Match Report

 Queen of the South and Ayr United played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at a soaking wet Somerset Park.


 Lest we forget


As expected, much of the pre-match build up was aimed at Stephen Dobbie and Lawrence Shankland, and who would come out on top. The two respective talisman have scored a combined 25 league goals this season, Dobbie with 13 and Shankland with 12.


Gary Naysmith made two changes to the side that lost at Tannadice last week. Scott Mercer and Andy Stirling dropped out for Callum Semple and Gary Harkins. The visitors lined up in a 4-3-1-2 formation, with Dobbie partnered by Lyndon Dykes up-front while Harkins played just behind them. Michael Doyle moved out to right-back as Callum Semple slotted in at centre-half.


A scrappy start to game saw both teams trying to figure out how to play the surface. It was evident early on that long ball just wouldn?t work, as the ball would just skid out of play due to the wet pitch.


Ayr had the first half-chance of the game after nine minutes, as Craig Moore was played in by Mark Kerr, however the ever reliable Callum Semple was their to cut the Ayr man out.


Dobbie smashes one against the post 


After 19 minutes Ayr were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position, however Shankland?s poor effort was deflected out for a corner.


Literally a minute later Ayr were awarded another free-kick, this time in what can only be described as the perfect position for a right-footer. Shankland?s free-kick was of similar quality, however this time it deflected on target and Martin done extremely well to save considering how late he seen the ball. As Martin parried the ball away, he then done amazingly to knock it just wide of the incoming Moore, who was ready for a one-yard tap in.


It wasn?t the only time Martin would be called into action in the first period, as he was then forced to make an acrobatic save from Alan Forrest?s powerful shot. 



Martin makes a super stop


Ayr were dominating possession, but Queens were still having their fair share of chances. Dobbie?s free kick from 25-yards out was well blocked by Kerr. ?Dobs? then struck the post in quite spectacular fashion. He claimed a loose ball down the left hand side, and out of literally nothing, he viscously hit a left foot volley off the inside of the post. 


Half Time: Ayr United 0-0 QoS


A half of few clear cut chances, but nonetheless both teams were pushing for the victory. Dobbie?s volley was undoubtedly the best shot of the half, but Shankland, Forrest and Moore had chances for Ayr that Martin done well to stop.


As the second-half got underway neither team was able to assert their dominance. Moore had a long range effort that Martin done well to parry away, before Queens brought on Stirling for Todd to try and change the game. 


After 70 minutes, Moore was afforded space 12 yards out from goal, but his volley was a poor one and was straight into the hands of Martin. This was the best chance of the game so far, and in the last 20 minutes the game began to open up more.


While the game was fairly open now, it took a set piece for the first goal to come. A couple of corners for the hosts were putting Queens under increasing pressure, and it eventually paid off as Michael Rose jumped highest at a corner and headed past Martin in the Queens goal. On the balance of play, Ayr probably edged things, however Queens were by no means out of the game.


Rose heads home


An inspired substitution by Gary Naysmith seen Connor Murray replace David Norman as Queens went chasing an equaliser. It only took the youngster 20 seconds and just one touch to make a difference.


A free-kick into the box was headed across goal by Callum Fordyce, and Murray was there to tap the ball into the goal. After the game Naysmith was quick to compliment how well Murray had been training recently, and that the goal was no less than what he deserved.


Murray blasts home


Murray celebrates his strike


After the equaliser there wasn?t too much in the game. Ayr kept more of the ball, but Queens still looked dangerous on the counter.


Full Time - Ayr United 1-1 QoS


The Doonhamers put an end to Ayr?s 100% home record and pick up a valuable point on the road. Ayr kept more of the ball, but Queens had quite enough chances to merit the draw.


A massive thank you must go out to the 450 travelling fans their to support the South. The constant singing, even when Ayr scored, was fantastic.


Next week we begin a run of three consecutive home games, as Inverness Caledonian Thistle visit Palmerston. A win for Queens would put them within 1 point of Caley, and on the verge of the play-offs. 



