Match Report

It was a great start to the year for Queens as two goals in the second half were enough to earn the three points for the Doonhamers at the Tony Macaroni Arena.t was an all round solid performance from James Fowler`s men who had to wait until the 65th minute to open the scoring thanks to a Derek Lyle tap in and was followed by a great goal from Iain Russell 12 minutes later to make sure the Doonhamers had the perfect start to 2016.

Queens made two changes to the side that were harshly defeated 1-0 at Easter Road two weeks ago, Gary Oliver and Alex Harris returned to the starting eleven replacing Ryan Conroy and Derek Lyle, who had been struggling with an injury leading up to the fixture.

Since Queens` last fixture, a lot has changed at Livingston. The West Lothian outfit sacked manager Mark Birchill after guiding them to one off the bottom of the pile. David Hopkin has been placed in temporary charge and has managed two away fixtures during the Christmas period with mixed fortunes, an impressive 4-1 win at St Mirren Park and a 1-0 defeat to high flying Falkirk. This was Hopkin`s opportunity to impress the home faithful.

The three previous encounters between the sides this season has seen the visitors leaving with victories on each occasion. Queens were looking for their first victory since early November when Queens won 1-0 against Dumbarton at Palmerston.

Queens started brightly and after nice crisp exchanges between Russell and Oliver the ball fell to Kyle Hutton on the edge of the penalty box but he couldn`t connect fully with the ball and sliced his shot wide of the goal.

The Doonhamers continued to pressure early on as Iain Russell found space in the hosts half and lined up a stirke from 25 yards out but his attempt was always going wide and failed to test Darren Jamieson in the Livingston goal. It was an encouraging start from the visitors who looked sharp considering they haven`t played competitively for two weeks.

The hosts finally got themselves into the match after winning a succession of corners and after the second attempt they finally troubled the Queens` defence. Captain Declan Gallagher rose above Higgins but his header was always rising above the crossbar. The home side were looking dangerous and after White winning a corner from a brilliant run at Dowie they had another chance but Queens` stern defence cleared the ball to safety without really being put under a serious amount of pressure. 

Higgins gets the better of Gallagher

Both sides continued to look for the opening goal and this time Queens had a great chance to take the lead after Mark Millar inch perfect cross found Kyle Hutton but his long range shot trickled wide of the goal.

Queens were bombarding the hosts and after Mullen`s dirty challenge on Kidd, Millar`s free-kick was headed by Dowie into the feet of Harris at the edge of the box and he cross found Hutton who slipped the ball to Jacobs but the South African sliced his effort off target.

The Doonhamers were cursing their luck when Higgins passed the ball to Oliver in the box and at an acute angle fired his shot at Jamieson and the goalkeeper could only tip his effort around the post. From the following corner it was Alex Harris`s turn to try and break the deadlock. He positioned himself superbly outside the box but his powerful strike was just a couple of inches high of the bar.

On the half hour mark, Russell`s cross found Millar but his shot was blocked by Ben Gordon and cleared to safety. Former Livingston man Russell looked a threat all afternoon and after nice footwork Gordon fouled Russell forcing referee William Collum to caution the centre back.

Russell shrugs off the attention of Gallagher

Russell was running the show for the Doonhamers and he linked up with Harris but his shot lacked pace and was parried away by Jamieson. Russell seemed to be all over the pitch and was by far the best player on the park causing the Livingston defence endless problems.

Queens were let off lightly in the 38th minute as Liam Buchanan found space behind Higgins but he couldn`t get his strike on target as it fizzled wide of the post.

William Collum brought an end to proceedings after a meaty challenge from Kyle Hutton on Faria and to everyones surprise no booking from the referee.

A promising first half from the visitors even though they couldn`t find the break through which frustrated the travelling support.

The hosts started the second half brightly from the off, Jordan White used his pace to get past Higgins but the Queens captain used his experience and made a last ditch tackle to concede a corner. 

Livingston were beginning to turn the screw and when Jacobs was booked for a late challenge on Jackson Longridge five minutes and from the resulting free-kick found Glen but his header failed to find the target. 

Queens finally came to life in the 55th minute after a sluggish start to the second half after an adventurous run from Iain Russell, he passed to Kyle Jacobs and he should have done better as Jamieson made a comfortable save from his tame effort.

After a succession of corners for Queens, the home side counter attacked and the fresh Hippolyte, who came on only moments earlier, looked poised to have a shot but a superb tackle from Higgins made sure the substitute wouldn`t have an instant impact.

