Match Report

Queen of the South travelled to Motherwell under the beautiful Scottish sun in our third game of the Premier Sports Cup this season. It wasn?t to be for the young Queens team though, who lost to their vastly more experienced opposition by the odd goal in five.
The only change from the side that defeated Annan with ease was enforced. Calvin McGrory picking up two bookings from the opening two games meant that he was suspended with Josh Todd returning to the team to take his place.
Motherwell`s side featured Euro 2020 hero Stephen O`Donnell at right-back, although it goes without saying that he was only the second best full-back on show at Fir Park. Former Doonhamer Barry Maguire started in midfield for the Steelmen and there was a place on the bench for Max Johnston, the son of Queens manager Allan Johnston.
Unsurprisingly it was Motherwell who saw the vast majority of the possession in the opening moments of the game. Queens` 3-4-1-2 formation was resembling more of a 5-4-1 with Ally Roy dropping into midfield to help out.
Dean Cornelius created the first half-chance of the game after nice play between the midfielder and Tony Watt sent Cornelius through on goal. The 20-year-old opted to pass rather than shoot though, allowing Roberto Nditi to clear.
The Doonhamers began to grow into the game at the 10 minute mark with Lee Connelly doing what he does best and whipping in some dangerous crosses, albeit they were dealt with well by Ricki Lamie.
Livewire Connelly in action
Queens created their first real chance 14 minutes into the game after Ruari Paton laid off to Niyah Joseph on the edge of the box, but the young midfielder placed his effort over the bar.
It was the away side who were probing again on 19 minutes after Ruben Soares Junior got his first feel of the ball. The English striker held the ball up before beating his man and then laying off to Roy in the box. Roy`s effort flew narrowly wide of the far post though, albeit it was from a tight angle.
Kevin Van Veen was the first player to test Josh Rae but the former Peterhead shot-stopper held the strikers effort well.
Joseph tried his luck again from range on the half hour mark but it didn`t trouble Liam Kelly in the Motherwell goal.
The Steelmen possession meant that they were always going to carve out chances. A looped ball over the top found Tony Watt, whose touch was ridiculously good to get past Nditi, before Euan East?s covering run prevented any shot on goal from the ex-Celtic man.
Van Veen tested his luck again on 36 minutes, glancing a header goal wards from an O`Donnell cross, only for Rae to gather down to his left.
The `Well kept pressing and probably should have taken the lead on 38 minutes. A rare loose pass from Dunn was cut-out in midfield by Liam Donnelly, who played in Watt, only for the forward to smash his effort off the bar.
And the hosts were made to pay for their slack finishing.
Junior bought a free-kick on the right hand side, before Connelly`s cross was met by East. The makeshift centre-back nodded down to Ruari Paton, who made no mistake in slotting past Kelly from an exceptionally tight angle.
Paton nets from an acute angle
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Queens` goal certainly wasn`t undeserved, albeit it came during what was Motherwell`s best minutes of the opening period.
Despite pressing on for a quick equaliser though, it was Queens again who went forward and found the back of the net.
After receiving the ball 20 yards from goal, Ruari Paton struck a low shot towards Kelly, only for his effort to deflect into the back of the net off Ally Roy.
Paton strikes his second
The ball heads into the back of the net
HT: Motherwell 0-2 Queens
A brilliant first-half from Queens who arguably weren?t even at their best. Nonetheless Paton`s brilliant brace meant Queens were two up and cruising at half-time.
It wasn`t going to be smooth sailing in the second half though
The second-half couldn`t have got off to a worse start for the visitors though as Tony Watt halved the deficit from a corner. The cross into the box was knocked down to Watt, who tapped home from close range, despite East being down with a clear head injury.
East gets crushed but play goes on and the home team get a goal back
Van Veen passed up a good chance to equalise for the home team after an hour, using his strength well to fend off Dunn, but he was only able to shot well over the bar.
The hosts continued to probe in desperate search of a leveller, but the young Queens back-line were holding strong.
Van Veen passed up another good opportunity from inside the box, his low shot was blocked on the goalline by the exceptional East, before Rae gratefully collected.
The one-way traffic continued in the final quarter of the game with Queens not able to get out of their own box.
And the pressure told after 72 minutes as Steven Lawless` cross was met by Ricki Lamie, who made no mistake in nodding past the helpless Rae.
Lami heads the equaliser
Things went from bad to worse after 75 minutes as Motherwell took the lead. After Rae made a magnificent save from Van Veen, substitute Kaiyne Woolery put the hosts ahead after his shot was deflected, completely wrong footing the `keeper.
In truth, it had been coming. Against a tiring Queens team, the majority of which were playing their third 90 minutes in just seven days, the Premiership outfit showed their class.
The Doonhamers didn`t go down without a fight though, they kept pressing on and searching for a goal to keep their faint hopes of qualification in the cup alive.
Junior is denied by Kelly
Van Veen`s goalless day continued, his final effort of the game being well cleared off of the line by Gibson, before being replaced by defender Nathan McGinley.
Dom McMahon came on for a cameo appearance, replacing Joseph, before referee Euan Anderson blew his whistle for the final time.
FT: Motherwell 3-2 Queens
A spirited performance from this young, exciting Queens side, but it wasn`t to be as Motherwell continued their perfect start to the Premier Sports Cup.

