Match Report

 Queens began their defence of the Ramsdens Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win over Lowland League Opponents, Spartans at Palmerston this afternoon as three first half goals in an eleven minute spell  laid the foundations for a fairly routine victory which was sealed later in the game when Queens added a fourth goal.

For his first competitive game in charge manager, Jim McIntyre, kept with the 4-1-2-3 formation that he has used so successfully in the pre-season warm up games, with Derek Young playing just in front of the back four. New signings Calum Antell, and Andy Dowie made their competitive debuts, whilst the club`s other new signing, Iain Russell, was amongst the substitutes. Lowland League side Spartans, who qualified to play Queens after narrowly coming through a two-legged tie against Threave Rovers, were making their debut  appearance in the Ramsdens Cup 1st round.
With a shower of rain marking the start of the match, Queens kicked off attacking the Terregles Street end of the ground, and immediately they began passing the ball around with great confidence, as the Spartans players struggled to get anywhere near the ball in the opening few minutes. With Queens being so dominant from the kick-off, it appeared that the opening goal was not far away, and any chance that Spartans had of creating a cup upset seemed to disappear as early as the 12th minute when following a corner, the cup holders took the lead. After a dangerous cross was whipped in by McKenna from the left,it was cleared for a corner, and from the set-piece Chris Mitchell produced a perfect delivery that was met by a powerful header from Stephen McKenna to give Queens an early advantage.
McKenna heads home his first
There was no let up in Queens dominance of the game, and a shot from Mitchell after Michael Paton`s burst down the left, was always going wide of the near upright. The home fans in the crowd of 1224 did not have very long to wait for the next goal, as after 18 minutes, Queens doubled their lead. The first involvement in the game by Danny Carmichael down the right, eventually led to Queens being awarded a free-kick a few yards in from the right touchline, and once again Mitchell`s perfect delivery went beyond a static Spartans defence to find Derek Lyle unmarked at the far post to slam home a volley from 4-yards. At that stage things were looking bleak for the visitors as Queens threatened to score every time they went forward, and a flowing move involving McKenna and Mitchell allowed McKenna to find Paul Burns with his cross, and although the midfielder`s header was on target, Spartans defender Cennerazzo was on hand to clear the ball to safety.
Derek Lyle slams in his goal
Five minutes later and the game was all but over as Queens scored a third goal in the space of just 11 minutes. A shot from just outside the area from McKenna looked to be going well wide of the target, but it was deflected giving Queens what was a rather fortunate corner. Once more Mitchell produced a perfect delivery straight onto the head of `goal scoring machine` Stephen McKenna who headed home unchallenged from close range. The goal was enough to double the midfielder`s total for the whole of last season!!. Just short of the half an hour mark, the cup holders had a further chance to add to their goals tally when a cross from Mitchell was blocked into the path of Carmichael, but the winger dragged his shot a few yards wide of the visitors goal when he probably would have at least expected to work the `keeper. 
Stephen McKenna heads home his second goal of the game
With 33 minutes played, Spartans managed to create their first real effort of the game, when Beacher cut in from the left and drove his shot a few feet wide of goal without testing Calum Antell. It seemed as though Queens had added to the score minutes later, but following a shot from Burns that `keeper Bennett did well to save, Lyle was standing in an offside position as he tapped in the rebound. Former Forfar player, Kevin Motion, became the first player to be cautioned after a foul on Derek Young, and just before the break, McKenna passed up a fantastic chance to net his hat-trick, when again from Mitchell`s excellent delivery he could only blast a close range volley not only over the bar, but also out of the ground as well. With Carmichael and Paton having swapped flanks, a header from Carmichael almost added a fourth goal as once again an excellent delivery from Mitchell caused the visiting defenders yet more problems. The decision to move Carmichael to the left almost paid dividends as right on the stroke of half-time, the winger`s run and curling shot was only inches away from finding the top corner.
The half ended with Queens well on top, and certainly worthy of their three goal advantage with Chris Mitchell playing a decisive role in all three goals.
Neither side made any changes at the interval, although as early as the 6th minute of the half, Iain Russell was given his Queens competitive debut when he replaced Michael Paton. The half took time to get going, and Queens started to look a bit complacent during the opening spell, and Spartans had a half chance when a shot from Motion was not too far wide of Antell`s goal. Gradually Queens began to raise their game, and a superb pass from defence from McKenna found Russell down the right, but just as the striker looked to find a pass for Lyle, the Spartans defence had closed ranks and the attack was ended. Danny Carmichael made way for Gavin Reilly on 58 minutes, and Queens went close to scoring again moments later when Chris Higgins out jumped everyone at another Mitchell corner, the skipper not able to keep his header under the crossbar.
With the pressure still on the visitors, Kevin Holt was next to go close to scoring as that man Mitchell again produced a perfect cross, this time from open play and Holt`s powerful header produced a fine save from Spartans `keeper Bennett. Holt was denied in that incident, but minutes later the full-back did finally add a fourth goal for Queens. Excellent play from Lyle saw him turn close to the bye-line, before chipping a perfect ball to the far post where Kevin Holt out muscled the defence to head home.
Kevin Holt heads in at the back post
To their credit, Spartans continued to try and press forward, and they went close on two occasions as they looked to get themselves on the score sheet. Firstly a shot from Beacher flew into the side netting as Queens began to look a little tired, and then Antell made his first save of the game to deny Beacher once again. The final change for Queens saw Ian McShane replace Derek Young for the last quarter of the game, but the nearest any of the sides came to scoring in the closing stages was when Spartans defender Blaikie placed his free header from a corner wide of the goal from 4-yards out.
Stephen McKenna had a half chance to score his third when he found himself clear just outside the area, but caught between going for goal or passing, he ended up doing neither and the ball was cleared. The final chance fell to Gavin Reilly just inside stoppage time, but his well hit shot produced a decent save from Bennett who parried the shot wide.
Some good football at times from Queens today, and some excellent deliveries from set-pieces by Chris Mitchell. Sponsors man-of-the-match went to Stephen McKenna, as the Ramsdens cup holders progressed safely into round two of the competition.

