Match Report

The first home pre-season game ended with a 2-2 draw against newly promoted Livingston.

The visitors fielded a strong side which included familiar new signings Ricki Lamie and Craig Sibbald and new player manager Kenny Miller.

The first half was dominated in terms of possession by Livingston with Queens opting to play long too often to gain any foothold in the game. The visitors got their reward on 35 mintues when a flicked through ball found Cadden who had beaten the offside trap. The winger raced through on goal and cooly passed the ball into the near post for 0-1.

Despite not enjoying a lot of possession, Queens had their chances. Dobbie fired narrowly wide from just outside the box, then came even closer when Kelly made a mess of the strikers shot from a tight angle, only pushing it onto the bar. Dykes was inches away from the rebound but it was cleared for a corner. The corner was half-cleared to Harkins whose initial right footed shot was blocked, but a lovely piece of skill made him half a yard and his left foot shot looked goal bound but it also crashed back off the bar.

Dobbie comes close in the first half

That was the last action of the first half which ended Queens 0 Livingston 1

That lead was doubled just a minute into the second half. A long ball into the box from a set piece wasnt picked up by the defence and Declan Gallagher rose to loop a header over Leighfield into the top corner. A nice header and finish but another set piece that could have been defended better.

Queens then began to dictate possession with Harkins dropping deeper and seeing a lot more of the ball. It beared dividends just a few minutes later when some nice interchanges in the box led to a bit of a scramble with Harkins, Dobbie and Dykes all unable to prod the ball home. One deflected shot fell to the Aussie striker who hooked in a cross which met the diving head of Harkins perfectly and his header flew into the net for 1-2.

Harkins heads home

Just a few minutes later and the game should have been all square. Again Harkins was involved, when his piece of skill and pass found Jacobs on half way. His pass was perfect for Dykes in the inside right channel but as the keeper advanced the striker could only blaze his shot over the bar.

Dykes wasnt detterred though and got his reward on 60 minutes. An almost identical run was found by a longer ball by Marshall and this time Dykes opted to lob the bouncing ball over Kelly and into the back of the net, 2-2.

A fantastic finish from Dykes squares the match

Queens continued to enjoy a lot of possession but didnt really create many further clear chances.

Another good run out for Gary Naysmiths men and a good result against a strong Premiership side who by no means took the game lightly.

Next up is Hearts at Palmerston on Wednesday night in the final pre-season game.

Gallery of images.

  • Leighfield

  • Mercer

  • Fordyce

  • Trialist

  • Marshall

  • Murray

  • Jacobs

  • Harkins

  • Stirling

  • Dykes

  • Dobbie


  • Henderson

  • Bell

  • Gourlay

  • Harvey

  • Trialist

  • Trialist

  • Trialist

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The first home pre-season game ended with a 2-2 draw against newly promoted Livingston. The visitors fielded a strong side which included familiar new signings Ricki Lamie and Craig Sibbald and new pl ...

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19:29 Its the first home game of pre-season and newly promoted Livingston are the visitors. It will be just like watching Brazil... probably
19:44 QOS team : 1. Leighfield 2. Mercer 3. Marshall 4. Fordyce 5. Trialist 7. Stirling 8. Jacobs 9. Dykes 11. Dobbie 14. Harkins 17. Murray
19:45 QOS subs : 20. Henderson 10. Bell 15. Gourlay 16. Harvey 6,12 and 18 trialists
15 min It`s been a quiet start. Miller and Cadden fired well wide for Livingston and Dobbie went closer for Queens
35 min Goal Livingston. Cadden the scorer - QOS 0:1 Livingston
36 min First goal for livvy. Cadden breaks the offside trap and cooly slides the ball past Leighfield
42 min So close! Keeper makes a bit of a mess of Dobbies shot and only parries it onto the bar
42 min The bar comes to livis rescue again from the corner as Harkins shot rattles off it
Half Time HALF TIME - QOS 0:1 Livingston
Half Time Livingston have had the vast majority of possession in the first half but Queens have had chances, Dobbie in particular causing problems
46 min Goal Livingston. McManus the scorer - QOS 0:2 Livingston
46 min Correction, Declan Gallagher scored
47 min A familiar sight as an opposition centre half rises in the box from a set piece to head home
49 min GOAL QUEENS. Harkins the scorer - QOS 1:2 Livingston
50 min Nobody can prod home after a good old stramash in the box but when it falls to Dykes his cross meets the diving head of Harkins perfectly
52 min Should be all square. Good play by Harkins then Jacobs releases Dykes in the right channel but his shot goes high over the bar
60 min GOAL QUEENS. Dykes the scorer - QOS 2:2 Livingston
61 min Dykes does 2:2 this time with a much more difficult chance from the same position. This time he lobs the bouncing ball over the keeper
21:31 FULL TIME - QOS 2:2 Livingston
21:32 A far more even second half with Queens enjoying a lot more possession. Neither keepers overly worked throughout the game though
21:33 Next up its Hearts at Palmerston on Wednesday