Match Report

 Another promising performance from Queens was undone by some sloppy defending from crosses as a Michael Miller brace was too much for the Doonhamers, despite Stephen Dobbie pulling a goal back. James Maxwell was sent off for two yellow cards on 66 minutes, before Liam McCowan saw red for Ayr in injury time.

Stand-in managers Wullie Gibson and Stephen Dobbie made a trio of changes to Tuesday?s team with Dobbie, Euan East and Joe McKee coming in for Niyah Joseph, Connor Shields and Calvin McGrory, with the latter two both appearing on the bench.
Queens started the game on the front foot, winning a pair of corners in the opening 10 minutes, although weren?t able to test Viljami Sinisalo in the Ayr goal.
Despite Queens? good work in the opening stages, the hosts went ahead with their first chance of the game on 13 minutes. A deep corner by Joe Chalmers was met by Michael Miller at the back-post, who made no mistake in nodding home from close range.
Miller nets with not a Queens defender in shot
The opening goal was somewhat against the run of play and things quickly went from bad to worse for the Doonhamers when Michael Miller scored his second goal in five minutes, again from a corner. Another deep cross from Chalmers was met by Michael Moffat, who nodded down to Miller in the six-yard box to tap home.
Although being two goals down, Queens never let their heads drop, continuing to probe away at the Ayr back-line, who were dropping deeper in their own-half as the first period grew old.
The final 10 minutes in the first-half were one-way traffic, with the Doonhamers having a host of chances to pull one back. Dobbie was first to try his luck, running through the Ayr midfield, firing low at Sinisalo?s goal, however the Finnish ?keeper done well to save.
The keeper did well to save this Dobbie effort
After 40 minutes, Gregor Buchanan headed down to Ayo Obileye in the Ayr box, but Obileye lost his footing at the key moment, just as he was about to shoot from close range.
A minute later Sinisalo was called into action again as McKee?s corner was glanced goalwards by East, but the on-loan Aston Villa goalie tipped his effort over the bar.
HT: Ayr 2-0 QoS
It was a frustrating opening 45 minutes for Queens who were probably the better side but went in two goals down courtesy of a couple corners.
The second-half got underway much like the first-half ended, with the visitors very much on top.
McKee was the first to test Sinisalo out, his free-kick from a tight angle drawing the Finn into a smart save to tip over the bar.
From the resulting corner though Queens were awarded a lifeline. Jack Baird, who?d been wrestling with Buchanan at corners for the whole of the first-half was adjudged to have dragged Queens? vice-captain to the ground and referee Steven McLean awarded the penalty.
Buchanan is dragged down for the penalty 
Stephen Dobbie stepped up to take it and made no mistake, firing into the top-left corner.
Dobbie scores the penalty
It really was the absolute least Queens deserved and they kept pressing on searching for an equaliser.
James Maxwell, who?d earlier been booked, and Nortei Nortey were getting joy down either side, although no one was able to get on the end of their promising crosses.
After 66 minutes though Queens were reduced to 10-men. A powerful run from Maxwell allowed him to play a one-two with Dobbie, before the Rangers-loanee went down in the box. However, despite their seemingly being contact, Steven McLean brandished a second-yellow for simulation, and the 18-year-old was sent back to the changing room.
Gibson brought himself on to deputise at left-back, while Queens switched to a 4-3-2, with Harry Robinson making way.
There was enough contact to bring Maxwell down but the wrong player saw a red card.
There was only one person who thought it was a second yellow.
The away team were still able to cause problems though, with Nortey delivering one or two more promising crosses. The introduction of Tommy Goss on 84 minutes allowed Queens to go slightly more direct, although Ayr still posed a  serious threat on the counter-attack.
Moffat, who so often scores against Queens, tested Ferguson from 14-yards out but the ?keeper was more than a match to his high shot.
Just as the game looked out of reach for Queens, the hosts were reduced to 10 men. Luke McCowan, who?d already seen red against Queens at Palmerston last season, clocked Gregor Buchanan on the head for no real reason and was shown a second-yellow.
After 95 minutes, Sinisalo made yet another exquisite save, this time to deny Buchanan. A long Rhys McCabe throw-in was glanced goalwards by Buchanan, but Sinisalo acrobatically tipped his effort wide.
The keeper makes a match winning save to deny Goss a last gasp equaliser
FT: Ayr 2-1 QoS
Queens can count themselves unlucky to lose at Somerset, some sloppy defending from corners costing them any points on what was otherwise a promising performance.
The Doonhamers welcome Raith Rovers to Palmerston next Saturday, the match being streamed live on QosTV.
Finlay Jack

  • Ferguson

  • Nortey

  • Buchanan

  • Obileye

  • Maxwell

  • McKee

  • McCabe

  • Fitzpatrick

  • Dobbie
    1 (p)

