Narrow defeat in Airdrie

In the most recent friendly of this extraordinary pre-season Queens suffered their first defeat as hosts Airdrieonians ran out victors in a 1-0 match at the Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie.


Queens lined up 4-3-3 with 1. Ferguson, 2. Trialist, 3. Maxwell, 4. Obileye, 5. Buchanan, 6. McCabe, 7. Robinson, 8. Pybus, 9. Goss, 10. Fitzpatrick, 11. Shields with substitutes 12. East, 14, Joseph, 15. McKechnie, 16. Gibson, 17, McKee, 18. Dobbie, 20. Leighfield, 21. McMahon, 22. Douglas, and 23. Crooks.


Queens started the half with some purpose and forced four corners in the first ten minutes, however there was only a solitary Obileye effort to show for it and that ended up over the bar. The home side made the visitors pay for their lack of finishing prowess as with almost their first chance they took the lead and as it would turn out score the winner. It was a composed finish from Ally Roy who when clean through showed great composure to place the ball past former Airdrie keeper Rohan Ferguson in the Queens goal.


Taking the lead gave the home side a boost as they continued to give as good as they got for the remainder of the half.


The second half saw the first substitution for Queens as Tommy Goss was replaced by our most recent signing Euan East. The replacement frontman offered a little more guile upfront but without any reward.


Stephen Dobbie made a welcome return to action with a short fifteen minute appearance. Wullie Gibson came onto the park shortly after to replace the trialist right back and Gibson demonstrated immediately his composure and skill with a clearance under pressure and a searching pass down the length of the park that ended up with an effort off the bar from Aiden Fitzpatrick.


The final substitution of the afternoon was Kieran McKechnie replacing James Maxwell for the final few minutes of the match.


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