Match Report

The recent good run of results came to a halt in Hamilton today in a match in which neither defence really looked able to cope with the opposition attack but Accies took more of their chances than we did and deserved their win as a result.
Queens made just one change to the side which had won at Cowdenbeath last weekend. Club Captain Chris Higgins came in to make his 100th start as a replacement for Kevin Holt at left back and it was Higgins who twice almost gave us a dream start inside the first two minutes. From an early corner his powerful header struck the underside of the crossbar, bounced down in front of the line and away from goal again. The ball was immediately played back in and it was Higgins again who met it, this time with a lower header which beat Blair Currie in the home goal but was headed off the line by a defender.
Higgins cracks the bar with a header in the first minute
McKenna sees his header cleared by a defender
Accies made full use of their early let off and took the lead from their own first attack. A deep free kick was played from about the halfway line into the heart of the Queens penalty area. Although the initial effort was blocked the loose ball dropped perfectly about eight yards out for Louis Longridge to fire into the net. If that wasn`t already a bad enough start to the game, a one goal deficit became two goals less than five minutes later in a fairly similar manner. This time it was from a right sided corner kick. The ball was crossed into the box and was only partly cleared, falling perfectly at the edge of the six yard box for Mickael Antoine-Curier to sweep into the net.
Just before the goal Iain Russell had been booked for continual dissent after not being awarded an early penalty and the left sided striker walked a tightrope with referee Calum Murray for the rest of the game. However, after a spell of Accies pressure where they came close to a third goal but failed to get one, it was Russell who got us back in the contest. Lyle burst clear up the right side and crossed into the box where Russell had a swing at it but miscued horribly. It wasn`t cleared though and Michael Paton fired a shot back in from the edge of the box that was flicked on by a defensive head and dropped perfectly at the back post for Iain Russell to prod into the net.
Russell watches closely as his strike finds the back of the net
Queens then got themselves on top for most of the rest of the half but couldn`t find an equaliser. There was some controversy not long before the break though when Derek Lyle appeared to take an arm in the face from Mikey Devlin when challenging for a header. The striker was clearly furious about it and, after receiving lengthy treatment, complained vehemently to both referee and assistant about it until the assistant put his flag up and called Mr Murray over to show a yellow card to Lyle. The next couple of aerial challenges were certainly of the no quarter given variety and Lyle was soon on the ground getting treatment for another head knock before Russell too appeared to take an arm from Devlin. It was perhaps just as well the half time whistle arrived when it did to give things time to calm down!
Lyle is challenged
The second half began with Queens having made a tactical substitution. Gavin Reilly replaced Kevin Dzierzawski as we moved to a front two. However it was Accies who almost scored three minutes in when James Keatings clattered a shot from the edge of the box off the bar, probably via a tipped save from Clark. At the other end soon after though it was Currie tipping wide a close strike from Paton. From the resulting corner, Derek Lyle peeled away to the back post and met the ball with a header that for the second time on the day beat the Accies keeper but not a defender on the line and was cleared away. Durnan then headed over from a corner when he had a great chance to equalise. It looked like a goal had to come soon and it did, but at the other end. A Queens set piece was cleared away and Accies broke quickly upfield. James Keatings again was the man with a fierce shot from outside the box which Zander Clark blocked but could only parry straight back up the field where it was met by Ali Crawford who picked his spot in the top corner.
The match wasn`t by any means over though and Queens kept pushing with Lyle very unfortunate to see another header from a set piece tipped wide by Currie before Ian McShane came on to replace Stephen McKenna. Within a minute Mark Durnan joined the list of Queens players on a booking after going through the back of a forward in attempting to get the ball. He was soon followed in by Paul Burns who slid in to prevent Tony Andreu bursting into the box onto a loose ball. The resulting free kick was headed away by Higgins and Danny Carmichael came on for Burns to complete the Queens changes.
Lyle sees his header slip past the post late on
Ziggy Gordon became the second Accies player booked with ten minutes to go for a foul on Paton but Accies saw the game through to injury time with little further concern in front of goal and a succession of substitutions designed to waste a little time. There was still time in the closing moments for Russell to break through on goal and be denied a second goal when his shot clipped the heel of Currie in goal and deflected millimetres wide of the left post. It summed up our luck in front of goal on the day. One off the bar, two cleared of the line and a series of saves from young Currie in goal whilst at the other end all three goals conceded came from Accies players reacting sharper to loose balls in our box. It just wasn`t our day. It`s a ground on which we have a terrible record of just one win in 15 attempts now and this was our third loss to Accies in the League this season already, though we did of course beat them in the Scottish Cup. We now have two successive home games to try to get things back on track in the League.

