Match Report

The Scottish Cup took centre stage for us this weekend and our tie didn’t come much tougher than Championship leaders Dundee United.

With Alex Ferguson unavailable for selection due to his parent club not wanting him cup tied, he was one of three changes to the side that faced Kelty Hearts. Jordan Houston and Kieran McKechnie dropped to the bench with Cammy Logan, Paul McKay and Harvey Walker taking their places in the starting eleven.

Unbeaten in the league so far this season and having been knocked out of the SPFL Trust Trophy the week before, the visitors made a strong start. Two minutes into the game Glenn Middleton hit a right foot shot from inside the six-yard box that Harry Stone turned out for a corner. As the ball came back in the keeper saved Declan Gallagher’s header.

Three minutes later Declan Glass hit a shot from distance but was wide of the target. Jim Goodwin’s side were on top, and it was no surprise that they took an early lead on six minutes when Kia Fotheringham headed past Stone.

They almost doubled the lead straight away when Glass jumped on a mistake by Efe Ambrose but hit his shot wide.

As Queens started to get a foot hold in the game, Lee Connelly delivered a free kick into the danger area for Paul McKay, but his header was off target. Walker then did well before going down at the edge of the box. But it was some great play by Craig McGuffie in the middle of the park that led to an equaliser. He controlled it well before picking out Walker out wide and as he played in Connelly, Jack Walton saved his left foot effort. As the corner came in Josh Todd nodded it back across to Gavin Reilly in the middle of the goal to head home from close range.

Queens were battling hard, and Connelly took a touch too much before Walker played it back for him only for Walton to turn it out for another corner.

It was fantastic cup tie and at the other end Lewis Moult headed wide before Walker tried to find Reilly with a nice back heel at the edge of the box.

Middleton then delivered from the left for Liam Grimshaw, but he hit his right foot effort low and wide. And in added on time at the end of the first half Stone saved Craig Sibbald’s header and Oscar MacIntyre cleared as it came back in.


HALF TIME: Queens 1 Dundee United 1


A minute after the restart, Fotheringham charged down the right and crossed but it was too hard and out for a goal-kick.

Minutes later Queens took the lead. Walker skinned Grimshaw on the wing before playing the ball in for Connelly who flicked the ball past Walton.

United were desperate to get back level and Stone put his body on the line to deny Moult before he received treatment after saving from Middleton. Kevin Holt’s header from a corner was deflected wide before the former Queens defender headed well over.
Just before the hour mark United equalised in controversial style. In space on the right, Fotheringham appeared to control the ball with his hand in front of the officials before going on to beat Stone. Leading to the manager picking up a caution for protesting.

Reilly’s cross was then taken away from McKay before his second attempted was collected by the keeper.

Midway through the second half, Stone who was having a fantastic game, got down low to save from Moult. Fotheringham then crossed for Middleton who couldn’t control and fired well wide.

United were pushing forward but Queens were resilient in defending, Connelly was back in there, but Ambrose stopped at point blank range in the six-yard box and Logan cleared too. With five minutes of normal time remaining, Stone again pulled off a great stop as he got down to the corner to save from Sibbald.

Both sides were going for a winner and Jake Hutchinson got into a good position, but his final shot was weak. Deep into added on time, Stone continued his man of the match performance when he dived across to get a hand on the ball as Matthew Cudjo-Anim cut inside before shooting.

And in the final attempt Todd and Ambrose defended well to stop Gallagher.

With the tie locked at two each after 96 minutes of play it was onto 30 minutes of extra time.


FULL TIME: Queens 2 Dundee United 2


In the first period of extra time, Stone rose to collect easy a Jordan Tillson header before some good play by Queens, involving Connelly and Logan ended with Walton saving from Todd.

McKechnie made a good run to get himself into the box and probably took a touch too many before going down. Connelly was then inches away from getting on the end of a mix up between Walton and Holt and Stone saved from Scott McCann. From the resulting corner Moult’s header rattled the post but Queens continued to defend well.

In the second half of the additional period, a long ball from Houston was headed over by Hutchinson when he was under pressure from Gallagher. And Stone made another great save, this time turning away an effort by Chris Mochrie. Another fantastic stop came five minutes later when he saved from the same player before collecting an attempt from Grimshaw.

The game still couldn’t be settled, and it reverted to penalty kicks to decide the tie.

Shooting towards Portland Drive end of the ground, United took the first spot kick which Holt converted. Todd stepped up to take Queens effort to level. As the penalties continued, Moult and Middleton scored for United, and Ben Johnstone and Ross Irving added for Queens. At three successful kicks each, Queens hero of the day Stone saved from Grimshaw before Connelly gave Queens a lead. Cudjo stepped up to take United’s fifth kick and skied it over the bar, meaning it was Queens who progress in round four after an exciting game of football.

