Match Report

Queens got their League One campaign underway with a disappointing home performance.

As they welcomed Clyde to Palmerston, Manager Wullie Gibson made two changes to the side that started against Elgin in last weekends cup tie, Harry Cochrane came in for the injured Josh Todd and Paul McKay regained his place in the starting eleven ahead of Stuart Morrison who dropped to the bench.

They made the best possible start to the game with Lee Connelly finding the net with just 20 seconds on the clock. The pint size attacker drilling the ball low from the right-hand side through a ruck of players and past Neil Parry.

It was a great start for The Doonhamers, and they couldve gone two ahead after seven minutes. Some good play from Connelly set up a chance for Ruari Paton but as he made his way into the box, he rounded the keeper but took a touch too many and the ball was cleared before the frontman could take a shot.

It was relief for the visitors and within a minute they made a good break through Barry Cuddihy, but the Gaffer tracked back and made a good stop inside the box.

Queens suffered a blow with quarter an hour played as they picked up yet another injury, this time it was Calvin McGrory who had taken over the captains armband from the injured Todd that had to be replaced with an ankle injury.

As the visitors started to take a grip of the game, Olly McDonald pulled them level with a stunning finish, volleying home a corner from just inside the box.

However, Paton and Connelly were linking up well again and Brian McLean made a good block as the latter teed up a shot. But Queens were giving the Bully Wee too much space and Connor Duthie was in on goal but blasted over.

With ten minutes of the first half remaining Connelly whipped the ball back across goal for Dave McKay but the defender couldnt get his header on target. Chances were limited and missing the ones that did come their way proved costly as Danny Lennons side took the lead three minutes before the break with a simple but effective goal. As Queens failed to cut out Duthies cross Ross Cunningham fired the ball past Max Currie at the back post.

Half Time: Queens 1 Clyde 2

Queens needed to step it up in the second half and Ciaran McKenna intercepted the ball to open up a break. Down the right he found Kieran McKechnie who in turn played it out wide to Connelly, but his final cross landed on the roof of the net with Paton waiting.

The hosts never really clicked and were second best for much of the game and midway through the second half Duthie played the ball across goal, but nobody was on hand to finish. They were moving the ball quickly and substitute Jordan Allan did have the ball in the net, but the flag was up for offside.

As Queens looked for the bit of magic to spark a reaction, Connor Murray dragged the ball along the 18-yard line looking to open up space, but he couldnt find a way through and as he played it wide to Harry Cochrane, he couldnt cause any danger either.

With openings difficult, Queens reverted to shots from distance, Gibson tried from 20 yards and Murray from the edge of the D, but both were wide as Clyde closed them down.

Cunningham was allowed space to run before firing a right foot effort over and McKenna had a chance from close range, but his header lacked power.

It was an eventful final ten minutes for Queens as they missed a penalty, were reduced to ten men and conceded a further two goals.

Although theyd been poor, Queens found them still in the game and had a chance to level from the spot after Murray was pushed in the box, but Parry guessed correctly and got down low to save from Paton at his right-hand side. It summed up Queens day and instead of being level they fell further behind as Clyde broke up the park and Jordan Allan tucked a right foot shot into the far corner to make it three.

Things went from bad to worse with seven minutes remaining as Connelly was shown a red card for a wreck less challenge on Duthie.

And in the final minute Euan Cameron rubbed salt in the wounds as he headed home Raymond Grants free kick to round off the scoring and capped a miserable afternoon for Queens.

Full Time: Queens 1 Clyde 4

  • Currie

  • McKenna

  • McKay

  • McKay

  • Quitongo


  • Gibson

  • McGrory


  • Cochrane

  • Connelly

  • Paton

  • Murray


  • Ritchie

  • Morrison

  • East


  • McKechnie


  • Irving

  • McMahon

  • Muir

Also on the bench : 27. L Gibson, 28. Johnston
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