Match Report

Queens and Inverness shared the points and the goals as this afternoons Championship clash produced a very eventful and very entertaining game that both teams will remember for differing reasons. For Queens it will be a frustrating memory as for the opening hour they played some of their best football of the season as they raced into a 3 goal lead and appeared to be on the way to ending the long unbeaten run that Inverness had established, and for the visitors, they would have been delighted at the way they recovered from the deficit to continue with their fantastic unbeaten league. For the neutral, a draw was probably about the right result as although both teams scored three times, there were also many more opportunities for both teams to add to the scoreline.

Queens made two changes to the team that drew at Ayr last weekend, goalkeeper Alan Martin missed out giving a first league start of the season to Jack Leighfield, and Andy Stirling started ahead of David Norman who dropped to the bench, and for the visitors there was to be no quick return to Palmerston for former Queens man, Shaun Rooney, who missed out due to injury.
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Queens began in a 4-4-2 formation, and started well launching a quick attack down the right in the opening minute. Andy Stirling found Stephen Dobbie on the right and his first time cross in behind the visitors defence was only just too far ahead of the arriving Josh Todd. That early promise from Queens continued, and with just 5 minutes gone they carved out a really good chance to open the scoring.Once again the attack stemmed from the right hand side where the pace of Stirling allowed him to work the space to pick out a cross, and when his pass picked out Lyndon Dykes, the striker was very unfortunate to see his low shot shave the outside of the post as it just slipped wide.
The visitors had hardly got out of their own half in the opening stages, and when they did their first half chance fell to Oakley on 14 minutes, but he lacked accuracy with a header that he could only guide wide of the target. Queens continued to have the upper hand and a trio of corners put pressure on the visiting defence without really threatening to find the breakthrough, although a header from Callum Fordyce from the third corner did at least force Inverness `keeper Ridgers into making his first save of the game.
Queens had another opportunity to take the lead on 24 minutes when quick thinking from Gary Harkins saw him pick out Dykes with a long free-kick, but although the ball sat up well enough to be hit, the angle was always against the striker who saw his half-volley fly into the side netting.
The home side were well on top and on 31 minutes they took the lead. A flick on from Dykes found Dobbie on the right and his driven ball across the box bounced up and was bundled in by Lyndon Dykes from close range with the Inverness defence and in particular, `keeper Ridgers strongly appealing for handball - an appeal that fell on deaf ears and left Dykes celebrating his first league goal of the season.
Dykes strikes but Ridgers complains
The goal was a fitting reward for both Queens and Dykes, who in the opening half an hour had linked play very well, and on balance of play, the goal was a fair reflection of the opening half an hours play.
Inverness responded well to going behind, and a series of corners were well defended with Fordyce, Harkins, and Callum Semple doing very well to protect young Jack Leighfield and keep the ball away from the aerial threat that the visitors possessed. A decent attempt from Walsh flew wide after Oakley did well to create the chance,but the visitors rarely troubled Leighfield who did not have a save to make in the opening half. A foul by Trafford on Kyle Jacobs saw referee Aitken issue the first yellow card of the game 3 minutes before the break.
Queens ended the half with a flurry of half chances, and anyone of them could have added to their lead. Lyndon Dykes saw a flicked header from a Harkins free-kick tipped over, Andy Stirling saw a low drive from the right saved by Ridgers, and Semple came agonisingly close to scoring when his header from a corner just bounced wide. However, Queens had to settle for just the one goal advantage at the break, and although it was only the narrowest of leads, it was certainly a deserved one.
As they had done in the first half, Queens began on the front foot and 6 minutes into the half, the lead was extended. A long clearance was flicked on by Lyndon Dykes and as Ridgers ran from his box in an attempt to clear, Stephen Dobbie got to the ball first, rounded the `keeper and drilled the ball into the unguarded net from just outside the penalty area. It was a perfect start to the half for Queens and for the next 15 minutes or so some of their play was very good. The passing was exceptional, the positional play was excellent and the decision making was also top draw. Dykes almost scored again but try as he might he could just get full control of the ball and his close range effort was bundled to safety. A neat passing move involving Dobbie and Harkins created a chance for Josh Todd, but he sent his effort wide of the target. However, moments later the former Annan man was on the end of a sweeping Queens move that tore Inverness apart and increased Queens grip on the game. Dobbie`s pass picked out the overlapping run of Michael Doyle on the right and his pass across the box found Stirling who initially looked to have lost control, but he was able to work the ball back into the path of Josh Todd who composed himself, picked his spot, and curled a sublime effort into the far right hand corner to make it 3 for Queens.
Dobbie fires into the unguarded net after rounding the keeper
Dobbie celebrates his strike
Todd curls the ball into the net for number three
Todd celebrates his goal
Queens were in total control and were only half an hour away from becoming the first team to record a league win over Inverness this season, and both Jacobs and Dykes had chances to inflict more damage on the stunned visiting defenders as Queens continued to dominate. However on 71 minutes the away side began the fightback when a free -kick from Chalmers was headed in by McCart who jumped above Leighfield to find the net. Unbelievably just 3 minutes later the deficit was further reduced when Walsh`s driven cross from the right looked to have flown straight past Leighfield although substitute Austin claimed the goal that really ignited a Caley fightback as they looked to keep their unbeaten run intact.
A coming together between Stirling and Donaldson near the bye-line saw both players booked, and from their next attack Queens went close again when Todd`s effort was just tipped over the bar. Having survived that attempt the visitors completed their fightback when a foul in the penalty area gave them a spot- kick that was neatly converted by Welsh. From 3 nil down after 70 minutes, Inverness were now level with 9 minutes to go, and in fact were pushing for a winner.
Stirling and Donaldson square up
Queens replaced Stirling with David Norman, and then Harkins with Connor Murray, but in the closing moments it took a smart save from Leighfield to preserve the point when he saved well to turn Austin`s close range shot over the bar with his feet.
At start of play, a point at home to Inverness would probably have been considered a worthy point, but at 3 nil up with less than 20 minutes left to play, that was certainly 2 points dropped whichever way you look at it. For the first hour we were well worth the lead, but for the final 30 minutes we were as bad as we had been good, although credit to Inverness, as they continued with their incredible unbeaten league run. 

