Match Report

Queens progressed to the 4th round of this seasons Scottish Cup competition after finally getting the better of Montrose at a cold and wet Palmerston tonight but it took two quality goals from both our strikers to finally edge past the plucky side from Division Two. Much like the game on Saturday, the 90 minutes play was fairly scrappy with clear cut chances few and far between, but eventually we began to work our way into the game, and although making hard work of it - especially in the closing stages - we held on for the win. Queens made two changes to the side that started at Links Park as there were starts for Lyndon Dykes, and Connor Murray, whilst James McFadden, and Andy Stirling dropped to the bench.

Having not met for 12 years, the third game between the teams in the space of 45 days began slowly but when the first attempt on goal arrived it came Queens` way with Stephen Dobbie driving a low shot just wide of the far post, and it was Dobbie again who after being found by Jordan Marshall saw his shot deflected into the arms of Montrose `keeper Fleming.
Unfortunately those two early opportunities for Queens was as good as it got, and for the next phase of the game we started to hit far too many long balls in the general direction of Lyndon Dykes, who was well marshalled by a combination of both Dillon, and Allan. We did almost capitalise on one such long ball when Alan Martin`s long clearance found Dykes on the right wing, but after getting the better of the full back, Dykes` low cross into the 6-yard box was bundled clear ahead of the onrushing Lyle.
On 24 minutes and following a free-kick on the right, we took the lead for the first time in the tie. Connor Murray`s set-piece delivery was cleared to the edge of the 6-yard box and from a narrow angle Stephen Dobbie smashed the ball home on the volley with the power of the shot being too much for the `keeper to deal with.
We came very close to adding to the lead minutes later when John Rankin gained possession midway inside the Montrose half and moving forward unchallenged he drove a right  foot effort only inches wide of the far post with the `keeper glad to see it miss the target. We were enjoying our best spell at this point and Murray`s neat pass set up Dobbie, although after cutting inside from the right he was only able to shoot straight at the `keeper. Another long clearance this time from Darren Brownlie found Dykes and after excellent control he was able to work himself a shooting opportunity but disappointingly his good approach play was let down by a rather wild finish.The visitors had been neat and tidy with their passing but their final ball was not troubling Queens, but just 2 minutes before the interval that all changed when they drew level. A neat passing move that started down the left was switched to the right and a delightful cross that took out three Queens defenders was met by Webster who headed back across goal and over Martin to the joy of the small group of travelling Montrose fans.
Queens almost replied instantly with a second goal when Dobbie slipped the ball through to Dykes, and although he was able to round the `keeper, the narrowing angle was against him and this allowed Dillon to cover the near post and turn his shot away which made sure that the scores remained level at the break.
Boosted by their goal just before the interval, the visitors started the second period on the front foot and scorer of their goal, Webster, had a half chance to add to his tally, but his effort wasn`t the best.
At the other end Dobbie was also guilty of missing a presentable opportunity when with the Montrose defence appealing for offside, he latched on to Martin`s clearance only to lift a tame effort straight into the arms of `keeper Fleming. Another decent chance came the way of Queens when Rankin picked out the run of Lyle, but clean through on goal his shot lacked power and was easily gathered by the `keeper.
Our first change of the game saw James McFadden replace Connor Murray, and the substitute was instantly involved in assisting with what turned out to be the game`s winning goal. A long throw taken by McFadden on the left was cleared out to the edge of the penalty area where it fell nicely for Derek Lyle to swivel and on the half turn hit an unstoppable drive that flew past Fleming. That was the third good quality goal of what really was a very scrappy affair, and at least unlike Saturday`s clash, the crowd of 794 had at least seen some decent finishing.
The only yellow card of the game was shown to Montrose defender Ballantyne as he hauled Shaun Rooney to the ground, and when Dobbie, Dykes, and Marshall combined to win a corner, McFadden`s flighted cross from a short set-piece routine very nearly picked out Lyle at the far post. Callum Tapping replaced Derek Lyle for the final few minutes and as the clock ticked towards full time, Montrose went all out to try to rescue the game and Webster fired over the bar when perhaps he could have done better. In the dying moments with `keeper Fleming sent forward to add his presence, a long ball into the box flicked off the heads of several players as they all jumped looking for a positive touch, but fortunately for us there was not enough power on the ball to beat Martin who was able to save comfortably.
The final whistle sounded moments later much to the relief of all in blue, but a mention must go to the visiting team whose spirited performances over the two games will surely give them the belief that they can mount a promotion push from their own league after more than matching their higher league opponents for large parts of both games.

