Match Report

Queen of the South found disappointment yet again on the road to Rugby Park as a late winner from Oli Shaw ruined Queens hopes for a point after a hard-fought clash.
Wullie Gibson`s side travelled to Kilmarnock knowing they would be in for a long day, with Killie being unbeaten in the league in their last five games. Despite this, from the get-go the Queens fought tooth and nail for every ball and showed Derek McInnes that they would not be easy to overcome.
The first half saw plenty of action as Kilmarnock initially took control of the game and the Queens found themselves having to defend ferociously to stop the rampant Killie attacks. Blair Alston and Rory McKenzie looked particularly dangerous as they dictated most of the play looking to feed strikers Oli Shaw and Kyle Lafferty. It was a story of missed chances for Killie as they squandered three separate one on ones that were all saved impressively by Josh Rae.
Although the first half was mostly Killie`s, Queens did manage to create a few promising opportunities. Player-manager Wullie Gibson looked to lead the charge for several of Queen`s attacks with all chances coming down the left-hand side of the pitch. Striker Ally Roy found himself in an abundance of space outside the box and a fantastic strike that looked destined for the top corner was saved by Killie`s Hemming.
The remainder of the half was yet again dominated by Killie with midfielders Alston and Stephen McGinn orchestrating most attacks. Queens finally couldn`t hold out against the pressure as the ball fell to the feet of defender Ash Taylor inside the box, he coolly took a touch and curled the ball into the far corner just four minutes away from half-time.
After barely finding their feet at all in the first half the Doonhamers came out looking a lot more confident in the second period.
There were not a vast number of chances for either team in the first 15 minutes of the second half. A couple of long-range efforts were comfortably saved by each side`s keepers and both sides wasted a few corners.
Against the run of play, just as it looked like Killie were getting their rhythm back, Queens created an excellently worked counter- attack from Killie`s corner and scored around the 66-minute mark. After a fantastic run in the build-up from player-manager Wullie Gibson he slid the ball through to goal scorer Ally Roy. Roy did brilliant and showed great strength and determination to get past the defender and then calmly squeeze the ball home beyond Kilmarnock`s number one.
The next 10 minutes or so would be the Doonhamers best run of play in the game as they started to look comfortable on the ball and were looking better than the opposition on and off the ball for the first time in the game.
A huge chance was missed by Max Johnston who blazed it over the bar after finding himself one on one with Zach Hemming, which would be Queens last real chance of the game.
Killie started to find their aura again and began to dominate. Then in the 82nd  minute they were able to finally convert a chance for their second goal. Chris Burke delivered a low ball into the box just five minutes after coming on, and it reached Oli Shaw who scored for the second game running, and his 11th in the league this season. 
The last 10 minutes saw Killie comfortably run the clock down, with Queens desperately trying to get just one chance but to no avail. It was a frustrating day for the Doonhamers, where the result was fairly reflected on the game. Both teams fought hard, and, on the day, the better team won.
Stephen McGinn was named man of the match after a dominant performance in the middle of the park.
The result left Kilmarnock still leading at the top of the pile, with Queens only ahead of bottom on goal difference with an extra match played. It is promising for Queen of The South, travelling to the league leaders, and forcing them into an intense contest but in the coming games points must be gained if Willie Gibson`s men want to be playing championship football next season.

