Match Report

 Queens returned to winning ways this afternoon as a  comfortable 3-1 victory over Alloa gave them their first win of 2014. After an even start to the game, Queens scored twice in the space of four minutes to take a half-time lead, and although both sides found the net after the break, Queens might have recorded an even bigger margin of victory had it not been for visiting `keeper, Scott Bain, whose performance kept the scoreline respectable.

       Following last weekend`s defeat at Hamilton, the Queens line-up showed two changes to the team that started at New Douglas Park, with Andy Dowie and Kevin Dzierzawski being replaced by Kevin Holt and Gavin Reilly as they switched to an attacking 4-4-2 formation. Alloa boss Paul Hartley boosted his squad with the loan signing of  Ross Caldwell yesterday, and the 20-year old Hibernian striker went straight into the squad as the visitors looked to end a run of 3 games without a goal.
      Queens got the game under way, and won their first corner of the contest after just 45 seconds following good work down the right wing, but Chris Mitchell`s delivery was well defended as Alloa cleared the danger under no pressure. With both teams looking to force the issue in the opening stages, the visitors created a half chance, but after collecting a loose ball in midfield, McCord`s shot from distance flew harmlessly wide. Most of Queens attacking play in the early stages was going down the right, and Paul Burns, and Mitchell combined well to provide a cross for Iain Russell at the far post, however, closely marked the in-form striker could not generate enough power in his header, and `keeper Bain saved comfortably. Minutes later and again Queens attacked down the right, this time Michael Paton and Stephen McKenna linked well before McKenna`s deep cross to the far post found the head of Kevin Holt who like Russell earlier was unable to direct his header past the `keeper. After 18 minutes, Queens almost found the breakthrough. A superb through ball from McKenna played in Kevin Holt just inside the penalty area, but the full back dragged his effort wide of the post when well positioned. The first yellow card of the game was shown to Stephen McKenna, for dissent, and following that, Alloa, who hadn`t really threatened at all, created a couple of  openings as shots from Caddis and then Cawley were not too far wide of the target.
      Queens responded well, and a shot from Paton from the edge of the box flashed inches past the post after good work from Burns had set him up, and moments later, the hosts came agonisingly close to taking the lead when Gavin Reilly`s shot from a tight angle brushed past the far upright. With Queens getting closer, and continuing to have more of the ball, it came as no surprise when they took the lead on the half hour. After Paton had collected the ball midway inside the Alloa half, he played the ball through to Paul Burns, and the midfielder`s clever back heeled return pass was thumped past Bain  from 12- yards by Michael Paton, who scored at Palmerston for the 2nd game in a row. The confidence began to flow through the team, and boosted by the goal, the home side began to increase the pressure on the visitors and they almost doubled their lead two minutes later. Iain Russell was fouled 25-yards from goal, and a quickly taken free-kick by Burns found the unmarked Derek Lyle through on goal, but his powerful drive was tipped over the bar by the `keeper Bain, and from the resulting corner, a shot from Chris Higgins was blocked away as Queens again went close. The second goal was coming, and once again the initial move that led to it began down the right. Paton and Mitchell exchanged passes and after creating space for the cross, Paton delivered a superb ball into the box for Gavin Reilly who after controlling the ball on his chest, swivelled and smashed a ferocious half volley past the `keeper.
Paton strikes the first goal
Paton is congratulated by Russell
Swivel, shoot, goal - for Reilly
High tens for Reilly
