Match Report

Danny Carmichael`s first goal of the season was enough to secure all three points for Queens as they recorded a narrow 1-0 victory over 3rd placed Brechin City in this afternoon`s clash at Palmerston.
Having suffered their first league defeat of the season at Alloa on Tuesday, Queens went into the game determined to return to winning ways and to consolidate their lead at the top of the 2nd division. Manager Allan Johnston made two changes to the team that started at Alloa, as Derek Young replaced the injured Paul Burns in midfield, and Derek Lyle returned to the attack with Gavin Reilly dropping to the bench. Visitors Brechin included the division`s top scorer, Andy Jackson in their line-up as the inform Angus side looked to continue their recent unbeaten run.

The opening exchanges were pretty even with Queens winning an early free-kick on the right that was wasted after a poor delivery from the set-piece, and minutes later the visitors produced a carbon copy when they too wasted a good chance from an almost identical position. Queens best spell of the opening period came when Carmichael intercepted the ball just outside his own penalty area, and after going on a driving run in which he eased passed two defenders, he was not quite able to get his pass away to Clark, and defender Moyes was on hand to block the ball away to safety. From that clearance, Brechin created a half chance when Byrne had the chance to shoot, but his effort from 16- yards out was always rising. After 11 minutes Queens won their first corner of the game, but unfortunately Willie Gibson`s delivery went past everyone and sailed harmlessly out for a goal-kick. However, moments later from another Gibson corner, Derek Lyle powered a header goalwards, but `keeper Andrews held on to make a comfortable save.

Danny had a productive time down the right in the first half

The hosts were begining to find some rhythm, and a neat passing move involving Gibson, McKenna, and Young led to Gibson teeing up a half volley for himself and his shot from 20-yards produced a smart save from Andrews. Brechin were keen on using the quick long ball, and Mark Durnan showed good composure to react well in preventing Jackson from breaking through on goal. Two minutes later Queens had their best chance to take the lead. A superb 40 yard pass from Gibson carved through the Brechin defence and sent Carmichael through on goal, but Andrews produced a brilliant stop to keep the winger`s shot out. The winger may have thought that was his best chance to open his scoring account for the season, but just 90 seconds later he got his name on the scoresheet. Derek Lyle`s flicked header was collected by Clark, and the Queens striker made good progress down the right before picking out a precise pass that allowed Carmichael the chance to place a shot just inside the near post to give Queens the advantage.

Danny sends the ball into the net


The next incident of note saw the first booking of the game, when Brechin`s Molloy was cautioned. After committing 3 fouls ,one after another in the space of just 30 seconds, the midfielder reacted to being pulled up for his third foul, and was booked for dissent after kicking the ball away. The Brechin side were clearly disappointed at going behind, and several of their players thought they should have had a free-kick during the build up to the goal, and boosted by their sense of injustice, they may well have equalised after 35 minutes. Good build up play down the right saw a chance fall to Stewart, but Lee Robinson was able to preserve the lead for Queens by saving well, grabbing the ball at the second attempt. A quick break involving Carmichael and Clark ended with a header at the back post from Lyle being only just off target, and just before the interval, a fine effort from Gibson was deflected wide for a corner that the Brechin defence defended well as the half ended with Queens having marginally the better of the game.


At the start of the 2nd period, Brechin sent on David McKenna in place of the previously booked Molloy, and the substitute forced Robinson into making the save of the game early in the half as the Queens `keeper dived to push away McKenna`s goalbound effort. In what was a decent opening to the half for the visitors, they went close again following a free-kick, Byrne`s shot not missing by too much. There then followed a quick succession of yellow cards for Queens as the game, although never dirty, did become a bit scrappy and niggly for a short time. Firstly, Willie Gibson was very late with a challenge on Trouten by the touchline, and to the credit of the Brechin player, he made no fuss about it, then Trouten was again involved as Young was cautioned for fouling him, and finally skipper Chris Higgins was next into the book for a mis-timed challenge on McKenna as the Brechin man looked to break clear.

