Match Report

 Queen of the South defeated Arbroath for the third time this season with a 3-2 victory at a blustery Gayfield Park to extend their lead at the top of the Second Division to six points.

Goals from Nicky Clark and Chris Higgins gave the league leaders a two-goal lead before Steven Doris netted from the penalty spot on half-time.  The second half saw Queens take more control of the game and they extended their lead through Mark Durnan before Doris scored his second penalty of the afternoon with the last kick of the game.

The players had to adapt to some tricky weather conditions in the first half as a bitter wind blew off the North Sea and the low sun made things difficult as both teams struggled to take control in the early period.

It was Queen of the South that created the best of the early chances as twice they were denied by goal-line clearances within a minute.  The move stemmed from a Chris Mitchell corner from the right that found Gavin Reilly completely free in the area.  The striker controlled before seeing his goal-bound effort blocked and Nicky Clarks headed rebound was also cleared from under the crossbar by the Arbroath defence.

Arbroath came into the game in the following minutes through a series of set-pieces that caused Queens keeper Lee Robinson problems as they flooded the six-yard box making it impossible for him to come and collect. Pushing and shoving from both sides was largely ignored by the referee and the Queens defence were able to escape some hairy moments to keep the score level and broke to devastating effect on 22 minutes.

The Queens midfield stole possession on the halfway line allowing Derek Lyle to find Nicky Clarks dart behind the home defence.  The striker was under pressure from the centre-back as his first effort was saved by the goalkeepers feet but the rebound fell kindly and Clark showed his composure in taking a touch around the goalkeeper to slot home into the empty net.

The goal settled Queens and they started to take control of the contest and extended their lead on 28 minutes through captain Chris Higgins.  The ball dropped to the big centre-back after a bit of pinball in the Arbroath area following a corner kick and his volley from the edge of the box found the bottom corner.

At the other end the Queens defenders were having the better of it as Arbroath were only able to really threaten from set-pieces but that changed just before half-time as Paul Currie won a penalty.  Chris Mitchell was the man that was adjudged to have fouled in the area although the Queens players were adamant that the full-back won the ball.  The referee was not about to change his mind and Steven Doris stepped up to send Robinson the wrong way to give his side a way back into the match.

Into the second half and the away side were looking to keep the ball on the floor.  They retained possession well and kept Arbroath at arms length before making it 3-1 through Mark Durnan.

The goal came from another corner as Nicky Clark fired a shot back across the goalmouth to find centre-back Durnan in the six-yard box and the former St Johnstone man made no mistake as he smashed home.

The away side were looking comfortable as Arbroath struggled to put together any kind of cohesive attacking move and their best chances dropped to substitute Lee Sibanda but his two efforts did not threaten Robinsons goal.

Derek Lyle missed a gilt-edged chance late on as Queens counter-attacked at speed.  Substitutes David Hopkirk and Willie Gibson broke into the Arbroath half and Gibson’s square pass found Lyle free at the back post but his finish was wild as the ball flew wide of the post.

Into the final few minutes of the match and Arbroath were unable to put the Queens defence under any real pressure as the league leaders defended well although the home side were awarded a last-minute penalty.

A long-range shot from Paul Sheerin was blocked by Ryan McGuffies arm and the referee pointed to the spot.  Steven Doris stepped up to slam into the top corner but it was only a consolation as the final whistle went immediately after the restart.

In the end it was a steady if unspectacular win for the league leaders but with Alloa dropping points at home to Brechin the Doonhamers increased their lead to six points with a game in hand to put themselves into a strong position after eleven games played.