AET: Queens 2 Dundee United 2 (Queens win 4 – 3 on penalties)

  • Stone

  • Logan


  • McClelland

  • Ambrose

  • MacIntyre

  • McKay


  • Todd

  • McGuffie


  • Connelly

  • Walker


  • Reilly


  • Botterill

  • Houston


  • McKechnie


  • Hutchinson


  • Irving


  • Johnstone


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Pre-match Queens: 31.Stone 23.Logan 15.McClelland 24.Ambrose 19.MacIntyre 5.McKay 8.Todd 30.Walker 11.McGuffie 10.Connelly 9.Reilly
Pre-match Queens Subs: 1.Botterill 2.Houston 28.Johnstone 7.McKechnie 14.Hutchinson 20.Irving
Pre-match Dundee Utd: 1.Walton 4.Holt 8.Grimshaw 9.Moult 14.Sibbald 15.Middleton 18.Fotheringham 21.Glass 23.Doherty 31.Gallagher 33.McMann
Pre-match Dundee Utd Subs: 13.Newman 5.Denham 6.Graham 16.Tillson 22.Freeman 26.Mochrie 28.Cudjo-Anim 48.Carnwath 53.Stirton
First half begins |0-0
4%27 Middleton in space, Stone puts it out for a corner. |0-0
6%27 Goal Dundee Utd. Fotheringham the scorer |0-1
8%27 Fotheringham with the header puts Dundee Utd ahead. |0-1
17%27 Great save by Walton to stop Connelly’s left foot shot. |0-1
18%27 GOAL QUEENS! Reilly the scorer. |1-1
19%27 Corner played in, headed back by Todd for Reilly to head past Walton from close range to equalise. |1-1
25%27 Moult heads the ball wide. |1-1
39%27 Delivery by Middleton, Grimshaw hits it wide. |1-1
47%27 Stone saves Sibbald’s header. |1-1
First half ends |1-1
Second half begins |1-1
50%27 GOAL QUEENS! Connelly the scorer |2-1
52%27 Walker beats Grimshaw on the line before delivering the ball into the box for Connelly to play it past Walton. |2-1
53%27 Stone puts his body on the line to deny Moult the equaliser. |2-1
54%27 Grimshaw (Dundee Utd) is booked |2-1
58%27 Goal Dundee Utd. Fotheringham the scorer |2-2
61%27 Fotheringham in space appears to handle the ball at the edge of the box, wasn’t spotted by officials and goes on to play the ball past Stone. |2-2
63%27 Manager Marvin Bartley cautioned by the Referee. |2-2
70%27 SUBSTITUTION Dundee Utd: Glass OFF REPLACED BY Mochrie |2-2
83%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: McGuffie OFF REPLACED BY Hutchinson |2-2
87%27 SUBSTITUTION Dundee Utd: Doherty OFF REPLACED BY Cudjo-Anim |2-2
91%27 SUBSTITUTION Dundee Utd: Fotheringham OFF REPLACED BY Stirton |2-2
98%27 With it all square at the end of the second half, we go to extra time. |2-2
11%27 Good play from Queens, finishing with Walton saving the shot from Todd. |2-2
11%27 Great save by Stone to save the shot by McMann. |2-2
12%27 Moult heads it off the post. |2-2
12%27 SUBSTITUTION Dundee Utd: Sibbald OFF REPLACED BY Tillson |2-2
12%27 It remains level at the end of the first half of extra time. |2-2
12%27 Second half of extra time begins. |2-2
12%27 Hutchinson heads the ball just over the goal. |2-2
The game ends |2-2
Full Time All square at the end of extra time. It goes to penalties. |2-2
Full Time Penalties to be taken a Portland road end, Holt taking first for Dundee United. |2-2
Full Time Holt Scores, 0-1. |2-2
Full Time Todd for Queens Scores, 1-1. |2-2
Full Time Moult for Dundee United Scores, 1-2. |2-2
Full Time Johnstone for Queens Scores, 2-2. |2-2
Full Time Middleton for Dundee United Scores, 2-3. |2-2
Full Time Irving for Queens Scores, 3-3. |2-2
Full Time Grimshaw for Dundee United. SAVED BY STONE. |2-2
Full Time Connelly for Queens Scores, 4-3. |2-2
Full Time Cudjo for Dundee United puts it over the goal. |2-2
Full Time Queens win 4-3 on penalties. |2-2
Full Time QUEENS beat Dundee United to progress in the hat for tomorrow’s 4th round draw. Live on BBC Sportscene. Thank you for the support. |2-2