Finlay Jack 

  • Rae

  • Nditi

  • Dunn

  • East

  • Paton

  • Todd

  • Joseph


  • Gibson

  • Connelly

  • Soares Junior

  • Roy


  • Cowie

  • McMahon


  • Muir

  • Hunter

  • Potts

  • Moffat

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Pre-match Good afternoon and welcome to Fir Park as we take on Premiership opposition in Motherwell in the Premier Sports Cup! Team news to follow for Queens…
Pre-match 0️⃣1️⃣ Rae 0️⃣7️⃣ Paton 0️⃣8️⃣ Todd 0️⃣9️⃣ Roy 1️⃣0️⃣ Connelly 1️⃣6️⃣ East 1️⃣7️⃣ Joseph 2️⃣0️⃣ Nditi 2️⃣5️⃣ Dunn 3️⃣3️⃣ Gibson 4️⃣9️⃣ Junior
Pre-match Queens subs: 3️⃣0️⃣ Cowie 2️⃣1️⃣ McMahon 2️⃣6️⃣ Muir 2️⃣7️⃣ Hunter 2️⃣8️⃣ Potts 3️⃣1️⃣ Moffat
Pre-match Motherwell: 1.Kelly 2.O’Donnell 4.Lamie 3.Carroll 6.Maguire 9.Van Veen 11.Lawless 15.O’Connor 18.Cornelius 22.Donnelly 32.Watt
Pre-match Motherwell subs: 12.Fox 7.Woolery 17.Amaluzor 19.McGinley 20.Crawford 24.Johnston 26.Parker 34.C. O’Donnell 39.Wilson
Pre-match Just 1️⃣ change for Queens today with Josh Todd replacing the suspended Calvin McGrory. Scott Dunn retains his place in the Queens team after an impressive debut against Annan!
Pre-match Today’s captains are Scotland’s number 1 right-back, and Stephen O’Donnell.
First half begins
4%27 The hosts dominating possession in the opening stages of the game. | 0-0
7%27 Cornelius gets through on goal but opts to pass rather than shoot, allowing Nditi to clear. | 0-0
12%27 Queens growing into the game now with a couple crosses from wide areas threatening to challenge the ‘Well defence. | 0-0
15%27 CHANCE! Nice play from Connelly allows Paton to get on the ball, before laying off to Joseph who skied from 18-yards out. Better from Queens! | 0-0
20%27 CHANCE! Ruben Junior does magnificently to hold the ball up before playing in Roy, who shot narrowly wide from a tight angle. | 0-0
22%27 Van Veen wins the ball back in the Queens half, running at last man Scott Dunn but the defender does brilliantly to win the ball back. | 0-0
23%27 Van Veen tests Rae from 18 yards but the ‘keeper holds well. | 0-0
27%27 Queens’ wing-backs Paton and Gibson certainly causing Motherwell a few problems, as is Lee Connelly, who has been everywhere so far. | 0-0
30%27 Joseph shoots again from range but it goes wide. Queens not seeing too much of the ball but have certainly had chances. | 0-0
34%27 Tony Watt takes a simply sensational touch to beat Nditi but Euan East is on hand to cover and clear. | 0-0
35%27 A break in play here after a collision between Roy and Kelly. Both players look fine to continue thankfully! | 0-0
37%27 SAVE! Van Veen’s header forces Rae into making a good save down to his left. | 0-0
39%27 Tony Watt’s shot smashes off of the bar after a loose pass from Dunn. | 0-0
41%27 MON THE QUEENS!!!!! Connelly’s cross is headed on by East to RUARI PATON at the backpost, who slots past Kelly. OH YA BEAUTY!!!! | 0-1
45%27 Name better wing-backs than Ruari Paton and Wullie Gibson. I’ll wait.
First half ends
Half Time no a bad end to the half for Queens. HALF TIME: ‘Well 0-2 Queens
Second half begins
48%27 Goal Motherwell. Watt pulls one back for the hosts. | 1-2
1%27 ⚠️ Carroll is the first man in the book after bringing down Junior, who done terrifically to win the ball and create a chance. | 1-2
1%27 Van Veen gets through on goal but fires his volley miles over the bar| 1-2.
1%27 SAVE!! East does miraculously to block a Van Veen shot, before Rae collects. Pretty relentless pressure from Motherwell. | 1-2
1%27 A change for Motherwell as Woolery relates Donnelly. | 1-2
1%27 ⚠️ Dunn goes in the book for booting the ball away, despite clearly being pushed over by Van Veen moments earlier. | 1-2
1%27 Queens can’t get out of their own box. One way traffic at Fir Park. | 1-2
1%27 Goal Motherwell. Lamie pulls the hosts level. | 2-2.
1%27 Goal Motherwell. Woolery scores as Motherwell take the lead against a tiring Queens side. | 3-2.
1%27 Van Veen tried his luck again but Gibson gets back to clear off the line, before the striker is replaced by McGinley. | 3-2
89%27 A sub for Queens as McMahon replaces Joseph. | 3-2
91%27 CHANCE! Kelly makes a brilliant save to deny Connelly at the back post. | 3-2
The game ends
Full Time A spirited performance from this young Queens team, but it wasn’t our day. FT: Motherwell 3-2 Queens.