Match Report


Queen of the South were back in action for the first time in 210 days, taking on Morton at Cappielow. Queens fought back from a goal down twice courtesy of goals from skipper Stephen Dobbie and Connor Shields, ensuring the game went to penalties. The resulting shoot-out was won by the visitors, meaning Queens pick up an extra point in what is widely regarded as the ?group of death?.

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There was no shortage of new faces in the starting XI with Rohan Ferguson, James Maxwell, Gregor Buchanan, Ayo Obileye, Joe McKee, Connor Shields, Rhys McCabe and Euan East all making their debuts for the Doonhamers. Wullie Gibson made his first appearance in over seven years for Queens at right-back, while Stephen Dobbie and Dan Pybus, along with Jack Leighfield on the bench, were the only survivors from last season.

Queens lined-up in a 4-3-3 formation with Dobbie and Shields playing either side of East, who led the line.

After the players took the knee prior to kick-off, it was Joe McKee who got the game underway after 7 months of no competitive action. The hosts started the game the better of the two teams, applying constant pressure to the Queens backline, preventing Queens from passing it out from the back.

The players take a knee before kick off.

The first noteworthy incident of the game came after eight minutes when Ross Maciver collided with McCabe in the Queens penalty area and despite various calls for a penalty, referee Don Robertson waved play on. There was undoubtedly contact, although the linesman explained that it was a collision rather than a foul.

Ex-Morton man Gregor Buchanan was the first player in the book this season after pulling down the impressive Josh McPake on the break.

After 18 minutes Morton?s pressure told. A cross into the box from Rabin Omar was deflected by Gibson, putting the ball out of reach from Obileye, and Sean McGinty was there to head past Ferguson from close range.

McGinty heads home

Queens began offering much more of a threat going forward after the goal with McKee and McCabe creating from deep.

After 32 minutes there was a ninth debut of the day for the Doonhamers with Aiden Fitzpatrick coming on to replace Dan Pybus with Queens looking to get a foothold in the game. The South then switched to a 4-4-1-1 formation with Dobbie playing as a ?number 10? just off of East.

Rangers-loanee, McPake, was causing Queens plenty of problems all game and almost doubled the Ton?s lead on 36 minutes. A powerful run through the heart of the Queens midfield allowed him to cut onto his preferred right-foot in the penalty area, before firing narrowly over the bar.

Fitzpatrick was beginning to get involved in the game five minutes from half-time, combining with Dobbie and East to good affect without being able to trouble McAdams in the Morton goal.

McPake was able to cause Queens one more problem just before the break, latching onto a loose midfield header and beating Obileye for pace, only for the frontman to slip as he was about to pull the trigger.

HT ? Morton 1-0 QoS

A half of football to forget for Queens. They weren?t able to trouble Morton?s backline too much, however, the half-time oranges must?ve been good as Queens looked a different team in the second-half.

Maxwell was able to get onto the ball going forward, very much impressing in doing so too, taking on the Morton wingers with ease.

Despite there being plenty of impressive performances from various youngsters in the team, Stephen Dobbie proved that you can?t buy experience, netting a deserved equaliser for Queens after 53 minutes. A corner in the box was met by Obileye ? who won virtually everything in the air all game ? before Dobbie was on hand a few-yards out to ensure the ball went in. Not his prettiest of goals, but they all count the same.

Dobbie flicks Obileyes header into the net

Dobbie celebrates his strike

Queens were really playing attractive football, constantly searching for another goal. Shields, who was fairly quiet up until this point, was becoming a nuisance for the Morton defenders to deal with, linking well with Gibson down the right. A powerful run from Shields on 64 minutes allowed him to square to Fitzpatrick, who set up East, but the strikers shot was well blocked by McGinty.

However, just four minutes later, against the run of play, Morton went back in-front. McPake created space down the left, before firing what looked like a shot at Ferguson?s goal. Although it was going wide, Aiden Nesbitt was on hand to tap in at the back post.

This was to be a test of character for a young Queens side, who then sacrificed goal-scorer Dobbie for the energetic Harry Robinson. And after probing away for 15 minutes the pressure eventually told.

Another terrific run from Maxwell down the left allowed him to set-up Connor Shields who struck a venomous shot into McAdams? far corner from a tight angle. It was no less than Queens deserved, although despite the introduction of Niyah Joseph (on for East), neither ?keeper was troubled in the last 10 minutes.

Shields fires home the second equaliser

For the second-year running at Cappielow, we were heading to penalties.

Thankfully, there was to be no déjà vu in the result, as finely struck penalties from McKee, McCabe, Gibson and Buchanan, along with two brilliant saves from Ferguson, handed Queens the bonus point.

Ferguson makes the crucial save as he pushes the ball onto the bar

FT ? Morton 2-2 QoS (2-4 on penalties)

Considering there were a total of 11 debuts, it was a fine performance from the Doonhamers. Two-each was probably a fair result against fellow Championship opposition and sets us up nicely for a tough clash with St. Mirren on Saturday.

The St. Mirren game is available to stream for just £10 on Saturday.

