Match Report

The Doonhamers put in their best performance of the year in what was the final game of 2020, as goals from Connor Shields and Tommy Goss handed Queens all three points at Starks Park.
Allan Johnston made just one change from the side that lost to Dundee on Boxing Day, with Jack Leighfield due to replace Rohan Ferguson in goals. However, Leighfield pulled up with an injury meaning that 16-year-old Charlie Cowie made his Queens debut in goals.
The hosts were missing a few players too, including Jamie MacDonald, who was replaced by another ex-Doonhamer in goals in the form of Robbie Thomson.
It was the South who came out the better of the two sides, with Connor Shields heading over from a delightful Wullie Gibson cross.
Shields, who continued to lead the line for Queens, was causing issues with his pace throughout the opening 45, finding space at will.
Fernand Mendy was the first man in the referee?s book for a cynical challenge on Aidan Fitzpatrick, before Gregor Buchanan saw his header from Joe McKee?s corner saved.
Queens were certainly the team on top, and they made their good play count, going one-up after 17 minutes. A searching Buchanan pass found James Maxwell, who headed to Euan East. East done well to play in Connor Shields who fired past Thomson into the far corner.
Shields fires home
Queens continued to impress after going ahead. Ayo Obileye nodded his header over the bar,before a dangerous McKee ball was headed narrowly wide of the target from Rovers striker Manny Duku.
Cowie hadn?t had too much to do bar some kicking, however he was called into action later in the half, collecting and punching from a pair of crosses from Daniel Armstrong.
HT: Raith Rovers 0-1 Queens
A superb opening 45 minutes from the Doonhamers, who were well worth their lead at the break.
Queens had a job on their hands in the second-half, to hold on to the lead and not let their good first-half work go to waste.
The second-half was a slow burner in truth, although Queens should have doubled their lead after 59 minutes. A rapid counter-attack from the visitors allowed Fitzpatrick to put in a tasty ball to Pybus at the back-post, however Thomson scurried across his goal to deny the midfielder.
Thomson denies Pybus
The hosts began throwing on some big men, Lars Lokotsch and Gozie Ugwu joining Duku up-front to test the Queens back-line. The defence were more than a match for the home team though, with Obileye and Buchanan heading almost everything away.
It took 70 minutes for Rovers to test Cowie in the Queens goal, but the young ?keeper, on his school holidays just now, was on form. Firstly, he was forced into a point-blank save from Hendry, before Duku put the ball in the net, although he used his hand to control the ball so the goal was rightly disallowed. Just moments later Cowie was on hand again, this time to deny Kyle Benedictus from close-range.
Cowie makes a super stop to deny Benedictus
Shields, who?d ran tirelessly all game, was forced off with an ankle injury, replaced by Tommy Goss. More on that later?
Queens managed to see off every high ball Rovers were throwing at them, with the entire team putting in a real shift to prevent the hosts from making any clear-cut chances.
Indeed, in the second minute of injury time, Queens got rewarded for a terrific performance. East, who?d been up and down the left-wing all game, forced a mistake from Reghan Tumilty, before squaring to Tommy Goss, who tapped in for his first goal for the club.
Goss slots home
Cue the manic celebrations led by Goss, who?d given his side all three points after a brilliant performance.
Celebration time
FT: Raith Rovers 0-2 Queens
A win to cap off 2020, just what was required. Every single player was absolutely sensational. It wouldn?t be right to single out individuals, however I am going to do just that. Charlie Cowie, at 16-years of age came in at the last minute, on debut, and kept only the third clean sheet of the season. Top, top performance from the young ?keeper and the entire team.
A safe pair of hands
Ayr United visit Palmerston on the second of January for a new years ?derby?. The game will be live on QosTV.

