Match Report

 Queen of the South demonstrated their credentials as league leaders as they dismantled Ayr United at Somerset Park, winning 5-1.

The home side opened the scoring through David Winters` header before Queens equalised with a Ryan McStay own goal.  Nicky Clark then gave the Doonhamers the lead before Dan Carmichael scored the pick of the bunch as he ran from his own half to then find the top corner from the edge of the box.  Carmichael added a second before Derek Lyle beat Ally Brown from 25 yards on 71 minutes.

The match began slowly with both teams coming to terms with the strong wind blowing from one end of the pitch to the other and chances were few and far between.

The away side probably edged the first half but created few chances.  A long shot from Dan Carmichael and a couple of set-pieces were all the Doonhamers could muster before Ayr opened the scoring after 29 minutes.

There had been no real warning for the Queens defence as the home team had struggled to put any potent attacking move together.  They did so, though, as Robbie Crawford got past his marker on the right wing and found David Winters free at the back post to head past a helpless Lee Robinson.

Ayr were not able to settle on their lead however as Queens hit back immediately from yet another Chris Mitchell delivery.  His quality from set-plays has been a real asset for Queens this season and it turned out that way again as his cross from the right was missed by everyone before hitting Ayr`s Ryan McStay and bobbling inside the post.

Three minutes separated the goals and Ayr almost made it 2-1 just two minutes later as the Queens defence struggled to clear a David Sinclair free-kick from wide and the ball fell to Winters who sent his shot just over the crossbar.

The match settled down again after this brief flurry of action until Queens took the lead after 42 minutes.  Dan Carmichael pushed his full-back backwards before laying the ball to Chris Mitchell whose cross was diverted into the bottom by Nicky Clark`s stooping header.  It was an excellent finish and was Clark`s fifth goal in three games.

The second half began in spectacular fashion as Dan Carmichael picked the ball up inside his own half as Queens broke on the counter-attack.  The winger beat two defenders and cut inside on his left foot before lashing an effort into the far top corner giving the goalkeeper absolutely no chance.

The Queens fans were in full voice as the Ayr players were beginning to look resigned to their fate and they fell further behind as Carmichael scored his second of the afternoon and third of the season.  It was something of a gift as Ayr goalkeeper Ally Brown left the safety of his goal area to beat Nicky Clark to the ball but then lost it as he made a second challenge.  The ball found its way to Ryan McGuffie on the right wing with the goalkeeper stranded and the full-back fed the ball into the box for Carmichael to find the net with Ayr`s Austin McCann unable to keep it out.  It was a bizarre moment as the goalkeeper lost the ball forty yards from his goal and Queens made him pay for his rash decision.

The scoring was not finished as Derek Lyle lined up a shot from round 25 yards which Brown seemed to have covered before the ball swerved past him and into the top of the net.  It was a big moment for the experienced striker after enduring a difficult few weeks following a family bereavement.

The final twenty minutes of the match were a bit of a non-event as both teams made substitutions and Ayr`s fight had been taken out of them completely but Queens did manage to create a couple of chances in the closing minutes.

Firstly substitute Kevin Smith turned nicely on the edge of the Ayr box and curled a fine effort just wide of the post with the goalkeeper beaten before Dan Carmichael almost notched his hat-trick.  Smith did well on the left side of the box and sent a low cross towards the advancing Carmichael but the winger was unable to get enough on the cross and it bobbled wide of the near post. 

Queens were much the better side as the scoreline suggests and they asserted their superiority through another fine second half performance with Dan Carmichael this time giving the match-winning performance.  The South go marching on.