  • Clark

  • Mitchell

  • Durnan

  • Dowie

  • Higgins

  • McKenna


  • Dzierzawski


  • Burns


  • Paton

  • Russell

  • Lyle


  • Atkinson

  • Reilly


  • Carmichael


  • McGuffie

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14:20 Welcome to new Douglas Park as Queens take on Hamilton. Limited updates today but we`ll keep you updated with teams and goals
14:21 Full lineups to follow, but one change for Queens, as Holt drops to the bench to be replaced by Higgins
14:37 Queens : 1. Clark 2. Mitchell 3. Higgins 4. Mckenna 5. Durnan 6. Dowie 7. Burns 8. Dzierzawski 9. Lyle 10. Paton 11. Russell
14:38 Queens subs : 12. Atkinson 14. Reilly 15. Carmichael 16. Mcguffie 17. Mcshane 18. Holt 19. Slattery
14:40 Hamilton : 19 Currie 2. Gordon 3. Hendrie 4. Devlin 5. Canning 6. Gillespie 7. Keatings 11. Crawford. 17. Longridge 22. Andreu 99. Curier
14:41 Hamilton subs : 31. Law 14. Mcgraith 20 brophy 21 docherty 24. Tena 32. Ryan 33. Kilday
14:42 Today`s referee is Callum Murray and his assistants Whyte and Stuart
15:00 Teams are out. No rain, no wind and accies pitch looking superb. Ready to go
1 min No surprises in the formation. Same as last week, Higgins a straight swap at left back for Holt
3 min First corner and Queens almost take the lead. First off the bar then off the line. Then shout for a penalty!
4 min Goal Hamilton. Longridge the scorer - Hamilton 1:0 QOS
5 min First Hamilton attack, Dowie fails to deal with a high ball under pressure from Curier and Longridge reacts first to hammer home
7 min Curier hits the post but flagged offside anyway
9 min Yellow Card : Russell
9 min Goal Hamilton. Curier the scorer - Hamilton 2:0 QOS
10 min Hamiltons first corner isn`t dealt with and Curier reacts first to score
19 min Nearly 3 but Clark punches off the line
22 min GOAL QUEENS! Russell the scorer - Hamilton 2:1 QOS
23 min A Paton shot is deflected but falls to the feet of Russell who makes no mistake to give Queens a bit of hope
41 min Yellow Card : Lyle
Half Time HALF TIME - Hamilton 2:1 QOS
Half Time Hamilton were certainly the better team in the first half and can probably consider themselves a little unlucky to only be one goal up
Half Time Queens just couldn`t get going and don`t look comfortable at the back dealing with Curier especially
Half Time Substitution : Reilly on for Dzierzawski
47 min Looks like a switch to 4-4-2 Paton has dropped deeper into midfield
49 min Hamilton hit the bar after Russell gives the ball away
50 min Queens almost equalise but lyle header is cleared off the line
57 min Goal Hamilton. the scorer - Hamilton 3:1 QOS
58 min De ja view as a ball drops in the Queens box and Crawford picks his spot. Against the run of play since the break though
66 min Queens have had a few changes from set pieces but the ball just won`t go in
67 min Another great chance. Lyle header saved at point blank range
68 min Substitution : Mcshane on for Mckenna
69 min Yellow Card : Durnan
71 min Queens come close yet again from a break and then another dangerous corner. Hamilton look dangerous at the other end though
75 min Yellow Card : Burns
78 min Substitution : Carmichael on for Burns
90 min Lyle has one more chance from a corner but it falls into the keepers hands
90+1 min Russell should score. Clean through but hits the keepers legs
16:49 FULL TIME - Hamilton 3:1 QOS