 Joe McDermott & Ross Gordon 

  • Rae

  • O`Connor

  • Nditi

  • East

  • Johnston

  • Joseph


  • Todd

  • Gordon

  • Gibson

  • Paton


  • Roy


  • Cowie

  • Cooper

  • Cochrane


  • Connelly


  • Debayo

  • Liddle

  • McKechnie

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Pre-match Welcome to Rugby Park where we take on the current cinch Championship leaders. Queens make two changes with Joseph and Nditi coming in for, the loan-tied, Cameron and Cooper. Good news on the bench where Cochrane, Connelly and Liddle all return
Pre-match Queens lineup: 1.Rae 2.O`Connor 7.Paton 8.Todd 9.Roy 16.East 17.Joseph 20.Nditi 22.Johnston 23.Gordon 33.Gibson
Pre-match Kilmarnock lineup: 1.Hemming 2.Hodson 4.McGinn 6.Stokes 7.McKenzie 8.Alston 9.Shaw 15.Murray 18.Waters 28.Lafferty 55.Taylor
Pre-match Queens Subs : 30.Cowie 3.Cooper 6.Cochrane 10.Connelly 13.Debayo 14.Liddle 18.McKechnie 24.Folarin 49.Junior
Pre-match Kilmarnock Subs : 12.Walker 5.Murray 14.Sanders 16.Glass 17.Lyons 20.Campbell 23.Burrell 29.Burke 30.Mackay
Pre-match The sun is shining, the teams are out. Here we go!
First half begins
1%27 Early Killie corner within a minute
1%27 The corner is prodded just wide
4%27 Murray shoots from distance but its well wide
7%27 Loose header from Nditi falls to Shaw but his shot is over the bar
11%27 Murrays clean through but Rae saves well with his legs
14%27 Lafferty buys a free kick 25 yards out but Shaw can only hit the wall
17%27 Another Killie shot from outside the box goes wide
29%27 What a save from Hemming! Roy curls a shot that looked destined for the top corner until the on loan keeper flew across his goal to save
31%27 Hemming in action again but takes a Gibson cross/shot comfortably
33%27 Hodgson beats the offside trap but can`t beat Rae. The keeper eventually claims the ball from the corner
34%27 A tame Todd strike from distance goes straight into the arms of Hemming
37%27 Another save from Rae as Olly Shaw broke into the box
42%27 Goal Kilmarnock. Taylor the scorer
43%27 A corner isn`t cleared properly and when it comes back into the box it falls to Taylor at the back post who curls an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner
First half ends
Half Time Queens were so close to hanging on until half time but a great Taylor strike gives Killie a 1-0 lead.
Half Time No changes for either side as the second half is about to start
Second half begins
50%27 Chance for Joseph! Johnston crosses but Joseph can only flick the header over the bar
51%27 McGinn lucky to escape a booking for a blatant pull on Todd as the Queens captain broke forward
53%27 First corner for Queens as Taylor heads a cross behind but it floats harmlessly over everyone and out for a throw at the far side
57%27 Another save from Rae as McKenzies shot is deflected into his hands
66%27 GOAL QUEENS! Roy the scorer
67%27 A classic counter attack from a Killie corner. Gibson breaks forward, slides the ball into Roy who goes past the defender before firing into the far corner
69%27 Chance Queens! Johnston gets in behind and his shot beats Hemming but sails over the bar
74%27 Shaw comes close to restoring the home sides lead but Rae pushes another shot away
75%27 Almost a chance for Cochrane but his touch in the box is just too heavy and allows the defender to clear
75%27 SUBSTITUTION Kilmarnock: Taylor OFF REPLACED BY Sanders
77%27 SUBSTITUTION Kilmarnock: McGinn OFF REPLACED BY Lyons
77%27 SUBSTITUTION Kilmarnock: Hodson OFF REPLACED BY Burke
78%27 Correction Alston went off not McGinn
79%27 Sorry, we were right first time, it was McGinn!
80%27 Nice turn from Shaw but not so much when it came to the shot which slices high and wide
81%27 Goal Kilmarnock. Shaw the scorer
82%27 Burke cuts the ball back and it falls to Shaw who makes no mistake this time slotting past Rae
87%27 SUBSTITUTION Kilmarnock: F Murray OFF REPLACED BY E Murray
89%27 Three Killie players go for the same cross and it looked like any touch would score but the header goes over the bar
The game ends
Full Time In a end a deserved victory for the league leaders but Queens can take some positives from their performance and the returns of Connelly and Cochrane