  • Antell

  • Mitchell

  • Dowie

  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • Young


  • McKenna

  • Burns

  • Carmichael


  • Lyle

  • Paton



  • Atkinson

  • Russell


  • Reilly


  • McShane


  • McGuffie

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14:28 Welcome to Palmerston for the first competitive game of the season, against Spartans
14:30 This is of course also the first game in defence of the Ramsdens cup. Teams to follow
14:32 Queens : 1.antell 2.mitchell 3.Holt 4. Young 5. Dowie 6. Higgins 7. McKenna 8. Burns 9. Lyle 10. Paton 11. Carmichael
14:33 Queens subs : Russell, Reilly, McShane, McGuffie, Atkinson
14:35 Queens: 1 Antell 2 Mitchell 3 Holt 4 Young 5 Dowie 6 Higgins 7 McKenna 8 Burns 9 Lyle 10 Paton 11 Carmichael
14:35 Spartans : 1. Bennett 2. Cennerazzo 3. Blaikie 4. Sivewright 5. Main 6. Motion 7. Brown 8. Whatley. 9. Ross 10. Beacher 11. Beasley
14:36 Spartans subs : Anderson, henretty, o`donell, Trialist, jackson
14:39 And today`s whistler is Don Robertson assisted by flagwavers Alan Mulvanny and Stephen Allan.
14:44 Spartans currently play in the East of Scotland league and defeated Threave Rovers over two legs to get to this First Round tie.
14:47 Today marks the beginning of a new era for Queens with new manager Jim McIntyre taking charge of his first competitive match...
14:48 ... and the club showing off their shiny new 5G pitch. Queens form in pre-season has been encouraging, let`s hope they can continue today.
15:00 The teams come out just as the rain starts to pour. Welcome to Dumfries Spartans...
6 min Queens have lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with Lyle through the middle, Carmichael on the right and Paton on the left.
12 min GOAL QUEENS! McKenna the scorer - QOS 1:0 Spartans
13 min Queens had controlled the opening stages without creating anything but score form their first corner. Mitchell to McKenna, head to net, 1-0.
16 min Michael Paton does well down the left but cuts his cross behind everybody in the area. Mitchell is onto it though but slices his shot wide.
18 min GOAL QUEENS! Lyle the scorer - QOS 2:0 Spartans
19 min Another set-piece. Mitchell swings in a deep free-kick to an unmarked Lyle who finishes easily. Straight off the training ground.
21 min Off the line! Paul Burns almost makes it three as he heads Carmichael`s cross beyond the Spartans keeper. Cennerazzo was there to head clear
22 min GOAL QUEENS! McKenna the scorer - QOS 3:0 Spartans
24 min Another Mitchell corner finds McKenna in the centre of goal with a free header to net his second of the game. Excellent delivery again.
28 min Carmichael should score. Chris Mitchell drives forward and whips in a cross which is cleared to Carmichael whose shot was poor from 16 yards
33 min First effort from Spartans is a decent one as Jack Beacher steps in from the left and fizzes a shot a yard or so wide of the far post.
34 min Queens have the ball in the net for a fourth time but Lyle was offside as he buried the rebound from Burns` shot.
38 min Yellow Card : Spartan`s Kevin Motion has a kick at McKenna and then at Young and picks up a yellow.
42 min McKenna should have his hattrick as Mitchell again finds him with a free-kick but he smashes it over from about 5 yards. Great chance.
43 min Diminutive winger Dan Carmichael comes close to adding a collectors item as he heads onto the top of the net from Mitchell`s cross.
45 min Lovely play from Carmichael sees him control the ball and turn his marker before curling a shot inches wide of the far post.
Half Time HALF TIME - QOS 3:0 Spartans
Half Time Very comfortable first half for Queens as they have dominated and deserve their three-goal lead.
Half Time All three goals from Chris Mitchell set-pieces as Spartans have struggled to cope with the quality of delivery.
50 min No changes from either side as Queens look to continue where they left off.
51 min Substitution : Russell on for Paton
55 min Slow start to the second half with Queens again controlling possession but without creating any real chances.
58 min Queens have been a bit complacent and Spartans almost make them pay as Kevin Motion cracks an effort just wide of Antell`s goal.
58 min Substitution : Reilly on for Carmichael
62 min Nice play from Kevin Holt as he plays a reverse ball to play in Reilly down the left but his cross is cleared.
64 min Good save! Queens on the front foot again and Mitchell sends in a cross which is met by Holt at the far post but his header is pushed wide.
66 min GOAL QUEENS! Holt the scorer - QOS 4:0 Spartans
68 min Another header this time from Kevin Holt. Lyle does well to turn inside the area and cross from the byline for Holt to head home.
68 min Substitution : McShane on for Young
73 min Spartans come close to getting on the scoresheet as Jack Beasley volleys into the side-netting.
78 min Good save Antell. Spartans threaten again as Jack Beacher is played in down the left and only has Antell to beat. The keeper saves well.
80 min Spartans should score as Jack Blaikie has a free header inside the 6 yard box from a corner but he flicks it wide.
90+1 min Good save! The ball sits nicely for Gavin Reilly on the edge of the area and he smashes it goalwards but the keeper saves well.
16:47 FULL TIME - QOS 4:0 Spartans
16:48 Pretty straightforward and comfortable result for Queens to get the 2013-14 season underway with a good, solid win.
16:49 Annan Athletic up next in the League Cup First Round next Saturday at Palmerston.