Match Report

Queen of the South made the short journey to neighbours Annan Athletic in the second game in the Premier Sports Cup knowing that anything other than a win would essentially end the Doonhamers Premier Sports Cup campaign. And a win Queens got, as goals from Ruari Paton and a brace from Ally Roy meant the South were comfortable winners.

There were two changes from the side that lost to Queens Park on the opening day, Roy and 19-year-old Scott Dunn coming in for full debuts, replacing Alex Cooper and Josh Todd. Former Galabankie Niyah Joseph lined-up for the South, whilst Owen Moxon and Aidan Smith started for the hosts, with Tommy Goss on the bench.
The Doonhamers lined up in a 3-4-1-2 formation, with Roberto Nditi and Euan East playing either side of Dunn. Willie Gibson started at left-wing back, Paton on the right, whilst Roy joined Ruben Soares Junior up front.
Queens started the game well on top, testing Greg Fleming various times in the opening minutes of the game through Roy, Lee Connelly and Junior.
Josh Rae then made a smart save to deny Dominic Docherty from range as the hosts slowly grew into the game.
Queens remained the more threatening though, and came within inches of taking the lead on 19 minutes as Dunn struck the post with a volley from a Connelly corner.
A pair of bookings came on 29 minutes after Connelly and Matthew Douglas had some handbags on the halfway line.
But the diminutive Queens winger got back up and headed down the left wing to deliver a delicious ball into the box for Ruari Paton to get his head on and nod home from close range.
Paton heads through Flemings legs to open the scoring
Paton celebrates his strike
It was no less than Queens deserved after a completely dominant start to the game and it was almost two on 36 minutes as East saw a volley cleared off the line by the head of Docherty.
Paton saw another header at the back-post cleared off the line in the closing stages of the opening period, before Mike Roncone blew his whistle to signal half-time.
HT: Annan 0-1 Queens
Queens? quality shone through in the first half, the only disappointment being the fact that they only led by one. The young backline strolled things, especially Dunn who was making his first appearance for the club. East continued to look like he?d been playing centre-back for years.
Youngster Dunn made an impressive debut
The second half got underway much like the first half ended with Queens well on top.
It only took five minutes for Queens to muster a chance in the second period after another dangerous Connelly cross was met in the box, this time by the head of Ally Roy, who glanced a gorgeous header home into the top corner from 15 yards.
Roy heads home the second
The travelling Queens support celebrate with Roy
It gave the away side a little breathing space on Annan, who reacted quickly by introducing Goss for Chris Johnston.
Calvin McGrory, who again was instrumental in protecting the Queens defence, was next in Roncone?s book after a high challenge on Tony Wallace.
Wallace then spurned a good chance for the hosts from the edge of the area, before Dunn?s night was ended early after being forced off with cramp.
Dom McMahon replaced Dunn, coming on at left-wing back with the skipper dropping into the back three.
As Queens lost some of their attacking potency Annan began looking far more comfortable.
And they came within a goal of the South on 74 minutes as substitute Kyle Fleming fired home from just inside the area, leaving Rae with absolutely no chance.
Annan net a consolation
The home team were in the ascendency by this point and boasted a significant height advantage with the likes of Steven Swinglehurst, Douglas and Goss all on the park.
But despite needing a goal they lacked any sort of spark in the final third ? a spark that only Gibson had.
The Queens skipper waltzed his way through half of the Annan team as he went on a 50 yard run. The evergreen defended then played in Ally Roy who made absolutely no mistake in finishing from close range past the helpless ?keeper.
Roy nets his second
FT: Annan 1-3 Queens
A scoreline that was a fair representation of the game, although Queens could well have had more than three.
Impressive full debuts for both Dunn and Roy, but it?ll be the latter who?ll grabs the headlines after a terrific brace.
Next up for Queens it?s a trip to Fir Park as we visit Motherwell in the third game of our Premier Sports Cup campaign.
Finlay Jack

  • Rae

  • Nditi

  • Dunn


  • East

  • Paton

  • McGrory

  • Joseph

  • Gibson

  • Connelly

  • Roy

  • Soares Junior


  • Cowie

  • McMahon


  • Muir

  • Potts

  • Moffat

  • Stewart

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Comfortable derby day win for Queens
Queen of the South made the short journey to neighbours Annan Athletic in the second game in the Premier Sports Cup knowing that anything other than a win would essentially end the Doonhamers Premier ...

