3:00 PM
Ayr Utd
Somerset Park
Roberts - 84

  • Robinson

  • Reid

  • Campbell

  • McGuffie

  • Higgins

  • McLaughlin

  • McKenna

  • Simmons

  • Sub1


  • Sub2

  • Sub3


  • McKenzie

  • Sub1-62

  • Black

  • Sub2-70

  • Sub3-76

  • Sub3-76

  • Sub3-76

Successive wins at Palmerston against League leaders had moved Queens off the bottom of the table and up to 7th. Next week we`re back at Palmerston and will need to avoid successive defeats to bottom sides if we are not to return there ourselves. So tight is the table that victory at Ayr could have sent us into third spot but defeat moved us back to 9th and below our hosts again.

Gus MacPherson made three changes to the side which had gone down heavily at Kilmarnock on Tuesday. Two of them were enforced with Craig Reid out injured and Kevin Smith suspended. In addition Nicky Clark dropped back to the bench. In their place came Ryan McGuffie, Tom Brighton and Danny Carmichael. The hosts two had problems with the experienced John Robertson and Gareth Wardlaw missing out with injuries.

Queens made a promising start but the first near thing of the game came when Lee Robinson horribly mis-kicked a clearance straight to Michael Moffat. However he recovered his poise to block from the young striker twice. That apart Queens were well in charge of the opening 20 minutes or so and Scott McLaughlin twice sent shots fizzing narrowly past Kevin Cuthbert`s goal as they sought the breakthrough. However, about half an hour in the home side began to get on top and, in truth, from then on in they carried most of the goal threat, even if it was hardly non-stop pressure. On 33 minutes Robinson did very well diving to his left to tip a Mark Roberts shot wide and a minute later he produced a miraculous save from the same player, though in any event Roberts was ruled offside and it wouldn`t have counted. Before the interval former Queens right back Michael McGowan struck a shot narrowly wide following a fine run and then Alan Trouten also had an opening snuffed out. It was the home side who went into the break on the ascendency.

Early in the second period Scott McLaughlin had our best chance of the game when he found himself through on goal six yards out but wide left. Kevin Cuthbert did well to smother at his feet as the midfielder attempted to lift the ball over him. A few minutes later Cuthbert got lucky when he came 40 yards from his goal to take a free kick and slipped as he made contact with the ball. It went straight to Tom Brighton but was moving too quickly to be controlled and Ayr managed to get enough bodies round the ball to stop any opportunist efforts until Cuthbert scrambled back to his goal. The former Queens trialist also made a relatively comfortable save from Stephen McKenna`s well struck 40 yard effort before the `Honest Man` began to reassert themselves.

A clever pass from McGowan slipped Moffat in on goal but Robinson saved bravely at his feet. Queens made a succession of changes to try to liven things up but to no great benefit. Clark replaced Johnston, Holt came on for Brighton and finally Smillie swapped places with Carmichael not long after the young forward had ended a good passing move with a tame shot at Cuthbert. Needless to say, within two minutes of the third change being made Scott McLaughlin picked up a knock in a challenge for the ball on the edge of the Ayr box and limped his way through the remainder of the game. Hopefully he`s done no further damage by doing so.

On 83 minutes Ryan Smillie tried to latch onto a ball lobbed into the penalty area and went down in a heap under a challenge from Ross Robertson. It looked a weak shout to be fair but Ayr weren`t hanging about and broke quickly upfield. A clever pass was dinked through the back line and Mark Roberts found himself with the ball at his feet six yards out. He took a touch inside to creat an angle and then poked the ball in at the near post, leaving Robisnon no chance.

And that was that really. Queens huffed and puffed their way through the last six minutes, with Campbell sent forward too but never created a chance of note. Indeed James McKernon came far closer to doubling the advantage when his shot missed the target despite looking in all the way. We are ahead of Dundee at the bottom by just a single goal at the moment and it is the Dens Park men who are the next visitors to Palmerston in seven days. We will still be without Kevin Smith for that one but will need to find a way to score a goal surely.

