Match Report

 Queens? run of six games unbeaten came to a resounding end with a 2-0 defeat to Alloa at the Indodrill Stadium.


With Harkins out the squad and David Norman returning to Canada, alongside Dobbie and Brownlie who are injured, it was another makeshift Queens team. Although to be fair, 9 of the 11 players had started in the 1-1 draw with Ross County just two weeks ago, Owen Bell and Andy Stirling being the only players who never started.


Bell?s introduction from the start meant Mikey Doyle started on the right-wing, with Josh Todd partnering Lyndon Dykes up-front.


The opening 45, while goalless, were certainly not short of chances. Indeed, after just three minutes Alloa?s set-piece maestro Iain Flannigan had a shot from 25 yards that deflected off Callum Fordyce and flew whiskers by the post. 


Lyndon Dykes had the away sides first shot of the game after four minutes, his low effort gobbled up by the impressive Neil Parry. 



Parry denies Dykes


Just six minutes later a dangerous Alloa free-kick was met by Hearts loanee Dario Zanatta, who?s header struck the bar.


A minute later, a neat one-two from Scott Mercer and Kyle Jacobs allowed the former to cut-back to Todd, who?s effort went wide of the Alloa goal.


Alan Trouten then had an effort just six-yards from the goal, and somehow he skied it, with only Martin to beat.


Chances were aplenty for both sides, and if it wasn?t for Martin or Parry the scoreline could?ve easily been as big as when the sides met in October; 3-3 at Palmerston.


Todd struck a thunderous volley from 25-yards out, which Parry, to the amazement of the crowd, managed to get his fingertips to, nudging it wide.



Jake Hastie was the next to try his luck. After finding himself in space in the box, he struck a powerful effort from 15-yards out, that Alan Martin done well to get down to.


Dykes then found himself with half-a-yard in the six-yard box, but his effort from a tight angle was saved by Parry. From the resulting corner, Semple?s powerful header was acrobatically tipped over the bar by Parry, who was having a blinder.


Parry denies Semple


Half Time - Alloa 0-0 QoS


A half which was very much won by the respective keepers. Parry had more to do, but it was a relatively even first period.


The second-half got underway in quieter fashion. Both sides were desperate not to concede the opening goal, leading to a cagey affair.


Speedster Hastie had the ball in the net on 58 minutes, but the lineswoman flagged for offside.


However, just five minutes later, Alloa got their goal. After Jacobs fouled on the edge of the box, Flannigan stepped up in what was the perfect position for a free-kick. Flannigan went the power route, smashing in at Martin?s near post. 


Martin cannot get to his far post and the free kick opens the scoring 



Alloa began pressing hard for a second, but Queens held firm. Zanatta went down the area after a challenge from Calum Semple. And while there was contact, it looked like Zanatta had went into Semple and went down, rather than Semple taking Zanatta down.


Connor Murray came on for Owen Bell, who had a fairly good game in his first league start of the season, but Murray being more offensive, was able to push the team forward. 


The final 20 minutes were very much all Queens. Dykes had the Doonhamers best chance, squandering a 1-on-1 opportunity to get the teams back on level terms.


And while Queens continued to pepper the Alloa box with crosses, there was to be no joy. An Alloa counter attack led to a dangerous shot from Burt, which Martin did well to save, before Zanatta was first to react to put the ball in the empty net.



Zanatta does well to slip the ball under Martin finish the game


Fordyce almost scored a consolation for the visitors, but his header from three-yards out came straight off Parry.


Full Time - Alloa 2-0 QoS


A disappointing defeat, that leaves Queens just three points away from the play-offs at the halfway stage.


