Match Report

Rookie manager Wullie Gibson?s Doonhamers welcomed an Arbroath side led by who many see as a King, in Dick Campbell, in what was an intriguing 0-0 draw at Palmerston. The South created a myriad of chances as day turned to knight at an unusually mild Palmerston, but they weren`t able to break the stalemate.
There wasn?t too many shocks in the team selection, albeit the Gaffer named an exceptionally attacking side featuring a myriad of attacking talent. Gibson himself started at left-back in the absence of Alex Cooper, whilst Lee Connelly joined Innes Cameron up-front.
It was an edgy start to the game with three points crucial for both sides, at either side of the table.
Josh Rae and Derek Gaston were left as virtual spectators, with the first notable moment coming on 25 minutes when Connelly was forced off injured, to be replaced by Kieran McKechnie. It was an interesting choice by the gaffer, with McKechnie?s only football for Queens coming in December 2020.
McKechnie comes on for Connolly
The former Rangers youth impressed though with a mixture of raw pace and dogged challenges proving an exciting combination.
Cameron had the first real effort on goal after 35 minutes after nodding a Max Johnston cross onto the back of Jason Thomson, forcing a corner for Queens.
On 41 minutes, Arbroath?s best chance of the game came and went. The South were unable to clear their lines resulting in Craig Wighton being afforded a shot from a central position, only 12 yards out. He did force Rae into making a smart save low to his right, however a striker of Wighton?s calibre would have expected better.
That was pretty much it for the hosts in terms of goal mouth action. Darragh O?Connor and Euan East continue to improve as a defensive partnership and limited a dangerous Arbroath side to virtually nothing.
A couple away corners came and went with Queens counterattacking at real pace, though the final ball wasn?t quite there on any of them.
HT: Queens 0-0 Arbroath
A solid opening 45 of Gibson?s tenure and plenty to build on in the second.
McKechnie almost capped off an impressive home debut with a goal on 54 minutes after his long-range effort caused Gaston to fumble, though the ?keeper collected at the second attempt.
Aidan Fitzpatrick, who was at the heart of most of Queens? good work going forward, got on the end of a wonderful McKechnie ball through after 64 minutes, however, his volley was safely caught by Gaston.
Fitzpatrick denied
Each side began making changes and it was Queens?s subs who were looking the most dangerous with Shea Gordon coming within whiskers of breaking the deadlock.
After manufacturing an inch of room on the edge of the area, his curling effort was sublimely tipped onto the crossbar by an acrobatic Gaston.
The South never gave up hope and it was Ally Roy, who earlier replaced Fitzpatrick, dictating things in the final third for the Doonhamers.
A wonderful ball-through from Josh Todd allowed Roy time to round Gaston, only for Colin Hamilton to put in a magnificent last-ditch challenge to deny a sure goal.
Roy rounds Gaston
On the rebound, McKechnie fired goalwards, only for Tam O?Brien to be waiting on the goalline to clear.
Little heads off the line to deny a last minute McKechnie winner for Queens
As injury-time went on, the chances continued to flow for Queens.
The final one fell at the feet of Roy who was unable to direct his volley goalwards as he dragged it wide.
FT: Queens 0-0 Arbroath
?Only? a point for Queens but it felt like so much more than that. The character, fight and determination shown by each player was evident from the start, and clearly appreciated by the supporters who stayed behind to applaud off their team. Whilst everyone is disappointed not to have taken the three that we deserved, nobody could question effort from the side.
Headlines may go to other players, but a special mention to Josh Rae who kept his first clean-sheet for the club this afternoon. There?s no doubting Rae?s quality since returning to the side as he picked up a well deserved shut-out, with help from O?Connor, East and the rest of the team.
Next up for Queens it?s Ayr United at Somerset Park as we look to build on a good point at Palmerston.

Finlay Jack 

  • Rae

  • Johnston

  • O`Connor

  • East

  • Gibson

  • Paton

  • Todd

  • McGrory

  • Fitzpatrick


  • Connelly


  • Cameron


  • Cowie

  • Roy


  • Debayo

  • Joseph

  • McKechnie


  • Gordon

  • Soares Junior

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First half begins
6%27 Cagey opening 5 minutes at Palmerston with Arbroath seeing more of the ball so far | 0-0
10%27 Free kick Queens in a crossing position | 0-0
11%27 Johnston’s cross fails to clear the wall | 0-0
16%27 Queens win their first corner of the game | 0-0
17%27 The corner is knocked on by an Arbroath defender for a Queens throw-in | 0-0
19%27 Connelly currently down receiving treatment | 0-0
21%27 Connelly’s fine to carry on | 0-0
22%27 Still no real chances to report at Palmerston | 0-0
24%27 Connelly down again looks like his afternoon is over | 0-0
25%27 McKechnie replaces Connelly in our first change of the game | 0-0
27%27 McGrory delivers a dangerous free kick into the box but Innes can’t quite get on the end of it | 0-0
29%27 Paton’s header from another McGrory free kick is high and wide of the target | 0-0
31%27 Calls for a penalty as Fitzpatrick is brought down in the box but play is waved on | 0-0
34%27 Queens have started to see more of the ball in the last 5 but can’t quite find the final ball | 0-0
35%27 Johnston deliver a ball to the back post for Innes who’s header is deflected for a corner | 0-0
36%27 Arbroath clear the corner | 0-0
41%27 Wighton has an effort from 12 yards but Rae saves comfortably | 0-0
43%27 Queens break away with McKechnie who played in Fitzpatrick who can’t get a shot off before an Arbroath defender almost play it into his own goal | 0-0
First half ends
Half Time Even first half as the teams go in all square at 0-0
Second half begins
46%27 Cameron runs on to a ball down the left but Gaston collects his cross into the box | 0-0
47%27 Queens 2nd chance of the half falls to Fitzpatrick who can’t divert Johnston’s cross on target | 0-0
52%27 Queens have started the 2nd half brightly with multiple crosses into the box | 0-0
54%27 McKechnie fires a shot straight at Gaston who almost fumbles into his own net | 0-0
65%27 McKechnie plays Fitzpatrick through who’s effort is straight at Gaston | 0-0
70%27 Innes plays Fitzpatrick but there’s just too much on the ball as Gaston collects | 0-0
71%27 Bobby Linn replaces James Craigen for the visitors
73%27 Queens second change as Gordon replaces Paton
74%27 Hilson replaces Donnelly for the visitors
76%27 Hamilton goes into the book for Arbroath | 0-0
79%27 CLOSE! Gaston pushes a Gordon effort on to the bar, best chance of the game so far! | 0-0
84%27 Ford replaces Whigton for the visitors | 0-0
86%27 Ally Roy replaces Fitzpatrick | 0-0
91%27 Free kick Queens in a dangerous position | 0-0
92%27 McGrory’s free kick is cleared by Arbroath | 0-0
93%27 CLOSE!!! McKechnie’s effort from close range cleared off the line | 0-0
94%27 Roy pulls an effort wide in what looks like could be last chance of the game | 0-0
The game ends
Full Time Dick holds Wullie in bottom vs top of the championship, Queens were unlucky not to win the game