Match Report

Queens succumbed to their first defeat of 2021 after goals from Andy Graham and Kevin Cawley handed Alloa all three points, despite Isaiah Jones giving Queens an early lead.
The game was delayed nearly 45 minutes due to a ?problem? with the referee, meaning Steven Reid, who was due to be fourth official at Livingston, was forced to come in at the last minute.
Alan Johnston made just the one change to the side that defeated Morton two weeks ago with Isaiah Jones coming in for his debut at the expense of Calvin McGrory.
Queens lined up in a 4-1-4-1 formation with skipper Rhys McCabe in holding midfield, while Euan East and Dan Pybus played ahead of him. Jones started on the left-wing, although switched with Aidan Fitzpatrick at various points throughout the game.
The first part of the first half was all about the Doonhamers. High pressing, dangerous attacks and pacey wingers. Jones and Fitzpatrick were causing all sorts issues, but it was Connor Shields who was central to all the good work from the team in blue.
The first talking point of the game came after six minutes. A dangerous tackle from Steven Hetherington on Willie Gibson was only punished with a yellow card by stand-in referee Reid, although it could well have been red.
Although two minutes later the Doonhamers were deservedly ahead. Some terrific pressing forced Kevin Cawley into a poor backpass that Shields intercepted. The dangerous striker ran through, firing an exceptionally powerful effort at Neil Parry?s goal, only for the rebound to fall into the path of Isaiah Jones. It was the simplest of finishes for Jones, hopefully the first of many for the Middlesbrough loanee.
Jones nets on his debut
Jones celebrates his debut goal
Queens continued to probe. Andy Graham almost turned a shot into his own net after getting on the end of a Shields cross.
The resulting corner fell at the feet of Rhys Breen, who passed to Shields 12-yards out, however Queens? number 10 snatched at the shot and fired wide of Parry?s net.
The visitors were made to pay for being wasteful in-front of goal, albeit in controversial fashion.
A corner was nodded down in the box and chased by both Graham and Shields. Despite the Queens man staying down with a clear head injury, play continued and Andy Graham knocked past Ferguson from close range to equalise. Shields then went off and had to undergo a concussion test after the goal.
Shields falls over Graham and cracks his head on the surface
Graham nets as Shields remains on the ground nursing a sore head.
Queens continued to dictate proceedings after the goal though and almost went back ahead straight away. Another terrific Jones run ended in a neat pass to James Maxwell, although the left-back saw his shot well saved by Parry.
Disaster struck after 36 minutes though as Shields was downed following a bad challenge from Nicky Jamieson. Despite trying to continue, Queens? top scorer was forced off and was replaced by Dapo Mebude.
Shields takes one too many fouls
An impressively swollen ankle for Shields thanks to Nicky Jamieson
HT: Alloa 1-1 Queens
An opening period that was virtually one-way traffic for the entire 45 minutes. The Doonhamers had two or three chances to go in ahead but found themselves level.
The second half got underway with Jamieson being replaced by Jon Robertson for the hosts.
After an unusually quiet 15 minute spell to open the second-half, the Wasps took the lead.
A brilliant ball was swung into the area by Robertson, onto the head of Kevin Cawley. His header crashed off the bar, but the winger was the quickest man to react and tapped home the rebound.
Cawley was quickest to react and scores the winner
The Doonhamers were trying to force Alloa?s hand by throwing men forward, but largely struggled to create without Shields.
Maxwell was a constant threat down the left-hand side for Queens, playing in Fitzpatrick after 71 minutes but the winger could only shoot into the hands of Parry.
The Norwich loanee soon made way for Niyah Joseph as Queens went searching for an equaliser.
It wasn?t to be though, with the South?s only real chance in the final 20 minutes being a header from Ayo Obileye that Parry done well to tip away.
Tommy Goss replaced Maxwell after 90 minutes but it was too little too late as Alloa took the spoils.
FT: Alloa 2-1 Queens
A disappointing defeat in Clackmannanshire for the Doonhamers, their first since Boxing Day.
It doesn?t get any easier next week for Queens as table-toppers Heart of Midlothian visit Palmerston for Friday night football.

