Match Report

A break from the league this weekend as we faced Partick Thistle in the third round of the SPFL Trust Trophy. It was a much-changed side from the one that started against Montrose last week, with six changes to the team. Alex Ferguson and Oscar MacIntyre are both cup tied while Paul McKay, Josh Todd, Harvey Walker and Kieran McKechnie drop to the bench. Jordan Houston, Harry Cochrane, Lee Connelly, Craig McGuffie, Efe Ambrose and Lewis Gibson take their places.

It was the home side who had the first real chance on goal when Tomi Adeloye played it wide to Steven Lawless on the right, but his shot was saved. However, almost straight away Queens took the lead when Craig McGuffie caught it on the volley well out from goal and fired it past Jamie Sneddon.

The lead was short lived though as Ben Stanway was brought down at the edge of the box and Lawless fired the spot kick past Harry Stone to level just three minutes after Queens had taken the lead.

Thistle stepped it up and as Houston slipped, Adeloye was in, but Stone saved.

Midway through the first half, Connelly tried a shot from 35-yards, but Sneddon got a hand to it to turn it out for a corner. A minute later he had to pick the ball out the net when McGuffie turned provider and crossed from the right to Gavin Reilly who was waiting unmarked at the back post to head home Queens second of the afternoon.

As Queens looked to extend the advantage, Reegan Mimnaugh’s free kick was headed well over the bar by Ambrose.

Lawless was proving a real danger and as he got the better of Kyle McClelland, he managed to get the ball into the box, but Ambrose was on hand to clear. Lawless took the corner that Scott Robinson got on the end of, but he headed wide.

Cochrane made the break for Queens and as he played it to Connelly, he picked out Reilly in the middle, but the Thistle defender made a timely challenge to end the threat. Queens were then denied what looked a very strong claim for a penalty when Cammy Logan was pushed inside the box, but ref Euan Anderson waved play on.

Jack McMillan was then booked for tripping Gibbo, but Mimnaugh was off target with the free kick. Gibson then found Connelly with a cross ball, but the flag was up for offside.

As the clock ticked down to the interval, Stanway hit a left foot shot towards goal before he hit the post with a curling left foot effort from the edge of the box. As Thistle continued to push for an equaliser, Queens defenders continued to block.


HALF TIME: Partick Thistle 1 Queens 2


Within minutes of the restart, Thistle did pull level. Stanway who had looked a threat the whole game picked up a loose ball to beat Stone. Two minutes later, he was in again but this time his right foot shot was wide of the post.

Queens were good on the break and Gibson tested Sneddon with a right foot effort from 18 yards, the keeper’s palms would be stinging from the shot, but he kept it out.

The visitors then survived a Thistle onslaught. Harry Milne hit the ball across goal and from the corner Adeloye headed the ball off the inside of the post. It hit Stone on the rebound but some how Queens managed to keep it from crossing the line. Thistle were on top and with Queens defending with all they had, Gibson almost found his own net with a clearance.

On the hour mark, Thistle did have the ball in the net, but Robinson had controlled the ball with his hand before finishing after Stone had blocked the initial shot from Lawless.

Although the home side had the bulk of the play, Queens were far from out of it and Connelly’s free kick was too far for Houston to catch.

In the final fifteen minutes of normal time, substitute Jake Hutchinson headed the ball into the path of Connelly who in turn found Walker, but his shot was blocked and as Thistle broke Stone made a save to deny Kerr McInroy.

As expected, the home side pushed looking for a winner and former Queens winger Aidan Fitzpatrick who had come off the bench for Thistle won a corner as the visitors struggled to get the ball away from their box. It came to nothing and as Houston cut the ball back for Walker his shot was again blocked.

With minutes remaining, Josh Todd replaced Cochrane and with his first touch of the ball he played it to the back post for Ambrose who headed past Sneddon to restore Queens lead.

Thistle tried to salvage it and looked to at least take the game to penalties, but Stone saved from Fitzpatrick and deep into added on time, it was Queens who looked more likely to score when Kieran McKechnie forced Sneddon to block.

After 8 minutes of additional time, Queens were through to Thursday’s fourth round draw.


