lyle.  It must have been too early for him after coming on as he scuffed the ball well over the bar.

Into the final ten minutes and Stranraer were putting pressure on the away defence as substitute Max Wright sprang clear of the defence and readied himself for the shot but Kevin Holt recovered well to block and the danger passed.

The away side countered with shots of their own from Carmichael and Mitchell before the Stranraer defence gifted Queens the clincher.  A poor touch from one of the centre-backs allowed Derek Lyle to win the ball before Nicky Clark raced onto the loose ball and slotted the ball past the goalkeeper.

Nicky clinches it

The final whistle went shortly afterwards and Queens had racked up another victory to make it seven wins and one draw from eight games.  The performance was far from the heights the team has reached earlier in the season but the result is all that matters.

Celebrations at the end

  • Robinson

  • Mitchell

  • Durnan

  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • Carmichael

  • Young

  • Burns


  • Gibson

  • Reilly

  • Clark


  • Atkinson

  • Lyle


  • McKenna


  • McGuffie

  • Slattery

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14:51 Hello folks and welcome to sunny Stranraer as Queens look to continue their unbeaten start to the league season.
14:51 Here are the teams:
14:52 Queens: 1 Robinson 2 Mitchell 3 Holt 4 Durnan 5 Higgins 6 Young 7 Gibson 8 Burns 9 Reilly 10 Clark 11 Carmichael
14:52 Subs: 12 Lyle 14 McKenna 15 McGuffie 16 Slattery 17 Atkinson (gk)
14:53 Stranraer: 1 Mitchell 2 Staunton 3 Gallagher 4 Dunlop 5 McKeown 6 Aitken 7 Winter 8 Agnew 9 Malcolm 10 Love 11 Borris
14:54 Subs: 12 Moore 14 Wright 15 Kinnaird 16 Wood 19 Cadwell (gk)
14:56 Today`s match sees top of the table take on bottom of the table. Queens are unbeaten whilst Stranraer have managed just one win this season.
14:58 The teams are out in the Stranraer sun and we`re ready to go...
2 min Queens wearing white have lined up in their usual 4-4-2 formation.
4 min Yellow Card : Mark Durnan lunges in on the Stranraer winger and earns an early yellow.
4 min Penalty to Stranraer
5 min SKIED!
7 min Queens got away with that there.Stranraer threw a freekick into the area and a Queens defender was penalised for tugging a Stranrae shirt...
8 min ... The ref saw it and gave the penalty which Aitken stepped up to take but he sent it a good few yards over the bar. Awful penalty.
12 min Since the penalty Queens have started to put some pressure on the home defence with a number of crosses into the box. Nobody on the end yet.
18 min So close. Lovely ball into the box by Mitchell meets Clark`s darting run to the front post. He doesn`t connect and the keeper bundles clear.
23 min Good strike. Stranraer come forward and Craig Malcolm strikes at goal but it`s straight at Robinson.
27 min Stranraer are defending deep and Queens are struggling to break them down at the moment.
28 min GOAL QUEENS! Reilly the scorer
30 min Possibly the softest goal ever. Young does well on the wing and finds Reilly whose shot dribbles over the `keeper`s hand and Queens lead.
31 min Yellow Card : Stranraer`s Aitken flies in late on Paul Burns and is rightly booked.
35 min Almost. A good long ball over the top is chested down by Nicky Clark but he can`t find Reilly with his cross.
37 min Unlucky. Willie Gibson sends in a freekick from the sideline and Clark peels off at the back. His header is into the ground and over though.
42 min Stranraer have a dangerous freekick and it`s met by the head of Borris but he doesn`t trouble Robinson.
43 min Reilly has a chance as space opens up in front of him on the edge of the box but he skews it wide.
Half Time HALF TIME - Stranraer 0:1 QOS
Half Time It`s been a decent enough first half for Queens after conceding a penalty so early.
Half Time Stranraer have been stubborn defensively and have posed a threat at the other end but Johnston will be looking for Queens to step it up.
50 min The second half has started in scrappy fashion with neither team able to keep the ball.
60 min It`s pretty poor football at the moment as Queens struggle to get through the home defence and Stranraer struggle to put 3 passes together.
67 min Dangerous moment for Queens as Malcolm runs clear of the defence and hits it across the goalmouth where Chris Mitchell scrambles it clear.
69 min Yellow Card : Stranraer`s Staunton picks up a yellow for a trip on Gibson on the edge of the box.
69 min Substitution : Lyle on for Reilly
69 min Substitution : McKenna on for Burns
70 min Great effort from Gibson. He steps up to take the freekick he won and tries to curl it into the near post but hits the side-net.
72 min Chance for Lyle. Carmichael beats two defenders on the wing and cuts it back to Lyle but he`s just on and send it over the bar.
76 min Wild effort from Mitchell. Carmichael does a couple of stepovers and lays it back to Mitchell who runs onto the ball and hits it miles over.
83 min Stranraer are pressurising and the Queens defence is looking worried.
86 min Close. Mitchell sends in a corner and Lyle leaps to meet it but it goes just over the bar.
87 min Stranraer have a chance of their own as sub Wright gets clear inside the area but Kevin Holt gets back to block well.
90 min Carmichael runs at the Stranraer defence before firing the ball well over the bar.
90 min GOAL QUEENS! Clark the scorer
90+1 min Game over. That was a gift as Lyle tackles the last defender and Clark runs onto the ball to roll it under the keeper.
16:47 FULL TIME - Stranraer 0:2 QOS
16:48 Anything but a vintage performance from Queens but a win is a win and the Doonhamers keep going.