  • Martin

  • Doyle

  • Fordyce

  • Semple

  • Marshall

  • Jacobs

  • Norman Jr


  • Todd


  • Harkins


  • Dobbie

  • Dykes


  • Leighfield

  • Mercer

  • Stirling


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13:49 Good afternoon and welcome to Somerset Park for today’s game away to league leaders Aye United. Line-ups will be out as soon as I get them.
14:15 QoS: Martin, Doyle, Fordyce, Semple, Marshall; Todd, Jacobs, Norman, Harkins; Dykes, Dobbie (C)
14:15 QoS subs: Leighfield (GK), Mercer, Stirling, Murray, Bell, Frizzell, D. Irving
14:16 Ayr: Doohan, Harvie, Kerr, Rose, Crawford, Moore, Forrest, Bell (C), Shankland, Murdoch, Smith
14:17 Ayr subs: Hare-Reid (GK), Higgins, Moffat, McDaid, McGuffie, Ferguson, Docherty
14:18 So two changes for Queens see Harkins and Semple replace Stirling and Mercer. Ayr include former Queens skipper Chris Higgins on the bench
14:31 It’s currently Dobbie 13, Shankland 12 in the top goalscorer race. Almost a quarter of Dobbie’s goals have came against today’s opposition!
1 min Queens have lined up in a 4-3-1-2 formation with Dykes and Dobbie upfront, ahead of Harkins
4 min A bad clash of heads see’s Crawford and Jacobs go down. Both receiving treatment
6 min Dobbie’s dangerous ball in results in a Queens corner.
8 min Another Dobbie cross is met by Jacobs who’s shot is deflected out. Somehow it is a goal kick and not a corner
9 min Kerr’s ball through is met by Moore but his shot is blocked out for a corner by Semple, who looked to have left a bit on the Ayr Striker
11 min The front 3 of Queens look to be rotating who plays where. Dobbie dropped deeper now and Harkins partnering Dykes up top
13 min Corner Ayr
13 min Shankland’s headee goes wide to delight of the Queens fans
15 min Dobbie almost gets in but Doohan beats him to the ball
19 min Ayr get a free-kick in a good position. Shankland to take
19 min It deflects off wall for a corner
20 min Another free-kick to Ayr in an even better position. The perfect place for a right footer
21 min Shankland’s strike goes through the wall and Martin parries it before knocking it away fantastically for a corner
21 min The corner is taken short and Forrest walks into the Queens box but his shot is blocked
24 min Ayr with a bit of pressure in the past few minutes. Martin has done well a couple of times to keep Ayr at bay
26 min Corner Ayr
27 min Martin with an acrobatic save to deny Forrest
28 min Queens with a free-kick in a good position after Todd’s mazy run is brought to a halt illegally
28 min Free-kick is blocked by Kerr
30 min Dobbie almost in but Rose does well to clear
30 min Corner Queens
34 min Corner Ayr
35 min Shankland gets a volley from 8 yards but he skies it into the Queens fans
35 min The visiting fans are serneating Shankland with ‘you’re just a *bad* Stephen Dobbie’
35 min Norman does extremely well to divert a low cross for a corner
36 min Shankland has a shot from inside the six-yard box but Martin saves
39 min Dobbie strikes the post with a viscious left foot volley from an acute angle. That would’ve been some goal
Half Time HALF TIME - Ayr 0:0 QOS
48 min Crawfords volley is blocked for a corner
52 min Dobbie has another left foot shot, this time saved by Doohan for a corner
55 min Much like the first half Ayr have more of the ball, but when Queens go on the attack they look dangerous
56 min Moore tests Martin from long range and the keeper takes no chances, partying out for a corner
57 min Moore tests Martin from long range and the keeper takes no chances, parrying out for a corner
60 min Shankland goes down clutching his head after losing a header to Semple
64 min Ayr with a free-kick in a decent position to cross
65 min Todd’s cross is just too high for Dykes to reach
65 min Substitution : Todd on for off ; Stirling on
66 min Stirling ON, Todd OFF
68 min Moore with a brilliant chance to give Ayr the lead but he scuffs his volley into the grateful hands of Martin
74 min Dykes tests Doohan but the Ayr keeper holds it well
74 min
74 min Ayr Corner
75 min Corner is cleared for another Ayr corner
75 min Goal Ayr. the scorer - Ayr 1:0 QOS
75 min Rose puts the hosts ahead with a simple header
76 min Forest OFF McGuffie ON
77 min Attendance: 2539 QoS fans: 450
79 min Yellow Card : Murdoch
80 min Yellow Card : Norman
80 min Moore OFF Moffat ON
80 min Norman OFF Murray ON
81 min GOAL QUEENS. MURRAY the scorer - Ayr 1:1 QOS
81 min Fordyce heads a ball across the box and Murray is there to tap in. C’MON YOU SOUTH
82 min Kerr OFF McDaid ON
84 min Murray wins the ball back in the Ayr half but his cross is cut out before it can reach Dykes
89 min McGuffie has a shot that goes narrowly past the top corner
90+2 min Rose mistimes his header and Dobbie is almost in, but Doohan collects
90+2 min Harkins OFF Bell ON
16:51 FULL TIME - Ayr 1:1 QOS
16:52 Ayr’s 100% home record in all competitions comes to an end today with a 1-1 draw thanks to a Connor Murray goal.