Match Report

Queens continued their preparations for the new season this afternoon as they entertained SPL side Hearts in a friendly on Palmerston`s new 5G surface, and although the game ended scoreless, in what turned out to be a thoroughly entertaining game, it was the home side who could count themselves unlucky not to have claimed the victory. On a muggy afternoon, both teams produced some quality passing football on the new surface all of which was well appreciated by the crowd, whose numbers were boosted by a considerable number of  travelling Hearts supporters.

A great support down from Edinburgh

Queens boss, Jim McIntyre selected a 4-1-3-2 line-up which saw new signing Andy Dowie partner club captain Chris Higgins at the heart of the defence, with A.Trialist, sitting just in front of the back four. The midfield roles went to Stephen McKenna, Paul Burns and Danny Carmichael, whilst the attacking looking formation was headed by a front two of Michael Paton, and Derek Lyle. Visitors Hearts included Ryan Stevenson and Joe Hamill in from the start, with the rest of the team comprising of several of the promising youngsters, who due to the financial restraints at the club, are finding themselves being thrust into the first team. There was no place in the side for former Queens loanee `keeper Jamie McDonald, his place going to Mark Ridgers who was starting for the first time this pre-season.

Hearts got the game under way and as the early pattern of the game was set, it was Queens who started the brighter as they seemed to adapt to the new surface far easier than their opponents. The Queens player that was on trial in midfield was always eager to claim possession of the ball, and in the opening stages he showed some neat touches as well as producing some delightful passes, and after 8 minutes his cross was headed down in the area to Paul Burns, but he was unable to keep his shot low enough to cause any danger to the Hearts defence.Queens were pushing forward with great confidence, and when Stephen McKenna intercepted a poor clearance 25 yards from goal, the ball rolled nicely into the path of Michael Paton, but in choosing to shoot first time his aim was well off and his effort sailed well wide of the target. The visitors had hardly set foot in the Queens half, but just after the quarter of an hour mark a neat passing move gave them their first opportunity of the game. Striker Billy King did well to hold off Chris Higgins on the edge of the box before slipping the ball to Jamie Walker who fired an effort across the goal and only just wide of the far post. The play switched quickly to the other end, and a driving run from Burns set up a shooting chance for Danny Carmichael, and his low shot from just outside the box caused a problem for `keeper Ridgers by bouncing just in front of him, with the Hearts number one reacting well to push the ball out for a corner. Minutes later, Hearts had reason to thank their `keeper again, this time he saved well after Lyle and Carmichael combined well to give Lyle a chance from close range. A rare break from the visitors almost proved costly for Queens after a mistake from Kevin Holt, but striker King could not profit from the error and was eventually crowded out. With Queens still enjoying the bulk of the possession, and creating more goalscoring options, just past the 30 minute mark, they almost took the lead. After winning a corner on the right, Chris Mitchell`s delivery was headed back across the box by Dowie, and after controlling the ball high on his chest, Kevin Holt produced an acrobatic over-head kick that only just cleared the crossbar with the `keeper well beaten. That would have been an excellent first goal on the new 3G surface, but unfortunately, it was not to be. Not long after that, Queens had yet another chance to take the lead when a Mitchell free-kick from the left was met by a glancing header from Lyle, but with Ridgers rooted to the spot, the ball went inches past the far upright. The chances were being created, but Queens were just not able to capitalise on their dominance of the game, and 5 minutes before the break, they had two more chances to open the scoring, both coming from corner kicks. The first saw Hearts `keeper Ridgers pull off an outstanding reflex save to deny a powerful header from Higgins finding it`s way into the net, and that was quickly followed by a free header from Dowie  crashing against the bar, as Queens ended the half  well on top. Hearts were hardly seen as an attacking force during the first period, and as a result, Queens trialist `keeper, did not have to make a single save throughout the half.