      Five minutes before the interval, Paul Burns joined colleague McKenna in the referee`s notebook, as his late challenge on Cawley was punished, and following the free-kick Zander Clark made an awkward save from Kirk, but reacted well to punch the ball clear. The visitors won their first corner of the game right on the stroke of half-time, although Queens were able to defend the set-piece easily, and as the whistle sounded for the break, it was the majority in the crowd of 1476 that felt the happiest. Not a vintage first 45, but Queens looked very comfortable, and it wasn`t too hard to see why Alloa are currently finding goals hard to come by.
The better start to the half was made by the visitors, and a shot after just a minute was deflected for a corner that resulted in a header from Marr going very close to getting his side back into the contest. The Queens response was instant, and a swift counter attack involving Paton, Lyle and Holt down the left saw the full back cut inside before playing a pass into Burns whose attempt from just outside the box was not far away from finding the target. Alloa boss, Paul Hartley,introduced on-loan Hibs youngster, Ross Caldwell into the game early in the half as his team continued to struggle up front. However, within a minute of his introduction, his side fell further behind when the move of the match produced a third Queens goal. After winning possession in midfield Stephen McKenna`s pass sent Holt on a run towards goal, and in turn he found Russell wide on the left. The former Livingston man got to the bye-line before picking out a perfect cross for Derek Lyle to cap an excellent move by providing a precise finish from close range.
Lyle slips the ball past Bain for the third of the day
   Three nil ahead after an hour`s play had Queens well and truly in the driving seat, although Alloa showed that the game was not done and dusted when a shot from distance produced a decent save from Clark as he pushed a shot from Caddis away for a corner, and just three minutes later, they did indeed pull a goal back. A cross from the right by Gordon was neatly directed past Clark by Caldwell as the youngster showed his Premier League pedigree.There seemed to be a little bit of nervousness creeping into Queens` play, and for a few minutes, Alloa had the better spell, and with a bit more composure, the young Hibs player might have done better than hit his shot high over the bar from a good position.
      Queens replaced Iain Russell with Danny Carmichael after 69 minutes, and the tricky winger combined well with Lyle to create a half chance for Reilly at the far post, but the final ball was slightly over hit and the chance was gone. Following a Queens corner after 77 minutes both Mark Durnan, and Caddis required treatment for a clash of heads, although thankfully both players recovered, with Durnan needing to leave the field momentarily for running repairs. With ten minutes left, Gavin Reilly almost crowned a super performance with his second goal, but after latching on to a pass from Paton and beating the last defender, his shot across goal was very well saved by the agile Bain. Queens made a second change as Derek Lyle was replaced by Ryan McGuffie, and less than a minute after coming on, the defender was shown a yellow card for what was deemed to be a foul challenge on Meggat.
       Alloa boss, Paul Hartley, was the next person to fall foul of the referee after complaining that Queens did not kick the ball out so that an Alloa player could receive treatment, silly really as Alloa had the chance to put the ball out themselves but chose to continue with their attack. With the final whistle approaching, Queens had one more chance to add a fourth goal as McGuffie attacked down the left  and then slipped a perfectly weighted pass inside to Carmichael, but `keeper Bain once again produced another fine save to deny Carmichael from scoring what would have been his first goal of the season.
      So a first win of 2014 for Queens turned out to be pretty comfortable in the end, as they scored 3 goals in a home league game for the first time since the opening day win over Dundee. Sponsors gave their man-of-the-match award to Gavin Reilly, and the result consolidates the league position, but with a game in hand, another couple of wins could see Queens make a more significant move up the table.

