Match Report

A match-winning performance from Gavin Reilly saw Queen of the South run out 3-1 winners over Stenhousemuir at Ochilview Park.

The striker opened the scoring in the first half before setting up Nicky Clark for the second and finishing the match off with a predatory finish after 68 minutes.  Former Queens man Stewart Kean bagged a late consolation goal for the home side.

The match began in scrappy fashion with Stenhousemuir having the better of the early possession but with only two poor long-range efforts to show for it.

Queens? first real opportunity came in the 23rd minute as Nicky Clark was upended inside the opposing half.  Chris Mitchell stepped up to whip in a dangerous free-kick towards the far post onto the head of Ryan McGuffie whose glancing header dropped inches wide of the right-hand post.

Orsi hits the byeline early on

The away side were starting to put their passing together and broke the deadlock after 31 minutes.  Winger Dan Carmichael showed his skill by turning his man before being brought down on the edge of the Stenhousemuir box.  Chris Mitchell struck the free-kick goalwards only to see it blocked by a teammate on the edge of the area before the ball dropped to the alert Gavin Reilly ten yards out.  The young striker made no mistake in dispatching the ball into the far corner to delight the travelling support.

Gavin reacts first and fires home

and is congratulated by his team mates


Nicky Clark then almost doubled the lead as he combined with Chris Mitchell to fire a fierce shot inches over the Stenhousemuir crossbar.

Clarks effort flies over the bar

The second half began brightly and immediately after the restart Stenhousemuir almost equalised as Anderson?s goal-bound header was cleared from under the crossbar by Nicky Clark.  Queens defended the resulting corner and broke on the counter-attack where Ryan McGuffie fed Dan Carmichael on the left wing and his cross found Chris Mitchell in the middle but the midfielder?s header did not test Callum Reidford in the Stenhousemuir goal.

A nervous moment for Queens as Kean headsa back across goal

Stenhousemuir were putting Queens under pressure following the restart but the away side swiftly doubled their lead through top scorer Nicky Clark after 55 minutes.

The ball was fed to Gavin Reilly inside the Stenhousemuir half and he turned his marker well before laying the ball through for Clark to run onto.  The striker notched his 21st goal of the season as he finished neatly with his left foot.

After the goal Queens? passing game came alive.  They were pulling the home side apart and could have extended their lead through long shots from Durnan and Holt before Gavin Reilly scored his second of the afternoon.

Stenhousemuir were pressing high in the Queens half when Ryan McGuffie cleared the ball over the top of the Stenhousemuir defence.  Reilly was alive to it and sprinted beyond the trailing defenders to roll the ball past the stranded Reidford.

The goal capped an excellent performance from the young striker and brought his personal tally to 12 goals in all competitions this season.

The league-leaders made a couple of substitutions as they looked to run down the game and kept the ball well for large periods of the remaining twenty minutes.

The clean sheet was not to be, however, as Stewart Kean pounced on a loose ball inside the area after the Queens defence were unable to clear a Stenhousemuir corner in the dying seconds.

Following Alloa?s draw at Ayr, the Doonhamers now sit 11 points clear at the top of the Second Division table and go into Wednesday?s match at Ayr full of confidence after two good wins in the space of three days.