Queens made their first change of the afternoon, the on-loan Alex Harris off for top goalscorer Derek Lyle and his introduction was the defining moment of the match. The Doonhamers finally got the goal they deserved in the 65th minute after Gary Oliver won the battle of pace against Gordon and left the goal on a plate to Derek Lyle after squaring the ball to The Tan Man to knock home his seventh Championship goal of the season.

Lyle beats Jamieson to open the scoring

The home outfit reacted well to going a goal beind and used the pace of Hippolyte well to create problems for the Queens defence but to no avail as they couldn`t find a way to trouble Thomson in the Queens goal.

Queens added a second of the afternoon in the 77th minute when Iain Russell placed his shot from just inside the box into the bottom right hand corner of Jamieson`s net to the delight of the travelling Doonhamers.

Iain Russell finishes in style

With a two goal cushion Queens started to put their foot off the gas and four minutes after Russell`s goal, Sheerin found himself space in the Queens box and his fierce stirke looked destined for the back of net until Robbie Thomson made an outstanding save denying the home side the goal that they needed to get back into the game. 

Queens held on for the all important victory and with play-offs rivals Raith Rovers and Greenock Morton both losing, it has been a successful new year for the Doonhamers.






  • Thomson

  • Kidd

  • Dowie

  • Higgins

  • Marshall

  • Harris


  • Millar


  • Hutton

  • Jacobs

  • Russell

  • Oliver



  • Atkinson

  • Brownlie

  • Smith

  • Conroy


  • Lyle

  • Moxon

  • Pickard


Queens start the New Year with a victory
It was a great start to the year for Queens as two goals in the second half were enough to earn the three points for the Doonhamers at the Tony Macaroni Arena.t was an all round solid performance from ...

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14:20 Queens` first taste of 2016 Championship action is away at The Tony Macaroni Arena against Livingston. Team news to follow.
14:30 Qos Team : 1.Thomson 2.Kidd 4.Dowie 6.Higgins 7.Harris 8.Millar 11.Russell 14.Jacobs 16.Hutton 23.Marshall 28.Oliver
14:30 Qos Subs : 5.Brownlie 9.Lyle 10.Conroy 17.Pickard 19.Moxon 20.Atkinson 24.Smith
14:31 Livi XI; Jamieson, Longridge, Gordon, Pittman, Faria, White, Gallagher, Neill, Buchanan, Mullen, Glen.
14:32 Livi subs; Quinn, Sheerin, Millen, Hippolyte, Knox, Gibbons, Currie.
14:38 Referee for today`s fixture is WIlliam Collom and his assistants are Michael Banks and Garry Doherty.
14:43 Referee for today`s game is William Collum and his assistant referees are Michael Banks and Garry Doherty.
8 min An encouraging start for The Doonhamers. Russell has a shot from 25-yards out but was wide of the goal. Still 0-0.
24 min Chance for Queens Higgins slips in Oliver but his effort is tipped wide.
30 min Yellow Card : Gordon
33 min Another chance for Queens, Russell has a shot from 25 yards out but can`t trouble the keeper.
Half Time HALF TIME - Livingston 0:0 QOS
Half Time Queens have had a couple of great chances to break the deadlock but at half-time it`s still goalless.
Half Time Attendance here at the Tony Macaroni Arena today is 958.
51 min Yellow Card : Jacobs
57 min After a slow start to the second half, Jacobs has a shot saved from Jamieson. Still 0-0.
58 min Substitution : Hippolyte on for Mullen
60 min Substitution : Lyle on for Harris
63 min Yellow Card : Glen
65 min GOAL QUEENS. Lyle the scorer - Livingston 0:1 QOS
66 min 1-0 to Queens at the Tony Macaroni Arena as Derek Lyle`s strike goes pasta keeper.
77 min GOAL QUEENS. Russell the scorer - Livingston 0:2 QOS
80 min Russell gets a well deserved goal as Queens take a 2-0 lead here.
81 min Thomson makes an outstanding save to deny Sheerin.
85 min Substitution : Pickard on for Millar
90 min Substitution : Conroy on for Oliver
16:46 FULL TIME - Livingston 0:2 QOS
16:48 Queens win 2-0 and takeaway the three points from the Tony Macaroni Stadium.
16:51 Goals from Derek Lyle and Iain Russell make sure Queens start 2016 with a win. Happy new year.