Match Report

 It was the 2nd of 4 highland journeys this season for the mighty South, and it proved to be another tough game. With no Stephen Dobbie or Gary Harkins, who aggravated his hamstring problem during the week, a threadbare squad were up against it from the start.


However, Queens came away with a draw, a result in which they were good value for over the piece.


Three changes from the Partick game saw Dobbie and Harkins drop out through injury, with Andy Stirling dropped for Adam Frizzell. Callum Semple and David Norman also returned to the team. Mikey Doyle, who played centre-half last week, lined up in right-wing this week, with Lyndon Dykes and Josh Todd up-front.


Frizzell is hauled down as he tries to break away 


The game got off a quiet start. County were dominating the ball, but Queens looked dangerous every time they went forward. 


Todd had the games first real chance, as his shot from 18-yards flew over the bar. County were peppering the QoS box with crosses, that the away defence done well to see off. Challenges from stand-in skipper Callum Fordyce, and the impressive Scott Mercer prevented County from testing Alan Martin in the Queens goal. 


Todd turns the County defence inside out 


The first real chance of the game came on 37 minutes. Josh Mullin?s poor free-kick came off the Queens wall, and fell to Cypriot full-back Stelios Demetriou, who?s cross-turned-shot came off the inside of the post, much to the relief of the travelling fans.


Relief in the Queens defence as the effort from Stelious comes back of the woodwork


Just five minutes later, Ross Stewart found himself six-yards from goal with a free header that he mistimed and scuffed wide. Billy Mckay?s audacious overhead kick resulted in a goal kick for Queens.


Referee Mike Roncone blew the whistle for half-time at 0-0. There wasn?t too much between the sides at the break, although County will feel they should have taken at least one of their chances. 


Half-Time: Ross County 0-0 QoS


As the sides re-emerged for the second 45, the heavens opened on Dingwall leading to slippery and slides conditions.


The hosts started the half the better of the two teams. After good work down the wing, Mullin was played in 18-yards from goal, but his shot was met by an exceptional save from Alan Martin.


However just five minutes later (56?), County took the lead. The move was similar to the previous, Mckay went down the wing, squared to Mullin, except this time his shot beat Martin. The goal was probably deserved on balance, with County really having a go at the start of the 2nd half.

Mullin beats Martin


After seeing off some pressure after the goal, Queens grew into the game greatly, and were out-playing their hosts. Frizzell had a shot inside the box that was blocked brilliantly by Demetriou. 


A minute later, tactical genius Gary Naysmith brought Andy Stirling for David Norman. Stirling perhaps had a point to prove after starting on the bench, and it only took him seven minutes to prove it.


Good work down the right hand side saw the ball played to the Queens number 7, before he took a touch and placed calmly beyond Scott Fox in the opposition goal.

Stirling slams the ball home to equalise


Goal scoring celebration


The last 20 minutes were anyone?s game. Both sides were pushing for three points, and both had chances. 


On 75 minutes, a goal mouth scramble in the Queens box resulted in a good save from Martin, before being eventually cleared by Adam Frizzell. On the break, Todd and Stirling were through on goal. 


However, while Stirling was deemed onside and took the ball, the linesman adjudged Todd to have interfered with play and, being in a clear offside position, the game was taken back for a Ross County free-kick.


With just two minutes of the 90 left, Dykes? near post diving header flew just wide of the post. One minute later, Ross County substitute Declan McManus was through on goal, but Martin was there to make a quite sublime save one-on-one to keep the scores tied. 


Full Time: Ross County 1-1 QoS


Anther impressive performance from the Doonhamers against tough opposition. Queens are now unbeaten in all four games against the top-two, home and away, having scored 7 and conceded just twice against them. 


More importantly however, it moved QoS up into that all important play-off spot.


Next week we?re back at Palmerston, hosting Dunfermline. A win could open the gap between QoS and the Pars to seven points, however it will by no means be an easy game. One Josh Todd goal was all that separated the teams back in October with Queens completing a successful grab-and-go mission.


