Match Report

The Doonhamers grabbed their first point of the season with a hard fought draw away to Arbroath. James Maxwell?s first professional goal was cancelled out by a Bobby Linn equaliser early in the second period.
There were two changes to last week?s side that lost narrowly at Dunfermline with Jack Leighfield making his first appearance in-goal for the Doonhamers since September last year, while Euan East returned to the starting-XI at the expense of Calvin McGrory.
A minutes silence was held before the start of the match to remember all who have fallen in the defence of the country
It was the first time this season Queens really dictated proceedings right throughout the first-half. Stephen Dobbie was drifting out to the right, seeing plenty of the ball in doing so, although only tested Derek Gaston with a tame effort straight at the ?keeper.
Arbroath were awarded their first corner of the game on six minutes, however Ricky Little was only able to nod his header over the bar.
Centre-half Gregor Buchanan was seeing plenty of the ball at the back and causing plenty of problems with a myriad of long diagonal balls. Connor Shields got on the end of one after 16 minutes before being downed in the box by Jason Thomson, although the referee didn?t see enough of a foul to award a penalty.
Halfway through the opening period Queens had the games first real chance. A powerful run from Aidan Fitzpatrick allowed the tricky winger to deliver a low cross into the area, but Shields scooped his effort over the bar under a challenge from Tam O?Brien.
Shields has a great chance
After 32 minutes though Queens took the lead from the unlikeliest of sources. Another Buchanan diagonal was met by James Maxwell who took an exceptional first touch before firing an unstoppable shot high into the net, leaving Gaston with no chance.
Maxwell shoots and scores
Goal celebration
It was absolutely no less than Queens deserved and no less than young James Maxwell deserved, the Rangers-loanee having made an impressive start to his professional football career.
Queens continued to probe away at the Arbroath defence, although the hosts almost equalised on 41 minutes. A venomous effort from Scott Stewart tipped narrowly wide of the goal by Leighfield.
HT: Arbroath 0-1 Queens
For the first time this season Queens went into the break with a lead.
However, the second-half lead was to only last three minutes as Queens were caught napping after 48 minutes. Bobby Linn found himself one-on-one against Leighfield after getting on the end of a Stewart ball through and made no mistake in pulling the hosts level.
Arbroath equalise
It did take Queens 10-15 minutes to get back into the game in the second-half, and had the bar to thank that they remained level. A cross into the area was headed high in the air by Ayo Obileye and seemed to take an age to drop to the unmarked Dale Hilson, but the ex-Queens man was unable to fire his shot on target, hitting the top of the bar.
There was no shortage of yellow cards at Gayfield though with David Lowe booking seven players in total.
Despite Queens seeing more of the ball it was the home side who looked more threatening going forward. Leighfield was really staking his claim for the number one jersey in Ferguson?s abscence, pulling off two exceptional saves, firstly from Hilson before following up by tipping a Little header wide of the post from the resulting corner.
75 minutes in Queens had a shout for a penalty. A mazy run from Dobbie ended in the Arbroath box, before the skipper went down in the area. The referee waved play-on despite the protests of the Queens players and management, while Dobbie was booked for simulation.
Little launches himself into back of Dobbie in the box yet Dobbie was booked for simulation
Jack Leighfield was called into action again on 86 minutes, again tipping a Hilson shot wide of the goal.
Both teams were committing men forward in the closing stages of the game, although neither ?keeper was troubled.
FT: Arbroath 1-1 Queens
It was a real game of two halves at Gayfield today, with Queens? first-half dominance cancelled out by a good second-half performance from the hosts.
Queens take to Hampden Park in the final match of the Betfred Cup against Queens Park on Tuesday night.

