Match Report

Manager, Wullie Gibson made two changes to the starting eleven for the visit of Airdrie.  Kieran McKechnie and Dom McMahon who had started against Montrose made way for Iain Wilson and Gavin Reilly.    
The Diamonds travelled to Dumfries as league leaders with maximum points from their opening two games, having scored six goals without reply.  So, it was no surprise that they started strongly, Adam Frizzell hit a left foot shot into the side netting before Max Currie made a diving save to deny Callum Smith after just 15 minutes.  Stuart Morrison`s short clearance fell straight to Callum Gallagher and as he set up the chance Smith`s shot was heading for the bottom corner before the keeper`s intervention. 
The visitors were certainly on the front foot and took the lead just four minutes later when former midfielder now player manager of Airdrie, Rhys McCabe hit a free kick towards goal, Currie made the stop but couldn`t hold and it was an easy tap in for Smith who had followed through.   
In the searing heat the two sides stopped for a quick water break and it gave Queens a wee lift, but they still couldn`t cause too many problems.  Ruari Paton intercepted a poor clearance from Murray Johnson but shot wide and with half an hour gone Morrison made a good breakdown the right but his final delivery into the box couldn`t clear the defender. 
Queens had been second best for much of the first half but did start to come more into it as the half-time interval approached, but as they tried to walk it in, Airdrie`s defence put their bodies on the line and continued to look a danger on the break. 
Euan East made a well-timed challenge to halt Lewis Jamieson and as Queens were denied what looked like a free-kick, Smith shot but Currie saved before Justin Devenny fired over.   
And on the stroke of half-time Connor Murray played the ball wide to Paton, his lay off to substitute Josh Todd who had come on to replace Harry Cochrane, was quick but the captain fired a right foot shot over the bar. 
HALF-TIME:  Queens 0 Airdrie 1 
Chasing the game Queens made changes to the set up at half time and brought on Kieran McKechnie.  It had a positive impact and as they stepped it up Reilly made a good run down the right but tried to shoot when he probably should`ve passed.   
McKechnie was lively and causing a few problems and on the hour mark he did get in behind the defence but Murray`s through ball was too hard for him to chase.  It was a good spell for Queens, and they deservedly drew level when Paton showed some real determination to get the ball across the face of goal, where Reilly was on hand to finish for his first goal since returning to the club. 
The home side were now on top and two minutes later, Murray crossed for Reilly, but this time the striker`s header was too high.   
Although Queens were now the better side, Airdrie weren`t done, and Queens had to defend with East, Morrison and McKay all making clearances.   
However, Queens continued to have the better chances and Johnson had to make a good save to stop McKechnie`s brilliant strike from 20 yards.  Before the same player wasn`t too far away with another shot from distance, this time 35 yards from goal his effort just cleared the crossbar.   
Michael Ruth returned from injury to replace Reilly and hassled the defence and forced a corner as he got on the end of a Murray break.  And in the final minutes as Queens tried hard for the winner, Morrison headed over a Murray free-kick and Ruth and Paton tried to find a way through before Murray hit the final chance of the game wide. 
Although Queens had chances to win it, it was a game of two halves and a point apiece was probably fair. 
FULL-TIME:  Queens 1 Airdrie 1 

  • Currie

  • Morrison

  • McKay

  • East

  • McKenna

  • Wilson

  • Cochrane


  • Quitongo


  • Murray

  • Paton

  • Reilly


  • Ritchie

  • Todd


  • McKechnie


  • Ruth


  • McKay

  • Muir

  • Gibson

Other subs : 17. Hendrie 28. Johnstone
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Pre-match Pre-match | Queens starting lineup: 1.Currie 3. Quitongo 4.Wilson 5.McKay 6.Cochrane 7.Paton (C) 9.Reilly 11.Murray 12.McKenna 14.Morrison 16.East
Pre-match Queens Subs: 13.Ritchie 2.Mckay 8.Todd 17.Hendrie 18.McKechnie 19.Ruth 26.Muir 27.Gibson 28.Johnstone
Pre-match Airdrie starting lineup: 1.Johnston 2.Ballantyne 19.Deveney 4.McCabe 6.Fordyce (C) 16.Watson 15.Jamison 10.Frizzell 17.Devenny 11.Smith 9.Gallagher
Pre-match Airdrie subs: 18.Hutton 7.Kouider-Aissa 20.Gibson 23.Mcgill 8.Wylie
Pre-match Queens make 2 changes to the starting XI: McKechnie and McMahon replaced by Reilly and Wilson, who both make their first starts since return to the club. Latest signing Stephen Hendrie is on the bench.
First half begins |0-0
9%27 No strong goal scoring opportunities for either team in the opening stages of the game. |0-0
17%27 Goal Airdrie. Gallagher the scorer. A free kick in a dangerous area is saved by Currie and sharply followed in by the Airdrie striker |0-1
20%27 Chance Queens as Reilly finds a gap in the Airdrie defence but Johnson is out sharp to stop him. |0-1
23%27 Queens come close to an equaliser through a poor clearance from the Airdrie keeper, but Paton places it wide. |0-1
24%27 Cochrane (QOS) is booked |0-1
39%27 Queens come close but Airdrie do well to clear the ball. |0-1
41%27 Close to scoring for Airdrie after a scramble in the Queens box. |0-1
43%27 Todd hits a shot on the half volley, coming close but always heading wide. |0-1
First half ends |0-1
Second half begins |0-1
47%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Quitongo OFF REPLACED BY McKechnie |0-1
51%27 Currie (QOS) is booked |0-1
56%27 Free kick Airdrie in a dangerous area, but it’s fired over the bar. |0-1
62%27 GOAL QUEENS! Reilly the scorer. Paton plays the ball across the box for Reilly to finish. |1-1
67%27 SUBSTITUTION Airdrie: Gallagher OFF REPLACED BY Mcgill |1-1
68%27 McKechnie comes close to scoring from a shot outside the box. |1-1
73%27 Airdrie find a break through but the Queens back line manage to clear it. |1-1
81%27 SUBSTITUTION Airdrie: McCabe OFF REPLACED BY Kouider-Aissa |1-1
81%27 SUBSTITUTION Airdrie: Jamison OFF REPLACED BY Wylie |1-1
83%27 McKechnie very close to scoring with a powerful strike, causing the Airdrie keeper Johnson to pull of a great save. |1-1
84%27 Murray hits Airdrie on the break, with Ruth coming very close to scoring, Queens corner. |1-1
91%27 Both teams close to scoring in the closing minutes of the match, but neither can find the winner. |1-1
The game ends |1-1