Finlay Jack

  • Ferguson

  • Gibson

  • Buchanan

  • Obileye

  • Maxwell

  • Pybus


  • McCabe

  • McKee

  • Shields

  • East


  • Dobbie


  • Leighfield

  • Nortey

  • Fitzpatrick


  • Goss

  • Robinson


  • McGrory

  • Joseph

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Pre-match Good evening and welcome to Cappielow for the opening game of the 2020/21 season! It’s been a long old 7 months, but we’re back with EIGHT debuts!
Pre-match Queens: 20.Ferguson 3.Maxwell 4.Buchanan 5.Obileye 6.McKee 8.Pybus 10.Shields 11.Dobbie 12.McCabe 16.East 33.Gibson
Pre-match Morton: 20.McAdams 4.McLean 5.McGinty 6.Jacobs 8.McAlister 10.Nesbit 12.Orsi 16.Strapp 21.Omar 23.Maciver 26.McPake
Pre-match QoS Subs: 1.Leighfield 2.Nortey 7.Fitzpatrick 9.Goss 14.Robinson 15.McGrory 17.Joseph 18.McKechnie 23.Crooks
Pre-match Morton subs: 3.Fjørtoft 9.Muirhead 11.Oliver 14.Salkeld 15.McGuffie 17.Lyon 18.Blues 19.Colville 24.Wallace
Pre-match So just EIGHT debuts for Queens and a first appearance in over 7 years for Wullie Gibson. Stephen Dobbie captains the team. It’s good to be back, isn’t it?!
Pre-match Queens will be donning the yellow and navy away kit for the opening game of the season!
Pre-match A reminder that if tonight’s game finishes a draw, there will be a penalty shootout to determine who gets a bonus point.
Pre-match There’s also 5 subs available for AJ to use in this seasons Betfred Cup, although play can only be stopped 3 times to use these subs.
Pre-match 1️⃣0️⃣ minutes until kick-off Doonhamers!!!! Will the South get their season off to a winning start?
Pre-match Stephen Dobbie leads to Doonhamers out for the first time since the 10th of March...
First half begins
1%27 The players take the knee before kick off.
2%27 Queens line-up in a 4-3-3 formation with Dobbie and Shields playing either side of Euan East
8%27 Maciver goes down in the box after a McCabe challenge but the referee waves the appeals away
13%27 The game has been very much played in the Queens half so far with Morton putting the South under pressure. Ayo has been impressive with a number of headed clearances so far.
16%27 Yellow Card : Buchanan (QOS)
16%27 Buchanan goes in the book for pulling McPake back on the halfway line.
18%27 Goal Morton. McGinty the scorer.
19%27 McGinty puts the hosts ahead with a header from six-yards.
20%27 Queens get in the Morton box for the first time but McKee’s effort is blocked
24%27 Morton go close again with a McLean header, but the offside flag goes up.
29%27 There’s a goalmouth scramble in the Queens box but Ayo clears the danger
32%27 Fitzpatrick replaces Pybus for his Queens debut
33%27 Chance for Queens but McGinty gets to the ball just before East can tap-in in the six-yard box
33%27 Free-kick for Queens 20-yards from goal...
34%27 Dobbie takes it but the less said about it the better.
36%27 McPake makes space past McCabe in the Queens area but his shot flies over the bar
38%27 Fitzpatrick combines well with Dobbie and East before his resulting cross is turned away for a corner
40%27 Nesbitt works his way into the box but fires a shot well wide
46%27 McPake gets through on goal beating Ayo for paces, but slips as he’s about to pull the trigger
First half ends
Half Time
Half Time A disappointing first-half for Queens but still plenty time to get into it!
Second half begins
52%27 Maxwell shows what he can do going forward for the first time, walking past a few Morton players before East’s cross is collected by McAdams
53%27 GOAL QUEENS! Dobbie the scorer HE’S BACK
53%27 Dobbie taps in Ayo’s header and pulls Queens back into the game. MON EH SOUTH!
55%27 Queens really playing nice football now. Fitzpatrick has been lively since coming on
56%27 Strapp (Morton) is booked
61%27 Ferguson comes out a collects a dangerous cross along the deck from Maciver
64%27 Shields goes on a superb run from a Morton throw-in, squaring to Fitzpatrick who sets up East who has his shot blocked
64%27 Ayo wins *another* header from the corner, this time nodding just wide under pressure
65%27 Shields (QOS) is booked
68%27 Goal Morton. Nesbit the scorer
68%27 McPake puts a dangerous ball across the box and Nesbitt taps in at the back post
70%27 SUBSTITUTION Morton: Maciver OFF REPLACED BY Muirhead
73%27 Ferguson makes a brilliant save after McPake drives inside and fires low from 18-yards
73%27 SUBSTITUTION Morton: Nesbit OFF REPLACED BY Colville
78%27 Queens committing men forward now in search for an equaliser
79%27 GOAL QUEENS! Shields the scorer
79%27 CONNOR SHIELDS BABY!!!! Absolutely superb work by James Maxwell who plays in Shields for an equaliser. GAME ON.
80%27 Ferguson holds on to a dangerous McPake free-kick
86%27 Euan East comes off after a terrific debut leading the line for Queens
90%27 Ayo is down receiving treatment on his ankle currently.
The game ends
Full Time Penalties here we go...
Full Time Queens to take first...
Full Time McKee...SCORES (0-1)
Full Time Jacobs...scores (1-1).
Full Time McCabe...SCORES (1-2)
Full Time Colville...scores (2-2)
Full Time Gibson...SCORES (2-3)
Full Time Muirhead...SAVED BY FERGUSON!!!!! (2-3)
Full Time Shields...skies it. (2-3)
Full Time A deserved victory (kind of) for Queens as we move on to St. Mirren on Saturday!