Match Report

A rampant display and emphatic 6-0 victory over Brechin City at Forfar`s Station Park saw Queen of the South crowned Second Division champions in style last night.

Brechin were the only side who could still mathematically overturn Queens` 24 point lead at the top of the table and were on an 11-match unbeaten run but the side placed 3rd in the table could not live with the speed and accuracy of the Queens attacks.

First half goals from Nicky Clark (2), Michael Paton (2) and an own goal from Brechin?s Ewan Moyes saw the Doonhamers sail into a 5-0 half-time lead before Gavin Reilly wrapped up the scoring in the second period.  Things went from bad to worse for the home side as Brechin?s Gerry McLauchlan picked up his second booking and saw red with 14 minutes remaining. 

Any nerves from the players were settled in lightning-quick time as Queens took the lead within the first minute.  Chris Mitchell was the creator as his free-kick from the left wing found Nicky Clark free at the back post and after peeling off his marker the league`s top scorer made no mistake as he volleyed home.

It was a flying start to the match and it got better as Michael Paton fired in his first goal for the club after only 3 minutes.  It was a wonderful solo effort as the former Aberdeen forward drove down the left-wing before cutting inside onto his right foot and curled a shot from 20 yards past the goalkeeper to send the travelling army of Queens fans into early celebrations. 

Paton strikes his first goal of the night

and celebrates a super strike 

Brechin looked bewildered and beaten already as Queens continued to press and create chances and could have been 3-0 in front within 7 minutes as Nicky Clark raced clear of the defence.  The striker could not control the final shot though as he sliced the ball wide.

The lead was extended with just 18 minutes on the clock as another deadly delivery from a Chris Mitchell free-kick caused havoc in the Brechin defence and centre-back Ewan Moyes sliced his clearance over his own goalkeeper and into his own net to cap an incredible start to the match for the away side.

The game continued with Queens attacking at relentless pace and Brechin only threatening with long range efforts.  Nicky Clark could have added a second but was denied by the feet of Michael Andrews in the Brechin goal before Michael Paton added his second of the night after 36 minutes.

Paton`s second was a tremendous strike as he blasted the ball into the postage stamp, giving the goalkeeper no chance whatsoever.

Paton slams home his second goal in some style

The match had not reached half-time before the Doonhamers added yet another goal with Clark making it 5-0 on 42 minutes.  The striker slid in his 25th league of the season after great work down the left by Kevin Holt as the full-back got to the byline before cutting the ball across goal.

Kevin Holt ends up in the snow after crossing to Nicky Clark who bundled the ball home

The Brechin players would have been happy to hear the half-time whistle as they had been well and truly demolished in the first period with Queens running riot.

The second period began at a much more sedate pace than the first as Queens controlled possession of the ball and probed for more openings.

One such opening fell to Gavin Reilly who skipped past one challenge in the box before beating Andrews in the Brechin goal only to see his angled effort come back off the post.

Reilly did get himself on the scoresheet just a minute later however as he chased down Gerry McLauchlan`s back pass to block the goalkeeper`s clearance.  The ball landed perfectly for the youngster as he rolled the ball into an unguarded net.

Gavin got his reward for a busy night with a goal after beating down the `keeper

That was to be the end of the scoring despite repeated attempts by Michael Paton to snatch his hat-trick and a number of other efforts going close as Queens were happy to keep possession and run the clock down.

Brechin`s bad day at the office was compounded with 14 minutes remaining as right-back Gerry McLauchlan was sent off after a late challenge on Nicky Clark brought a second yellow. 

If there was is a way to win the league then a performance and result like that is certainly the way to do it.  Few teams could have coped with the speed and precision of the Queens attacks with quality attacking football receiving its just rewards as Allan Johnston and his team claimed theirs.

