Match Report

Queens needed extra-time at Links Park to beat an impressive Montrose side and scrape through to the Irn-Bru Cup quarter-finals.

The League Two outfit took a well-deserved lead through Terry Masson. Gary Naysmith?s men huffed and puffed in the second half and breathed a huge sigh of relief when Stephen Dobbie equalised to send the tie to extra-time.
Birthday boy Lyndon Dykes put Queens ahead in the second half of extra-time and Dobbie netted his second from a seemingly impossible angle to ease any Queens supporters worries.
Queens? last visit to Links Park was in 2005 in a 2-1 win, the game is remembered for an incredible strike from Willie Gibson.
Naysmith made one change to the side that were held by Inverness Caley Thistle last week. Darren Brownlie returned to the starting line-up at the expense of Jason Kerr who was out on Scotland Under 21 international duty. Derek Lyle was missing from the squad with youngster Jesse Akubuine taking his place on the bench.
Queens were playing in grey for the second consecutive week under grey skies, and it mirrored the Doonhamers? first half performance.
The first chance of the afternoon fell to the hosts when Masson was played through and hit a low shot straight at Alan Martin. The former Dumbarton keeper spilled the ball to Connor McLaren but couldn?t get a proper connection and dragged his effort wide.
On-loan forward Chris Kane linked up with Dobbie on the edge of the box but the St Johnstone man couldn?t get on the end of the return ball. The visitors nearly pounced on an early defensive mistake as Dobbie was gifted a chance but the ball wouldn?t fall quickly enough for him and his shot was blocked.
Kane was in amongst the action once more after a corner kick fell to the striker and his powerful half-volley from 12 yards was instinctively saved by Montrose goalkeeper Allan Fleming.
The hosts took the lead on 23 minutes when the dangerous Masson created space and fired a first-time shot under the diving Martin.
Martin beaten
Queens had a chance to equalise immediately but Brownlie headed an Andy Stirling delivery wide of the mark.
Veteran striker Chris Templeman has caused Queens many problems in the past and it was same on Saturday as his link-up play created a chance for the impressive Liam Callaghan but the midfielder?s shot was deflected wide.
The last chance of the opening half fell to Naysmith?s men when Dobbie slid a ball through to Stirling at the edge of the box but his deflected shot looped over Fleming and bounced onto the top of the bar.
It wasn?t the greatest forty-five minutes for Queens and the team knew they?d have to improve if they wanted to stay in the Irn-Bru Cup.
Half Time- Montrose 1-0 QOS
Queens made their first substitution of the afternoon with Dykes on for Kane to kick-off the second half and immediately created two chances for the visitors to equalise but was denied twice by Fleming.
Queens continued to bombard the Montrose defence but did struggle to create any clear-cut chances with only a few long-range efforts being struck. 
Shaun Rooney`s dipping header was well-held on the line by Fleming, but the goalkeeper was bundled over the line by Dykes and referee Kevin Graham blew for a foul.
James McFadden and Connor Murray replaced Callum Tapping and Andy Stirling and they brought some width to the side.
Queens ramped up the pressure with plenty of corner-kicks but still struggled to get shots on target, with Dobbie having two long-range chances dragging wide.
Finally after much pressure Naysmith`s men found their equaliser through Stephen Dobbie. The ex-Blackpool attacker let the ball bounce in front of him from a cross, let it fell and fired home. It was harsh on brave Montrose- who would have felt they deserved to be in the hat for the next round and face extra-time.
Bulging net as Dobbie scores
Full Time- Montrose 1-1 QOS
The first chance of extra-time fell to the visitors after McFadden and Dykes linked-up and let-in substitute Murray one-on-one with Fleming but the youngster`s shot was saved once again by the keeper.
If Queens fans thought it would be all the Championship side in extra-time they were wrong as Graham Webster let loose an incredible long-range strike that had Martin beat but cracked off the woodwork.
Unlucky Montrose as Martin is beaten
Extra-time half-time- Montrose 1-1 QOS
Defender Scott Mercer was brought on for Shaun Rooney to become Queens` first ever fourth substitution.
Queens looked dominant in the final period but once again the young Montrose stopper denied Dobbie of his second of the afternoon.
The breakthrough finally came for the Doonhamers on 113 minutes when Dykes beat the offside trap and latched onto a long-ball. The Australian let the ball settle before rounding the keeper and slotted into the back of the net. 
Dykes rounds the keeper
and fires home
then turns to celebrate with the fans
and with the manager
Dobbie rounded off the scoring as he squeezed in an effort from the left byline into the net from the tightest of angles. 
Impossible to score from here - surely
Even more impossible now that the ball is heading away from goal
Dobbie magic makes the ball turn goalwards
Even Dobbie is impressed
Delight on the faces of the travelling fans
Full Time- Montrose 1-3 QOS
Queens made hard work to finish off the third tier outfit but will find out who they`ll face in the quarter-finals on Tuesday. Next up for Queens is a return to Palmerston Park for Championship action against Dunfermline.
Man of the match - Montrose keeper Fleming with some familiar Queens fans helping out

