Match Report

A 10-man Queens side saw defeat for the fourth game in a row at New Douglas Park, as mid-table Hamilton secured their first back-to-back win in two years through a winner from youngster Andy Winter.
Queens yet again were defeated just marginally, making this also the fourth game in a row where they have been bested by just one goal. The real tide turner of the game came in the form of a red card for Queens man Ben Liddle in the 40th minute.
Wullie Gibsons side knew they would be in for a challenge, travelling to an on-form Hamilton side that has only been defeated once so far in 2022. However, as always Queens, despite their poor form would battle it out as they try to climb away from the bottom of the table nearing the end of the season.
Looking to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat to Kilmarnock the week prior, Wullie Gibson made five changes to his team.
The first half for the most part seemed to be very similar to the Kilmarnock game. Hamilton mostly dominated, but Queens had moments where they looked very threatening on the break.
Just 11 minutes in, Queens midfielder Ben Liddle was lucky to only see yellow after a dangerous tackle on Andy Ryan. The first real chance of the game came soon after this for Hamilton as a game of pinball in the box led to a deflected effort by Jamie Hamilton going out for a corner.
It was 21 minutes into the game when Queens nearly opened the scoring, tidy play from Gibson, Todd, and Connelly down the left-hand side of the pitch led to the ball ending up at the feet of Innes Cameron in the middle. Sadly, his effort failed to work Ryan Fulton and was caught easily enough.
The remainder of the first half was occupied by an onslaught of Accies attacks. They came close from a few crossed efforts but were unable to find goal through missed finishes and good defending. Both David Moyo and Dan OReilly found themselves free on the end of crosses but both attempts flew wide of Queens sticks.
The most pivotal moment of the first half came just five minutes before the half-time whistle as Ben Liddle, who could have arguably been showed red earlier was shown a second yellow for pulling down Andy Winter.
Hamilton looked the better side going into half-time but neither sides keepers were really tested through the course of the first 45.
Accies came flying out in the second half, putting a lot of pressure on the Queens defence. The extra man became very evident quite quickly with the Doonhamers struggling to get any solid control of play.
The subsequent pressure almost paid off as Moyo took advantage of a big mistake from Josh Rae as he nabbed the ball from Rae, but was unable to exploit the chance as the ball rolled out of play.
Another huge chance for Accies came soon after this. As a Kieran MacDonald corner led to a big scramble in the box which resulted in player-manager Wullie Gibson impressively clearing an Accies effort of the line.
Queens were still yet to do much of anything in the second half with the Accies continuing to put them under the cosh. They had quite a few missed opportunities from corners and then began to test Rae a lot more, forcing the Queens man to pull off a few saves to keep them in the game.
Unfortunately, the Hamilton bombardment of the Doonhamers ultimately led to the side going 1-0 up in the 65th minute. A neat ball from OReilly left Andy Winter in an abundance of space, the 20-year-old then composed himself, drew out Rae and calmly nestled the ball in the far corner
There wasnt too much action for the remainder of the tie. Josh Rae was tested a few more times in the match, making a fantastic save to palm the ball over the bar from an Andy Ryan effort.
Queens did begin to take some more control over the play, comfortably holding onto possession but failing to compose many dangerous attacks. Hamilton sitting deep did offer the Doonhamers some hope of an equaliser but unfortunately on the day it wasnt possible.
The game subsequently finished 1-0, giving Hamilton four wins for four against Queens for the season.
Hamilton moved up to sixth place in the league while Queens stayed at rock bottom, still three points away from Dunfermline after their defeat to Inverness CT.

This defeat for Queens comes just before Challenge Cup final clash against Raith Rovers. Lets hope as we approach the game that recent form can be forgotten and we can shine a light on what has been a difficult season and bring the Challenge Cup back to Dumfries for a third time. 