Memories of 2001/02 season

Celebration time

Allan and Sandy - a job well done

  • Robinson

  • Mitchell

  • Durnan


  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • Carmichael


  • Burns

  • McKenna

  • Paton

  • Reilly

  • Clark


  • Atkinson

  • McGuffie


  • Lyle


  • Young

  • Gibson


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19:39 Howdy folks and welcome to Forfar as Queens take on Brechin. Kick off is 7.45pm.
19:41 This is it.Queens have been well clear at the top of the division for ages now and can finally confirm their status as champions with a win.
19:42 Easier said than done though as tonight`s opponents Brechin are unbeaten in their last 11 matches since Queens beat them 1-0 at Palmerston.
19:42 Tonight`s teams:
19:43 Queens: 1 Robinson 2 Mitchell 3 Holt 4 Durnan 5 Higgins 6 Burns 7 Carmichael 8 McKenna 9 Reilly 10 Clark 11 Paton
19:44 Subs: 14 McGuffie 15 Lyle 16 Young 17 Gibson 12 Atkinson (gk)
19:44 Brechin: 1 Andrews 2 McLauchlan 3 McLean 4 Hay 5 Moyes 6 Fusco 7 Trouten 8 Brady 9 Jackson 10 McKenna 11 Carcary
19:45 Subs: 12 J Stewart 14 Pursehouse 15 R Stewart 16 Murdoch 20 Nelson
19:46 And tonight`s whistler is Barry Cook assisted by flagwavers James Bee and David Dickinson.
19:46 The teams are out. We are ready to go...
1 min GOAL QUEENS! Clark the scorer
3 min What a start for Queens! A free-kick on the left from Mitchell finds Clark`s run to the back post who volleys in off the keeper. Lightning.
3 min GOAL QUEENS! Paton the scorer
5 min Wow! It gets better for Queens as Michael Paton runs from his own half before cutting in and bending a shot into the net. Amazing start!
6 min Brechin look to hit back immediately as Andy Jackson has a strike from range but it`s straight down the throat of Lee Robinson.
8 min It should be three as Nicky Clark wins the race to the ball and is in on goal but slices wide. Queens are really up for this tonight.
14 min Yellow Card : Brechin`s Alan Trouten picks up a yellow.
15 min Danger for Queens as Brechin win a free-kick right on the edge of the area...
16 min ... David McKenna steps up and fires a good effort inches wide of Robinson`s post. Close.
18 min GOAL QUEENS! Own goal the scorer
19 min It is definitely Queens` night! Chris Mitchell`s deadly delivery again from the left is sliced high and over his own keeper by Ewan Moyes.
25 min Another great chance for Queens as Clark sprints clear of the defence but his shot from an angle is blocked by the `keeper`s legs.
29 min Not too bad so far, eh? Queens have been right on their game tonight and Brechin don`t know what`s hit them. Queens keeping the ball nicely.
30 min Paul Burns tries to get in on the act with a speculative effort from 30 yards that troubles Andrews into pushing behind.
31 min From the resulting corner Queens should score as Nicky Clark sends a free header over the crossbar from inside the 6 yard box. Unlucky.
35 min Brechin threaten from a deep set-piece but the Queens defence clear without too much difficulty.
36 min GOAL QUEENS! Paton the scorer
37 min You will not see a better strike this season. Michael Paton skips inside and rockets the ball into the postage stamp from 25 yards. Quality.
40 min Brechin come forward and Garry Brady has a decent effort from outside the area but can`t keep it down.
41 min Yellow Card : Brechin`s right back Gerry McLauchlan fouls Kevin Holt and picks up a yellow.
42 min GOAL QUEENS! Clark the scorer
45 min The goals keep coming! Holt goes bounding down the left and gets himself to the byline before cutting the ball across for Clark to slide in.
Half Time HALF TIME - Brechin 0:5 QOS
Half Time Wonderful, wonderful first half from Queens. They have destroyed Brechin City tonight and look like they might score each time they attack.
45 min No changes from either side.
52 min Queens begin the half on top as you would expect and Paton has an effort from the corner of the area but hits it straight at the keeper.
56 min Off the post! Gavin Reilly skips past a challenge inside the area but can only find the post from a tight angle. So close.
57 min GOAL QUEENS! Reilly the scorer
59 min It`s all going right for Queens as Gavin Reilly closes down a shortish backpass and the ricochet falls into his path with an open goal.
59 min Substitution : McGuffie on for Durnan
60 min Yellow Card : Stephen McKenna picks up a yellow card for persistent fouling.
63 min Michael Paton is really trying for that hat-trick and he`s just hit his 5th shot of the half bringing a smart stop from Michael Andrews.
66 min Substitution : Gibson on for Carmichael
70 min Ole`s ring out from the Queens faithful as the team plays around the Brechin defence before Willie Gibson lashes one well over the bar.
72 min The attendance at the game tonight is 627.
74 min Another long range effort from Michael Paton hits the target but Andrews in the Brechin net is equal to it.
76 min Red Card : Brechin`s Gerry McLauchlan picks up a second yellow as he takes out Nicky Clark from behind.
78 min Substitution : Lyle on for Clark
79 min Yellow Card : Brechin`s Alex Pursehouse is cautioned as he stops Kevin Holt`s run on halfway.
87 min Queens look for a 7th as Chris Mitchell tries his luck from range and Lyle attempts to flick it goalwards but the ball flies over.
89 min Just wide. Willie Gibson threads the needle to find Derek Lyle inside the area but the substitute drags his effort wide.
21:32 FULL TIME - Brechin 0:6 QOS
21:33 CHAMPIONS!!!
21:34 The Queens support and players celebrate and the team have secured the title in the most emphatic fashion.