Nicky had to contend with three markers


The home fans in the crowd of 1419 thought that Queens had doubled their lead on 74 minutes when Gibson`s shot was parried into the path of Nicky Clark, but just as the striker pushed the ball into the empty net, up went the far side linesman`s flag for a clear offside decision. Allan Johnston made his first change after 78 minutes when Gavin Reilly replaced Derek Lyle, and shortly afterwards, Queens forced 2 corners in quick succession, but on both occasions, Brechin were able to clear their lines under little pressure. Queens made a further change with 8 minutes left when Kevin Holt was introduced in place of Stephen McKenna, with Chris Mitchell moving into midfield.

The absence of McKenna in midfield almost proved costly for Queens as twice in the last quarter of the game, the visitors created really decent chances to get themselves something from the game, and both times their breaks began from the midfield area. Firstly, a header from Trouten from inside the 6-yard box should have tested Robinson, and then substitute Dalziel fired just over with the goal at his mercy. In between those attacks, Queens created a chance of their own when Gibson`s shot fell to Carmichael and the winger was only inches wide of adding a second goal as his curled attempt from the edge of the box just skipped past the far post. The final action saw Carmichael display even more trickery as he went past three defenders tight on the bye-line before finally running out of space and into the `keeper.

So Queens returned to winning ways in a game that probably won`t stay in the memory for to long, but the result was the most important thing about today`s game, and the fact that 2nd placed Alloa lost and the gap at the top of the table is once more 9 points was an added bonus. The sponsors gave man-of-the-match to defender Mark Durnan, as Queens recorded a 12th league win, and kept their 10th clean sheet from 15 league games.


