Match Report

Queens 8 game unbeaten league run came to an abrupt ending after they were on the wrong end of a five goal mauling from visitors Morton this afternoon,with the defeat also seeing them relinquish their position at the top of the Championship table, albeit on goal difference. A goal behind after just 6 minutes - only the third time this campaign that Queens have been behind - and then three down at the interval, the unbeaten league run was given up without too much resistance from a Queens team who seemed shocked by the opening period of the game, and were never able to get a foothold in the game against what was a very impressive display from the visitors from Greenock.

There was just one change to the team that started against Linfield last time out, with Mark Millar replacing the injured Kyle Jacobs, and as the injury concerns deepened with captain Chris Higgins becoming the latest casualty, the substitutes bench comprised of four players who had so far not experienced any first team football.

Morton included two players who played for Queens last season, as both Gary Oliver, and Andy Murdoch made the starting line-up.

The home side began the game well and forced the visitors to defend for the opening few minutes and Steven Rigg and then Stephen Dobbie both had half chances, and at that point there was nothing to suggest that a nightmare 90 minutes was about to unfold but unfortunately after just 6 minutes, Morton were in front. Sloppy defending - something that was to be a recurring feature throughout the game - led to Morton winning a corner and when a second corner followed seconds later a short set-piece routine led to Forbes being given enough time and space to curl a shot past Lee Robinson.

An early penalty claim was waived away by the referee

 

Robinson is beaten

Boosted by the early goal, Morton grew in confidence and for the next phase of the game Queens spent most of the time chasing shadows as the visitors midfield three of Forbes, Murdoch, and in particular Lindsay, dominated the ball and were able to put the usually steady Queens rearguard under constant pressure. The lively Quitongo, and effective Oliver were giving Darren Brownlie and Andy Dowie a difficult afternoon as the Greenock side pushed Queens further and further back with their offensive play.

With no option other than to play on the break, Queens best chance in the opening quarter fell to Dobbie. Rigg, Dobbie and Millar linked well before Millar`s ball found Jamie Hamill in space on the right and although his cross was repelled the ball fell to Dobbie whose shot on the half volley flashed only just wide of the near post.

In the space of two minutes each side had a player cautioned. Brownlie`s challenge on Quitongo was very rash and fully deserved a yellow card, whilst Oliver`s attempt to block Robinson`s clearance was perhaps, not as straight forward.

On the half hour mark Andy Dowie might have done better with a header from Hamill`s delivery, and minutes later Queens were punished for not taking that chance when Morton doubled their lead after an excellent passage of play ended with McDonagh drilling a low shot past Robinson`s despairing dive. As frustrations began to grow, Jake Pickard`s wild challenge in midfield was only seen as a booking rather than a sending off - on another day, with a different referee it could easily have been red, and if that wasn`t bad enough for the Queens fans in the crowd of 1695, three minutes later two became three as Oliver returned to Palmerston to become the latest beneficiary of some poor defending,

With 5 minutes left of what had been a thoroughly disappointing first half for the home side, visiting `keeper Gaston was at last forced into action when he turned a speculative effort from Lyndon Dykes over the bar for a corner. Unfortunately the set-piece came to nothing and to compound what had been a woeful first half for Queens, Mark Millar became the third player to booked by referee Kirkland.

So quite remarkably Queens had once again completed a first half without scoring, and continuing the unbeaten league and home runs this season was looking very unlikely at the interval.

HALF-TIME QUEENS 0-3 MORTON

The Queens side were out on the pitch some 3 minutes or so before their visitors at the start of the second period and it seemed as though their intentions to haul themselves back into the contest was there, however it wasn`t too long before the visitors got into their rhythm of the first half and continued to play the better football creating several good chances to increase their lead with Nesbitt, Forbes and Lindsay all going close.

The visitors went even closer when Quitongo`s excellent footwork created a shooting opportunity for himself and he was very unlucky to see his shot beat Robinson but crash against the foot of a post. Andy Dowie`s crude challenge on Oliver saw him become the fourth Queens player to find his way into the referee`s notebook and Forbes saw his set-piece attempt deflected over the bar. The home side made a double change when Scott Hooper and Dean Brotherston replaced Mark Millar and Grant Anderson and although Queens huffed and puffed for a short spell early in the half but they were never really in the game as an attacking force and it came as no real surprise when just past the hour mark, Morton scored a fourth goal.

Having seen his last effort hit the post, Quitongo got his reward when he was on the end of another short corner routine to smash the ball in off the post from close range as the Queens defence was undone again.

Quitongo celebrates his goal

Queens were limited to just a few half chances such was the dominance of the Morton side, and one such chance fell to Jamie Hamill but his shot from the edge of the penalty area sailed harmlessly over Gaston`s goal.The best chance of the game for Queens came when Scott Hooper dug out a cross on the right,picked out Jake Pickard 3 yards out but the fact that he was not able to work the `keeper really summed up the whole performance from Queens on what was a really bad day at the office.

