Match Report

Queen of the South will be playing Championship football again next season after a goalles draw with Ayr United at Somerset Park.
Allan Johnston made three changes to his Queens side for their trip to Somerset Park with Dan Pybus, Stephen Dobbie and Euan East replacing Dapo Mebude, Isaiah Jones and Ciaran Dickson. Tommy Goss and Joe McKee returned to the bench, with Jones amongst the replacements.
Queens started in a 4-1-3-2 formation with Dobbie joining Connor Shields up front, although it was quickly changed to a 4-3-3 with Shields leading the line.
It was a relatively quiet start to the game, Mark McKenzie and Luke McCowan were looking the most likely for Ayr with the former swivelling and firing dangerously at Rohan Ferguson?s goal on 16 minutes but it went narrowly wide.
McCowan was the next man to have a sight of goal as a long ball from Patrick Reading was well controlled by the winger but he fired over the bar from close range.
McKenzie had another chance for the home team on 22 minutes from 18 yards out but his scuffed effort, again, flew over.
Queens slowly began to grow into the game from this point with Dobbie testing PJ Morrison from the right hand side but the angle was always against the Queens skipper.
Aaron Muirhead picked up his usual yellow card against Queens although this time it was for smashing the ball at Shields who was on the deck, rather than a foul on anyone.
HT: Ayr 0-0 Queens
A massively forgetful first-half. Ayr had a couple of chances midway through but apart from that both Ferguson and Morrison were largely spectators.
The second 45 wasn?t much better, in truth.
It took until 57 minutes in for any meaningful chance to happen, Shields firing well over the bar from inside the area.
While the game probably wasn?t ill-tempered, referee Nick Walsh handed out a myriad of cards. Sam Roscoe, Jordan Houston and Shields were all booked in the second-half before the 65 minute mark for various challenges.
The hosts were beginning to push searching for a winner ? Queens only needed a draw to stay up.
And United?s best chance, by some stretch, fell on 76 minutes to the wrong person in Roscoe. The towering centre-back received the ball just six yards from goal. With the entire net to aim at, he managed to fire straight into the hands of Ferguson.
Todd shoots straight at Ferguson with the goal gaping
It was probably easier to score, but nonetheless the game remained goalless.
FT: Ayr 0-0 Queens
As you can tell by the shorter than short match report there was really very little to cover today.
Despite this, Queens will be playing Championship football in the 2021/22 season. It really is a remarkable turnaround from everyone at the club after a disappointing opening nine games that yielded just four points out of 27.
Next week Dundee, who can still finish second, visit Palmerston in what will be the last game of the 2020/21 campaign.

Finlay Jack 

  • Ferguson

  • Gibson

  • Buchanan

  • Breen

  • Maxwell

  • Obileye

  • Pybus

  • McCabe

  • East


  • Shields

  • Dobbie


  • Leighfield

  • Nortey

  • McKee

  • Fitzpatrick


  • Goss

  • Joseph

  • Jones

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Pre-match Good afternoon and welcome to Somerset Park for the penultimate game of the regular season for Queens. It’s a beautiful day here in Ayr - full teams will follow
Pre-match 2️⃣0️⃣ Ferguson 3️⃣ Maxwell 4️⃣ Buchanan 5️⃣ Obileye 8️⃣ Pybus 1️⃣0️⃣ Shields 1️⃣1️⃣ Dobbie 1️⃣2️⃣ McCabe 1️⃣6️⃣ East 1️⃣9️⃣ Breen 3️⃣3️⃣ Gibson
Pre-match Queens subs: 1️⃣ Leighfield 2️⃣ Nortey 6️⃣ McKee 7️⃣ Fitzpatrick 9️⃣ Goss 1️⃣7️⃣ Joseph 2️⃣5️⃣ Jones
Pre-match Ayr: 1.Morrison 2.Houston 30.Baird 5.Roscoe 3.Reading 4.Muirhead 18.Charmers 22.McKenzie 11.McCowan 15.Todd 7.Moffat
Pre-match Ayr subs: 29.Urminsky 6.Murdoch 10.Walsh 8.Miller 28.Barjonas 9.Wright 19.Zanatta
Pre-match So THREE changes for Queens today. In come Pybus, Dobbie and East for Fitzpatrick, Jones snd Dickson. There’s a return to the bench for Tommy Goss too!
First half begins
2%27 A 4-1-3-2 for Queens today with Dobbie joining Shields up front. (0-0)
14%27 An even start to proceedings here with neither side able to really test Ferguson or Morrison. (0-0)
16%27 McKenzie swivels in the box and fires at Ferguson but it goes whiskers wide. (0-0)
19%27 McCowan gets on the end of a Reading diagonal but fires over from close range. A good chance for the visitors. (0-0)
20%27 A good chance for the hosts should I say! (0-0)
22%27 Another good chance for Ayr but McKenzie skies his effort. (0-0)
30%27 Breen (QOS) is booked
32%27 Dobbie tests Morrison from range but the keeper makes a reasonably comfortable save. (0-0)
34%27 Muirhead (Ayr) is booked for wellying the ball at Shields who was on the deck. (0-0)
First half ends
Half Time An uneventful opening period ends goalless here at Somerset. (0-0)
Second half begins
52%27 Roscoe (Ayr) is booked
57%27 CHANCE! The ball falls to Shields 15 yards from goal but his effort is miles over. (0-0)
60%27 Houston (Ayr) is booked for going in high on Shields. (0-0)
64%27 Shields (QOS) is booked
70%27 Buchanan, facing away from goal, swivels and fires narrowly over the bar. (0-0)
73%27 Morrison does well to parry McCabe’s effort from range away. (0-0)
76%27 Roscoe has a shot from 6 yards but it’s straight at Ferguson. A let off for Queens. (0-0)
81%27 SUBSTITUTION AYR Walsh and Zanatta on for Chalmers and Moffat
86%27 The ball falls to McKenzie inches out but he fires wide. (0-0)
The game ends
Full Time Full time here at Somerset. Today’s score means that Queens will finish no lower than 7th in the league this season.