Match Report

The new Wullie Gibson era recorded its first win today as Queens were the only team to even score in the Championship on a difficult windy day. Aidan Fitzpatrick was the man who made the difference, scoring the only goal of the game after being restored to the starting line up following the recent managerial change, but Queens were deserved winners on the day.

To no great surprise following last week`s encouraging draw with leaders Arbroath, changes were kept to a minimum with only the one expected and enforced change. The injured Lee Connelly was replaced with Shea Gordon which meant a formation tweak and a more advanced role for new captain Josh Todd.

Quens made the brighter start on a heavy pitch with Fitzpatrick and Paton causing problems down the wings early on. One Fitzpatrick delivery across the face of goal was begging to be turned home but nobody could get there whilst Innes Cameron fired another close range effort into the side netting. It was perhaps no surprise that when the breakthrough came Fitzpatrick was the source of it. It was a much greater surprise that he was the scorer of it, popping up in a central position to fire the ball in low to the bottom right corner and out of Aidan McAdams` grasp from outside the penalty area.

Queens comfortably saw out the rest of the half but Josh Todd picked up the game`s first booking having been adjudged to have fouled Sam Ashford in setting Fitzpatrick free and running towards the Ayr goal again in the final minute of the half. It looked a slightly harsh foul, never mind a booking.

The home side were obviously given a rocket by manager Lee BUllen during the interval. They were back out very early and quick to put some pressure on in the opening minutes. However, nothing particularly threatening came from it and slowly Queens took over control again. The lead should probably have been doubled when captain Josh Todd couldn`t sort his feet out and make a good contact in front of goal, instead turning the ball wide. Innes Cameron too might have made it two when he failed to get any significant contact on Max Johnston`s ball across the face of goal.

Just after the hour mark Fitzpatrick was replaced by Ally Roy after suffering from cramp which meant Todd moving wider. The home side sent on Daire O`Connor and Tomi Adeloye for Baird and McKenzie in a bid to change their fortunes. 15 minutes later Calvin McGrory joined his captain in referee Steven McLean`s notebook after stopping Sam Ashfird with something that would have been more in keeping with events at Murrayfield as the Ayr striker tried to break forward! Ryan Gondoh replaced James Maxwell as the home side shuffled the pack again and, for the first time in the match, began to exert some cpressure on the Doonhamer back line. It was Queens thogh who were next to go close when Ally Roy`s header beat McAdams but struck the post. Soon after Jordan Houston picked up a booking for halting Gibson`s run with a foul and the player/manager struck a powerful direct free kick at goal which was comfortably held by McAdam. Ruari Paton`s race was run though. The Irishman who had needed stitches in a head knock in the first half eventually going off to be replaced by Roberto Nditi. Nditi went to right back with Max Johnston pushing further up to where Paton had been.

The last 10 minutes saw the home side force a succession of corners and throw plenty of high balls into the box but Darragh O`Connor appeared to be where most of them landed and he never lost one all day,. If he wasn`t under the ball then Euan East or Innes Cameron were. Attacks were repelled until the 4th minute of injury time when Adeloye somehow found space in the six yard box to head goalward. It was a hearts in mouth moment but our luck held and the ball struck the top of the crossbar and went over for a goal kick.

When the final whistle went Queens had recorded their 5th win of the season and a 2nd straight clean sheet. The players took a well earned bow together in front of the travelling support. Next up it`s a trip to Cove Rangers on Tuesday night for the semi final of the SPFL Trust Trophy..