Pickard heads past as Rigg is held back

There was more suffering for the home support on 72 minutes when Brownlie fouled Forbes inside the penalty area to concede a spot-kick. Lee Robinson`s protestations saw him cautioned before Morton captain O`Ware just beat him with the penalty to emphasise the gulf between the teams on the day.Youngster Ross Fergusson was given his Queens debut when he replaced Steven Rigg for the final quarter of an hour, but nothing could stem the flow of play which was continually moving towards the Queens goal. Jordan Marshall`s foul late on saw him become the 6th Queens player to be booked before Robinson did well to stop substitute Scullion making it a super six for the visitors. An effort from Dykes late on needed saving by Gaston, but to be honest Queens rarely threatened the vising `keeper who enjoyed a comfortable afternoon.

Hopefully this was a one off performance and Queens will bounce back sooner rather than later, but as the injuries start to take their toll on the squad the next few games will see what effect this heavy loss has had on the team.


  • Robinson



  • Hamill



  • Brownlie



  • Dowie



  • Marshall



  • Anderson



  • Pickard



  • Millar

    Sub1



  • Dobbie





  • Rigg



  • Dykes




    Subs


  • Leighfield



  • Hooper

    Sub1-63



  • Moxon


 
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14:24 Qos Team : 1.Robinson 2.Hamill 3.Marshall 4.Dowie 5.Brownlie 7.Anderson 8.Millar 11.Dobbie 12.Rigg 17.Pickard 25.Dykes
14:24 Qos Subs : 16.Hooper 19.Moxon 21.Leighfield 29.Bell 31.Nelson 32.Fergusson 35.Brotherston
14:31 Morton xi; Gaston, O`Ware. Doyle, Forbes, Lindsay, Nesbitt, Russell, McDonagh,Murdoch, Quitongo
14:38 One change for this afternoon`s fixture, Mark Millar comes in for Kyle Jacobs.Youngsters Ross Fergusson,Owen Bell and Ryan Nelson on bench.
14:57 The team`s are out and we are only moments from kick-off.
0 min THE GAME KICKS OFF
0 min Hamill long thrown is headed out for a corner.
1 min Anderson whips in a cross from the right and Rigg`s header is deflected out for a corner.
2 min Marshall`s low corner finds Dobbie but his cannons his shot over the bar.
5 min Goal Morton. Forbes the scorer - QOS 0:1 Morton
6 min Forbes curls a superb effort round Robinson to make it 1-0 to the visitors.
14 min Marshall fouls Quitongo on the right. Forbes to take the free-kick.
15 min Forbes` set-piece is collected comfortably by Robinson.
20 min Rigg heads back to Dobbie who volleys a shot inches wide of Gaston`s left post. Still 0-1.
24 min Quitongo holds the ball up and fires a shot wide.
25 min Yellow Card : Brownlie
25 min Brownlie booked for a rash challenge on the half way line.
25 min Yellow Card : Oliver
30 min Hamill`s cross is hit out for a corner.
31 min Hamill`s delivery finds Dowie but he can`t find the accuracy to test Gaston.
32 min Goal Morton. McDonagh the scorer - QOS 0:2 Morton
34 min McDonagh fires the ball into the bottom corner to double Morton`s lead.
34 min Yellow Card : Pickard
35 min Goal Morton. Oliver the scorer - QOS 0:3 Morton
36 min Oliver fires the ball past Robinson to make it 3-0 to the visitors.
36 min
40 min Dykes long range effort is tipped over by Gaston.
44 min Yellow Card : Millar
Half Time HALF TIME - QOS 0:3 Morton
45 min SECOND HALF UNDERWAY
46 min Nesbitt`s header flies over the bar.
47 min Forbes shot from 20-yards is parried wide by Robinson.
48 min Lindsay fires his effort over the bar.
53 min Forbes long range strike is saved by Robinson.
54 min Yellow Card : McDonagh
55 min Dobbie wins a corner for Queens. Hamill to take..
57 min Anderson`s cross from the right is blocked by O`Ware.
60 min Quitongo`s shot clips the post. Hasn`t been a great afternoon for the Doonhamers.
61 min Yellow Card : Dowie
61 min Substitution : Hooper on for Millar
62 min Substitution : Brotherston on for Anderson
62 min Dowie cautioned for a foul on Oliver. Forbes free-kick is deflected over for a corner kick.
63 min Hamill moves into central midfield with Hooper on the right.
64 min Goal Morton. Quitongo the scorer - QOS 0:4 Morton
65 min Hamill`s long range effort flies over the woodwork.
68 min Pickard misses from point blank range.
70 min Penalty to Morton.
71 min Goal Morton. O`Ware the scorer - QOS 0:5 Morton
71 min Yellow Card : Robinson
72 min Brownlie fouls Forbes and captain O`Ware makes no mistake to make it five.
73 min Robinson shown a yellow card from referee Steven Kirkland in the build-up to the penalty kick.
74 min Substitution : Fergusson on for Rigg
80 min Substitution : Oyenuga on for Nesbitt
80 min Attendance- 1695
84 min Hamill`s left footed effort is easily saved by Gaston
84 min Yellow Card : Marshall
86 min Substitution : Tiffoney on for Forbes
86 min Substitution : Scullion on for Quitongo
89 min Scullion nearly makes it six but Robinson does enough to deny the youngster.
16:47 FULL TIME - QOS 0:5 Morton