  • Rae

  • O`Connor

  • East

  • Cooper


  • McKechnie


  • Todd

  • Connelly


  • Liddle

  • Gibson

  • Cameron

  • Roy



  • Cowie

  • Cochrane


  • Paton


  • Debayo

  • Joseph

  • Nditi


  • Folarin


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Pre-match Welcome to Hamilton for today`s cinch Championship game. Teams to follow
Pre-match Queens lineup : 1.Rae 2.O`Connor 3.Cooper 8.Todd 9.Roy 10.Connelly 14.Liddle 16.East 18.McKechnie 19.Cameron 33.Gibson
Pre-match Hamilton lineup : 1.Fulton 2.Popescu 5.Easton 6.Hamilton 7.McDonald 9.Ryan 14.Spence 19.Winter 20.Moyo 24.Lawson 34.O`Reilly
Pre-match Queens subs : 30.Cowie 6.Cochrane 7.Paton 13.Debayo 17.Joseph 20.Nditi 23.Gordon 24.Folarin 29.Henderson
First half begins
3%27 Queens lining up with a back 3 of Cooper, East and O`Connor with Gibson and McKechnie as wingbacks
4%27 First chance as Connelly moves forward but fires over
11%27 Liddle (QOS) is booked for a late challenge. Possibly lucky not to see red
14%27 After an early chance for Queens it`s been all Hamilton. A scramble in a box is put out for another corner but it`s cleared
21%27 Big chance Queens. Good work down the left between Gibson, Todd and Connelly only ends with a Cameron shot straight at the keeper
22%27 Hamilton though go straight up the other end and win a corner which is headed just wide of the post
24%27 Another Hamilton chance and Moyo should have done better with a free header that ends up well wide
27%27 Connelly almost clean through the middle but the ball just runs through to the keeper. Suspicions of a foul as he broke forward but nothing given
32%27 Still 0-0 after half an hour. The game is a little more even but Hamilton still looking the better team
34%27 Another Hamilton shot just wide as Queens fail to deal with the corner and the ball drops to the edge of the box
40%27 Liddle (QOS) SENT OFF
41%27 Liddle picks up a second booking for blocking a Hamilton break away. Looked harsh as the Hamilton player looked to run into him
47%27 Cameron (QOS) is booked for a late challenge
First half ends
Half Time The first half ends 0-0 and while Hamilton had most of the possession Rae was never really tested in goals. Arguably the best chance of the half fell to Cameron butler he couldn`t direct his shot wide of Fulton.
Half Time Liddle was probably lucky to escape a red for his first booking but the second could just as easily have been a foul in his favour. Either way it`s left Queens with a massive hill to climb to take anything from this game.
Half Time Teams are back out
Second half begins
48%27 Looks like a switch back to a back 3 with Nditi between East and O`Connor
49%27 Moyo almost gets in as he pinches the ball off Raes fingers but it runs behind before he can catch it
51%27 Big chance Hamilton! A bit of head tennis from a corner falls perfectly in the box but Gibson manages to clear the shot off the line
56%27 As expected its been all Hamilton in the opening 15 minutes, forcing a number of corners
63%27 Close Hamilton! A fairly tame shot almost squirms past Rae who can only push it behind for a corner
65%27 Goal Hamilton. Winter the scorer
66%27 It`s been coming but in the end its far too easy. A simple ball through the middle finds Winter in all sorts of space. He does well to side step the challenge before slamming home into the far corner
68%27 SUBSTITUTION Hamilton: McDonald OFF REPLACED BY Shiels
74%27 Easton (Hamilton) is booked for wiping out Folarin on the wing
75%27 Queens managing a bit of possession in the Hamilton half without looking dangerous
79%27 Close! A long range shot swerves in the air and Rae does well to get a hand on it to tip it over
82%27 Chance Queens. The ball is worked well around the box but Folarins shot is blocked
82%27 SUBSTITUTION Hamilton: Easton OFF REPLACED BY Mullin
88%27 SUBSTITUTION Hamilton: Winter OFF REPLACED BY Brown
89%27 Hamilton sitting deep protecting their lead. Can Queens break them down?
91%27 Rae saves again as Ryan shoots from distance. Another Hamilton corner as time runs out
92%27 A late flurry from Queens and a late corner. Last chance?
The game ends
Full Time And last chance it was. There were opportunities late on for an equaliser as Hamilton sat deep but it wasn`t to be. With Dunfermline losing its as you were in the bottom two places