  • Robinson

  • East



  • Leighfield

  • Goss


  • McGrory

  • McMahon

  • Sylla

  • Gibson

  • Shields

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Pre-match Good afternoon and welcome to Somerset Park for the opening game of this seasons Scottish Championship.
Pre-match Due to Covid regulations at Somerset we aren’t able to get into the ground until 2.30, but we hope to bring you team news before then, if we can!
Pre-match Of course there will be no management team, who are required to self-isolate after a member tested positive. Stephen Dobbie and Willie Gibson take charge today - best wishes and a speedy recovery to everyone isolating.
Pre-match 3️⃣ changes for Queens today, including a return for a certain Mr Dobbie...full line-up to follow
Pre-match QUEENS XI: 20.Ferguson 2.Nortey 3.Maxwell 4.Buchanan 5.Obileye 6.McKee 12.McCabe 14.Robinson 16.East 11.Dobbie 7.Fitzpatrick
Pre-match AYR XI: 1.Sinisalo 3.Reading 4.Muirhead 5.Roscoe 6.Murdoch 7.Moffat 9.Anderson 11.McCowan 18.Chalmers 8.Miller 30.Baird
Pre-match QUEENS SUBS: 1.Leighfield 22.Sylla 15.McGrory 21.McMahon 33.Gibson 9.Goss 10.Shields
Pre-match AYR SUBS: 21.Hare-Reid 2.Houston 22.McKenzie 20.Hewitt 27.Kerr 31.Smith 33.Love
Pre-match Three changes from Tuesdays side: ↪️ Dobbie, East, McKee ↩️ Shields, McGrory, Joseph
Pre-match Wullie Gibson, the current reserve manager, is taking the players through their warm-up with the help of skipper Stephen Dobbie.
Pre-match The biggest derby in Scotland today? Old Firm? ❌ Glasgow Derby? ❌ Rabbie Burns Derby?! ✅ 15 minutes to kick-off Doonhamers, can Queens get their league campaign off to the perfect start with 3 points?
Pre-match Captain/temporary manager Stephen Dobbie leads the boys in blue out...not long until kick-off now!
First half begins
2%27 Queens line-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Dobbie playing in behind Euan East, who comes back into the side to lead the line
3%27 Queens get the games opening corner
4%27 Obileye wins the header (does he ever lose them?) but his effort goes wide
6%27 Queens started the game on the front foot at Somerset, but Sinisalo is yet to be tested in the Ayr goal!
13%27 Goal Ayr. Miller the scorer
14%27 Miller gets on the end of an Ayr corner to put the hosts ahead.
18%27 Goal Ayr. Miller the scorer
18%27 Another Ayr corner and Miller pokes it in again.
22%27 Maxwell (QOS) is booked
23%27 Maxwell goes in the book for pulling McCowan down on the break
23%27 Muirhead goes in high on Fitzpatrick but the referee doesn’t give a foul
28%27 Despite the score line it’s been a fairly even contest at Somerset Park. Still plenty of time for Queens to get back into this
32%27 Fitzpatrick beginning to see more of the ball now, causing Ayr problems, but is yet to test Sinisalo. Ayr win another corner.
33%27 Reading (Ayr) is booked
33%27 Reading goes in extremely high on Robinson, but gets away with a booking
36%27 Dobbie creates a chance out of nothing, breezing past Ayr’s midfield, but his effort is saved by Sinisalo
37%27 Ayr win another corner...
39%27 Queens certainly seeing most of the ball, but Ayr packing the central areas with bodies, limiting Queens’ ability to break the lines
40%27 Chance for Queens as Buchanan heads to Obileye in the box, but the towering CB slips before he can pull the trigger
41%27 Dobbie creates space in the box again but Sinisalo saves his effort at the near post. Corner Queens.
42%27 East goes close from the corner but Sinisalo tips his header over the bar
43%27 Roscoe looks to have popped a finger out place but the big centre-half gets it popped back in and will look to continue
44%27 Dobbie gets through on goal but his effort is the wrong side of the post. Queens well on top
First half ends
Half Time A frustrating opening 45 as Queens go in 2-0 down.
Second half begins
47%27 Nortey crosses and it seems to hit the hand of Reading in the box, but the referee plays on. Dobbie tests Sinisalo from the edge of the area, but the Finnish ‘keeper holds onto his volley.
54%27 Queens still well on top in the opening exchanges of the second-half
55%27 CLOSE! McKee’s free-kicked is tipped over brilliantly by Sinisalo
56%27 GOAL QUEENS! Dobbie the scorer
56%27 SCORED!!! Dobbie scores despite the fans at the gate trying their best to put him off! GAME ON!
58%27 Maxwell delivers a tremendous ball into the area but nobody is there to meet it
58%27 Good save from Ferguson as Moffat has a powerful effort on the counter attack
61%27 McCowan (Ayr) is booked
66%27 Maxwell (QOS) SENT OFF
66%27 Maxwell goes off for a second-yellow for simulation. Too far away to see whether there was contact or notz
68%27 Gibson comes on at LB while Queens switch to a 4-3-2 with Dobbie joining East upfront
71%27 Queens with a small mountain to climb being a man-down now. Still, with Stephen Dobbie anything is possible
72%27 Muirhead has a shot in the box but Buchanan does well to block
73%27 Roscoe (Ayr) is booked
77%27 Nortey delivers a good ball into the area but Roscoe blocks
84%27 Despite being a man down Queens are still probing away at Ayr’s back line
85%27 SAVE! Moffat runs through the heart of the Queens midfield but Ferguson saves well
88%27 Ayr hitting Queens on the break as the Doonhamers commit men forward
90%27 Corner Queens...
91%27 McCowan (Ayr) SENT OFF
91%27 McCowan is shown a second yellow for hitting out at Buchanan for literally no reason whatsoever
95%27 CLOSE! Sinisalo makes another outstanding save from a Buchanan header
The game ends
Full Time Despite being the better team, Queens go down 2-1 at Somerset.