Holt goes close with a spectacular effort



The visitors made 3 changes at the break with Hamill, Smith and King, being replaced by Robinson, Holt, and Carrick, whilst Queens started the half with the same eleven players. Although the changes to the side from the capital instilled a bit more energy into their play, it was Queens who continued to look the more dangerous with their attacking options, and in fact they really should have scored early in the half. The ball was collected by Lyle midway in the Hearts half and his sweeping crossfield pass found Carmichael on the right. The Queens winger teased his marker and after jinking past him,delivered what seemed to be a perfect cross for Lyle, but the striker seemed to lose control and the `keeper was alert enough to gather the ball almost off of Lyle`s toe. On the hour mark, Queens made 5 changes to their line-up as Gavin Reilly, Mark Durnan,Ryan McGuffie, Derek Young and new signing, Iain Russell, replaced Lyle, Dowie,Burns, McKenna, and Paton. Although the formation stayed the same, Derek Young took the role of A.Trialist just in front of the back four, and A.Trialist moved into midfield alongside Ryan McGuffie.

Iain Russell challenges hard

For most fans, this was their first look at Iain Russell in the Blue shirt of Queens, and the former-Livingston striker showed some nice touches, good awareness, and a good turn of speed during the 30 minutes or so that he played. After showing he was involved in a move down the left that could once again have given Queens the lead, but unfortunately his final pass was just a fraction to far ahead of any of his team-mates. There was a flurry of substitutions by both teams as the game started to become a bit disjointed, partly due to the muggy weather conditions as well as the  replacements. Queens introduced Dan Orsi, Ian McShane, and Pat Slattery for Holt, Mitchell and Trialist, meaning that only Carmichael, Higgins and the trialist `keeper played the full 90 minutes. It was in the final quarter of the game that Hearts created their best chance of the entire match when Carrick`s header from 6 yards out following a good run and cross from Nicholson, flashed over the bar. Substitute Reilly had a shot from distance following a good break, and then Carmichael had an effort well blocked by Ridgers as Queens continued to look for the win. The best attempt at finding that winner came from Dan Orsi whose thunderous drive from 25 yards out forced Ridgers into making yet another fine save, diving full length to his right to push away the Queens youngsters fine effort. With a few minutes added on for the various stoppages, neither side could create any further chances, and so an entertaining game was brought to its conclusion with neither side able to break the deadlock. There were plenty of positives from the game for Queens, and on chances created, they will feel a little unlucky that they did not win the game. Some of the passing and movement-especially during the first period-would seem to suggest that Queens look comfortable with both their style of play, and also the surface that they are playing on.


  • Trialist

  • Mitchell

  • Dowie

  • Higgins

  • Holt


  • Trialist

  • McKenna

  • Burns


  • Carmichael

  • Lyle


  • Paton



  • Atkinson

  • Russell


  • McGuffie


  • Slattery


  • Young


Additional Subs : Durnan, McShane, Orsi, Reilly
Sorry, no highlights are available for this fixture yet.
Check out more videos on our Youtbue Channel
Entertaining Friendly Ends Scoreless...
Queens continued their preparations for the new season this afternoon as they entertained SPL side Hearts in a friendly on Palmerston`s new 5G surface, and although the game ended scoreless, in what t ...

Read More ...
Queens Held To Hearts Stalemate
The new 5G Palmerston pitch was unveiled today as Queen of the South were held to a 0-0 draw at home to SPL-side Heart of Midlothian in their latest pre-season warm-up. The sun shined as the home sid ...

Read More ...
Hearts Friendly - Prices and Admission Information
The admission prices for the Hearts friendly, on Saturday 20th July, will be the same as recently announced for the St Mirren friendly, which are : Adults £10 OAP / Student £5 Juveniles ...

Read More ...
Home Friendly Executive Tickets
 The club are pleased to announce that there are executive tickets available for the Hearts and St Mirren Friendlies priced at £30 per ticket.  The hospitality lounge will be open an h ...

