Match Report

Despite a spirited second-half performance it was a Halloween to forget for Queens as a lacklustre first period meant Queens lost out at East End Park 3-2. A Joe McKee strike and a Stephen Dobbie penalty were out-scored by Ewan Murray, Declan McManus (P) and Paul Watson.
Returning manager Allan Johnston made three changes to last weeks team, James Maxwell, Dan Pybus and Calvin McGrory coming in for Nortei Nortey, Euan East and Rhys McCabe.
The Management are back
Queens lined-up in a 4-3-3 formation with Stephen Dobbie playing as the central striker, while Aidan Fitzpatrick and Connor Shields occupied the wings.
It was the visitors who started the game the brighter of the two sides, seeing most of the ball without troubling Owain Fon Williams in the Dunfermline goal.
Obileye chests the ball down on the edge of the box
Despite the early pressure, the Pars grew into the game and gradually began to see more of the ball.
It was Queens who had the games first real chances though, as Fitzpatrick wriggled his way into the area, only for his shot to be blocked by Paul Watson. Not long after, a Joe McKee set piece was met by Gregor Buchanan 12-yards from goal, his header impressively tipped over the bar by Fon Williams.
After 21 minutes though an all too familiar occurrence took place; Queens conceding from a corner. Indeed, it was Dunfermline?s first corner of the game as Ewan Murray was able to find space from his marker, getting on the end of Dom Thomas? cross to fire the hosts ahead.
The home side began to see more and more of the ball as Queens struggled to offer much going forward, although the Pars were rarely calling Rohan Ferguson into action.
Ex-Doonhamer Iain Wilson came on for the Pars, replacing Aaron Comrie after 38 minutes due to an injury.
Just three minutes later the hosts doubled their lead. As Queens cleared a corner, Kyle Turner picked the ball up on the apex of the area before being fouled by Pybus just inside the box. It was about as clear a penalty as you?ll see, and Declan McManus made no mistake in firing into the top corner to double Dunfermline?s lead.
HT: Dunfermline 2-0 Queens
A disappointing first-half for Queens, with set-pieces undoing what was otherwise a solid performance from the visitors. Nonetheless, for the third league game in a row Queens went into the break two-goals down.
Euan East replaced Calvin McGrory at the break as Queens went slightly more direct with a 4-4-2 formation.
And the change of system worked exactly as planned for the visitors after 51 minutes. Queens were passing the ball about sharply at the edge of the area, before it dropped nicely to Joe McKee whose long range shot was too hard for Fon Williams, with the ball creeping past the ?keeper into the corner.
Just four minutes later Queens were almost level when McKee, who seemed to be central to most the good work done by Queens, delivered a deep cross to Ayo Obileye, but the big defender was unable to direct his shot on target.
East is sent flying by Watson
After an hour though Dunfermline were able to restore their two-goal advantage. Another Thomas corner was blocked at the front-post, however, Paul Watson was first to react to the knock-down, firing high into the goal.
Nevertheless Queens never gave up and continued to push for goals, despite the loss of Buchanan, who was replaced by Nortei Nortey.
The Doonhamers? determination eventually paid off as a mazy Fitzpatrick run ended in the winger being brought down by Steven Whittaker in the area. It was another stonewall penalty, and another goal as Stephen Dobbie bagged his third spot-kick in as many games.
Wilson brings down Fitzpatrick in the box to give Queens the penalty
The final 15 minutes of the game was very much one-way traffic with Queens dominating territory, although the home team were still dangerous on the break.
Queens knew they had to be patient, and patient they were, waiting until injury time before their chance to get back into the game came. A McKee corner was knocked-down by Obileye to Dobbie at the back-post, however, despite only being a couple yards from goal, ?Dobs? skied his effort.
FT: Dunfermline 3-2 QoS
Disappointingly it was a third defeat on the trot for the Doonhamers who yet again left themselves with too much to do in the second-half.
Queens travel north to Arbroath next week, who are also without a point this season.