  • Robinson

  • McGuffie

  • Durnan

  • Higgins

  • Mitchell

  • Young

  • Gibson

  • McKenna


  • Lyle


  • Clark

  • Carmichael


  • Atkinson

  • Black

  • Smith

  • Reilly


  • Holt


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14:37 Howdy folks and welcome to Palmerston as Queens welcome Brechin City today.
14:38 Today`s teams:
14:40 Queens: 1 Robinson 2 Mitchell 3 McGuffie 4 Durnan 5 Higgins 6 Young 7 Lyle 8 McKenna 9 Gibson 10 Clark 11 Carmichael
14:41 Subs: 14 Reilly 15 Holt 16 Black 17 Smith 12 Atkinson (gk)
14:43 Brechin City: 1 Andrews 2 McLauchlan 3 McLean 4 Hay 5 Moyes 6 Fusco 7 Trouten 8 Molloy 9 Jackson 10 Byrne 11 Stewart
14:45 Subs: 12 Carcary 14 D McKenna 15 Dalziel 16 Lowden 20 Nelson (gk)
14:45 Subs: 12 Carcary 14 D McKenna 15 Dalziel 16 Lowden 20 Nelson (gk)
14:47 And, not that you care, today`s whistler is George Salmond assisted by flagwavers Ross Haswell and Ronnie Strain.
14:50 Two changes to the Queens side that lost at Alloa on Tuesday as Dereks Lyle and Young come in for Gavin Reilly and the injured Paul Burns.
14:52 Today`s opponents Brechin have had a good season so far as they sit in 3rd place in the table with 19 points from 13 games.
14:54 They also boast the Second Division`s top scorer in Andy Jackson who has netted 11 goals and sits 2 ahead of our own Nicky Clark.
14:59 Queens ran out 3-0 winners earlier in the season at Glebe Park with goals from Higgins,Lyle and a Gibson penalty.Hoping for more of the same
15:03 The teams are out and we are ready to go...
2 min Queens have lined up in a 4-4-2 formation with Carmichael on the right and Gibson on the left. Brechin are 4-3-3.
3 min Queens have an early free-kick about 30 yards from goal. Gibson chips it in to absolutely nobody though.
4 min Now Brechin have a free-kick in a dangerous position about a yard from the left hand corner of the Queens box...
5 min And Kurtis Byrne follows Willie Gibson`s lead by floating it straight out for a goal kick.
7 min Great defending Higgins. Brechin get Byrne in behind on the left of the area and his pull back to the waiting Jackson is cleared by Higgins.
10 min Queens have a chance as Carmichael wins the ball in his own half and beats 2 players on his way to the Brechin box but its cleared.
13 min First effort on target as Gibson`s corner is headed toward the far post by Lyle but the keeper gathers easily.
16 min Good save Andrews. Queens manage their first sustained bit of pressure and Gibson tees himself up for a volley which is pushed wide.
19 min Queens should be in front after Willie Gibson plays a worldy cross-field pass that sets Carmichael through on goal but his shot is saved.
21 min GOAL QUEENS! Carmichael the scorer
23 min A nice Derek Lyle flick on set Clark free down the right wing and his cutback was slotted home emphatically by Dan Carmichael.
31 min Yellow Card : Brechin`s Craig Molloy is booked as he fouls Carmichael.
34 min Big chance for Brechin. Nice play in the box by Brechin sees a low Stewart shot test Robinson who gathers at the second attempt.
39 min Queens haven`t really pushed on after the goal as yet and Brechin are threatening on occasions. In control but Queens could do with another.
44 min Willie Gibson has an effort from the edge of the area but it deflects wide for a corner.
45 min Brechin deal with the resulting corner quite easily as we head toward half-time.
Half Time HALF TIME - QOS 1:0 Brechin
Half Time A decent first half from Queens against a determined Brechin side that sees Dan Carmichael`s goal separate the sides.
47 min No changes from Queens but Brechin have swapped the carded Craig Molloy for David McKenna.
54 min Good save Robinson. Brechin`s sub McKenna cuts inside and fires toward the far corner but Robinson saves and the rebound just evades Jackson
55 min Another shot from Brechin as Byrne`s free-kick drifts a yard over the bar.
56 min Yellow Card : Willie Gibson flies in on Trouten and earns a deserved yellow card.
59 min Today`s attendance is 1419 with only 7 in the away end. They can`t get too rowdy in there as the stewards currently outnumber the supporters
62 min Queens win a free-kick high up the pitch. Mitchell whips it in from the right and Durnan gets ahead of his man but heads well over.
64 min "Let`s lift it a wee bit" cries Allan Johnston. He`s right as Brechin have begun to look like they might fancy picking up a result here.
68 min A couple of nearly moments for Queens as the Brechin defence just manage to deny Carmichael and then Lyle from getting in on goal.
72 min Yellow Card : Derek Young goes into the book for a bit of afters following a foul on Trouten. It was barely even handbags mind you. Harsh.
73 min Yellow Card : Chris Higgins cynically takes out David McKenna as Brechin look to break. That one was definitely a booking!
75 min The ball is in the net but Clark is offside. Nice play from Gibson beforehand as he played a give and go with before having his shot saved.
78 min Substitution : Reilly on for Lyle
82 min Substitution : Holt on for McKenna
83 min Chris Mitchell is slotting in to centre midfield as Holt comes on at left-back as Queens look to close this out and get back to winning ways
85 min Great chance for Brechin as Alan Trouten misses a header from inside the six-yard box. Brechin`s best chance of the game.
87 min Up the other end and Carmichael opens himself up and bends a beauty toward the far corner but sends it inches too wide.
88 min Yellow Card : Brechin`s McLauchlan is booked for a late challenge on Carmichael.
89 min Great chance Brechin! The away side steal the ball on the right wing and the ball finds its way to Scott Dalziel whose finish is poor.
90 min Chances at both ends now as Chris Mitchell has a volley blocked that might have been troubling the `keeper.
90+2 min Nice play from Carmichael as he fools one defender with a step-over, then another and skins the next only to run into the goalkeeper.
90+4 min Queens have the ball in the corner and are running down the clock.
16:52 FULL TIME - QOS 1:0 Brechin
16:53 No fireworks but a steady and deserved return to winning ways for Queens as they extend the lead at the top of the table to nine again.