Match Report

We headed to the Capital for our first away game of the league one campaign to face Edinburgh City, a side who had failed to beat us in over a dozen meetings.

After a disappointing open day defeat at the hands of Alloa, the manager made four changes to the starting eleven. Daniel Church made his first start for the club with Efe Ambrose, Lee Connelly and Harvey Walker the others making up the changes, as Paul McKay, Jordan Houston, Josh Todd, and Craig McGuffie missed out and drop to the bench. Summer signing Kyle Doherty who had been out injured was also named amongst the substitutes.

Queens made a decent start with Walker pushing up and delivering a couple of early balls into the box, but they couldn’t make them count and as the home side found their feet, Innes Murray tried a shot from distance.

It was a warning to Queens that the hosts weren’t going to make it easy and with thirteen minutes played Murray cut the ball back for Kieran Offord. Gordon Botterill made a great save to turn his right foot shot out for a corner. From the resulting set piece City opened the scoring when Murray got on the end of Robbie Mahon’s delivery to head into the top corner.

Although trailing, Queens were controlling the game but just didn’t look sharp enough in the penalty area. A good ball in by Walker fell for Connelly, who controlled it well and turned but he was crowded out before he could have a shot. Walker was getting the ball into the box, but Andy McNeil was collecting well and the defenders doing their job.

Midway through the half, again Walker got the ball into the six-yard box, but this time McNeil saved Gavin Reilly’s volley. Reegan Mimnaugh played in the corner, but Kyle McLelland headed over.

Six minutes from the break, Church made a great run and could’ve taken the shot himself but opted to play it wide for Walker, who in turn fired it low across goal. Reilly was on hand, but the home side again cleared. Connelly played it in and somehow both Reilly and McLelland’s efforts were scrambled clear, and it looked like it was going to be one of those days for Queens.

HALF TIME: Edinburgh City 1 Queens 0


Into the second half and Mahon hit a shot from distance for City but it was well off target and over the bar. At the other end Connelly found the roof of the net with his shot from outside the box and on the hour mark as Walker was brought down by Jack Wilkie, Kieran McKechnie who had had a fairly quiet game so far hit a free kick from 20 yards wide of the upright.

Doherty and Lewis Gibson were brought off the bench and both made an impact. The former played a decent ball over the top for Connelly to chase but from a tight angle he couldn’t get enough power on it and the keeper collected at the front post.

Ten minutes after coming off the bench, Doherty dragged a left foot shot wide and then Cammy Logan made his way down the left wing but his ball into the box was too close to the keeper.

Twenty minutes into his debut Doherty levelled for Queens as the two substitutes combined. Gibbo whipped the ball in for the striker to open his account for the club with a well taken side footed shot into the net.

It gave Queens the spark that they needed and a minute later, Harry Cochrane who had the captain’s armband for the game was unlucky as he curled a powerful right foot shot only for it to crash back off the post.

They did manage to take the lead just sixty seconds later when Reilly cut the ball back for Gibson and the 18-year old’s left foot shot from outside the box tested the keeper. McNeil had denied Lewis but was beaten from the corner, as the ball was played into the box McLelland rose to head into the far corner. His euphoria was short lived though as the defender picked up a second yellow for the celebrations leaving Queens to play the last eight minutes of normal time with ten men.

As Queens broke through Cochrane, he played the ball for Doherty but in what looked like the wrong call, the flag was up for offside.

And in added on time, Queens were up against it, but Toddy answered the manager’s call and played the game out in defence, making two crucial blocks to keep Queens ahead and to secure the first three points of the season.


FULL TIME: Edinburgh City 1 Queens 2

  • Botterill

  • Logan

  • McClelland

  • Ambrose

  • Church


  • McKechnie

  • Cochrane

  • Mimnaugh


  • Sub1

  • Connelly

  • Reilly


  • Cowie

  • Houston

  • McKay

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Pre-match Queens: 1.Botterill 3.Church 24.Ambrose 15.McClellend 23.Logan 18.Mimnaugh 6.Cochrane 30.Walker 10.Connelly 7.McKechnie 9.Reilly
Pre-match Queens Bench: 12.Cowie 2.Houston 5.McKay 8.Todd 11.McGuffie 20.Irving 25.Doherty 27.Gibson 28.Johnstone
Pre-match 4 changes to last weeks team, Lee Connelly, Harvey Walker, Efe Ambrose and Daniel Church come in to replace Houston, McGuffie, Todd and McKay. With those changes comes a full debut for summer signing Daniel Church.
Pre-match With both Paul McKay and Josh Todd starting on the bench, Harry Cochrane will take the armband for todays match.
First half begins |0-0
2%27 Walker chases a ball over the top from Cochrane before cutting in on his right and firing an effort to the far corner which is well saved. |0-0
3%27 An excellent ball in from Mimnaugh via a freekick is just headed over by Ambrose in a golden early chance. |0-0
7%27 Murray pings an effort from 30 yards but it is wide of Botterill’s post. |0-0
14%27 A quick counter attack from Edinburgh as the ball is cut back for what looked like a sure goal, but Botterill pulls off an excellent save to deny the hosts. |0-0
14%27 Goal Edinburgh City. Murray scores from the following corner. |1-0
27%27 Walker takes the ball to the sideline before cutting it across for Reilly to hit a first time effort which is tipped over the bar for a corner. |1-0
28%27 Mimnaugh’s corner is played in towards McClellend but he heads over. |1-0
29%27 Walker continues to cause havoc on the left hand side as he fires another ball into the six yard box which is deflected for a corner. |1-0
39%27 Queens break down the left hand side again but all they have to show is a corner. |1-0
45%27 McClellend (QOS) is booked |1-0
First half ends |1-0
Half Time A frustrating first half which saw Queens have many chances but unfortunately can not find the back of the net. |1-0
Second half begins |1-0
62%27 A break in play here as Walker wins a freekick on the edge of the box and the Edinburgh defender was down hurt having made the challenge but he is fine to continue. |1-0
63%27 McKechnie hits it over the wall but just wide. |1-0
63%27 SUBSTITUTION Edinburgh City: Mahon OFF REPLACED BY Handling |1-0
70%27 Doherty gets in on goal but drags his effort well wide. |1-0
71%27 SUBSTITUTION Edinburgh City: Jacobs OFF REPLACED BY Gormley |1-0
79%27 SUBSTITUTION Edinburgh City: Murray OFF REPLACED BY McLean |1-0
81%27 GOAL QUEENS! DOHERTY ON HIS DEBUT !!! Gibson receives the ball out wide and delivers early to the edge of the box where Doherty side foots home a first time finish on the volley. |1-1
82%27 NEARLY AGAIN ! Cochrane turns his man before unleashing a shot which rebounds off the inside of the post but not quite enough. |1-1
82%27 Gibson has another effort well saved as Queens pile on the pressure. |1-1
83%27 GOAL QUEENS! WERE INFRONT !!!!!!McClellend meets a cross at the back post to put the South infront. |1-2
83%27 McClellend (QOS) SENT OFF. Right after scoring McClellend is sent off for running into the fans. |1-2
86%27 Shanley (Edinburgh City) is booked |1-2
90%27 Reilly (QOS) is booked |1-2
The game ends |1-2
Full Time A nerve wracking finish as Queens hold out for 3 points in the capital. |1-2