Match Report

 A cagey affair at Palmerston between two evenly matched sides ended in a stalemate courtesy of two astute defensive showings.
AJ made a double change from midweek with Innes Cameron and Roberto Nditi returning to the starting 11 at the expense of Calvin McGrory and Ruben Soares Junior. Queens continued in a 4-2-3-1 shape with Nditi in midfield, whilst Cameron led the line. It meant Wullie Gibson started in centre-back for the second consecutive game.
The game had a nice pace to it in the opening 45 with each team looking reasonably dangerous in the final third, without over-committing.
After 10 minutes it was Thistle who had the first half-chance of the fixture.
Poor control from Gibson allowed Zak Rudden to gain possession in Queens? third, before Sol Brynn came sharply off his line to deny the striker a shot on goal. 
Brynn denies Rudden early on
Brynn never held it though and Rudden was eventually able to roll a shot towards goal from the tightest of angles, but the ?keeper recovered to deny an opened.
That was all Thistle really offered in the first 45 with the South very much in control after this.
Ruari Paton rested Jamie Sneddon from just inside the area with a curling effort but the ?keeper got down well to deny Paton a third goal in three games.
The Irishman then saw yellow on 20 minutes for an off-the-ball push on Scott Tiffoney, who?d earlier went face-to-face with Harry Cochrane. The Jags winger avoided caution.
Queens came closest to taking the lead after 43 minutes however, when Lee Connelly took everyone, including Sneddon, by surprise by striking a shot from the corner of the box. His venomous effort cannoned off the inside of the post, sparing Sneddon?s blushes.
A minute late though the same man was denied again by the woodwork. A left-footed strike from 18 yards was tipped onto the bar by Sneddon, leaving Queens to rue their luck.
Connelly asks Sneddon how on earth he managed to deny a goal
HT: Queens 0-0 Thistle 
An opening 45 that Queens edged, although with Brian Graham appearing off the bench for the second-half it would only get more difficult.
The Jags were in control of proceedings throughout, albeit they offered little of note going forward.
It took until 66 minutes before they had an effort on goal, with Kyle Turner not able the generate enough curl from range to bend an effort inside the post.
On 70 minutes though they passed up the best chance of the game.
A tremendous cross from the right found its way to Graham alone in the area.
The Championships second top scorer was only able to direct his volley over the bar from just a couple yards out, to the relief of the Queens defence.
Graham blasts over from just a few yards out 
Queens went close again a minute later as Max Johnston swung a corner in towards the back post in a carbon copy of his cross against Morton.
Unlike Jack Hamilton though, Sneddon?s wrists are not made of poppadoms and the goalie got a good hand to the ball.
Substitute Cammy Smith was arguably fortunate to avoid an early shower after 75 minutes after his right boot collided with the face of Cochrane.
Kung Fu Cammy gets a yellow for a throat kick on Cochrane
There was certainly no malice in it, and Smith had eyes for the ball, which was perhaps why he only saw yellow. Cochrane was thankfully okay and able to continue.
The game continued to ebb and flow until the 84th minute when substitute Ross MacIver made a smart run inside of Gibson.
Graham found his stroke-partner, who only really had Brynn to beat, but Alex Cooper managed to get into a fine position to deny what would have likely been the winner.
FT: Queens 0-0 Thistle 
Take nothing away from the attacks of either side, who each put in solid performances, but the defences we?re confident and composed throughout.
Next up for Queens is a Scottish Cup replay with Cove Rangers at Palmerston on Tuesday at 7.45PM.
Finlay Jack

  • Brynn

  • Johnston

  • McKay

  • Gibson

  • Cooper

  • Nditi

  • Cochrane

  • Paton

  • Connelly

  • Todd

  • Cameron



  • Rae

  • Roy


  • McGrory

  • East

  • Joseph

  • McKechnie

  • Soares Junior

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First half begins
5%27 Thistle with some early pressure floating a couple balls into the box but nothing to trouble Brynn so far | 0-0
11%27 Close for Thistle as Rudden shrugs off Gibson but Brynn is quick off his line to deny Rudden | 0-0
11%27 Queens have their first chance of the game. Paton does well to turn in the box but his effort is too central and the keeper saves well. | 0-0
20%27 Paton (QOS) is booked
25%27 A 50/50 game so far here at Palmerston. After early Thistle pressure Queens have begun to play their way into the game | 0-0
33%27 Turner fires a ball across goal to Rudden the striker misses from 6 yards but his blushes are spared as he’s flagged offside | 0-0
44%27 CLOSE FOR QUEENS! Cameron plays it into Connelly who drives at the Thistle defence and unleashes a wicked strike that smashes off the inside of the post! | 0-0
46%27 WOODWORK AGAIN! It’s that man Lee Connelly who’s struck the woodwork again from 18 yards! | 0-0
First half ends
Half Time SUBSTITUTION Partick: Murray OFF REPLACED BY Graham
Second half begins
63%27 Your update man is still here but there’s nothing major to report in the 2nd half yet. | 0-0
66%27 Turner has a curling shot from the edge of the box but it flies wide | 0-0
66%27 SUBSTITUTION Partick: Rudden OFF REPLACED BY Smith
70%27 Graham misses from 1 yard out. That isn’t a typo he really did miss from 1 yard out. | 0-0
71%27 Johnston hits the bar directly from a corner! | 0-0
72%27 Yellow card for Cammy Smith after a high boot on Cochrane.
75%27 *CORRECTION* Todd is off for Junior | 0-0
78%27 Gibson almost catches the keeper out with a cheeky free kick but his effort is wide | 0-0
83%27 SUBSTITUTION Partick: Turner OFF REPLACED BY MacIver
84%27 Huge block from Cooper to deny Maciver! | 0-0
93%27 Thistle corner | 0-0
93%27 Comes to nothing | 0-0
The game ends
Full Time It finished all square here at Palmerston and you’d have to say a draw was probably a fair result. We’d like to wish both home and away fans a safe trip home. We’re back in action against Cove on Tuesday at Palmerston.