21.9.13
3:00 PM
A
Greenock Morton
Cappielow
0
2
Russell - 45
Lyle - 59
1826


  • Antell


  • McGuffie


  • Dowie


  • Higgins


  • Holt

  •  


  • Young


  • Dzierzawski

  •  

  • Sub1
    Paton

  •  


  • McShane

  •  

  • 1
    Russell

  • 1 Sub2
    Lyle
    Subs


  • Atkinson


  • Mitchell

  • Sub2-90
    Reilly

  • Sub1-79
    Carmichael


  • Slattery




 

 

Queen of the South ended their goalless streak of three games and their first league win since the first day of the season with an accomplished performance and 2-0 win over Greenock Morton at Cappielow.

A first half diving header from Iain Russell was added to by Derek Lyle`s neat finish after 58 minutes to set the Doonhamers back to winning ways.  Morton had a gilt-edged chance to halve the deficit as they were awarded a penalty minutes after Lyle`s goal but Reece Hands wasted the opportunity allowing Queens to run out deserved winners.

The match began brightly for Queens as they broke out of defence to find Derek Lyle on the left-wing, he got his head up to spot Ryan McGuffie`s lung-bursting run on the right and found the full-back with a good long ball.  Unfortunately for McGuffie the ball forced him wider than he would have liked and his cut-back was poor allowing the Morton defence to clear.

Morton replied moments later with an inswinging cross from Scott Taggart on the right wing that was headed toward Calum Antell`s net before Chris Higgins did well to head clear from in front of his own goal.


A mixture of Antell and Higgins nullified the Morton aerial threat

 

The opening minutes promised much more than was delivered in the rest of the half however as much of the game was played in midfield with neither defence giving anything away.  A looping header from Morton`s Reese Hands was tipped over by Calum Antell after 22 minutes before Morton created their best opportunity of the half four minutes later.

It came from good play on the right wing by Taggart as he played the ball inside to Tony Wallace who found himself with just Calum Antell in the Queens goal to beat.  His low shot found its way past the `keeper but not past the saving block of Andy Dowie.

Queens had been playing the ball around midfield nicely at times throughout the half but were yet to really test Nicolas Caraux in the Morton goal.  After a number of set-pieces and with half-time fast approaching the Queens attack finally fashioned a real goalscoring chance.  And they took it with aplomb.

The move stemmed from Ian McShane driving forward from midfield and committing the Morton left-back Marc Fitzpatrick allowing space for Michael Paton on the Queens right.  McShane found the pass through to the former-Aberdeen forward and he stood a fine cross up for the waiting Iain Russell free at the back post to power a diving header past the goalkeeper to end the team`s goalless run.


Russell heads the opening goal with goalmaker Paton watching in the background

 

Russell celebrates with provider Paton

The goal came at a vital moment in the game with the players filing into the dressing rooms for half-time just seconds later as once the second half began it was Queens who looked much more confident in their opponent`s half.

Morton did come out fighting in the second half though and pinned the Queens defence onto their 18-yard line for the opening 10 minutes.  The away defence coped well with the onslaught with Morton midfielder Michal Habai`s clipped volley the best effort as it dropped just over Antell`s crossbar before Lyle doubled the Doonhamers` lead on 58 minutes.

The goal came once again from good work by McShane as he found space in front of the Morton defence and played a deftly-weighted pass through to the run of Derek Lyle who had time to look up before placing the ball across the exposed Caraux and into the far corner.


Lyle smashes home the clincher

amd is congratulated by McGuffie, Paton and goalmaker McShane

The jubilance of the Queens support after the second goal was short lived however as Morton were given a golden opportunity to get themselves back into the contest as Iain Russell was adjudged to have handballed in the Queens area.  It looked like a harsh award as the ball was played from close range but it hit his arm and the referee gave the spot-kick.  Reece Hands was the Morton player who stepped up but it will be a moment he would like to forget as his shot ballooned over the crossbar and even over the stand behind Antell`s goal.  It was a shocking effort and the home side were unable to recover to force their way back into the contest as Queens looked most likely to score the third goal of the game.


Penalty taker Hands gave Antell no need to use his as he blasted his spot kick all the way to Port Glasgow  

 

Iain Russell had a wonderful chance just three minutes after the penalty as he beat the offside trap to find himself one-on-one with Caraux but he took it early and attempted to lob the Morton `keeper.  His effort was wayward though and the chance to put the game to bed was missed.

Morton tried to force the issue as they threw on another striker in the shape of Archie Campbell but that left more space for Queens to counter-attack and after Kevin Dzierzawski`s long-range effort brought a good stop from Caraux, Ryan McGuffie came closest to adding to the scoresheet.


McGuffie fires in a great effort from a McShane corner but the Morton keeper made a decent stop

 

The chance came from a well-worked corner routine as the Queens attack worked open a gap at the near post for McGuffie to spin into and he met Ian McShane`s driven corner with a stooping header only to see Caraux pull off a reaction save before his defence cleared.

The final ten minutes were played out with a flurry of yellow cards but without goalmouth incident and Queens played out what in the end was a fine victory and their second league win of the season.