Finlay Jack 

  • Cowie

  • Gibson

  • Buchanan

  • Obileye

  • Maxwell

  • McKee

  • McCabe

  • Fitzpatrick

  • Pybus

  • East

  • Shields


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Pre-match Good evening and welcome to Stark’s Park for today’s Championship fixture away to Raith Rovers. Line-ups to follow when we get them.
Pre-match Still no team news from Kirkcaldy, however it looks like there is no Rohan Ferguson tonight, meaning a start in goal for Jack Leighfield.
Pre-match TEAM NEWS: 1️⃣ change from Saturday’s side as Leighfield replaces Ferguson. Full team to follow
Pre-match Queens: 1️⃣ Leighfield 3️⃣ Maxwell 4️⃣ Buchanan 5️⃣ Obileye 6️⃣ McKee 7️⃣ Fitzpatrick 8️⃣ Pybus 1️⃣0️⃣ Shields 1️⃣2️⃣ McCabe 1️⃣6️⃣ East 3️⃣3️⃣ Gibson
Pre-match Queens Subs: 9️⃣ Goss 1️⃣5️⃣McGrory 2️⃣1️⃣ McMahon 2️⃣2️⃣ Sylla 3️⃣0️⃣ Cowie
Pre-match Raith: 17.Thomson 2.Tumilty 5.Mendy 14.Musonda 6.Benedictus 7.Armstrong 8.Hendry 9.Duku 12.Matthews 18.Tait 22.Ross
Pre-match Raith Subs: 20.McGurn 11.Lokotsch 13.Spencer 16.Smith 23.Ugwu 25.Arnott 27.Coulson
Pre-match It’s a freezing cold night for Queens’ final game of 2020. Can we end the year on a high Doonhamers?
Pre-match Jack Leighfield seems to have picked up an injury in the warm-up. 16-year-old Charlie Cowie looks set to make his Queens debut in goal...
Pre-match LATE CHANGE: Charlie Cowie makes his debut for Queens in goals. Kick-off imminent.
First half begins
2%27 Gibson delivers a tasty ball to Shields but his header flies over. (0-0)
7%27 Shields has started brightly leading the line for Queens, Pybus seems to be playing in-behind him with East and Fitzpatrick either side of Pybus
8%27 It’s really visitors who have started the better of the two teams with some good running down the lines. (0-0)
11%27 Buchanan makes a good challenge to dent Duku from shooting. Corner to Rovers. (0-0)
12%27 Mendy (Raith) is booked for a high challenge on Fitzpatrick who was breaking at pace
14%27 Buchanan nods McKee’s corner goalwards but Thomson saves. (0-0)
17%27 GOAL QUEENS! Shields the scorer
18%27 YESSSS!!!! SHIELDS BABYYYY!!!! Buchanan switches to Maxwell, who finds East. Easty plays in Shields to fire past Thomson. MON EH SOUTH!!! (0-1)
20%27 Fitzpatrick was leading a Queens counter but Benedictus does well to prevent the winger from testing Thomson. (0-1)
23%27 Obileye has a free header 10-yards out but heads over. (0-1)
24%27 Free-kick Queens in Joe McKee territory...(0-1)
25%27 Duku gets his head on the cross and it’s out for a Queens corner. (0-1)
31%27 Obileye makes a poor clearance, before recovering to block Armstrong’s shot. (0-1)
32%27 Benedictus heads Armstrong’s corner wide. (0-1)
34%27 Cowie collects Armstrong’s low cross from a corner. (0-1)
38%27 A break in play as Benedictus seemed to take a sore one from the boot of Tumilty. (0-1)
41%27 Buchanan has a shot blocked. Queens corner. (0-1)
46%27 Cowie punches a corner well clear. (0-1)
First half ends
Half Time Queens go in 1-0 up after a terrific first 45.
Second half begins
49%27 Queens have came out fighting so far in the second period. (0-1)
53%27 Hendry (Raith) is booked for bringing down Shields after the Queens striker had intercepted Hendry.
57%27 Rovers bring on Loktosch and it’s almost a 4-2-4 formation for the hosts. (0-1)
59%27 CHANCE! Queens break terrifically but Pybus’ back-post header is saved. Should have been 2-0. (0-1)
62%27 End-to-end stuff here with Rovers committing plenty of men forward. (0-1)
63%27 Matthews (Raith) is booked for bringing down Gibson on the break.
64%27 Buchanan (QOS) is booked
65%27 SUBSTITUTION Raith: Armstrong OFF REPLACED BY Spencer
67%27 Raith with a free-kick in a dangerous area. (0-1)
68%27 Queens clear the free-kick and it’s a Cowie goal-kick. (0-1)
70%27 Mendy heads a Spencer corner over. (0-1)
72%27 SAVE!! Cowie makes a brilliant save at point blank range, before Duku’s rebound is ruled out for handball. Terrific save from the youngster! (0-1)
76%27 ANOTHER SAVE! Cowie does tremendously to parry Benedictus’ header wide from close range. (0-1)
78%27 Fitzpatrick (QOS) is booked for time wasting. (0-1)
79%27 Shields majorly struggling after rolling his ankle. (0-1)
81%27 Mendy misses a glorious chance at the back post. (0-1)
85%27 Prepare for the longest 5 minutes of the year. (0-1)
85%27 Gibson (QOS) is booked
90%27 Into injury time at Starks. (0-1).
92%27 GOAL QUEENS! Goss the scorer
The game ends
Full Time YESSS WHAT A WIN. Every single player was superb tonight but Charlie Cowie, take a bow son. Absolutely out of this world.