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Pre-match Good evening and welcome to Galabank for this evenings Premier Sports Cup tie. Two changes for Queens! Full team to follow…
Pre-match 0️⃣1️⃣ Rae 0️⃣7️⃣ Paton 0️⃣9️⃣ Roy 1️⃣0️⃣ Connelly 1️⃣5️⃣ McGrory 1️⃣6️⃣ East 1️⃣7️⃣ Joseph 2️⃣0️⃣ Nditi 2️⃣5️⃣ Dunn 3️⃣3️⃣ Gibson 4️⃣9️⃣ Junior
Pre-match Queens subs: 3️⃣0️⃣ Cowie 2️⃣1️⃣ McMahon 2️⃣6️⃣ Muir 2️⃣8️⃣ Potts 3️⃣1️⃣ Moffat 3️⃣2️⃣ Stewart
Pre-match A full debut for Ally Roy and a first Queens appearance for 19-year-old Scott Dunn in defence!
Pre-match Annan: 1.Fleming 2.Barnes 3.Birch 4.Moxon 5.Douglas 6.Swinglehurst 7.Wallace 8.Docherty 9.Smith 10.Hunter 11.Johnston
Pre-match Annan subs: 12.Adamson 14.Lowdon 15.Steele 16.K. Fleming 17.Anderson 18.Goss
Pre-match It looks like a back 3 for Queens tonight. Nditi and East playing either side of Dunn who is in the middle.
First half begins
1%27 And we’re underway on derby day at Galabank! MON THE QUEENS! | 0-0
8%27 Ally Roy tests Fleming from range but the ‘keeper holds well. Queens on top here at Annan. | 0-0
10%27 Ruari Paton and Willie Gibson line up at wing-backs for Queens today in a 3-5-2 formation. | 0-0
14%27 Ruben Junior is next to test Fleming but he parries the shot away for a Queens corner.| 0-0
19%27 POST! So close for Scott Dunn who rattles the post from a Queens corner! | 0-0
29%27 ⚠️ Yellow cards for Connelly and Douglas after the pair share an argument. | 0-0
30%27 Paton gets his head on the end of a delicious Connelly cross and Queens take the lead. | 0-1
32%27 Charlie Barnes channels his inner Chiellini and pulls Willie Gibson down as the Queens man breaks. Yellow card. | 0-1
36%27 CLOSE! Almost two for Queens as East has a volley headed over the bar by Docherty on the line. | 0-1
37%27 SUBSTITUTION Annan: Docherty OFF REPLACED BY Anderson
38%27 CLOSE! Another Paton backpost header almost hits the back of the net, but for Charlie Birch clearing. | 0-1
45%27 Chris Johnston has the ball in the net for Annan but the winger is well offside. | 0-1
First half ends
Half Time A dominant first-half for Queens who go in at the break a goal to the good. | 0-1
Half Time Only two players in Queens’ squad of 17 (Gibson and Roy) are over the age of 21.
Second half begins
50%27 Ally Roy glances a stunning header into the top corner from ANOTHER Connelly cross. MON THE QUEENS! | 0-2
52%27 Another sub for Annan as Tommy Goss replaces Johnston. | 0-2
61%27 ⚠️ Another booking, this time for Wallace after a mistimed challenge on East. | 0-2
64%27 Triple change for Annan as Lowdon, Steele and K. Fleming replace Birch, Barnes and Hunter. | 0-2
66%27 ⚠️ McGrory is the next man in the book after a high challenge on Wallace. | 0-2
69%27 Wallace fires over for Annan as Dunn is receiving treatment for what looks like cramp. | 0-2
71%27 Sub for Queens as McMahon replaces Dunn, who had an impressive debut at CB. | 0-2
72%27 McMahon comes on at LWB, while Gibson goes into CB. Is there anything he can’t do? | 0-2
74%27 Goal Annan. Kyle Fleming pulls one back for the hosts. | 1-2
76%27 SAVE! A terrific acrobatic save from Rae to deny Anderson. | 1-2
77%27 ⚠️ Moxon is the next man booked for pulling Junior down on the counter. | 0-2
80%27 Wallace spurns another chance from the edge of the box, firing over the bar. | 1-2
83%27 Close for Annan again as a long throw deflects off of Smith and goes narrowly wide. | 1-2
85%27 A sensational Gibson FIFTY YARD RUN ends in the skipper playing a ball in to Roy, who makes no mistake in tucking away! | 1-3
The game ends
Full Time A comfortable win in the end for the Doonhamers after Paton and Roy’s (2) strikes are too much for Annan. FULL TIME: ANNAN 1-3 QUEENS.