 

 

Back To Winning Ways At Morton
Posted in Match Reports on 22/9/2013 18:30
  Queen of the South ended their goalless streak of three games and their first league win since the first day of the season with an accomplished performance and 2-0 win over Greenock Morton at Cappi ...
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14:56 - Good afternoon folks and welcome to Cappielow as Queens travel to Greenock Morton looking to regain some of their early season form.
14:56 - Today`s teams:
14:57 - Queens: 1 Antell 2 McGuffie 3 Holt 4 Dzierzawski 5 Dowie 6 Higgins 7 McShane 8 Young 9 Lyle 10 Paton 11 Russell
14:58 - Subs: 12 Atkinson (gk) 14 Mitchell 15 Reilly 16 Carmichael 17 Slattery 18 Orsi 19 Smith
14:59 - Morton: 23 Caraux 2 Taggart 3 Fitzpatrick 5 Page 6 McLaughlin 18 Habai 21 Bachirou 9 Wallace 14 Hands 8 Imrie 48 Cham
14:59 - Subs: 1 Gaston (gk) 10 Campbell 4 Pecier 11 O`Brien 28 M Russell 27 McNeil 29 Verlaque
15:00 - The teams are out, Queens in their change yellow strip and attacking the goal to my right. Lets go...
0 min - THE GAME KICKS OFF
3 min - Queens almost make an early chance as they break out quickly and Lyle found McGuffie storming into the area but his cross was weak.
5 min - Morton reply with a dangerous cross from Taggart on the right wing which Higgins does well to head clear from in front of his `keeper.
11 min - The first shot of the afternoon comes from Morton`s Habai as he tries his luck from 30 yards but the ball dribbles straight to Antell.
16 min - It`s been a fairly even opening 15 minutes with much of the play taking place in midfield. Little goalmouth action as yet.
27 min - Half chance for Morton as Imrie gets away from McGuffie on the left and finds Reece Hands at the back post. Antell easily tips it over.
28 min - Queens have themselves a dangerous free-kick high up on the left side of the Morton area...
29 min - ...Derek Lyle takes over free-kick taking duties from Ian McShane and promptly sends the ball well over everybody and over the bar. Waste.
37 min - Biggest -and only- chance of the game falls to Morton as Wallace is slipped through one-on-one with Antell. He beats him but Dowie blocks.
42 min - Decent effort from McShane. Following a corner Russell swings the ball back into the area where it falls to McShane but his volley goes wide
44 min - GOAL QUEENS! Russell the scorer - Morton 0:1 QOS
45 min - After almost 3 and a half games without scoring Queens have it in the net. Good play from McShane before Paton`s cross and Russell`s header.
Half Time - HALF TIME - Morton 0:1 QOS
Half Time - Not a bad half for Queens. Very few chances in the game but they scored an excellent goal through Russell`s diving header.
Half Time - It`s looked like Queens can get at this Morton defence but on more than one occasion the final ball or touch has let them down so far.
45 min - SECOND HALF UNDERWAY
47 min - One change to the sides as Morton`s David O`Brien replaces Dougie Imrie.
51 min - Big chance for Morton as they apply some early pressure. Wallace found space on the left wing and his cross was turned just over by Habai.
54 min - More defending required from Queens as Hands swings in a free-kick from the right and Chris Higgins rises well to head clear.
57 min - Yellow Card : Morton`s Scott Taggart pulls Derek Lyle down on the left wing and is booked. Queens have a free-kick in a good area...
58 min - ...McShane`s delivery is decent but the Morton defence copes well and they get the ball clear.
58 min - GOAL QUEENS! Lyle the scorer - Morton 0:2 QOS
60 min - It`s been all Morton this half but a bit of craft from Ian McShane as he plays in Lyle with a lovely pass and Del-boy finds the corner.
60 min - It`s been all Morton this half but a bit of craft from Ian McShane as he plays in Lyle with a lovely pass and Del-boy finds the corner.
61 min - PENALTY TO MORTON
62 min - HANDS MISSES. The penalty was given for a harsh handball by Russell. Reese Hands stepped up and sclaffed the ball right over the stand.
65 min - Chance for Queens! Iain Russell beats the offside trap and instead of controlling goes for the lob but gets it wrong and the `keeper gathers
67 min - Morton make an attacking substitution as striker Archie Campbell replaces defender Mark McLaughlin.
70 min - Morton have a threatening free-kick from about 30 yards. Antell deals with Hands` effort easily enough though.
71 min - Yellow Card : Morton`s Michal Habai sees yellow for dissent.
73 min - Kevin Dzierzawski brings a sprawling save from the Morton `keeper as he fires a well-hit shot from range. The match is really open now.
74 min - Kevin Dzierzawski brings a sprawling save from the Morton `keeper as he fires a well-hit shot from range. The match is really open now.
79 min - Great save Caraux! It`s almost 3-0 as a well-worked corner routine by McShane and McGuffie sees the right-back`s firm header well saved.
81 min - Substitution : Carmichael on for Paton
82 min - Substitution : Carmichael on for Paton
85 min - Yellow Card : Derek Young goes into the ref`s book for persistent fouling/
90+1 min - Yellow Card : Iain Russell and Morton`s Tony Wallace both see yellow after a bit of argy-bargy in midfield.
90+3 min - Yellow Card : Iain Russell and Morton`s Tony Wallace both see yellow after a bit of argy-bargy in midfield.
90+4 min - Yellow Card :
16:51 - FULL TIME - Morton 0:2 QOS
16:52 - FULL TIME - Morton 0:2 QOS