Match Report

Queen of the South returned to the scene of last season`s Ramsdens Cup victory as they drew 3-3 with Livingston in the Scottish Championship.

A much quieter Energy Assets Arena this time witnessed a game full of goals and controversy as the Doonhamers battled back to secure a point with Gavin Reilly`s 85th minute goal.

The home side took the lead through Danny Denholm`s placed shot before Iain Russell returned to haunt his old side by firing a volley past the Livingston goalkeeper after 37 minutes.  Queens took the lead in fortunate fashion as they were awarded a dubious-looking penalty which Ryan McGuffie confidently dispatched to put his team 2-1 up going into half-time. 

Livingston equalised through Callum Fordyce`s header but were reduced to ten men in the 71st minute as Neil Hastings picked up a second yellow card.  The ten men took the lead eight minutes later, however, as Danny Mullen scrambled home after 79 minutes.  Substitute Gavin Reilly spared Queens` blushes though as he netted inside a crowded penalty area with five minutes remaining to give his side a hard-earned point.

The match began with Livingston very much in the ascendancy as Queens struggled to get any sort of fluid possession and the home side almost took the lead after 11 minutes as Danny Denholm missed a free header from inside the Queens six yard box following Martin Scott`s corner kick.

They did not have to wait long to open the scoring though as that man Denholm swept the ball past Calum Antell to find the far corner following fine wing play from Connor McDonald on the left.  McDonald nutmegged Queens right-back Chris Mitchell before cutting the ball back for Denholm to score.

Queen of the South were looking off the pace and Livingston looked to capitalise as Chris Higgins allowed Denholm to run free of the defence with only Antell to beat but the young `keeper was quickly off his line to smother the shot. 

After half an hour it had been one-way traffic and that theme continued and Denholm was causing Higgins and Dowie all sorts of problems as the 22 year old yet again created space inside the Queens box only to fire wide from an angle.

The away side began to work their way into the game but without creating any clear cut chances or even an effort on goal until Iain Russell stepped up on 37 minutes.  The striker scored 15 league goals for Livingston last season before being deemed surplus to requirements at Almondvale allowing Queens to sign him up and it looked like he had a point to prove.  The goal came from a Mitchell free-kick on the right side of the pitch and following some head tennis the ball found its way to Russell who with the ball at shoulder height volleyed low past Jamieson in the Livingston goal.  The `keeper may feel that he could have got his hands to the ball but Queens were delighted to find a route back into the contest. 

Russell takes the ball cleanly as he fires past his former colleagues to equalise for Queens

Iain Russell enjoyed his goal

Minutes later and Ryan McGuffie had the chance from the spot to put Queens into an unlikely lead just before half-time.  Derek Lyle had done well to keep the ball in play and find Russell just inside the box on the left wing, his cross was blocked by Coll Donaldson with what the referee adjudged was an arm and Queens had the penalty.  Livingston were furious as it appeared that the ball had struck Donaldson`s head but the away side were not about to argue and McGuffie swept the ball confidently into the top right-hand corner to put Queens in at half-time with a one-goal lead.

The home side were rattled and Neil Hastings picked up a rash booking for a slide on Russell just moments after replacing Moussa Mampuya to cap a miserable few minutes for the full-back. 

Into the second half and it seemed like Queens had found their rhythm and were beginning to play much better as they almost took the lead 5 minutes after the restart.  Chris Mitchell whipped in the corner for Kevin Holt to meet with a firm header at the far post.  The ball was headed for the top corner only for Darren Jamieson to push it over the crossbar. 

Calum Antell then made a good save from Marc McNulty?s thunderous volley from the edge of the area but from the resulting corner the scores were level.  Martin Scott to Callum Fordyce`s head and the ball was beyond Antell, making the score 2-2.

Fordyce rises unchallenged to head the corner into the net

Derek Lyle had a decent header pushed over by Jamieson before Neil Hastings summed up his performance by getting his marching orders from referee Alan Muir for a trip on Dan Carmichael inside the Livingston half. 

Queens were keen to make the extra man count but fell behind as they allowed Simon Mensing to use his aerial power inside the box to head down for the ball to eventually drop for substitute Danny Mullen who slotted the ball past Antell and into the corner.

The away side were stunned but levelled the scores once again with just five minutes remaining through substitute Gavin Reilly.  Livingston could only clear a Mitchell corner to Paton who made a yard to stand the ball up to the back post where Ryan McGuffie headed back across goal for Reilly to scramble the ball into the net.

Reilly prods the equaliser into the net under heavy pressure from Mensing

Delight for Queens as the substitute turns to the fans to celebrate

The closing stages promised plenty of pressure from last year`s Second Division champions but they were unable to create any real chances and the match came to end with both teams level.

The Queens faithful will have been happy that their team salvaged a draw in the closing stages and four points from the first two matches is not to be sniffed at but the level of performance and the poor defending on show may provide some with cause for concern.

