Match Report

Queen of the South survived a first half Albion Rovers penalty to continue their impressive season by winning 3-0 at a sunny Cliftonhill Stadium.

Tony Stevenson missed the hosts` early opportunity from the spot before seeing league top scorer Nicky Clark head home after 40 minutes.  Queens missed a penalty of their own after 67 minutes although Derek Lyle was there to mop up the rebound and Derek Young completed the victory on 76 minutes.

The match began in sluggish fashion as neither team was able to impose themselves on the game and as a result few chances were created throughout the half.

Queens did have an early opportunity though as Dan Carmichael controlled a low cross from Derek Lyle, playing as a left-winger, before seeing his shot deflect just wide of the goalkeeper`s left-hand post.

After this opening the game struggled on with Queens showing more in possession but coming up against a resolute Albion Rovers defence. 

Against the run of play, the home side almost took the lead after 23 minutes as a hopeful ball into the area was fumbled by Queens `keeper Lee Robinson inside the six-yard box.  Chris Dallas looked certain to score as the ball dropped to him with the goal gaping but the Queens goalkeeper showed quick reactions to pounce on top of the ball and prevent his error from proving costly.

Robinson produces a remarkable save to deny Dallas


At the other end Paul Burns came close as he met a Chris Mitchell corner with a firm header only to see the ball being cleared at the far post by the Arbroath defence.  This was the closest either team came in the first half hour but Albion were given a golden opportunity to take the lead on 34 minutes.

Albion Rovers captain Ciaran Donnelly swept in a deep corner kick towards trialist and former-Queens defender Marvin Andrews.  The Trinidad & Tobago international leapt above the Queens defence but underneath the ball before falling to the floor under a challenge from Chris Higgins.  The referee saw the challenge as unfair and pointed to the spot to the dismay of the Queens faithful.  Queens goalkeeper Lee Robinson engaged in a bit of gamesmanship before the kick was taken and it seemed to work as Tony Stevenson blazed the kick over the crossbar to the relief of the Queens defence.

Big Marvin falls over for the penalty award

No problem for Lee with the Stevenson penalty blazed over the bar


Despite missing the chance to take the lead the home side`s confidence was up and Albion looked much more of a threat but the good spell from Rovers was short-lived as Nicky Clark gave Queens the lead after 40 minutes. 

The away side had been struggling to get their usual slick passing game together but found a way through the home defence as Dan Carmichael got to the byline and crossed for Clark to head under the goalkeeper at the near post.

In the net from Clark as Andrews ambles up the park

The second period continued where the first left off as both teams were unable to really dominate possession of the ball and there were no real chances of note until the second penalty of the afternoon was given in the 67th minute.

This time it was Queens` penalty as Stephen McKenna won possession following a mistake in the Albion defence and fed the ball through to Nicky Clark.  The league`s top scorer drove at the remaining Arbroath defenders and was brought down by Ciaran Donnelly inside the area, giving the referee no choice but to award the penalty.  Centre-back Ryan McGuffie stepped up for Queens and struck the ball well only to see Ryan Scully in the Albion Rovers goal stretch to keep the ball out.  The home team`s relief was short-lived, however, as the Derek Lyle was first to the rebound and made no mistake as he powered a half-volley beyond the stricken Scully.

Lyle celebrates his strike

Queens were now in command of the contest and were able to allow the home side onto them before breaking on the counter-attack.  They did this to great effect after 76 minutes as Dan Carmichael played the ball inside to Paul Burns who in turn played inside to Nicky Clark.   The striker then feinted to shoot before playing the ball to his right where Derek Young was free and the experienced midfielder made no mistake as he fired the ball through the exposed Ryan Scully.

Hot shot Derek Young celebrates

There were a few chances towards the end for Queens to further extend their lead but the game was well and truly won and although the performance was not in the same bracket as the previous two wins over Ayr and Arbroath the sizeable away support will have travelled back to Dumfries in jubilant mood.