Finlay Jack 

  • Ferguson

  • Gibson

  • Buchanan


  • Obileye

  • Maxwell

  • Pybus

  • McKee

  • McGrory


  • Shields


  • Dobbie
    1 (p)

  • Fitzpatrick


  • Leighfield

  • Nortey


  • Goss

  • Robinson


  • East


  • Joseph

  • Sylla

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Pre-match Good afternoon and happy Halloween to all you Doonhamers, wherever you may be! We’re at East End Park today as Queens take on the high flying Dunfermline in the Scottish Championship.
Pre-match Of course the Pars have started the season with two wins, while Queens have yet to register a point in the league this season. We’ll bring you all the team news when we get it.
Pre-match 3️⃣ Changes for Queens ↪️ Maxwell, Pybus & McGrory ↩️ Nortey, East & McCabe
Pre-match Queens XI: 20.Ferguson 3.Maxwell 4.Buchanan 5.Obileye 6.McKee 7.Fitzpatrick 8.Pybus 10.Shields 11.Dobbie (C) 15.McGrory 33.Gibson
Pre-match Dunfermline XI: 1.Fon Williams 2.Comrie 3.Edwards 5.Murray (C) 7.O’Hara 6.Turner 10.McManus 16.Whittaker 23.Thomas 24.McInroy 44.Watson
Pre-match Queens Subs: 1.Leighfield 2.Nortey 9.Goss 14.Robinson 16.East 17.Joseph 22.Sylla
Pre-match Dunfermline Subs: 20.Gill 14.McCann 15.Wilson 19.Fenton 21.Murray 22.Mayo 27.Berry
Pre-match Of course the gaffer and the whole management team are back taking charge of the Doonhamers today after a 14 day isolation period. It’s good to have you back team!
First half begins
2%27 A positive start by Queens who win the games first corner
3%27 The Doonhamers are lined-up in a 4-3-3 formation today. Shields and Fitzpatrick are playing either side of Dobbie.
11%27 It’s been an even opening 10 with both sides enjoying spells on tbe ball, although neither ‘keeper has been tested yet.
15%27 Dunfermline with a free-kick in a dangerous position...
16%27 Thomas’ effort is miles over the bar.
17%27 Fitzpatrick is able to wiggle his way into the area and find a shot, although Watson blocks on the cover
18%27 CHANCE! Buchanan does well to head on target from a McKee free-kick, forcing Fon Williams into a smart save to tip over the bar
21%27 Goal Dunfermline. Murray the scorer
21%27 Dunfermline score from their first corner of the game.
30%27 Shields has taken a nasty blow from Whittaker at a corner and is down receiving treatment. Doesn’t look good for the Queens wide-man.
32%27 Shields gets up and is back on.
33%27 McKee (QOS) is booked
38%27 SUBSTITUTION Dunfermline: Comrie OFF REPLACED BY Wilson
42%27 Penalty Dunfermline.
43%27 Goal Dunfermline. McManus the scorer
43%27 McManus fires well out of Ferguson’s reach.
First half ends
Half Time Queens go into the break 2 down.
Second half begins
47%27 The introduction of East allows Queens to revert to a 4-4-2 formation
51%27 GOAL QUEENS! McKee the scorer
52%27 JOE MCKEE!!!! Some lovely work from Queens at the edge of the area let’s McKee fire at goal, his effort too strong for Fon Williams. GAME ON!
56%27 A good chance for Obileye at the back post from a McKee delivery, but he scuffs his shot wide
58%27 Thomas beats Gibson and squares to Turner, but Maxwell does well to block his effort
60%27 Goal Dunfermline. Watson the scorer
61%27 Dunfermline score from another corner, this time Watson getting on the end of a loose ball.
63%27 Nortei Nortey comes on at centre-half.
68%27 SUBSTITUTION Dunfermline: O’Hara OFF REPLACED BY Murray
71%27 Queens beginning to commit more men forward as they search for a way back into the game
73%27 GOAL QUEENS! Dobbie the scorer
74%27 DOBBIEEEE!!!! The skipper scores with ease. GAME ON! (Again).
80%27 Gibson picks out Dobbie with a terrific crossfield ball, but Dobbie can’t direct his effort on target
83%27 Gibson (QOS) is booked
88%27 The hosts dropping deep as Queens search for an equaliser
90%27 Ferguson is called into action to save McManus’s shot from 20-yards
91%27 CHANCE! The ball drops sharply to Dobbie at the back-post but he shoots over the bar
The game ends
Full Time A spirited second-half performance isn’t enough for Queens who lose out by the odd goal in 5.