  • Robinson

  • McGuffie

  • Durnan

  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • Orsi


  • Young


  • Mitchell

  • Carmichael

  • Reilly

  • Clark


  • Atkinson

  • Smith


  • Black

  • McKenna


  • Johnston


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14:44 Howdy folks and welcome to Queens` 16th league fixture of the season as they take on Stenhousemuir at Ochilview.
14:44 Today`s teams:
14:45 Queens: 1 Robinson 2 McGuffie 3 Holt 4 Durnan 5 Higgins 6 Young 7 Orsi 8 Mitchell 9 Reilly 10 Clark 11 Carmichael
14:46 Subs: 14 Smith 15 Black 16 McKenna 17 Johnston 12 Atkinson (gk)
14:47 Stenhousemuir: 1 Reidford 2 Ross 3 McKinlay 4 Thomson 5 McMillan 6 Hodge 7 Ferguson 8 Anderson 9 Kean 10 Dickson 11 Smith
14:47 Subs: 12 Duncan 14 Love 15 Lawson 16 Trialist 17 Shaw
14:48 And today`s whistler is Mike Tumilty assisted by flagwavers James Campbell and Graeme Stewart.
14:52 Stenhousemuir have had an indifferent season so far, sitting in 7th with 19 pts from 16 games and lost their last match at East Fife 3-2.
14:54 Nicky Clark will be looking to continue his good scoring form whilst Stenhousemuir are missing their top scorer John Gemmell who has 8 goals
14:55 Queens have kept a similar side to the one that defeated Stranraer 4-1 in the week with Dan Orsi the only change for the injured Gibson.
3 min Queens have lined up in their usual 4-4-2 formation in their white and black away kit and will be looking to get to grips with theastroturf
8 min The match has been very scrappy so far with neither team able to put together any sort of attacking move.
11 min Mark Durnan is almost left red-faced as his back header is a bit short. Robinson gets out to clear, just.
14 min The first shot of the match comes from Stennie`s Craig Anderson but it ends up well, well wide of Robinson`s goal.
17 min Shot number two of the afternoon comes from the home side again as Brown Ferguson blasts a freekick high and wide.
18 min Stenhousemuir have had the better of the opening exchanges as Queens have struggled to get their passing game going. Little goalmouth action
23 min First effort of note from Queens as Mitchell whips in a cracking freekick toward the far post and it was flicked just wide by McGuffie.
24 min Yellow Card : Stenhousemuir`s Iain Thomson picked up a booking following a bit of argy-bargy before the taking of that freekick.
31 min Yellow Card : Stenhousemuir`s Dickson brings down Carmichael on the edge of the area. Queens have a free kick in a very good position.
31 min GOAL QUEENS! Reilly the scorer
33 min Mitchell hits the freekick off a Queens player and the ball drops in the area for Reilly to pounce and he finishes emphatically.
35 min Substitution : McKenna on for Orsi
37 min So close Clark! A freekick from the left corner flag is cut back low for Nicky Clark to hit but he sends it just over the bar.
44 min Queens have looked a lot more comfortable since the goal and the home side are being pressed relentlessly all over the park.
Half Time HALF TIME - Stenhousemuir 0:1 QOS
Half Time A decent first half for Queens. In a game of few chances they lead by Gavin Reilly`s neat finish and have defended comfortably.
49 min Off the line! The home side start brightly and are only denied by Nicky Clark`s goal-line clearance following a corner.
50 min Straight up the other end and Queens have a chance as Carmichael`s cross is headed wide by Mitchell. Better start from both sides this half.
54 min Queens have had to do a bit more defending so far in the 2nd half but have looked a threat on the break.
55 min GOAL QUEENS! Clark the scorer
56 min Gavin Reilly does well to roll his marker and plays in Nicky Clark who makes no mistake with a left-footed finish low past the `keeper.
59 min Almost a worldy from Mark Durnan! The big man strides out of defence and through a tackle before smashing straight at Reidford who saves.
60 min Just over from Holt. Queens are on it now and Mitchell makes space for Holt to run into but the full-back fires a couple of yards over.
63 min Queens are stroking the ball around nicely now after that second goal and look like they fancy grabbing some more goals.
65 min Yellow Card : Nicky Clark is booked for what must be persistant fouling after a nothing foul on Greg Ross.
67 min Stenhousemuir`s Stewart Kean tests Robinson with a powerful shot who spills it but there is no-one there to take advantage.
68 min GOAL QUEENS! Reilly the scorer
70 min From nothing really. McGuffie clears the ball over the home defence where Reilly uses his pace to beat the backline and slides the ball home
76 min Substitution : Johnston on for Young
76 min Substitution : Smith on for Clark
80 min The referee stops the game to sort out some pushing and shoving in the Queens box as the away side look to see the game out.
84 min Oles from the crowd as Queens pass the ball around the Stenhousemuir midfield and Ryan McGuffie throws in a step-over for good measure.
89 min Goal Stenhousemuir. Kean the scorer
90 min Queens fail to clear a corner and the ball eventually found its way to Stewart Kean who swept it home on the volley.
16:47 FULL TIME - Stenhousemuir 1:3 QOS
16:47 A very good second half performance from Queens sees them run out comfortable winners despite conceding a late goal.