Match Report

On a day when so many of our second division rivals were unable to beat lower league and non-league opposition Queens progressed efficiently to the Scottish Cup 4th round courtesy of a 2-0 win at Meadowbank Stadium. It was far from a vintage performance but if was a win earned professionally with goals from each of our top two scorers.

There was no great surprise to see Allan Johnston name an unchanged team with Holt and Young still suspended and Hopkirk and Smith still unavailable. Ian McShane returned to the bench in place of young Pat Slattery though. It was a pleasant, if cold and crisp, day in Edinburgh and the surface was dry but clearly bumpy. It affected a lot of the passing of both sides all game. It was Queens though who seized the early initiative though City weathered the storm without any real concerns and even began to make the odd foray forward themselves. Indeed Shaun Harrison tested Robinson with a well struck 25 yard effort that needed tipping over the crossbar on 10 minutes.
Queens were soon back on top though and controlled the rest of the half without causing too many problems for Andrew Stobie in the home goal, though he had defender Callum McLean to thank for a brave block that denied Gavin Reilly. Derek Lyle sent a shot curling over the bar soon after whilst Nicky Clark`s 38th minute free kick struck the stanchion outside the goal net instead of the net itself.
Queens took the lead soon after though, in the 42nd minute. It came from Mitchell?s right sided corner. His accurate delivery was nodded on by Chris Higgins and Nicky Clark pounced in front of the goalkeeper to nod the ball in from close range.
There were no changes for either side at the interval and Queens came out and began to assert even more dominance than previously. One free flowing move involving Clark and Reilly ended with Ryan McGuffie bursting clear into the penalty area but dragging his shot wide of the left post. The game though did become more stretched and City had the odd chance on the break. From one such break the ball fell for Ross Guthrie 20 yards out from goal and his first time shot cracked off the inside of Robinson`s post, leaving the keeper grateful to see the ball rebound to safety via Mitchell`s clearance.
If there were any concerns that Queens might lose an equaliser against the run of play they were put to rest five minutes later when the second and clinching goal arrived. A nice passing move ended with Nicky Clark slipping the ball inside a defender for Gavin Reilly to run on and finish in the bottom right corner.
Two minutes later two could have become three as Danny Carmichael found space on the edge of the penalty area to turn and curl a shot beyond the keeper`s reach but against the post and, like Guthrie before him, could only watch as it rebounded to safety with Reilly unable to control it. That was Danny`s last touch as he was replaced by Willie Gibson. Gibson`s first contribution was to fire a dangerous shot narrowly over the crossbar from distance.
Ian McShane was given a rare first team opportunity with ten minutes remaining, taking over from Paul Burns in midfield, but there was little further goalmouth action and Queens were able to retire to the dressing room knowing they will be safely in the hat for Monday`s draw. Unfortunately it seems we will now have next weekend off as scheduled oppopnents Forfar Athletic were held to a 3-3 draw by Nairn County and their Scottish Cup replay will take precedence.

  • Robinson

  • McGuffie

  • Black

  • Higgins

  • Mitchell

  • Carmichael


  • McKenna

  • Burns


  • Reilly

  • Clark

  • Lyle


  • Atkinson

  • Gibson


  • Orsi

  • McShane


  • Johnston

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14:33 Welcome from Meadowbank stadium to today`s game against Edinburgh City
14:36 The normal report team are unavailable today so the live updates will be a bit limited
14:37 Queens lineup : Robinson Mitchell McGuffie Black Higgins Burns Carmichael McKenna Reilly Clark Lyle
14:38 Subs Atkinson Gibson Orsi McShane Johnston
14:39 Don`t have the city team as yet, but will bring you it as soon as possible
14:59 Teams are out and ready to go
1 min Queens lining up 4-3-3 same as last week
3 min First corner for queens
3 min Comes to nothing
6 min First shot on goal from lyle dribbles wide. Pitch is looking very bumpy
11 min Robinson has to save from a 25 yd pile driver!
11 min And punches the resulting corner clear
18 min Great block otherwise Reilly scores third Queens corner
20 min Slight change in queens formation, Carmichael is wide with Reilly in behind the strikers
20 min Another corner comes to nothing as referee sees a foul
27 min McKenna gets a warning for a late challenge
29 min Nice play in the box from lyle but Reilly can`t get his shot away
31 min Lyle has had a few shots but all off target. City coping well at the back so far
37 min Chance for queens. Carmichael tries to chest a Mitchell cross that looked easier to head in
40 min Clark hits a free kick wide from 20 yards
42 min GOAL QUEENS! Clark the scorer
43 min Higgins flicks on a Mitchell corner and Clark heads in from close range
Half Time HALF TIME - Edinburgh City 0:1 QOS
Half Time First half was all Queens but without any real clear cut chances
Half Time No surprise it took a set piece to break the deadlock. City defence had dealt well up till that point
Half Time Belatedly but here is the city team : Stobfe Fusco Scott Harrison McLean Vanson Guthrie Gair Hewat Jardine Dingwall
Half Time City Subs MacKintosh Elliott Clapperton Devlin Macnamara
47 min Good chance for Carmichael again but again blocked for corner
47 min From which black heads agonisingly close
50 min Great play between McGuffie and Clark down the right but Ryan drags the shot wide
56 min Great cross from Clark but again the eventual shot is blocked
58 min Best chance for city as shot hammers off Robinson near post
63 min GOAL QUEENS! Reilly the scorer
64 min Nice passing on the edge of the box and the ball finds it way to Reilly who finishes cooly
66 min Queens turn to hit the post. Great curling shot from Carmichael
66 min Substitution : Gibson on for Carmichael
71 min Gibson first contribution, a shot just over from just outside the box
75 min Gibson unlucky not to rob the keeper inside the box
77 min Substitution : McShane on for burns
81 min McGuffie flashes a ball across the six yard box but no takers
16:50 FULL TIME - Edinburgh City 0:2 QOS