  • Martin

  • Mercer

  • Fordyce

  • Semple

  • Marshall

  • Doyle

  • Jacobs

  • Norman Jr


  • Frizzell


  • Todd


  • Dykes


  • Leighfield

  • Bell


  • Irving

  • Murray


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14:14 Good afternoon and welcome to Dingwall for today’s SPFL Championship match away to Ross County. Teams to follow
14:16 QoS: Martin, Mercer, Marshall, Fordyce, Doyle, Jacobs, Todd, Semple, Frizzell, Norman, Dykes
14:16 QoS subs: Leighfield (GK), Stirling, Murray, Bell, D. Irving
14:17 Ross County: Fox, Fraser, Draper, Lindsay, Mckay, Demetriou, Mullin, Watson, Cowie, Stewart, Grivosti
14:18 County subs: Munro (GK), Gardyne, McManus, Keillor-Dunn, Dingwall, Wallace, Kelly
14:28 In our lord and saviours abscene today Callum Fordyce will skipper the team. We will also be wearing our sky blue 3rd kit for the first time
2 min Looks as if Queens have went 4-4-2 with Doyle on the right wing, and Todd and Dykes upfront
7 min Queens with the games first chance as Todd’s shot flies over the bar from 18-yards out
13 min County with more of the possesion early on but yet to test Martin
19 min Mercer with a last ditch header to put the ball out for a corner
20 min A dangerous ball in lands in the middle of the box, thankfully Norman reacts firsts and clears
21 min County with the first decent shot of the game, Fordyce deflects it out for a corner
24 min Yellow Card : Fraser
24 min Fraser goes into the book for taking down Frizzell on the break
29 min The Queens defence are having a good game so far, County reduced to poor crosses and long range shots. Martin yet to be troubled
32 min County awarded a free-kick on the edge of the side of the box
33 min A hard low ball in is booted away by Dykes
34 min Yellow Card : Norman
36 min County with a free-kick 25 yards out facing the goal
36 min Mullins poor free kick hits the wall
37 min POST! From the resulting cross, Demetriou hits the inside of the post and Queens clear
41 min Queens players giving absolutely everything out there and more than matching County at the minute
42 min Stewart scuffs a header from 6 yards out, before Mckay’s overhead kick goes wide. Queens let off the hook there
44 min Dykes almost in on goal but Watson makes a good last ditch challenge
45 min Queens get their first corner of the game
Half Time HALF TIME - Ross County 0:0 QOS
Half Time Stewart missed a brilliant chance after 40 minutes, apart from that it’s been fairly even.
46 min The heavens have opened at half time in Dingwall
49 min County create a good chance but Norman does brilliantly to head the ball clear
51 min Mullin has a go from 18 yards and Martin makes a spectacular save. Corner County
52 min Dykes puts a good ball in but Frizzell can’t quite reach it
55 min Official attendance: 3205. Looks to be about 100 QoS fans as well, although not got an exact number
56 min Goal Ross County. Mullin the scorer - Ross County 1:0 QOS
56 min Mullin breaks the deadlock eventually. A similar chance to the one he just missed, but this time it’s low and out of Martin’s reach
63 min Frizzell has an effort from 10 yards that looks destinied for the net if it wasn’t for Demetriou putting in a fantastic challenge to block
64 min Sub Queens: Norman OFF Stirling ON
71 min GOAL QUEENS. Stirling the scorer - Ross County 1:1 QOS
71 min Stirling afforded time to take a touch and finish in the box and he levels well. COME ON.
72 min County put a dangerous ball in but thankfully no one is there to meet it
75 min Todd and Stirling are through, Stirling takes the ball but the linesman flags for Todd being offside.
75 min This comes just after a goal mouth scramble in the QoS box that Frizzell done well to clear
76 min RC sub: Cowie OFF Gardyne ON
76 min Queens sub: Frizzell OFF Murray ON
79 min Todd gets through on goal but Watson makes a spectacular block. Chance missed.
82 min RC sub: Stewart OFF McManus ON
83 min Stirling cuts inside and sets himself up for a shot but it flies over. Another decent chance
86 min County with some dangerous crosses but Queens hold strong and get a goal kick. Both teams going for it here, a great game to watch
87 min Corner Queens
88 min Dykes has a diving header That goes narrowly wide
89 min McManus gets through 1 on 1 and Martin makes another amazing stop. Gaun yersel Aldo
90+3 min Sub Queens; Todd OFF Bell ON
16:50 FULL TIME - Ross County 1:1 QOS
16:51 A 1-1 draw and probably a fair enough result in the whole. Both teams going for the winner, but Alan Martin prevented County more than once.