  • Martin

  • Rooney

  • Brownlie

  • Fordyce

  • Marshall

  • Tapping


  • Rankin

  • Jacobs

  • Stirling


  • Kane

  • Dobbie


  • Leighfield

  • McFadden


  • Murray


  • Fergusson

  • Akubuine

  • Mercer

  • Dykes

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14:51 Qos Team : 1.Martin 2.Rooney 3.Marshall 4.Fordyce 5.Brownlie 6.Tapping 7.Stirling 8.Rankin 10.Kane 11.Dobbie 14.Jacobs
14:51 Qos Subs : 16.McFadden 17.Murray 18.Fergusson 20.Leighfield 22.Akubuine 24.Mercer 25.Dykes
15:01 The teams take to the pitch for the match, kick off fast approaching.
3 min Masson played through and shoots straight at Martin who spills to McLaren who drags a shot wide
6 min Dobbie links with Kane but can`t get on the end of the return ball.
14 min Queens struggling to look after the ball on what seems a slow sticky surface.
15 min Montrose mix up at the back gifts Dobbie a chance but the ball wouldn`t fall quickly enough for him, shot blocked.
20 min Rankin overlaps Stirling to deliver a low ball into the front post, cleared, corner.
21 min 1st corner deep and cleared 2nd to come.
22 min 2nd corner falls to Kane who half-volleys a powerful drive straight at Fleming who makes an instinctive save.
22 min Goal Montrose. Masson the scorer - Montrose 1:0 QOS
23 min The right back fires a cut-back past Martin to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
25 min Stirling delivers a deep free-kick which Brownlie heads wide.
41 min Templeman causing problems for Queens with link up play creating a chance for Callaghan which is deflected wide.
43 min Dobbie slides the ball through for Stirling his deflected shot loops over the keeper onto the top of the bar.
Half Time HALF TIME - Montrose 1:0 QOS
Half Time Slow and sloppy build up is proving to be the downfall so far today for Queens
Half Time Substitution : Dykes on for Kane
45 min Can birthday boy Dykes inspire Queens to a turnaround in fortunes?
46 min Second Half underway here Dykes on for Kane
49 min Dykes tries an effort from the edge of the box but is well held by Fleming
52 min Dykes again involved with two quick fire chances, first a half volley saved and secondly a header from six yards denied.
53 min Dobbie fouled twenty five yards from goal, free kick chance to come for the player.
54 min Free kick had good placement but lacked power, easily caught by the goalkeeper.
58 min Substitution : McFadden on for Tapping
61 min Marshall wins a corner
69 min Substitution : Murray on for Stirling
71 min Rooney directs a header over Fleming who drops the ball on the line however Dykes fouls him into the net, free kick.
73 min Third corner in as many minutes as Queens continue to put pressure on, no break through still 1-0
82 min Queens ramping the pressure up finally with a few dangerous balls into the box, still need to score
83 min Dobbie cuts in but his left footed shot drags wide
84 min Free kick out on the left Mcfadden to whip in
87 min GOAL QUEENS. Dobbie the scorer - Montrose 1:1 QOS
88 min Finally the ball hits the net for The South, Dobbie finds the ball bouncing in front of him from a deep cross, lets it fall and fires home
90 min 3 minutes added on here at the end of the half as Montrose win a dangerous free kick
16:49 END OF 90 MINUTES - Montrose 1:1 QOS
90 min KICK OFF - Extra Time
92 min Queens free-kick on the left but is headed to safety.
93 min Great football from Queens results in Murray one-on-one but the keeper, once again, pulls off a terrific save.
100 min Dobbie drags a header wide.
103 min Webster hits a tremendous shot that cracks the bar. Still 1-1.
105 min Dobbie drags another shot wide of goal.
Half Time in Extra Time HALF TIME ET - Montrose 1:1 QOS
105 min SECOND HALF - Extra Time
110 min Substitution : Mercer on for Rooney
113 min Dobbie`s shot is saved again by Fleming. Montrose goalkeeper has been brilliant this afternoon.
113 min GOAL QUEENS. Dykes the scorer - Montrose 1:2 QOS
114 min Dykes beats the offside trap after a long ball forward, lets the ball settle before touching it round the keeper and slotting into the net.
116 min The birthday boy gives Queens the lead. Well in.
120+1 min GOAL QUEENS. Dobbie the scorer - Montrose 1:3 QOS
120+1 min How did that go in?
120+1 min Dobbie scores from a seemingly impossible angle to book Queens` place in Tuesday`s draw.
17:27 FULL TIME - Montrose 1:3 QOS
17:27 It was hard work for the Doonhamers but they managed to book their place in the next round with a 3-1 extra-time victory over Montrose.
17:29 A double from Dobbie and a strike for birthday boy Lyndon Dykes seals Queens place in the next round.