Read More ...
For Real Time Updates Go To Our Updates Page
0 min Hello folks and welcome to a shiny new Palmerston pitch as Queens host Hearts in pre-season.
0 min Today`s teams:
1 min Queens: 1 Trialist 2 Mitchell 3 Holt 4 Trialist 5 Dowie 6 Higgins 7 McKenna 8 Burns 9 Lyle 10 Paton 11 Carmichael
2 min Subs: 14 Russell 15 McGuffie 16 Slattery 17 Young 12 (gk) Atkinson 10 McShane 9 Reilly 11 Orsi 6 Durnan
3 min Hearts: 1 Ridgers 2 McGhee 3 McHattie 4 McKay 5 McGowan 6 Tapping 7 Stevenson 8 Hamill 9 King 10 Walker 11 Smith
7 min First effort on goal comes from Paul Burns. The ball drops over his shoulder on the edge of the box but his spectacular effort flies wide.
14 min Queens have definitely had the better of the opening period and look quite at home on the artificial surface. Paton has a shot but well over
16 min Chance for Hearts as Jamie Walker spins onto the ball inside the Queens area and flashes a shot wide of the far post. Close.
19 min Ridgers in the Hearts goal is almost left red-faced as Carmichael`s tame effort takes an odd bounce in front of him but he pushes it behind.
21 min Queens are keeping the pressure on following the corner as the ball drops to Carmichael but his volley is blocked well.
23 min First real opportunity comes to Queens. Carmichael nips ahead of his marker before playing in Lyle whose well-struck shot is parried.
31 min Almost spectacular from Kevin Holt! Queens have a corner and the ball comes to Holt in the air whose overhead kick drops just over the bar.
35 min Decent effort Lyle. Chris Mitchell whips in a free-kick from the left and Derek Lyle flicks his header a yard or so wide.
39 min Lovely play from Hearts` Walker as he twists Mitchell inside and out on the left wing and curls a teaser across the goal but no one there.
40 min Great save Ridgers! Mitchell swings in a corner and Higgins leaps to meet it but it`s straight at the keeper who tips over.
42 min Off the bar! From the resulting corner Derek Lyle sends a looping header onto the Hearts bar before the defence clears. Hearts holding on.
Half Time HALF TIME - QOS 0:0 Hearts
Half Time A dominant performance so far from Queens on the new Palmerston surface and they are unfortunate not to be leading the SPL side.
46 min Three changes for Hearts as Carrick, Robinson and Holt come on for Hamill, King and Smith.
48 min Not sure how he didn`t score! Lyle meets a cross from the right but doesn`t get a hold of it and the ball bobbles into the keeper`s arms.
55 min Decent effort from Kevin Holt as the full-back comes in at the backpost to meet Mitchell`s cross but can`t get enough on it and it goes wide
59 min Queens pressing again as Burns looks to get onto a loose ball in the area but the ball drops to Paton whose curled shot is blocked.
59 min Substitution : Russell on for Paton
60 min Substitution : McGuffie on for Burns
60 min Substitution : Young on for Lyle
60 min Substitution : Reilly on for McKenna
61 min Substitution : Durnan on for Dowie
62 min Subs aplenty! After all of that Gavin Reilly fashions a chance for Carmichael but he fires over from 15 yards.
66 min Wild effort from Reilly as he cuts in from the left sending the ball well wide.
70 min Another chance goes begging. McGuffie back-heels to Reilly whose shot is blocked. The ball falls to Carmichael but he can`t squeeze it in.
71 min Substitution : Orsi on for Mitchell
71 min Substitution : Slattery on for Holt
71 min Substitution : McShane on for Trialist
77 min Real chance for Hearts as Iain Russell gives the ball away in midfield and Nicholson finds Carrick free in the centre who heads over.
79 min Cracking effort and a cracking save. Dan Orsi drives at the defence and tries his luck from 25 yards but Ridgers saves at full stretch.
84 min Carmichael plays a lovely reverse ball for Russell to scamper onto but his cross from the left was wayward and another good opening passes.
87 min Chance Reilly! Another opportunity for Queens as Russell sends Reilly clear, he cuts back before smacking the ball over from 18 yards.
16:46 FULL TIME - QOS 0:0 Hearts
16:47 The match finishes goalless but it was Queens who dominated from start to finish.They`ll need to bring their shooting boots next time though
16:48 New manager Jim McIntyre will be happy with the performance but may feel that his team should have scored two or three into the SPL side.
17:35 Apologies for the lack of FB and Twitter updates today. Normal service will be resumed for Wednesdays game against St Mirren