  • Rae

  • Johnston

  • O`Connor

  • East

  • Gibson

  • McGrory

  • Gordon

  • Paton


  • Todd

  • Fitzpatrick

  • Cameron


  • Cowie

  • Cooper

  • Roy


  • Debayo

  • Joseph

  • McKechnie

  • Nditi


Additional Subs: 24 Sam Folarin 49 Ruben Soares Junior
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Pre-match Just one change to the lineup as Gordon comes in for the injured Connelly. A straight swap in the number 10 role
Pre-match Nditi and Cooper return to a strong looking bench.
Pre-match Full subs bench : 30.Cowie 3.Cooper 9.Roy 13.Debayo 17.Joseph 18.McKechnie 20.Nditi 24.Folarin 49.Junior
Pre-match Ayr lineup : 1.McAdams 3.Reading 2.Houston 5.McGinty 4.Muirhead 8.McInroy 18.Dempsey 15.Baird 22.McKenzie 19.Ashford 14.Maxwell
Pre-match Ayr subs : 21.Albinson 23.Fjortoft 31.Smith 12.Rowe 25.Ecrepont 10.O`Connor 16.Gondoh 9.Adeloye 7.Moffat
Pre-match Teams are out, Queens led by new club captain Josh Todd.
First half begins
1%27 Same formation as last week against Arbroath but its Todd who has pushed forward into the number 10 role supporting Cameron
7%27 First chance for Queens. Cameron heads over a Johnston cross but the referee had blown for a foul by the striker anyway
15%27 East goes down off the ball. Looks to have twisted something
20%27 Corner Queens. Fitzpatrick places the ball across the face of goal but no one there
23%27 Another dangerous Fitzpatrick cross but no takers again
29%27 Close! Paton plays the ball low into the box but Camerons touch goes just wide
29%27 Ayr have probably shaded possession so far, playing with the wind, but Queens have had the better chances
31%27 Great saving tackle from Gordon as Raes miskick put Queens under pressure
32%27 GOAL QUEENS! Fitzpatrick the scorer
34%27 Out of nothing Queens take the lead. Fitzpatrick picks up the ball 25 yards out and simply takes a touch and rockets a low shot past McAdams
35%27 Straight up the other end and maxwells tame shot almost squirms away from Rae but he holds on
36%27 Ashford gets a talking to after a series of fouls but no card
37%27 McInroy has a shot from the edge of the box but Rae watches it harmlessly wide
39%27 Big header from Cameron prevents a goal from Ayrs first corner. Button they have another
41%27 Chance for McKenzie but he blazes his shot high and wide
44%27 Paton comes back on with a fetching head bandage
47%27 Todd (QOS) is booked. Queens were breaking away but McLean pulls the game back for a free kick to Ayr and a booking for Todd
First half ends
Half Time Ayr will probably feel they could have done more with the wind behind their backs but despite having most of the ball they never really troubled Rae apart from an early scramble thats came from the keepers mis-kick
Half Time Queens have looked dangerous at times, particularly in wide areas and lead through a terrific Fitzpatrick strike
Half Time No changes at half time as both teams are out and ready to go
Second half begins
47%27 Another cross causes danger in the Ayr box. Cameron is convinced he was being held back but its a goal kick to the home side
49%27 Big chance Ayr! Rae misjudges the ball over the top but Johnston gets back to block the shot on the line
52%27 Close for Paton but his shot from distance goes just wide
56%27 Ayr have a half chance but the floated cross to the back post is headed off Muirhead for a goal kick
57%27 Another cross, this time from Paton is headed behind by McGinty at the near post for a Queens corner
60%27 Chance Queens. This time the cross does find Todd but he slices wide
62%27 Ayr Cross into the box goes behind. Corner is given but the Queens defenders are convinced it should have been a goal kick
65%27 Muirheads long throw is almost prodded in but ends up safely in the arms of Rae
67%27 Cameron heads back across goal but McAdams gathers easily
72%27 Roy has a chance at the back post after Johnston picks him out but his volley is high over the bar
75%27 McGrory (QOS) is booked
77%27 Another Ayr corner. Adeloye has a fresh air kick but the ref sees a touch off the defender
82%27 Post! Roy heads back across goal but it comes back off the post with McAdams stranded
82%27 Houston (Ayr) is booked
83%27 Paton looked to take another knock to the head so comes off
85%27 McInroy puts a shot wide from the edge of the box
86%27 Johnson (QOS) is booked for a mistimed sliding challenge
87%27 Adeloye has a chance but scoops his shot over the bar
91%27 OConnor takes a sore one conceding a corner but it drifts harmlessly out a the near post
91%27 Bug cancer! Good cross in from adeloye but the header is too close to Rae
92%27 Yellow card for adeloye for dissent
96%27 Still playing and Oconnor cuts inside for Ayr but his shot almost clears the terrace roof
The game ends
Full Time Big BIG derby win in Ayrshire. It was backs to the wall at the end but Queens held out and with Dunfermline drawing with Kilmarnock move a couple of points closer to survival