Match Report

Queen of the South travelled to newly promoted Partick Thistle in the opening game of the cinch Scottish Championship. For the third time in three games there was five goals scored, however like the Motherwell game, Queens were on the wrong end of the odd goal in five.
Despite making three new signings since last weeks win against Airdrieonians, each of Udoka Chima, Harry Cochrane and Josh Debayo were forced to make do with places on the bench. The only change to the Queens side was Paul McKay coming into make his first start for the club, replacing Scott Dunn who dropped to the bench.
The game couldn?t have got off to a much more frantic start. Thistle saw most of the ball in the opening stages but never troubled Queens, before the South began to dictate proceedings.
The games first real chance ended in its first goal, and what a goal it was.
Picking up the ball on the left, Wullie Gibson strolled past Ross Docherty, before beating Ciaran McKenna and unleashing a venomous strike from 25-yards, beating Jamie Sneddon for power and height. Could Sneddon have done better? Perhaps. But take nothing away from the goal, it was arguably Gibson?s best since returning to Queens?and that says a lot!
Gibson strikes
Goal celebrations
Disappointingly though the lead didn?t last long ? six minutes to be exact.
As referee Greg Aitken ordered Lee Connelly off the pitch to get something amended on his shirt, Zak Rudden delivered a loopy ball into the box, finding Brian Graham, who done was he really does best by heading home from the back post.
Graham beats Gibson at the back post to equalise
It gave the 2000 strong home support a much needed boost but it was still Queens who were playing the better football.
Roberto Nditi went for a wander up the pitch, playing in former Jag Ally Roy, whose shot was well saved by Sneddon, albeit it was from a tight angle.
Moments later Gibson was beating McKenna again on the left, before standing a cross up into the box for Ruari Paton, however the Irishman could only head the cross straight into Sneddon?s hands.
Referee Greg Aitken then proceeded to send Allan Johnston to the stands for what looked like some bickering between the gaffer and the linesman. Aitken was the same referee that sent off Rhys McCabe and Ayo Obileye in March, of course both red cards were later rescinded.
On the half hour mark things went from bad to worse for Queens though after Brian Graham doubled his sides lead. Another Rudden cross into the box was met by a Thistle player, this time in McKenna, who forced Josh Rae into a sublime save.
Rae?s hand could only tip the ball onto the post though, leaving Graham with the easiest of finishes from close range.
Rae appears to have both hands firmly on the ball
Queens did manage to get the ball in the net on 37 minutes, but it was ruled out for offside. There weren?t many complaints, if any at all, from the Queens players in looked the correct decision.
Roy picked up a booking on 40 minutes after fouling Stuart Bannigan, before Ross Docherty was booked in injury time after fouling Ruben Soares Junior.
HT: Thistle 2-1 Queens
Queens were probably the better side in the opening half hour, yet found themselves 2-1 down. The game stalled after Thistle?s second, neither side was really able to regain much composure and create any chances.
The second half was a slow burner, but again it was Queens who were the first to have a shot on goal. Connelly forced Sneddon into a mistake, but the ?keeper was able to get up and save the shot from Roy.
On 57 minutes there was major confusion at Firhill, not only between the fans and players but the officials too.
A Thistle cross was nodded back into the danger area by Rudden who looked clearly offside. Kyle Turner tapped home and the goal was seemingly given, much to the surprise of absolutely everyone in the stadium. After about a minute of deliberation between the officials, the flag eventually went up and the correct decision was made.
On 62 minutes Josh Debayo and Harry Cochrane were handed debuts from the bench, replacing Josh Todd and Junior, while Cammy Smith came on for the hosts for Turner.
Udoka Chima made his Queens debut moments later, replacing Paul McKay at the heart of the defence.
Queens were very much in the ascendency in Glasgow, dictating proceedings, albeit Thistle?s defence was looking solid.
The Doonhamers had corners pretty regularly throughout the match, but it wasn?t a secret that the hosts possessed far greater height in their team.
Nonetheless, it was a corner that Queens managed to equalise from.
A sublime Connelly cross was glanced on from Ruari Paton, into the far corner, leaving Sneddon with absolutely no chance.
Paton heads home
Paton celebrates
In truth, it was absolutely no less than Queens deserved, and it set up for a grandstand last 15 minutes.
Thistle came out of their shell for the first time in a while and began to test the Queens backline. Scott Tiffoney was now leading the line with Graham after Rudden was sacrificed.
Nditi was going forward throughout the game from right-centre-back and tried his luck from range after 79 minutes, although his powerful shot went narrowly over.
Sandy Clark was the next man in Aitken?s book, a yellow, presumably for something he said.
With just six minutes left on the clock though, Thistle restored their lead. A shot from range was blocked, and the bounce fell the way of Scott Tiffoney, who just needed to tap home from six yards.
The South kept pressing on in search for another equaliser, but it wasn?t to be.
FT: Thistle 3-2 Queens
Two goals wasn?t enough for Queens to salvage something from Firhill, but nonetheless it was a decent performance from the Doonhamers.
Next up it?s Kilmarnock at Palmerston as Queens look to get some points on the board in the cinch Scottish Championship.