FULL TIME: Partick Thistle 2 Queens 3

  • Stone

  • Houston

  • McClelland

  • Ambrose

  • Logan

  • Cochrane


  • Mimnaugh

  • McGuffie

  • Connelly


  • Gibson


  • Reilly


  • Thomson

  • McKay


  • McKechnie


  • Todd


  • Hutchinson


  • Johnstone

  • Walker


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Pre-match Partick: 1.Sneddon 2.McMillan 3.Milne 4.Williams 5.Muirhead 8.Bannigan 11.Lawless 17.Robinson 25.McDonald 26.Stanway 99.Adeloye 41.Thomson 5.McKay 7.McKechnie 8.Todd 14.Hutchinson 20.Irving 28.Johnstone 30.Walker 33.Kennedy 24.McCready 31.Mitchell 7.McInroy 9.Graham 10.Dowds 21.Fitzpatrick 22.Williamson 23.Alston 34.Diack
Pre-match Good afternoon from Firhill for the SPFL Trust Trophy. Six changes to the starting 11 this afternoon.
Pre-match Out goes the cup tied Ferguson and MacIntyre along with McKay McKechnie Todd and Walker who are on the bench
Pre-match Starts for Houston, Cochrane, Connelly, McGuffie, Ambrose and Gibson
First half begins |0-0
7%27 Chance for Thistle, Adeloye plays it wide to Lawlless on the right but his shot saved. |0-0
7%27 GOAL QUEENS! McGuffie the scorer |0-1
8%27 Craig McGuffie on the volley from distance |0-1
11%27 Penalty Thistle |0-1
11%27 Goal Partick. Lawless the scorer |1-1
12%27 Ben Stanway brought down at the edge of the box and Steven Lawless fired spot kick past Stone to level |1-1
14%27 Almost another for Thistle. Houston slipped and Adeloye was in but Stone saved |1-1
16%27 Thistle have stepped it up and Mimnaugh clearance comes down with snow on it but cleared |1-1
23%27 Connelly tries a shot from 35 yards for Queens. Sneddon turns it out for a corner. |1-1
23%27 GOAL QUEENS! Reilly the scorer |1-2
24%27 Ball in from the right by McGuffie for Reilly unmarked at back post to head past Sneddon |1-2
28%27 Mimnaugh free kick headed well over the bar by Ambrose |1-2
33%27 Lawless sells McClelland a dummy before Ambrose clears for a corner. Lawless plays it in for Robinson but he heads wide |1-2
35%27 Penalty claim for Queens not given as Logan pushed inside the box |1-2
36%27 McMillan (Partick) is booked |1-2
37%27 McMillan booked for trip on Gibson |1-2
37%27 Mimnaugh free kick off target |1-2
39%27 Gibbo picked out Lee Connelly but the flag was up for offside. Must have been tight. |1-2
41%27 Lawless crosses for Stanway but his left foot shot couldn’t reach the target |1-2
42%27 Ambrose (QOS) is booked |1-2
42%27 Ambrose booked for challenge on McMillan |1-2
44%27 Stanway hits the post for Thistle with a curling left foot effort from the edge of the box |1-2
46%27 Thistle pepper Queens goal but two good blocks |1-2
First half ends |1-2
Half Time Half time in a decent cup tie at Firhill sees Queens lead by two goals to one. Thanks to a worldie from McGuffie and a header from Reilly either side of a Lawless penalty. |1-2
Second half begins |1-2
48%27 Goal Partick. Stanway the scorer |2-2
49%27 And Thistle are back level as Ben Stanway collects a loose ball and beats Stone |2-2
50%27 Stanway goes for goal again but this time his right foot shot was wide of thenupright |2-2
51%27 Gibson stings the palms of Sneddon with a right foot effort from edge of the box |2-2
51%27 Cochrane (QOS) is booked |2-2
52%27 Harry booked for challenge on the touchline |2-2
53%27 Milne across the face of goal cleared for corner |2-2
53%27 Adeloye heads the ball off the post from the corner |2-2
54%27 Hits Stone on the way out but cleared |2-2
55%27 The home side on top and Lewis Gibson clearance just misses his own net |2-2
60%27 Robinson has the ball in the net for a Thistle after Stone blocked from Lawless but he had controlled with his hand before finishing |2-2
62%27 SUBSTITUTION Partick: Robinson OFF REPLACED BY Fitzpatrick |2-2
62%27 SUBSTITUTION Partick: McDonald OFF REPLACED BY McInroy |2-2
63%27 Connelly free kick too far for Houston to catch and out for a goal kick |2-2
71%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Reilly OFF REPLACED BY Hutchinson |2-2
73%27 Well done to the 311 Queens fans who made the trip. 2307at Firhill |2-2
74%27 Stoppage as Kyle McClelland receives treatment |2-2
75%27 Kyle back on his feet and coming back on |2-2
76%27 Hutchinson header into the path of Connelly who plays it wide for Walker - his shot blocked |2-2
77%27 Thistle break and Stone saves well from McInroy |2-2
78%27 SUBSTITUTION Partick: Adeloye OFF REPLACED BY Graham |2-2
81%27 Aida Fitzpatrick wins corner for Thistle as Queens struggle to clear their lines. |2-2
82%27 Stone looked to be fouled but Williams wins the ball and Mimnaugh blasts clear |2-2
83%27 Houston cuts the ball back and Walker shoots but blocked |2-2
87%27 GOAL |2-2
87%27 GOAL QUEENS! Ambrose the scorer |2-3
88%27 Josh Tood with his first touch plays then all across Efe Ambrose header in off the post - get in |2-3
91%27 Thistle trying to salvage it - Fitzpatrick goes for goal but Stone saves |2-3
93%27 SUBSTITUTION Partick: Bannigan OFF REPLACED BY Diack |2-3
95%27 McKechnie shoots but Sneddon blocks |2-3
96%27 Surely has to blow the whistle soon |2-3
The game ends |2-3
Full Time Yes - what you doing on Thursday? Let’s tune in to see who we get in the next round |2-3
Full Time A hard fought win but well done Queens. Through a tough tie and into round 4 |2-3
Full Time Good night from Firhill |2-3