Fleming palms away an early Dobbie effort

Dobbie salutes the crowd after his strike

Montrose equalise

Rooney keeps things tight

Decisive Del

Fleming had no chance with this one

Fleming can only watch as the ball comes back out of the net

Del celebrates

  • Martin

  • Rooney

  • Fordyce

  • Brownlie

  • Marshall

  • Murray


  • Jacobs

  • Rankin

  • Dykes

  • Lyle

  • Dobbie


  • Leighfield

  • Tapping


  • Stirling

  • McFadden


  • Fergusson

  • Akubuine

  • Mercer

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19:01 Welcome to Palmerston for tonight`s William Hill Scottish cup replay against Montrose. Team news to follow
19:22 Qos Team : 1.Martin 2.Rooney 3.Marshall 4.Fordyce 5.Brownlie 8.Rankin 9.Lyle 11.Dobbie 14.Jacobs 17.Murray 25.Dykes
19:22 Qos Subs : 6.Tapping 7.Stirling 16.McFadden 18.Fergusson 20.Leighfield 22.Akubuine 24.Mercer
19:25 Montrose : 21. Fleming 24. Ballantyne 3. Steeves 4. Allan 14. Dillon 18. Campbell 6. Fotheringham 2. Masson 9. Fraser 11. Hay 7. Webster
19:26 Montrose subs : 19. Callaghan 20. R Campbell 22. McLaren 16. Johnston 10. Templeman
19:47 Teams are out, almost ready to go in the William Hill Scottish cup
4 min So close! Dobbie fires a shot from 25 yards that flashes just past the post
9 min Another shot from Dobbie but a deflection takes the pace off it and it falls easily into the keepers arms
9 min Dykes wins the first corner of the game
10 min Fordyce heads it goalward, blocked, then a combination of the keeper and defender denies Dobbie
23 min GOAL QUEENS. Dobbie the scorer - QOS 1:0 Montrose
24 min Deadlock is broken by Dobbie. Murrays free kick is deflected up in the air and when it drops Dobs volleys it home almost through the keeper
30 min So close again! This time it`s Rankin who sees his shot fly just past the post with Fleming watching
41 min Great chance for Dykes but he sliced the volley
43 min Goal Montrose. Webster the scorer - QOS 1:1 Montrose
43 min A great ball to the back post is headed back across goal and into the net
44 min Dykes weaves into the box but his shot is blocked
45+1 min Off the line! Dykes latches onto a, short backpass goes round the keeper but has his shot cleared on the line
Half Time HALF TIME - QOS 1:1 Montrose
Half Time It was a half dominated by the home side and a bit of Dobbie magic looked to have given them the lead until Webster levelled late on
Half Time We`re back out and ready to go
48 min Early chance for Montrose but Webster fluffed his shot
50 min Dobbie beats the offside trap but his shot is weak and straight at the keeper
53 min Rankin runs 40 yards with the ball before playing lyle in but his shot is tame and easily saved
54 min Fleming called into action again as he races off his line to beat Marshall to the ball
54 min Substitution : Callaghan on for Fotheringham
65 min Substitution : McFadden on for Murray
66 min Substitution : Johnston on for number 12
68 min GOAL QUEENS. Lyle the scorer - QOS 2:1 Montrose
68 min A long throw from McFadden ends up at the far post and Lyle unleashes an unstoppable half volley into the top corner
71 min Penalty shout as another long throw falls to Lyle. This time his shot his blocked, the Queens players claim by a hand
73 min Substitution : Templeman on for Fraser
77 min Yellow Card : Ballantyne
79 min Substitution : Tapping on for Lyle
21:36 FULL TIME - QOS 2:1 Montrose
21:37 It was a bit nervy at the end but Queens hold out and go into the next round to face Partick Thistle