Match Report

Queen of the South continued their impressive away form as they hammered relegation strugglers Stranraer 5-0 at Stair Park on Saturday.

Since losing their only league game of the season away at Alloa in December the Doonhamers have won all four away fixtures scoring 16 goals in the process.

Despite a very muddy pitch Queens played some excellent flowing football with goals coming from Paul Burns, Ryan McGuffie and Derek Lyle in the first half.  The home side had been reduced to ten men on 21 minutes as goalkeeper David Mitchell saw red for preventing Nicky Clark a goalscoring opportunity.  The second half was entirely dominated by the league leaders and they wrapped up the victory with impressive finishes from Nicky Clark and Derek Lyle. 

The match began in scrappy fashion as each team came to terms with the state of the playing surface and neither team was able to keep possession for any length of time.  There were few chances in the opening minutes until Queens took the lead through Paul Burns on 16 minutes.

The goal was well constructed as Nicky Clark nodded down a long pass into the stride of his strike partner Derek Lyle who drove at the defence before finding a man over in the shape of Paul Burns.  The midfielder took the chance well as he side-footed the ball under the diving Stranraer goalkeeper and set the Dumfries-side on their way to another away victory.

The home side reacted well though to going behind as they opened up the Queens defence and Craig Malcolm found himself one-on-one with `keeper Lee Robinson.  The Queens goalkeeper was quick off his line and Malcolm was unable to maintain his composure and placed the ball wide of the post.

The match had been competitive until this point but that was to change as Stranraer goalkeeper David Mitchell was dismissed for preventing a goalscoring opportunity as Nicky Clark knocked the ball past him in the area before being brought down.  After a lengthy stoppage to allow Stranraer substitute goalkeeper Russell Cadwell time to get kitted Ryan McGuffie kept his head and buried the penalty kick low into the bottom right-hand corner to effectively end the tie as a contest.

Clark guides the ball around Mitchell

Clark is launched by keeper Mitchell

McGuffie nets the penalty

Queens were now in total control and passed the ball around the sticky surface with real confidence and looked capable of scoring at any moment.  They did just so on 39 minutes through front man Derek Lyle.  The goal came from good play down the right wing by Dan Carmichael as he beat the full-back before cutting the ball back to the waiting Lyle and the striker made no mistake as he fired his shot into the net via the underside of the crossbar.

Lyle fires home his first of the day

The away side were flying and almost extended the lead before half-time as first Kevin Holt missed an awkward chance at the back post following Chris Mitchell`s teasing cross and then Lyle shaved the crossbar with a shot from 25 yards.

There was no let-up in the second period as Queens dominated possession and were hungry for more goals.  The inevitable fourth did not come until 60 minutes though as Nicky Clark scored a wonderful solo effort.

The league`s top scorer controlled Lyle?s pass with his chest on the edge of the area before shimmying past a couple of challenges and smashing an unstoppable right-foot shot across the goalkeeper and into the top corner.  It was a quality finish and a real contender for goal of the season.

Clark scores a super goal

There was no end in sight for the beleaguered home side and they were continually tormented by the pace and trickery of Clark and Carmichael especially.  The latter fashioned a chance for Lyle to grab his second as the winger danced through the Stranraer defence before rolling the ball to Lyle who was free in the area.  The experienced striker was unable to cap the move off though as his low shot was blocked by the feet of Cadwell in the Stranraer goal.

Lyle was not to be denied for long though as he wrapped up the scoring with a placed shot from the 20 yards.

Stranraer`s ten men had been unable to trouble the Queens defence but did fashion a gilt-edged chance with fifteen minutes to go as determined play from Craig Malcolm saw the striker get past two challenges to play in substitute Michael Moore.  The target man elected to pass rather than shoot as he laid the ball onto Jamie Campbell who had only to hit the target with the goal gaping.  It was a moment to forget though for Campbell as his scuffed his effort well wide of the goal.

Kevin Smith was keen to get on the scoresheet after coming on at half-time and was only inches away as he smashed a shot from fully 30 yards that had the sprawling goalkeeper beaten but whistled just past the upright.

The home players were glad to hear the referee blow for full-time but for Queens it was another impressive performance on the road with some classy goals to boot.