Finlay Jack 

  • Leighfield

  • Gibson

  • Buchanan

  • Obileye

  • Maxwell

  • Pybus

  • McKee

  • Shields


  • Dobbie

  • Fitzpatrick

  • East



  • Cowie

  • Nortey

  • Goss


  • Joseph


  • McKechnie

  • McMahon

  • Sylla

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First Point of the Season at Gayfield
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Pre-match Good afternoon and welcome to Gayfield as the Doonhamers visit Arbroath in the Scottish Championship. We’ll bring you team news as and when we get it.
Pre-match 2️⃣ Changes for Queens today ↪️ Leighfield & East ↩️ Ferguson & McGrory Full team lines to follow...
Pre-match Queens XI: 1.Leighfield 33.Gibson 4.Buchanan 5.Obileye 3.Maxwell 6.McKee 7.Fitzpatrick 8.Pybus 10.Shields 11.Dobbie (C) 16.East
Pre-match Arbroath XI: 1.Gaston 12.Stewart 2.Thomson 4.Little 5.O’Brien (C) 22.Virtanen 8.McKenna 9.Hilson 10.Swankie 14.Doolan 11.Linn
Pre-match Queens Subs: 30.Cowie 2.Nortey 9.Goss 17.Joseph 18.McKechnie 21.McMahon 22.Sylla
Pre-match Arbroath Subs: 15.Donnelly 28.Craigen 16.Ruth 7.Gold 17.Smith 3.Hamilton 21.Gallacher
Pre-match Just 10 minutes until kick-off at Gayfield. Can Queens pick up their first win of 2020 today?
First half begins
2%27 Dobbie goes on a run from the right-hand side, firing low at Gaston but the ‘keeper saves well.
3%27 Queens have lined-up in a 4-2-3-1 with Dobbie playing in-behind East who leads the line.
5%27 Dobbie has saw plenty of the ball in the opening few minutes, beating 4-5 Arbroath men in the process. A good start by the Doonhamers!
6%27 Ricky Little nods an Arbroath corner over the bar
16%27 Buchanan plays a Xavi-esque crossfield pass to Shields, although despite going down in the area the referee waves away Shields’ appeal for a penalty
32%27 GOAL QUEENS! Maxwell the scorer
32%27 JAMESYYYYY MAXWELL!!!!! Gregor Buchanan has turned into prime Iniesta today, a superb diagonal ball that Maxwell brings down and fired high past Gaston. MON THE SOUTH!
37%27 Stewart (Arbroath) is booked
39%27 It’s been performance of real character from Queens this far, the Doonhamers thoroughly deserving of their 1-0 lead!
41%27 Leighfield is called into action for the first time, tipping a powerful Stewart shot over the bar
First half ends
Half Time Queens head in at the break a goal to the good!
Second half begins
48%27 Goal Arbroath. Linn the scorer
48%27 Bobby Linn pulls Arbroath level.
50%27 McKee (QOS) is booked
57%27 Queens growing back into the game after a poor start to the second half.
60%27 Arbroath hit the bar after Hilson has a free volley at Queens’ goal from 12-yards
60%27 SUBSTITUTION Arbroath: Doolan OFF REPLACED BY Donnelly
61%27 Maxwell (QOS) is booked
62%27 Swankie (Arbroath) is booked
64%27 SUBSTITUTION Arbroath: Swankie OFF REPLACED BY Gold
66%27 Dobbie has an effort from range but Gaston holds well
67%27 Good save from Leighfield to tip Hilson’s shot wide of the goal
69%27 SAVE! A superb save from Leighfield to deny Little from a corner
72%27 McKenna (Arbroath) is booked
74%27 Dobbie (QOS) is booked
75%27 Dobbie goes down under clear contact in the box, but gets booked for simulation.
81%27 Neither team seems content to sit back and take a point here with both sides committing players forward
86%27 Leighfield makes another brilliant save from a Hilson shot
90%27 End to end stuff here in the closing moments at Gayfield
91%27 Gibson (QOS) is booked
The game ends
Full Time A 1-1 draw at Gayfield as Queens pick up their first point of the season.