A huge game next week see?s second-placed Ayr visit Palmerston. They?ll want to forget their last visit, in which they got well and truly Dobbie?d. Here?s hoping for a similar result

  • Martin

  • Mercer

  • Fordyce

  • Semple


  • Marshall

  • Doyle

  • Bell


  • Jacobs

  • Stirling

  • Todd

  • Dykes


  • Leighfield

  • Irving

  • Murray


  • Frizzell


  • Harvey

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14:28 Good afternoon and welcome to Alloa for today’s Scottish Championship fixture away to Alloa Athletic. Team lines to follow
14:35 QoS team: Martin, Mercer, Fordyce, Semple, Marshall, Doyle, Bell, Jacobs, Stirling, Todd, Dykes
14:35 QoS subs: Leighfield (GK), Murray, Frizzell, Harvey, D. Irving
14:36 Alloa team: Parry, Taggart, Graham, Roscoe, Robertson, Hetherington, Flannigan, Cawley, Trouten, Hastie, Zanatta
14:37 Alloa subs: Henry (GK), Spence, Brown, Burt, Aloulou, Karadachki
14:38 2 changes from last weeks draw with Dunfermline. Frizzel drops to the bench and Harkins drops out altogether. Bell and Stirling come in
2 min Alloa with an early free-kick that is well cleared by Fordyce. The Wasps win another free-kick at the edge of the box...
3 min Flannigan’s effort is deflected by Fordyce just wide. Lucky escape there
4 min Dykes has Queens’ first effort of the game. The ball comfortably saved by Parry
7 min Todd puts a ball across the face of the goal, but no one is there to meet it
9 min Ball is in the net for Queens, but the ref blows for a foul on the keeper from Dykes
9 min Dykes’ poweferul stirke is acrobatically blocked by Graham
10 min Zanatta heads onto the bar from an Alloa free-kick
11 min Good work by Mercer allows Todd to get a shot away that he puts wide
17 min Martin makes a good save down at his near post, before collecting the ball before Alloa could get the rebound
19 min Chance for Alloa as Trouten gets through 6 yards from goal and somehow skies his effort with only Martin to beat
25 min Todd hits a screamer of a volley from 20/25 yards. Some save from Parry
26 min Todd goes down in the box but the ref waved it away. It would have been soft, to be fair
30 min Yellow Card : Fordyce
31 min The skipper takes Zanatta down as he was running towards goal. Dangerous free-kick now...
31 min Flannigan’s free-kick is narrowly wide of the top corner
37 min Martin makes a fantastic save to deny Hastie’s powerful strike
43 min Dykes gets in 6 yards from goal but Parry parries it wide
44 min Semple has a header spectacularly saved by Parry.
Half Time HALF TIME - Alloa 0:0 QOS
Half Time Goalless at the break. A half of football that was dominated by Alan Martin and Neil Parry
49 min Zanatta gets in behind Fordyce but his shot from an angle goes for a throw
54 min Fordyce’s hesder accords goal is caught by Parry. Good goalkeeping
58 min Hastie has the ball in the net but the flag is up for offside. That was tight
62 min Alloa with a free-kick in a good position...
63 min Goal Alloa. Flannigan the scorer - Alloa 1:0 QOS
63 min The dangerous midfielder beats Martin at his near post from the free-kick
68 min Zanatta goes down in the box off Semple but again the ref waves the appeals away
69 min Substitution : Murray on for Bell
71 min Dykes gets through 1-on-1 with Parry but his volley goes wide
72 min Murray has a strike from 25 yards that is well held by Parry
77 min Queens very much dominating now as we search for an equaliser
77 min Substitution : Brown on for Cawley
81 min Doyle’s header goes narrowly wide
81 min Substitution : Frizzell on for Semple
82 min Substitution : Burt on for Trouten
86 min Zanatta turns Doyle but his shot flies wide
88 min Fordyce’s header goes wide. The skipper has went up-front in search for an equaliser
90 min Goal Alloa. Zanatta the scorer - Alloa 2:0 QOS
90+1 min Zanatta is first to the rebound after Martin had done well to save Burt’s shot
90+2 min Fordyce somehow misses a header from inches out, Parry saves again
16:49 FULL TIME - Alloa 2:0 QOS
16:50 FT Alloa 2-0 QoS. A disappointing defeat for the South.