  • Robinson

  • Mitchell

  • Durnan

  • McGuffie
    1 (p)

  • Holt


  • Carmichael

  • Young


  • McKenna

  • Burns

  • Lyle

  • Clark


  • Atkinson

  • Reilly


  • Smith


  • Black


  • Johnston

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14:57 Looks like technical problems today will mean limited updates, apologies
8 min Queens team: 1 Robinson 2 Mitchell 3 Holt 4 Durnan 5 McGuffie 6 Young 7 Carmichael 8 McKenna 9 Lyle 10 Clark 11 Burns
8 min Apologies for the technical issues but we are up and running now.
10 min So far it has been a bit scrappy with a lot of high balls likely to do with the very muddy pitch. Queens have a corner though...
11 min ...the Stranraer `keeper comes to claim and is fouled according to the ref.
15 min Excellent play by Queens as Carmichael takes on the home defence and plays in Clark but the keeper is out quick and blocks.
16 min GOAL QUEENS! Burns the scorer
17 min Nicky Clark does well to nod the ball down to Lyle who drives at the defence before playing in Burns who side-foots past the goalkeeper.
19 min Straight up the other end Stranraer have a great chance as Craig Malcolm gets behind the defence but his finish is poor and goes wide.
21 min Penalty to Queens.
21 min Red Card : Stranraer`s keeper Mitchell is sent off for bringing down Clark for the penalty.
23 min We are having to wait for the sub keeper to get ready so Ryan McGuffie is doing keepy-uppies as he waits to take the spot-kick...
23 min We are having to wait for the sub keeper to get ready so Ryan McGuffie is doing keepy-uppies as he waits to take the spot-kick...
23 min GOAL QUEENS! McGuffie the scorer
26 min No mistake from the big man as he puts the ball firmly into the bottom right hand corner.
32 min Queens are playing the ball around nicely now and look like they could score at any moment. They have Stranraer exactly where they want them
34 min Great play from Clark as he fashions a chance for himself but he can`t beat the goalie at the near post.
39 min GOAL QUEENS! Lyle the scorer
41 min Wonderful finish from Lyle as he curls Carmichael`s cutback into the net via the crossbar. Game over, just a question of how many goals now.
44 min Almost 4! A real teaser of a cross from Mitchell drops into the backpost area but Kevin Holt can`t get his effort on target.
45 min Yellow Card : Paul Burns drags his man back in midfield to earn a caution.
45+2 min Queens still pressing for more goals as Derek Lyle pings one from 25 yards which clears the crossbar by mere inches.
Half Time HALF TIME - Stranraer 0:3 QOS
Half Time Very, very, very one-sided game and scoreline to match. A 3-goal lead and man advantage sounds pretty much perfect to the Queens faithful.
Half Time Stranraer haven`t been helped by the red card but as soon as Queens got in front they bossed the game and fully deserve the scoreline.
46 min Substitution : Smith on for Young
48 min Looks like Derek Lyle has dropped into midfield as Kevin Smith comes on up front. Stranraer have brought on big target man Michael Moore.
49 min First effort of the half is a good one as Burns drives into the left side of the area but his low shot is wide of the far post.
57 min Half-chance for Nicky Clark as he meets Mitchell`s deflected cross but he can`t get power on the header and the keeper saves easily.
60 min GOAL QUEENS! Clark the scorer
61 min Take a bow Nicky Clark! The striker controls the ball and moves it onto his right foot before smashing it into the top corner. Great strike.
63 min Yellow Card : Kevin Holt dives in needlessly and is rightly booked. Could have been worse...
65 min Wonderful feet from Carmichael as he shimmies past 4 defenders on the edge of the area to play in Lyle whose shot is blocked by the keeper.
66 min Substitution : Black on for Holt
70 min Chance Lyle! Smith can`t convert a header but puts it across the goal where it falls for Lyle. His shot is well blocked by the defence.
71 min GOAL QUEENS! Lyle the scorer
72 min As easy as you like for Derek Lyle as he strokes the ball into the corner from the edge of the area.
74 min Stranraer manage an attack as a deep free kick is aimed at Moore but his header goes about ten yards wide.
76 min Best chance of the game falls to Stranraer! Great play from Malcolm and Moore sets up Campbell with an open goal but he sclaffs it wide.
80 min Substitution : Reilly on for Lyle
85 min It`s nearly six as Nicky Clark flicks a header not far over the top of the goal.
88 min Kevin Smith fancies a goal as he whistles a bending piledriver just wide of the right-hand post. Some shot but just wide.
16:47 FULL TIME - Stranraer 0:5 QOS
16:49 Great result for Queens as they smash ten-man Stranraer and continue their path to the championship. Only one winner all game really.