  • Robinson

  • Mitchell

  • McGuffie

  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • Burns

  • Young

  • McKenna

  • Lyle

  • Clark

  • Carmichael


  • Atkinson

  • Reilly


  • Smith


  • Black


  • Orsi

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14:28 Hello and welcome to a sun-soaked Cliftonhill Stadium as league leaders Queen of the South travel to bottom-side Albion Rovers.
14:28 Today`s teams:
14:29 Queens: 1 Robinson 2 Mitchell 3 Holt 4 McGuffie 5 Higgins 6 Young 7 Lyle 8 McKenna 9 Burns 10 Clark 11 Carmichael
14:29 Subs: 12 Reilly 14 Smith 15 Black 16 Orsi 17 Atkinson (gk)
14:31 Albion: 1 Scully 2 Reid 3 Russell 4 Stevenson 5 Trialist 6 Donnelly 7 Howarth 8 Marriott 9 Dallas 10 Elliott 11 Phillips
14:32 Subs: 12 Halsman 14 Tiffney 15 Boyle 16 Trialist 17 McGinley
14:35 Two changes to the Queens line-up from last week as Paul Burns and Derek Young start. Reilly drops to the bench and Durnan is suspended.
14:38 The home side have the Trialist brothers in their team line. Looks like No.5 will be former Rangers man Marvin Andrews who is warming up.
14:40 Today`s ref, by the way, is Craig Charleston who is assisted by Douglas Ross and Craig Winning.
14:43 Albion trialist Andrews` last club was junior side Kirkintilloch Rob Roy. I think the pace of the Queens attack will really test him today.
14:46 Today`s opponents have been on a torrid run lately, having won only 1 game in 12. Queens meanwhile have won their last 5 scoring 18 goals.
14:56 Last home game Cliftonhill had 367 in the crowd. This week it looks like half of Dumfries is here as the away support dwarfs the home fans.
14:58 The huge away support for Queens obviously reflects what a wonderful season it has been so far. Can they keep the form going today?
15:01 The teams are out as the home support struggle in vain to out-cry the Queens faithful. We are ready to go...
2 min First chance falls to Queens as Lyle`s low cross is controlled by Carmichael. The wee man`s shot is deflected just wide.
3 min Queens have lined up with Derek Lyle on the left wing and Carmichael up front to partner Nicky Clark in a 4-4-2 formation.
8 min There are still Queens supporters filing in and the stewards are having to open up more seats. Not sure they were expecting such a busy day.
11 min On the pitch, neither team has really taken control although Queens have posed the greater threat so far.
16 min Queens have stepped it up in the last few minutes and Albion are having to defend well to keep them out. No real chances created though.
23 min Lee Robinson has a moment to forget as he collects a high ball 5yards from goal but drops it.It looks a certain goal but he recovers to save
26 min Queens have struggled a bit with the bobbly pitch so far and their attacks are a bit ponderous so far.
28 min Off the line! Almost the opener for Queens as Burns` goalward header is cleared by the Albion defender on the line.
34 min Albion chance. Queens clear after an almighty scramble after Higgins and then Mitchell miss their headers. Shaky stuff.
34 min Penalty to Albion.
35 min Over the bar! Tony Stevenson skies it!
38 min That was a soft, soft penalty though. Marvin Andrews went up for the header, got underneath it and tumbled. Queens survive though.
40 min Despite missing their chance to take the lead the home side have looked a lot better since. Queens on the other hand have lost their passing
40 min GOAL QUEENS! Clark the scorer
41 min As I type that last comment Queens put four passes together and score! Carmichael got in down the left, crossed for Clark who headed in.
45+1 min That`s Nicky Clark on 25 for the season now as Marvin Andrews hits the deck in the Queens box much like the penalty. This time no penalty.
Half Time HALF TIME - Albion 0:1 QOS
Half Time Not the greatest spectacle in the first half but Queens have survived an Albion penalty to lead by Clark`s goal.
Half Time Of late Queens have improved in the second half and Allan Johnston`s team talk will look to inspire a similar performance today.
Half Time Yellow Card : By the way, Chris Higgins picked up a booking for giving away the penalty on 34 minutes.
46 min Albion have made a change as Bradley Halsman replaces Steven Howarth.
48 min Albion come close as Andrews meets a corner at the far post but his looping header lands on top of the Queens net. No worries for Robinson.
52 min Albion come close again from a corner. The ball is headed back across the goal by Phillips before Andrews header is blocked on the line.
55 min Derek Lyle is teed up from a free-kick but hits it well over the bar from 30 yards. Queens haven`t got going yet in this half.
57 min Today`s attendance is 810 with I`d reckon about 5-600 being Queens fans.
58 min Yellow Card : Albion`s Barry Russell scythes down Nicky Clark from behind and is rightly booked.
62 min Still a bit of a struggle for Queens today. Their passing hasn`t been nearly crisp enough and chances have been few and far between.
67 min Penalty to Queens.
68 min GOAL QUEENS! Lyle the scorer
69 min Ryan McGuffie stepped up only to see his penalty saved well by the `keeper. Derek Lyle was first to the rebound though and smashed home.
70 min Yellow Card : Albion`s Donnelly was booked for taking down Clark in the box for the penalty and Reid was also booked for having a go at the
74 min Queens have begun to look a lot more comfortable since the goal and almost extend the lead through Carmichael but his shot goes well wide.
76 min GOAL QUEENS! Young the scorer
78 min Queens hit on the break and Burns finds Clark who lays it to the man over who is Derek Young and he smacks it through the keeper. Nice.
82 min Great chance for Queens as they break after Lyle cleared an Albion corner. Carmichael and Clark are 2 on 1 but the the pass is cut out.
84 min Substitution : Orsi on for Young
84 min Substitution : Smith on for Lyle
84 min Substitution : Reilly on for Clark
86 min Should have been four as they ball hits Reilly in the area and drops for Carmichael but he shoots wide.
89 min Looks like it was actually Steven Black who came on for Derek Young, not Dan Orsi. Mistake on the team line, not me. Honest.
16:51 FULL TIME - Albion 0:3 QOS
16:53 A solid win for a superior Queens side as they extend their lead at the top of the table to 17 points.