Match Report

Our second league cup tie in group G saw us make the long trip north to Elgin City. After Tuesday night’s opener against Motherwell, the manager made two changes to the starting eleven with Lee Connelly and Gordon Botterill dropping to the bench with starts for Josh Todd and goalkeeper Murray Johnson.

The home side pressed early but couldn’t get it into the area to cause any danger. Queens quickly settled and with four minutes on the clock Kieran McKechnie started a move that found Craig McGuffie at the edge of the box, his shot was blocked before Todd’s effort was also cleared.

Two minutes later the captain sent in a cross from the right, but Daniel Hoban collected well.

At the other end as the ball fell nicely for Matty Jamieson, Johnson saved his right foot effort that he kept low. With quarter of an hour played Elgin did have the ball in the net but the flag was up on the far side. And within a minute Queens took the lead.

McKechnie won a free kick near the by-line and as Reegan Mimnaugh played it short back into the path of McKechnie, he unleashed a right foot shot past Hoban.

Midway through the first half Paul McKay almost doubled the lead as he got on the end of Mimnaugh’s corner, but the defender’s header was just wide of the upright. The visitors were on the front foot and a short time later they won another corner, this time from the opposite side and as the ball was played in, Kyle McLelland fired over.

Queens were driving forward but the hosts looked dangerous on the break and Owen Cairns low shot across goal had Johnson diving to turn it wide. McGuffie made a break and as he tried to find McKechnie, Rory Macean got a foot on it to clear, he did get lucky with the clearance as it could’ve landed anywhere.

It was still Queens in control and from another short set piece McGuffie dragged a left foot shot wide of the keeper’s left-hand post. McGuffie then spotted Hoban off his line and from just inside the halfway line hit a left foot effort that was heading for the empty net only for the keeper to recover and collect.

As they looked for a second Gavin Reilly and McKechnie combined to set up a chance for Mimnaugh inside the six-yard box but they home side managed to block.

And with minutes of the first half remaining, Todd headed the ball back across the 18-yard box to McGuffie who caught it on the volley, but Hoban saved. And on the stroke of half time Todd played a great splitting pass for McKechnie to cross but Reilly couldn’t connect at the post.




Into the second half and in the early stages it was still Queens who looked likely to score. Hoban tipped an effort by Todd over the bar before Reilly was just wide from 30 yards. It was a bit scrappy for a while but midway through the half Jordan Houston stung the hands of the keeper from 20 yards and with the ball spilled, Mimnaugh was stretching but couldn’t connect properly and cleared the bar.

As Ross Drapers side challenged, McLelland was booked for a challenge on Macean and picked up a second minutes later for bringing down the same player 20 yards out.

Down to ten men, the Gaffer made changes and with Connelly coming off the bench his first taste of the action was to hold off Blair McKenzie to get the ball across for Reilly, but the flag was up.

Liam Harvey passed up a golden opportunity to level as he was unmarked inside the six-yard box but blasted wide.

McKay wrapped up the win in the final minute as he headed home Mimnaugh’s corner. Although the victory was secured, Connelly looked to add a third when he looked up to hit a shot from 40 yards only for it to rebound off the crossbar.



  • Johnson

  • Houston

  • McKay

  • McClelland

  • Logan

  • Todd

  • Cochrane


  • Mimnaugh

  • McGuffie


  • Reilly


  • McKechnie


  • Botterill

  • Connelly


  • Irving


  • Johnstone


  • Walker


  • Burns

  • Currie

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Pre-match Queens: 21.Johnson 2.Houston 5.McKay 6.Cochrane 7.McKechnie 8.Todd 9.Reilly 11.McGuffie 15.McClelland 18.Mimnaugh 23.Logan
Pre-match Elgin: 1.Hoban 4.Cooney 6.Macewan 7.Dingwall 8.Cameron 12.Cairns 14.McKenzie 16.Harvey 18.Lawrence 19.Jamieson 23.Draper
Pre-match Elgin subs 28.McHale 17.Taylor 20.Macinnes 22.MacLeman 26.Cruickshank 27.Mitchell
Pre-match Queens subs 1.Botterill 10.Connelly 20.Irving 28.Johnstone 29.Burns 30.Walker 32.Currie 38.Oram 39.Mendy
First half begins |0-0
1%27 We are underway here with Queens kicking left to right. |0-0
7%27 Opening exchanges have seen Queens have most of the ball, with nothing of note coming from it |0-0
11%27 Shot on goal for Elgin but straight at Johnson |0-0
16%27 Goal for Elgin ruled off for offside. A deep ball in to the Queens box was cleared and as the ball was played back in the Elgin striker finished but was adjudged offside |0-0
16%27 GOAL QUEENS! McKechnie the scorer |0-1
17%27 An absolute screamer from McKechnie as a short freekick is taken and is rocketed into the top corner |0-1
20%27 Queens have moved up a gear since the goal and are now on top. Keeping Elgin firmly in their own half |0-1
22%27 Chance for McClelland, as he blazes over from inside the Elgin box |0-1
24%27 Chance Elgin as a ball in behind is fired across goal |0-1
27%27 McGuffie shows great skill with a nutmeg just outside the 18, but drags his shot wide |0-1
31%27 Great effort by McGuffie who spots the Elgin keeper off his line however it was comfortably collected in the end |0-1
32%27 Chance for Queens as a Mimnaugh gets his shot blocked |0-1
32%27 Cochrane (QOS) is booked |0-1
38%27 Great chance for the hosts as a good ball in is headed just wide |0-1
41%27 Good move by queens and eventually a shot from McGuffie is saved |0-1
46%27 A great chance as McKechnie flashes a ball across the face of goal and Reilly can’t quite reach it as he slides in at the back post |0-1
First half ends |0-1
Second half begins |0-1
51%27 Great save by the Elgin goalkeeper as Todd’s strike looked destined for the back of the net |0-1
52%27 Ambitious strike from Reilly goes wide of the goal |0-1
61%27 SUBSTITUTION Elgin: Cairns OFF REPLACED BY MacLeman |0-1
64%27 Great strike by Houston spilled by the keeper and a couple of the rebounds couldn’t find the back of the net |0-1
66%27 McClelland (QOS) is booked |0-1
70%27 SUBSTITUTION Elgin: Lawrence OFF REPLACED BY Taylor |0-1
71%27 McClelland (QOS) SENT OFF Second bookable offence |0-1
76%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: McGuffie OFF REPLACED BY Connelly |0-1
76%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Cochrane OFF REPLACED BY Walker |0-1
81%27 Glorious chance for Elgin should be 1-1 |0-1
88%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: McKechnie OFF REPLACED BY Johnstone |0-1
89%27 GOAL QUEENS! McKay the scorer a great header at the back post and a second assist for Mimnaugh |0-2
91%27 An unbelievable effort for Connelly 40 yards out spots the keeper off his line and his effort hits the bar |0-2
The game ends |0-2
Full Time 10 man Queens win 2-0 thanks to goals from McKechnie and McKay |0-2