  • Leighfield

  • Doyle

  • Fordyce

  • Semple

  • Marshall

  • Stirling


  • Harkins


  • Jacobs

  • Todd

  • Dobbie

  • Dykes


  • Gibson

  • Mercer

  • Murray


  • Bell

  • Frizzell

  • Norman Jr


  • Irving

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14:29 Welcome to Palmerston for the visit of Inverness. Will the visitors long unbeaten run come to an end today?
14:40 Qos Team : 3.Marshall 4.Fordyce 6.Doyle 7.Stirling 8.Jacobs 10.Todd 11.Dobbie 12.Semple 14.Harkins 20.Leighfield 25.Dykes
14:40 Qos Subs : 2.Mercer 17.Murray 19.Bell 21.Frizzell 22.Norman Jr
14:41 Daniel Irving and sub keeper Ryan Gibson make up the Queens bench
14:43 ICT: 1. Ridgers 4. Chalmers 5. Donaldson 6. Mccart 7. Polworth 10. Doran 11. Walsh 14. Oakley 15. Welsh 22. Mckay 24. Trafford
14:43 ICT subs: 42. Hoban 9. Austin 19. White 35. Mcgregor 40. Harper
14:44 So two changes for Queens today - Leighfield replaces Martin in goal while Stirling comes in for Norman who drops to the bench
14:46 Our usual match reporter is unavailable but we`ll keep you up to date with any goals from the game
2 min Harkins has started in the middle beside Jacobs with Todd wide left and Stirling on the right
30 min GOAL QUEENS. Dykes the scorer - QOS 1:0 ICT
31 min Dykes flicks in on to Dobbie hwo drives down the line before crossing. Bit of a scramble but Dykes forces it home
32 min The defence was complaining bitterly possibly about hand ball but the goal is given
41 min Yellow Card : Trafford
Half Time HALF TIME - QOS 1:0 ICT
Half Time It`s a deserved lead for the home side. Dykes came close twice before his goal, scuffing a shot wide and volleying into the side netting
Half Time The visitors look dangerous from set pieces although Leighfield hasn`t been called into action yet
51 min GOAL QUEENS. Dobbie the scorer - QOS 2:0 ICT
52 min On the break Queens double their lead. Dobbie latched on to a long ball forward, touched it round the keeper and passed into an empty net
56 min Substitution : Austin on for Trafford
57 min Substitution : White on for Oakley
61 min GOAL QUEENS. Todd the scorer - QOS 3:0 ICT
62 min Another break another goal! Doyle races down the right crosses for Stirling who lays it back to Todd who curls it into the top corner
64 min Yellow Card : Welsh
70 min Goal ICT. McCart the scorer - QOS 3:1 ICT
71 min McCart heads in from a set piece to pull one back.
74 min Goal ICT. Austin the scorer - QOS 3:2 ICT
75 min Cross come shot from wide goes past everyone into the far corner. Looked like Austin got the final touch. ICT pressing hard
78 min Yellow Card : Donaldson
78 min Yellow Card : Stirling
80 min Penalty Inverness!
80 min Goal ICT. Welsh the scorer - QOS 3:3 ICT
81 min This team just do not know when they`re beaten! Welsh slots home the penalty comfortably
81 min Substitution : Norman on for Stirling
86 min Substitution : Murray on for Harkins
87 min Substitution : Mcgregor on for Doran
16:52 FULL TIME - QOS 3:3 ICT
16:53 Queens left to rue a number of good chances as ICT come back to extend this impressive unbeaten record
16:53 Queens left to rue a number of good chances as ICT come back to extend this impressive unbeaten record
16:54 The visitors had a lot of the ball second half without looking too threating but a set piece, a penalty and a bit of luck earned them a poin