Match Report


It was a much changed Queens side from Saturday`s draw with St. Mirren, but the outcome of the match remained the same, only this time it finished goalless. There were chances aplenty despite the scoreline, with the games main talking point being an elbow from Thistle`s Brian Graham to Queens skipper Gregor Buchanan resulting in an early shower for the experienced frontman. Thistle won the resulting shoot-out thougj, despite the best efforts of the Queens goalie.

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There were full debuts for Niyah Joseph, Nortei Nortey, Harry Robinson and Calvin McGrory, while Rhys McCabe returned to the side after missing out on Saturday`s 2-2 draw with St. Mirren. Stephen Dobbie, Joe McKee and Dan Pybus dropped out of the matchday squad whilst Wullie Gibson and Euan East were rested on the bench.

The visitors had two ex-Doonhamers in their side in Darren Brownlie and Connor Murray, alongside the experience of Ross Docherty, the Richard Foster and Joe Cardle just to name a few.

The game didn`t take long to get going with Thistle getting the games first big chance, perhaps unlucky not to go ahead. A cross from James Penrice was miscued by Buchanan, before Cardle got in at the backpost to tap goalwards. Images show that the ball may have crossed the line (none were particularly clear though), however the views of the officials were well blocked and they adjudged no goal.

The Jags were very much the better side in the opening half hour or so, Cardle going close again only for Obileye to block, before the impressive Rohan Ferguson made a brilliant double save from Foster and Shea Gordon in the box.

Another great stop by Ferguson

Lone-striker Connor Shields was very much living off scraps, although he was able to create chances going forward such was his work-rate. Shields and Fitzpatrick`s direct running at Thistle was causing issues, both going close with efforts from the edge of the area.

On 34 minutes the game was turned on its head after an absolutely needless elbow from Brian Graham to stand-in-skipper Buchanan saw Thistle`s number nine red carded.

Graham shown the red card

There was an argument that Docherty should have followed minutes later after a kick to James Maxwell after fouling the young left-back, but referee Peter Stuart brandished the yellow card and it remained 11 vs 10.

HT: QoS 0-0 Thistle

The young Queens side never really got going in the opening 45 minutes but playing against 10 men for the second 45 they knew they had the upperhand.

Thistle `keeper Jamie Sneddon, who was largely a spectator for the first period, was called upon various times to keep the scores level throughout.

Shields was getting the better of Brownlie often thanks to balls over the top of the Thistle defence, while Nortey was able to try his luck from range too.

On 62 minutes a Queens corner fell to Joseph who tried his luck from 12-yards out, but Sneddon was on hand to make an excellent save to deny the young playmaker his first goal for Queens.

Thistle substitute Zak Rudden was able to use his physicality to drag the Jags up the pitch, but only tested Ferguson on one occasion, an effort from range being collected at the second attempt by the young `keeper.

On 77 minutes the visitors had their best chance of the game. Docherty`s first-time volley from the edge of the area was tipped onto the post magnificently by Ferguson, before Mouhamed Niang`s rebound was collected by Ferguson on the line. It capped off a fine performance from Ferguson, whose work for the evening wasn?t quite finished yet.

Right at the death Queens then missed two great chances, after Gibson and Goss replaced Joseph and Robinson.

Firstly, a superb piece of skill by veteran Gibson allowed him to cut-back to Maxwell, who found himself unmarked on the penalty spot, but fired his shot well over the bar. Nonetheless, Queens continued to plug away at Thistle`s defence. Shields, who was moved out to the right-wing after Goss` introduction, found the big number nine with a pinpoint cross, but the ex-Abbey Vale man glanced his header agonisingly wide of Sneddon?s far post.

Goss climbs high but directs his header wide of the goal

It ended goalless and it was to be a third penalty shoot-out in as many games for Queens, however, despite the best efforts of Ferguson in the Queens net, misses from Buchanan, Gibson and Nortey awarded Thistle the bonus point in Group G.

FT: QoS 0-0 Thistle (2-3)

Despite the shoot-out loss it was another performance littered with positives for Queens to take from the game. There were run-outs for various youngsters, many of whom impressed against a much more experienced opposition.

It`s back to league action on Saturday as Queens travel to `local` rivals Ayr United for the opening game of the shortened Scottish Championship.

Thankfully, there`ll be no penalty shoot-out if it ends a draw!

