Match Report

 Queens made one enforced change to the side that lost to Alloa last week, with Jack Leighfield making his first appearance of the campaign as Robby McCrorie is busy with Scotland U21?s.

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It was the usual 4-4-2 formation for the visitors, with Gary Oliver returning to bench.


Thankfully for the away support, the opening goal didn?t take long to come. A Faissal El Bakhtaoui corner was deflected off Darren Brownlie, before the ball struck the unaware Connor Murray in the leg and rolled into the net to give Queens a 1-0 lead.


Murray celebrates his goal after deftly flicking the ball past the keeper


The away team began to show their class, with the midfield and strikers combining well to create chances galore. El Bakhtaoui and Dobbie were linking up well, with the newly signed French striker creating an opening for his partner, but Dobbie fired over the bar.


Not long after, Dobbie had another chance. After intercepting Clyde ?keeper David Mitchell?s pass, Dobbie?s powerful shot couldn?t beat the retreating Mitchell.


A powerful strike from Dobbie


The striker had another chance a few minutes later, as a ball through from Murray was met by both Dan Pybus and Dobbie who seemed to get into each other?s way before Mitchell collected.


A couple of other half-chances for El Bakh and Brownlie came and went without troubling Mitchell. David Goodwillie had two shots to close out the half, with neither testing Leighfield.


HT: Clyde 1-0 QoS


A comfortable first half saw Queens with a one goal lead, although they would go on to rue the missed chances in an all-action second period.


The second half didn?t take long to spring into action with Queens being awarded a penalty courtesy of a challenge on Stephen Dobbie in the box. Dobbie stepped up to take it, and sent Mitchell the wrong way to double Queens? lead.



Dobbie converts the penalty 


The second goal seemed to spark something in Clyde, and it was indeed the home side who looked most likely to score.


Whilst they enjoyed a fair bit of the ball, the Queens back four marshalled Clyde?s frontmen excellently, limiting them to half-chances.


And it was a spectacular half-chance that brought the Bully Wee back into the game, courtesy of Chris McStay.


After Goodwillie had found the midfielder on the edge of the area with his back to goal, McStay popped the ball up to himself before striking an overhead kick into the top corner, past the helpless Leighfield. 



Leighfield has no chance with McStays overhead kick


It was a genuinely special goal from a piece of individual brilliance, something Queens wouldn?t have been able to stop.


But just 14 minutes later, Clyde were back on level terms. As a corner from the right hand side was taken, the referee blew his whistle and signalled to the penalty spot, awarding the home team a penalty. The decision bemused almost all the supporters in the ground, with no player going to ground, no one got a clear view of the incident; bar the official. Replays showed the Brownlie did have a hold of Goodwillie?s jersey, however both managers conceded after the game that it was a ?soft? penalty.



The referee spots Brownlie, far right, with a hold of the Clyde forwards shirt and deems it sufficient to award a penalty


Former Scotland Internationalist Goodwillie on his 100th appearance for Clyde sent Leighfield the wrong way and made it 2-2. 


Things only went from bad to worse for Queens, as two minutes later a long free-kick was met by Martin McNiff who beat the out-rushing Leighfield to the ball to head into an empty net. 


A similar reaction from the the travelling support at the third and decisive goal


Not many fans could quite believe the comeback Clyde has produced. Due to some lovey play from the League 1 side, and Queens dropping off slightly, the underdogs were ahead.


The remaining 14 minutes gave Queens a chance to take the tie to penalties, or possibly win it. Despite bringing on Jack Hamilton with a few minutes left, it was Clyde who had the better chances, forcing Leighfield into a couple of impressive saves.


More decent link-up between Dobbie and El Bakhtaoui, the away side weren?t able to create any further chances, and bow out of the cup at the first hurdle.


FT: Clyde 3-2 QoS


A disappointing loss, and one which will be hard to find positives in. However, Dobbie getting back in and amongst the goals can only be seen as a good thing, along with the amount of chances Queens were able to create.


It?s back to league action next week as Greenock Morton visit Palmerston. We hope to see you there.

  • Leighfield

  • Mercer

  • Brownlie

  • Kilday

  • Holt

  • Murray

  • Pybus

  • Lyon

  • Paton


  • Dobbie
    1 (p)

  • El Bakhtaoui


  • Burns

  • Kidd

  • Hamilton


  • Oliver

  • McCarthy

  • Irving

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