  • Robinson

  • McGuffie


  • Durnan

  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • Mitchell

  • Young


  • McKenna

  • Carmichael

  • Reilly


  • Clark


  • Atkinson

  • Smith


  • Lyle

  • Black


  • Johnston

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14:49 Hello and welcome to a dreich and dreary Somerset Park as Queens travel to Ayr in the first fixture of 2013.
14:49 Today`s teams:
14:50 Queens: 1 Robinson 2 McGuffie 3 Holt 4 Durnan 5 Higgins 6 Young 7 Mitchell 8 McKenna 9 Reilly 10 Clark 11 Carmichael
14:51 Subs: 12 Atkinson (gk) 14 Smith 15 Lyle 16 Black 17 Johnston
14:52 Ayr: 1 Brown 2 McAusland 3 Twaddle 4 Brownlie 5 McCann 6 Sinclair 7 Crawford 8 McStay 9 Moffat 10 Winters 11 McGill
14:53 Subs: 12 Shankland 14 Trialist 15 R Robertson 16 J Robertson 20 Muir (gk)
14:53 And today`s whistler is Andrew Dallas assisted by flagwavers Frank Connor and Peter Stuart.
14:56 Only one change for Queens as McKenna comes in for Orsi as they look to continue their fantastic season.
14:57 Ayr haven`t had such a good season as they sit in 8th position with 18 points from 16 played and have not won in three matches.
14:58 Queens haven`t lost in the last 5 meetings between the 2 and won 4-2 here earlier in the season before winning 2-0 at Palmerston in November
15:00 The teams are out with Queens all in blue and Ayr all in white. Ready to go...
2 min Both teams have lined up in 4-4-2 formations as Dan Carmichael puts the day`s first shot well over the crossbar.
6 min No real rhythm in the game as yet but Queens have had the better of the early stages.
10 min First real danger from the home side as Durnan tackles Moffat well and concedes a corner.
11 min It comes to nothing as Chris Higgins rises above the crowd to head clear.
13 min Queens have a set-piece of their own as Mitchell whips in a free-kick from deep but it is too close to the keeper who punches clear.
22 min Not a whole lot of goalmouth action to tell you about. It`s been a bit of a midfield battle so far although Queens have looked more likely.
26 min We have a shot on goal! Ayr`s David Sinclair tries his luck from all of 30 yards but it bobbles through to Robinson. Poor.
29 min Goal Ayr. Winters the scorer
30 min Out of nothing Ayr get the ball down the left and the cross finds Winters free at the back post to score easily.
31 min Substitution : Lyle on for Young
32 min GOAL QUEENS! Own goal the scorer
33 min Queens hit straight back as Mitchell puts in a telling freekick and it looked like McStay put it into his own net at the back post.
34 min Ayr almost make it 2-1 as a deep freekick causes havoc in the Queens defence and the ball falls to Winters who puts it over from 12 yards.
40 min The game has settled down again now after that flurry of goals and Queens are again on top but without creating anything of note.
41 min Ayr give the ball away at the back and Carmichael picks up the ball about 30 yards out and trundles a shot a yard or so wide of the Ayr goal
42 min GOAL QUEENS! Clark the scorer
44 min Cracking header from Clark as the ball is pulled back to Mitchell who crosses for Clark to find the net with a stooping header.
Half Time HALF TIME - Ayr 1:2 QOS
Half Time Not vintage by any means but Queens have a deserved lead at half-time and will aim to improve at both ends in the second half.
47 min GOAL QUEENS! Carmichael the scorer
48 min WHAT A GOAL! Queens counter quickly and Carmichael cuts in on his left foot before firing a 25 yard shot into the far top corner. Quality.
51 min The Queens fans are in fine voice now as Carmichael`s goal of the season contender has understandably silenced the home support.
54 min Ayr have changed it up a bit now as they send on A Trialist - he gets around doesn`t he? - and go to three at the back. RIsky.
58 min Scratch that - they`re back to plain old 4-4-2. The match is well suited to Queens now as they look to counter-attack at pace when they can.
67 min Ayr have come into the game a bit more after making changes but Queens do look dangerous when they win the ball back.
68 min GOAL QUEENS! Carmichael the scorer
69 min Comedy stuff at the back for Ayr as the keeper wins the ball and is then tackled about 35 yards from goal. Carmichael sticks it in with ease
71 min GOAL QUEENS! Lyle the scorer
73 min Derek Lyle is free about 20 yards from goal and has a pop. The ball swerves all over the place and beats the keeper to make it 5. Nice.
73 min Substitution : Black on for McGuffie
76 min Substitution : Smith on for Reilly
83 min Substitutions aplenty for both sides and the match has lost a bit of verve. Ayr look a beaten side, frankly.
84 min First touch for Kevin Smith as he sends a looping header just wide of the far post.
87 min So close Smith!. The Queens sub turns well on the edge of the area and tries to bend it into the corner but it flies just inches wide.
89 min Yellow Card : Ayr`s Ross Robertson is late on Stephen McKenna and picks up a yellow.
90+1 min Carmichael almost gets his hattrick as he diverts a Smith cross just wide of the near post with the keeper beaten.
16:50 FULL TIME - Ayr 1:5 QOS
16:51 A superb win for Queens keeps their run of goalscoring form going and maintains the lead at the top of the table.