Finlay Jack 

  • Ferguson

  • Gibson

  • Obileye

  • Breen

  • Maxwell


  • McCabe

  • Fitzpatrick


  • Pybus

  • East

  • Jones

  • Shields


  • Rae

  • Nortey

  • Buchanan

  • Goss


  • Joseph


  • McKechnie

  • Mebude

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Pre-match Good afternoon Doonhamers and welcome to the Indodrill stadium for today’s Championship encounter at Alloa. We’ll bring you news of the teams if and when we get them.
Pre-match 1️⃣ change from the side that beat Morton two weeks ago. McGrory drops out for Isaiah Jones who makes his Queens debut. Full team to follow!
Pre-match 2️⃣0️⃣ Ferguson 3️⃣ Maxwell 5️⃣ Obileye 7️⃣ Fitzpatrick 8️⃣ Pybus 1️⃣0️⃣ Shields 1️⃣2️⃣ McCabe 1️⃣6️⃣ East 1️⃣9️⃣ Breen 2️⃣5️⃣ Jones 3️⃣3️⃣ Gibson
Pre-match Queens subs: 3️⃣1️⃣ Rae 0️⃣2️⃣ Nortey 0️⃣4️⃣ Buchanan 0️⃣9️⃣ Goss 1️⃣7️⃣ Joseph 1️⃣8️⃣ McKechnie 2️⃣9️⃣ Mebude
Pre-match Alloa: 1.Parry 6.Hetherington 3.Dick 5.Graham 15.Jameison 2.Taggart 7.Cawley 10.Trouten 22.Grant 11.Cameron 23.Murray
Pre-match Alloa subs: 51.Wright 25.Lynch 8.Robertson 19.Thomson 9.Buchanan 12.Scougall 17.Connelly
Pre-match Rhys McCabe will be wearing the captains armband again today.
Pre-match CHANGE OF KICK-OFF: There’s a minimum of a half hour kick-off delay due to a change of referee. Kick-off will now be no earlier than 3.30.
Pre-match UPDATE: Steven Reid will now be today’s referee.
Pre-match Good news! The players are out warming up ahead of kick-off!
Pre-match Things looking good at Alloa for a 3.30 kick-off.
Pre-match Still awaiting the teams here at the Indodrill. The officials are still out undergoing their warm up.
First half begins
1%27 Yes - you read that right. We’ve kicked off in Alloa!
2%27 Looks like a 4-1-4-1 for Queens with McCabe sitting, while East and Pybus play as attacking midfielders. Debut man Jones lines up left-wing.
3%27 Good chance for Queens as Jones plays in Shields who delivers a perfect cross low into the box, but no one is there to meet it. (0-0)
6%27 Hetherington is booked for a naughty challenge on Gibson. Hetherington lucky to stay on the pitch. (0-0)
9%27 Shields gets in behind following a poor Cawley pass before firing powerfully at Parry. The keeper can only put it into the path of Jones and it’s 1-0!
10%27 I have absolutely no idea where I got Isaiah Scott from, his name is of course Isaiah Jones!!!!!!!
12%27 A superb start for Queens who look dangerous on both sides. (0-1)
12%27 CLOSE! Shields is causing mayhem behind the Alloa defence. He delivers a wicked cross in, but Graham turns it out for a corner...just! (0-1)
15%27 CHANCE! The ball falls to Shields after a corner, he sets himself 12-yards from goal but fires wide. (0-1)
23%27 Murray has Alloa’s first effort of the game but Ferguson parries it over. (0-1)
23%27 Goal Alloa. Graham the scorer
24%27 Queens have a man down with what looks like a head injury in the box, but the referee plays on anyway and Graham equalises. (1-1)
25%27 It’s Shields who is down in the area with the head injury. Graham found space due to Shields being down and was allowed to play on and score. (1-1)
27%27 CHANCE! Jones goes on a brilliant run before picking out Maxwell in the box, only for Parry to save. (1-1)
29%27 Queens win a free-kick in a dangerous position on the right hand side. (1-1)
30%27 McCabe isn’t far away with his curling effort! (1-1)
34%27 Shields is down again, this time from a bad challenge from Jameison. (1-1)
36%27 Another clash of heads, this time between Obileye and Parry from a Queens free-kick. (1-1)
37%27 Shields is struggling after being battered from pillar to post in the opening half. Mebude looks like he’ll be replacing him. (1-1)
39%27 Confirmation of that change as Shields goes off to receive treatment. Mebude comes on up front. (1-1)
First half ends
Half Time Queens the better of the two sides but it’s 1-1 at the break.
Half Time SUBSTITUTION Alloa: Jameison OFF REPLACED BY Robertson
Second half begins
47%27 Mebude turns Taggart exquisitely but his shot is comfortable for Parry. (1-1)
58%27 Robertson (Alloa) is booked
61%27 Goal Alloa. Cawley the scorer
61%27 Cawley puts Alloa ahead. (2-1)
63%27 SUBSTITUTION Alloa: Murray OFF REPLACED BY Buchanan
69%27 Grant is booked
71%27 Maxwell intercepts high up the pitch, plays in Fitzpatrick, but his shot finds the hands of Neil Parry. (2-1)
79%27 Queens beginning to throw more men forward in search of an equaliser. (2-1)
80%27 CLOSE! Parry makes a brilliant save from an Obileye header. (2-1)
81%27 Pybus (QOS) is booked
83%27 Good chance for Cameron on the break but his effort is narrowly wide. (2-1)
85%27 Alloa should have a third but Cameron can’t meet Buchanan’s cross. (2-1)
The game ends
Full Time Queens lose in Clackmannanshire. FT - 2-1.