Finlay Jack 

  • Rae

  • Nditi

  • McKay


  • East

  • Paton

  • Todd


  • McGrory

  • Gibson

  • Connelly

  • Roy

  • Soares Junior



  • Cowie

  • Chima


  • Cochrane


  • Debayo


  • Joseph

  • McMahon

  • Dunn

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Opening day defeat for Queens
Queen of the South travelled to newly promoted Partick Thistle in the opening game of the cinch Scottish Championship. For the third time in three games there was five goals scored, however like the M ...

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Pre-match Good afternoon and welcome to Firhill as we open our cinch Scottish Championship campaign away to Partick Thistle.
Pre-match It is of course Thistle’s first game at this level in over a year after being relegated to League 1. The Jags bounced straight back though and will have a flag presentation before kick-off today.
Pre-match So only ONE change for Queens as McKay replaces Dunn. New boys Chima, Cochrane and Debayo start from the bench!
First half begins
3%27 Gibson delivers his first cross this afternoon but Sneddon beats Roy to the ball. | 0-0
17%27 Goal Partick. Graham equalises for the hosts at the backpost. | 1-1
21%27 CHANCE! Nditi pays Roy through but Sneddon saves well from a tight angle. | 1-1
23%27 Gibson stands a ball up to Paton in the box but his header is straight at Sneddon. | 1-1
27%27 RED CARD. Allan Johnston is sent to the stands by Greg Aitken for some reason. | 1-1
30%27 Goal Partick. Graham taps in from close range to put the hosts ahead. | 2-1
37%27 Queens have the ball in the net after McKay meets Gibson’s free-kick but it’s ruled out for offside. | 2-1
40%27 ⚠️ Ally Roy is booked for a tackle on Bannigan. | 2-1
41%27 Docherty just about stamps on East at the corner flag but escapes a booking from Greg Aitken. | 2-1
46%27 ⚠️ Docherty is now booked for a foul on Junior. In the Thistle skippers defence, it looked a fair challenge. Nonetheless it’s a yellow. | 2-1
First half ends
Half Time Half-time here at Firhill. Queens 2-1 down.
Second half begins
54%27 Connelly does well to force Sneddon into a mistake, but the ‘keeper regains his composure to save from Roy. | 2-1
57%27 Turner has the ball in the net for the hosts despite a Rudden crossing in from approximately 3 miles offside. The goal gets given before being ruled out for offside 90 seconds later. | 2-1
65%27 Paton, who is now upfront, gets in behind but Holt makes a terrific challenge to prevent a shot. | 2-1
70%27 Tiffoney replaces Rudden for the hosts. | 2-1
72%27 Another sub, another debut!! Chima replaces Paul McKay. | 2-1
73%27 Queens well on the front foot here, dominating the ball despite all the changes. | 2-1
81%27 CLOSE! Nditi fires from range but it’s just over the bar! | 2-2
82%27 ⚠️ Sandy Clark is now booked. Don’t know why. | 2-2
83%27 Mayo’s shot deflects narrowly by the post. | 2-2
85%27 Goal Partick. Tiffoney restores the Jags lead. | 3-2
91%27 A late booking for Brian Graham. | 3-2
The game ends
Full Time Queens lose 3-2 in Glasgow on the opening day.