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Queens Lose at Ayr Again
Posted in Match Reports on 24/9/2011 21:57

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Posted in Post-Match Reaction on 24/9/2011 19:12
Yet another late counter, six minutes from time, cost Queens dearly at Ayr this afternoon and we now sit joint bottom of the table with Dundee.  It was quite a lively first half but chances were ...
Queens Team: Robinson, C Reid, Higgins, Simmons, Campbell, McGuffie, Johnston, McKenna, Brighton, Carmichael, McLaughlin
Queens Team: Robinson, C Reid, Higgins, Simmons, Campbell, McGuffie, Johnston, McKenna, Brighton, Carmichael, McLaughlin
Subs: McKenzie, Smillie, Clark, Black and Holt
Ayr team: Cuthbert, Tiffoney, Malone, Smith, R Robertson, Geggan, McGowan, McKernon, Moffat, Roberts, Trouten
Ayr Subs: McWilliams, Burke, Connolly, Armstrong, Paterson
So out go the suspended Kevin Smith and presumably injured again Alan Reid for Queens. Nicky Clark also drops out
In come McGuffie, Brighton and Carmichael instead. Clark is on the bench along with young players Smillie, Holt and Black
Lovely sunny day here at Somerset Park. Let`s hope for a good game.
Today`s referee is Calum Murray
0 min - KICK OFF
0 min
4 min
Apologies. We`re having some horrible connection problems here. You`ve missed nothing other than the fact Alan Reid is playing, not Craig
5 min
Queens have started the brighter but no near things at either end really
6 min
Horrible error by Lee Robinson lets Michael Moffat clean in on goal but he then saves twice from the striker
7 min
Scott McLaughlin shoots narrowly wide after McKenna catches Ayr dawdling in possession
15 min
Again it`s Scott McLaughlin with the shot for Queens that goes inches past the post.
17 min
Should point out that the game is about 5 mins further on than the update time on the website. Should correct at half time
29 min
This is really dull stuff. Connection problems are solved there`s just been nothing to say!
33 min
Robinson makes a fine diving save from Roberts. That came out of the blue
34 min
And an even better one from the same player, though he was offside as it turned out
37 min
Fine run and shot from Michael McGowan but he shoots just off target and our clean sheet stays intact
39 min
It`s all Ayr at the moment and Alan Trouten is next with a good chance but is snuffed out
40 min
It`s all Ayr at the moment and Alan Trouten is next with a good chance but is snuffed out
Half Time - HALF TIME
Half Time
That`s half time. Queens started well but gradually drifted out of the game with Ayr dominating the last ten minutes
45 min - SECOND HALF
46 min
No changes for either side at the interval
51 min
Scott McLaughlin was in on goal there but couldn`t find a finish that got over Cuthbrt who blocked at his feet
52 min
Alan Reid a wee bit lucky not to be booked for a cynical body check
53 min
Kevin Cuthbert comes 40 yards from goal to take a free kick then slips taking it and gets lucky with the loose ball
55 min
Tiffoney and McGowan are causing problems down our left side.
56 min
McKenna has a pop from 40 yards but Cuthbert smothers
61 min
McGowan slips Moffat in but Robinson makes a fine save again
62 min
Queens making the first change. Allan Johnston off and Nicky Clark on
70 min
Alan Trouten hits a shot comfortably over
70 min
Queens are bringing Kevin Holt on for Tom Brighton
71 min
It`s now Clark and Carmichael up front
74 min
Nice interplay between Clark and Carmichael but it ends with a tame shot from Danny
75 min
Third change from Queens. Ryan Smillie for Danny Carmichael
76 min
At the same time Ayr send on Roddy Paterson for Michael McGowan
78 min
Scott McLaughlin has picked up a knock now that all three subs are on
79 min
Another change for Ayr. Michael Moffat off and Ryan Connolly on.
79 min
Scott McLaughlin is limping on
83 min
Ayr surivive a penalty appeal as Smillie goes over in the box
83 min
84 min
Mark Roberts makes space six yards out and slips the ball past Robinson
89 min
James McKernon fires just wide
89 min
James McKernon fires just wide
16:49 - FULL TIME
Disappointing loss again when a draw looked likely