  • Clark

  • Mitchell

  • Durnan

  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • Paton

  • Burns

  • McKenna

  • Russell


  • Lyle

  • Reilly


  • Atkinson

  • Carmichael


  • McShane

  • Dzierzawski

  • McGuffie


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14:38 Hello folks and welcome to a sunny but chilly Palmerston as Queens play host to Alloa Athletic. Teams to follow...
14:39 Queens: 1 Clark 2 Mitchell 3 Holt 4 McKenna 5 Durnan 6 Higgins 7 Reilly 8 Burns 9 Lyle 10 Paton 11 Russell
14:40 Subs: 12 Atkinson (gk) 14 Carmichael 15 McShane 16 Dzierzawski 17 McGuffie 18 Slattery 19 Smith
14:42 Alloa: 1 Bain 2 Doyle 3 Meggatt 4 Gordon 5 Marr 6 Simmons 7 Cawley 8 McCord 9 Kirk 10 Holmes 11 Caddis
14:43 Subs: 21 McDowall (gk) 12 Young 14 Caldwell 15 Ferns 16 Tiffoney 17 Robertson 18 Creaney
14:45 And today`s whistler is Stephen Finnie assisted by flagwavers James Bee and Alan Hogg.
14:50 Today`s match could be a vital one in Queens` league season with Alloa 6 points ahead. A win could push Queens into the middle of the table.
14:51 And with Queens nearest rivals Dumbarton and Cowdenbeath playing each other today it could have extra significance.
15:01 Queens to kick off...
3 min Queens have lined up 4-4-2 with Lyle and Reilly up top, Russell on the left and Paton right.Positive start for Queens as Paton wins a corner
4 min The corner sees McKenna have a shot blocked and Alloa clear. Alloa then have a speculative effort from McCord which bobbles wide.
12 min Queens have begun the game in a very attacking mode with Paton and Russell drifting inside and the full-backs pushing high up the pitch.
17 min Alloa as always under Hartley are proving difficult to break down but Queens are nearly in through Holt but he drags the shot wide.
22 min A real shot across the bows of the Queens defence as Liam Caddis almost punishes some sloppy defending as his long range shot flies wide.
23 min Another effort from the away side from range. This time Cawley works some space but fires well over.
25 min Mchael Paton smashes a half volley high and wide before Clark makes a smart save. The ball dropped for Kirk in the area, Clark saves low.
26 min Chance Reilly. Alloa clear a corner before Burns wins it back, Lyle plays the ball over the top for Reilly to drag wide from an angle.
29 min GOAL QUEENS! Paton the scorer - QOS 1:0 Alloa
31 min Queens have the breakthrough as Paton runs at the defence, plays in Burns who backheels, setting Paton up to see his shot deflect in.
33 min Good save Bain! Some good play from Burns as he takes a free-kick early, finding Lyle through on goal but his well-struck shot was saved.
33 min GOAL QUEENS! Reilly the scorer - QOS 2:0 Alloa
34 min Cracking finish from Reilly! Queens work space down the right for Paton to cross, Reilly takes it on his chest and volleys into the corner.
40 min Yellow Card : Paul Burns is turned inside and out by Cawley and responds by giving him a crack on the shin.
41 min Chance for Alloa as Zander Clark parries a well-hit shot from Holmes into the busy penalty area. The `keeper reacts well though to clear.
Half Time HALF TIME - QOS 2:0 Alloa
Half Time Very satisfactory first half from Queens as their attacking line-up pays off with a deserved two-goal lead.
46 min Early chance for Alloa as a corner from the left is headed over by Jason Marr from the centre of the goal.
49 min A nice counter attack from Queens is backed-up by Paul Burns who takes aim from 25 yards and cracks a shot just inches wide.
53 min Substitution for Alloa as new signing Ross Caldwell comes on for Ryan McCord. Looks like a more attacking formation from the visitors.
54 min GOAL QUEENS! Lyle the scorer - QOS 3:0 Alloa
55 min Lovely move from Queens as Holt drives forward, plays in Russell down the left and his chipped cross finds Lyle free inside the 6 yard box.
57 min Decent save from Zander Clark as Liam Caddis hits from 25 yards. The Queens `keeper saves comfortably as he pushes it behind.
60 min Yellow Card : Alloa`s Kevin Cawley lets his frustration boil over as he boots the ball off the ad hoardings earning a silly yellow.
61 min Goal Alloa. Caldwell the scorer - QOS 3:1 Alloa
61 min Alloa have a glimmer of hope as sub Ross Caldwell redirects Gordon`s cross into the far corner.
66 min Alloa are looking a bit more lively as Cawley fires over from inside the area. The Queens faithful are a bit quiet at the moment.
67 min Yellow Card : Alloa`s Graeme Holmes picks up a booking for something he said to the ref.
68 min Substitution : Carmichael on for Russell
71 min Alloa bring on Edward Ferns for former Queens player Stephen Simmons.
72 min Nice play from Carmichael as he flicks the ball through for Lyle on the left of the area but his cross just eludes Reilly at the back post.
74 min Half-chance for Alloa as the ball drops to Caldwell around the penalty spot but he sclaffs the ball harmlessly over the bar.
77 min A bit of a stoppage as Durnan comes flying in to attack a corner but connects with Caddis instead leaving them both needing treatment.
80 min Fantastic play from Reilly as he collects Paton`s pass, beats his man and sends a low effort toward the far corner only for Bain to save.
81 min Substitution : McGuffie on for Lyle
84 min Yellow Card : Ryan McGuffie`s first touch is a tackle and he wins the ball but the ref says it was too aggressive and books him.
86 min Queens are going to try and hold what they have as McGuffie slots in in front of the defence. Reilly is the lone forward.
89 min Paul Hartley tests the referee`s patience too much and the ref sends him to the stands as it kicks off a bit. It`s all calm now.
90+3 min We almost have the icing on the cake as McGuffie flies off down the wing before laying the ball back to Carmichael whose shot is well saved.
16:51 FULL TIME - QOS 3:1 Alloa
16:52 A good win for Queens, with some good goals to add to the performance. Onwards and upwards maybe...