Finlay Jack

  • Ferguson

  • Nortey

  • Buchanan

  • Obileye

  • Maxwell

  • McCabe

  • McGrory

  • Robinson


  • Joseph


  • Fitzpatrick

  • Shields


  • Leighfield

  • Goss


  • East

  • McMahon

  • Sylla

  • Douglas

  • Gibson


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Pre-match Good evening and welcome to the third game of this seasons Betfred Cup. FIVE changes for Queens today...line-ups to follow
Pre-match Queens: 20.Ferguson 2.Nortey 3.Maxwell 4.Buchanan 5.Obileye 7.Fitzpatrick 10.Shields 12.McCabe 14.Robinson 15.McGrory 17.Joseph
Pre-match Partick: 1.Sneddon 3.Penrice 5.Brownlie 7.Cardle 8.Bannigan 9.Graham 14.Gordon 16.McKenna 17.Murray 22.Foster 23.Docherty
Pre-match QoS Subs: 1.Leighfield 9.Goss 16.East 21.McMahon 22.Sylla 23.Crooks 24.Douglas 33.Gibson
Pre-match Partick Subs: 27.Scullion 2.Williamson 6.Spittal 10.Rudden 15.Breen 18.Reilly 19.Kouder-Aissa 21.Niang 11.Lyons
Pre-match So full debuts for Nortey, Robinson, McGrory and Joseph, while Gregor Buchanan skippers the team in Dobbie’s absence!
Pre-match 5️⃣ Minutes to kick-off. Can the Doonhamers grab all 3 points against League 1 opposition?
First half begins
5%27 Cardle goes within inches of scoring at the back post after a miscued clearance from Buchanan
9%27 Cardle has an effort from inside the area but Obileye blocks well
11%27 Brilliant double save from Rohan Ferguson who cuts out a cross before denying Shea Gordon on the rebound
17%27 Chance for Shields on the counter-attack but Sneddon makes a good save
20%27 Shields goes close with another effort, this time from the edge of the box, but it rolls narrowly wide
34%27 Both teams struggling to find any real quality in the final third so far as the game remains goalless
36%27 Graham (Partick) SENT OFF
36%27 Graham goes off for an elbow off the ball on Buchanan
37%27 Close from James Maxwell but Sneddon tips his effort just wide
39%27 Docherty (Partick) is booked
First half ends
Half Time A goalless first-half at Palmerston but Thistle down time 10 after a needless elbow from Brian Graham
Half Time SUBSTITUTION Partick: Cardle OFF REPLACED BY Niang
Half Time SUBSTITUTION Partick: Murray OFF REPLACED BY Rudden
Second half begins
55%27 Shields gets the better of Brownlie down the left but McKenna does well to block his shot
61%27 Nortei Nortey goes close with a shot from range but Sneddon tips wide
62%27 Sneddon makes another top save, this time from Niyah Joseph, who has a shot from 12-yards out following a corner
68%27 Rudden has an effort from range but Ferguson collects on the second attempt
69%27 Rudden gets on the end of a Gordon cut-back but his effort goes wide
74%27 Rudden gets in-behind after a Sneddon kick but a poor touch allows Queens to clear
77%27 Docherty has an effort from range that Ferguson does magnificently to save, before collecting Rudden’s rebound
78%27 SUBSTITUTION Partick: Gordon OFF REPLACED BY Spittal
83%27 SUBSTITUTION Partick: Bannigan OFF REPLACED BY Kouder-Aissa
88%27 Gibson does well to pick out Maxwell 10-yards from goal but the young full-back skies it. Good chance for Queens!
90%27 CLOSE! Goss comes within inches of grabbing a winner for Queens, his header going narrowly wide
The game ends
Full Time Goalless here at Palmerston. Penalty kicks...again!
Full Time Rudden to take first...
Full Time Rudden...scores (0-1)
Full Time Obileye...SCORES (1-1)
Full Time Docherty...SAVED (1-1)
Full Time McCabe...SCORES (2-1)
Full Time Spittal...SAVED! (2-1)
Full Time Buchanan...saved (2-1)
Full Time Kouder-Aissa...scores (2-2)
Full Time Gibson...saved (2-2)
Full Time McKenna...scores (2-3)
Full Time Nortey...misses. Thistle get the bonus point.