  • Robinson

  • McGuffie

  • Higgins

  • Durnan

  • Mitchell

  • Carmichael


  • McKenna

  • Burns


  • Reilly


  • Clark

  • Lyle


  • Atkinson

  • Gibson


  • Young


  • Black

  • Hopkirk


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14:44 Hello folks and welcome to sunny Arbroath as Queen of the South look to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
14:44 Today`s teams:
14:46 Queens: 1 Robinson 2 Mitchell 3 McGuffie 4 Durnan 5 Higgins 6 Burns 7 Carmichael 8 McKenna 9 Reilly 10 Clark 11 Lyle
14:46 Queens: 1 Robinson 2 Mitchell 3 McGuffie 4 Durnan 5 Higgins 6 Burns 7 Carmichael 8 McKenna 9 Reilly 10 Clark 11 Lyle
14:48 Subs: 12 Atkinson 14 Gibson 15 Young 16 Black 17 Hopkirk
14:49 Arbroath: 1 Morrison 2 Baxter 3 Hamilton 4 Kerr 5 Robertson 6 Keddie 7 Gribben 8 Currie 9 Doris 10 Holmes 11 Sheerin
14:50 Subs: 12 Sibanda 14 Rennie 15 Banjo 16 Malcolm 21 Bullock
14:51 And, not that you care, today`s whistler is Des Roache assisted by flagwavers Stuart Stevenson and Alan Hogg.
14:54 As you know, Queens are currently on top of the 2nd division with 26 points from 10 games whilst Arbroath are in 5th with 15 from 10 played.
14:56 The 2 teams have met twice already this season, both at Palmerston, with Queens winning 6-0 in the league and 2-1 in the Challenge Cup.
15:00 The crowd is filling up as a bitter wind blows off the sea. Hopefully the action on the pitch will warm us all up.
4 min It`s an awkward day weather-wise as the wind is holding up any high balls and the low sun is making it difficult for the players.
6 min Queens have lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with Nicky Clark at centre forward and Reilly on his right and Lyle on the left.
11 min Off the line twice! Queens 1st attack sees Mitchells corner find Reilly free in the box.His shot is blocked before Clark`s header is cleared
14 min There`s been no real flow to the match so far as both teams are giving the ball away too easily.
16 min Arbroath on the attack now as a dangerous free-kick from Gribben is cleared for a corner which is dealt with easily by the Queens defence.
20 min Penalty shout for Queens as Carmichael is caught and stays down. The ref isn`t interested though and the physio is on.
20 min GOAL QUEENS! Clark the scorer
21 min Queens steal possession in midfield and Lyle finds Clark through on goal. His first effort is saved but he`s composed on the rebound.
27 min Spectacular effort from Arbroath`s Paul Sheerin as his overhead kick drops inches wide of the post. He`s no Zlatan though...
27 min GOAL QUEENS! Higgins the scorer
29 min A bit of pinball in the Arbroath box following a corner and the ball falls to Higgins. He hits it first time and finds the bottom corner.
33 min Disallowed goal for Arbroath! Robinson comes for a cross and drops it under pressure. The ball goes in but the linesman flags for a freekick
38 min Desperate defending from Queens as Arbroath are throwing set-pieces right in on top of Robinson who isn`t happy about pushing and shoving.
39 min Another corner for Arbroath and this time the ref gives Robinson a free-kick. It`s been all Arbroath for the past five minutes.
43 min Penalty to Arbroath
43 min Yellow Card : Mitchell
44 min Goal Arbroath. Doris the scorer
45+2 min The ball dropped in the area and Gribben was on to it but it looked like Mitchell got to the ball first but the ref gave the penalty. Soft.
Half Time HALF TIME - Arbroath 1:2 QOS
Half Time Yellow Card : Lee Robinson picked up a yellow before the penalty for a bit of gamesmanship.
Half Time Not a classic performance from Queens as Arbroath have had the better of the first half but 2 chances have brought 2 goals for the away side
Half Time Arbroath have only really threatened from set-pieces so far but Queens are going to have to keep the ball better to keep their lead.
48 min No changes as Queens start the second half on the front foot.
51 min Half-chance for Arbroath as Gribben is fed down the left channel and he goes for a bender into the far post but puts it well over.
53 min Allan Johnston shouts "pass pass" and you can see Queens are looking to play the ball on the deck a lot more this half.
53 min Decent effort. Carmichael is fouled on the edge of the area and Chris Mitchell steps up but sends it a good foot over the crossbar.
60 min GOAL QUEENS! Durnan the scorer
61 min Out of nowhere, really. A deep freekick finds Clark at the back post. He sends it across the goal where Durnan smashes home.
62 min There wasn`t much happening before the goal as neither team had been able to put together any attacking moves but Queens are in control now.
67 min Yellow Card : Arbroath`s Alex Keddie flies in on Carmichael and is booked. Another ref may have seen that as a red.
69 min Arbroath make the first sub as Lee Sibanda replaces Darren Gribben.
70 min Good play from Queens as Reilly finds Carmichael on the left and the wee man cuts inside before crossing for Clark but the defender is there
70 min Substitution : Gibson on for Carmichael
72 min Almost McGuffie. McGuffie tries to whip in a cross but instead sends it arrowing towards the near post and it was pushed wide by the keeper.
74 min Substitution : Hopkirk on for Reilly
77 min Substitution : Young on for Burns
81 min What a miss! Queens break after defending a corner.Hopkirk runs his man before finding Gibson who finds Lyle in on goal but he blazes over.
81 min Sibanda has an effort for Arbroath but skies it from 30 yards.
84 min Queens are doing a good job of killing the game as they keep possession high up the pitch.
90 min Queens are having to do a bit of defending now as the home side look to put on some late pressure.
90+1 min Penalty to Arbroath.
90+1 min Goal Arbroath. Doris the scorer
90+2 min Another soft penalty for Arbroath as a long-range shot is blocked by a Queens defender. The ref says handball and Doris finds the net.
16:49 FULL TIME - Arbroath 2:3 QOS
16:51 A pretty straightforward win for the Doonhamers as they controlled much of the game.
16:52 Soft penalties allowed Arbroath back into the game but on the whole Queens defended well and go six points clear at the top as Alloa drew.