  • Antell

  • Mitchell

  • Dowie

  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • McGuffie
    1 (p)

  • Burns

  • McKenna


  • Paton

  • Lyle

  • Russell


  • Atkinson

  • Reilly

  • Carmichael


  • Durnan

  • McShane

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14:32 Welcome to today`s game against Livingston. Full teams to follow but Queens start with same 11 as last week
14:47 Queens: 1 Antell 2 Mitchell 3 Holt 4 McGuffie 5 Dowie 6 Higgins 7 McKenna 8 Burns 9 Lyle 10 Paton 11 Russell
14:48 Subs:12 Atkinson (gk) 14 Reilly 15 Carmichael 16 Durnan 17 McShane 18 Young 19 Orsi
14:49 Livingston: 1 Jamieson 2 Mampuya 3 Talbot 4 Mensing 5 Fordyce 6 Scott 9 McNulty 11 Denholm 16 Beaumont 19 Donaldson 21 McDonald
14:50 Subs: 17 Walker 20 Downie 27 Burchill 31 Hastings 48 Mullen 49 Lander
14:53 And today`s whistler is Alan Muir assisted by flagwavers Dougie Potter and David Cockburn.
14:55 No changes for Queens as they look to build on last week`s impressive win over Dundee whilst Livingston were beaten 1-0 at Alloa last week.
14:59 The team`s are out in the Livingston sunshine with Livingston in yellow and Queens in blue.
3 min Queens have begun in what is now their usual formation of 4-3-3 with Russell and Paton either side of Lyle up front. Livi are 4-4-2.
5 min Queens have had to do some defending in the opening minutes but have coped well enough.
10 min A huge cheer goes up as today`s referee Alan Muir is pole-axed by a long-range Livingston shot. He picks himself up though we play on.
11 min Livingston are looking the brighter side at the moment and Denholm should score with his head at the back post but Queens survive.
12 min Goal Livingston. Denholm the scorer - Livingston 1:0 QOS
13 min Simple goal for the home side as McDonald nutmegs Mitchell on the left and cuts it back for Denholm to pass into the far corner.
16 min Queens respond with a decent attack but as Michael Paton gets himself free his left-foot cross is poor and the chance goes.
21 min Good save Antell! Terrible defending from Chris Higgins as he misses his clearance allowing Denholm through on goal but Antell smothers it.
23 min Another effort from Livi as Simon Mensing rises to meet a corner but the header drifts wide. Queens are struggling to get into this.
30 min Just wide Livi! Danny Denholm is causing the Queens defence all sorts of problems and he almost finds the bottom corner but puts it wide.
32 min Yellow Card : Livingston`s Callum Fordyce is booked as he catches Russell with a high foot.
34 min Almost McGuffie. Queens get a free-kick on the edge of the area and Mitchell floats in a good cross but McGuffie is beaten to it.
37 min GOAL QUEENS! Russell the scorer - Livingston 1:1 QOS
38 min Spectacular from Iain Russell as he cracks in a scissors kick to equalise! Livi `keeper Jamieson should save it though. Game on.
42 min Penalty to Queens.
43 min GOAL QUEENS! McGuffie the scorer - Livingston 1:2 QOS
44 min Massive slice of luck for Queens as the referee gives handball against Donaldson although it looked like it clearly came off his head.
45+2 min Yellow Card : Livingston`s Hastings has been on the pitch for 2 minutes and sees yellow for a foul on Russell.
Half Time HALF TIME - Livingston 1:2 QOS
Half Time Not quite sure how Queens are ahead really. Livi have probably had the better of the half with Queens scoring with each of their two shots.
Half Time Iain Russell has been by far Queens` biggest threat and he looks to be enjoying showing Livi what they are missing.
48 min No changes from either side as Livi start on the attack but Antell gathers Denholm`s low cross.
48 min No changes from either side as Livi start on the attack but Antell gathers Denholm`s low cross.
50 min So close Holt! Kevin Holt rises at the back post to meet Mitchell`s corner but his header is pushed over by Jamieson.
58 min Good save Antell. Livi knock the ball long and Marc McNulty chests it down and fires a fierce volley goalwards but Antell saves well.
58 min Goal Livingston. Fordyce the scorer - Livingston 2:2 QOS
59 min Not the start to the half Queens were looking for as Fordyce heads in from a corner.
63 min Substitution : Carmichael on for Russell
68 min Queens almost take the lead again as Carmichael picks out Lyle in the centre of goal but his header is tipped over the bar by Jamieson.
71 min Red Card : Livingston`s left-back Neil Hastings gets a second yellow for a trip on Carmichael.
77 min Queens are trying to make the extra man count and Chris Mitchell finds space to cross but Lyle heads well over.
77 min Substitution : Reilly on for McKenna
79 min Goal Livingston. Mullen the scorer - Livingston 3:2 QOS
81 min Not great defending again from Queens as Livi knock in a free-kick for Mensing to head down and Mullen scrambles the ball in.
85 min GOAL QUEENS! Reilly the scorer - Livingston 3:3 QOS
86 min And the goals keep coming! From a corner Paton does well to stand the ball up and McGuffie heads across for Reilly to flick the ball in.
87 min Yellow Card : Paul Burns wipes out Mullen in the centre circle and takes a card for the team.
89 min Yellow Card : Carmichael is late on a Livi defender and picks up a booking.
90+3 min Queens are looking to pile the pressure on in the final minutes as Paton`s fierce shot is blocked. Corner to Queens...
90+3 min It comes to nothing
90+4 min It comes to nothing
90+4 min It comes to nothing
90+4 min It comes to nothing
16:55 FULL TIME - Livingston 3:3 QOS
16:55 FULL TIME - Livingston 3:3 QOS
16:55 FULL TIME - Livingston 3:3 QOS