Match Report

Manager Wullie Gibson made three changes to the side that started the cup tie against Morton last weekend. Rico Quitongo was suspended for the trip to the league leaders while Calvin McGrory dropped to the bench and Euan East missed out through injury. With them missing, Stephen Hendrie returned from suspension and there were starts for Dave McKay and Lee Connelly.

The hosts had the better of the opening ten minutes. Their first attempt at goal came when Christopher Mochrie did well on the wing and as the ball was knocked on for Craig Wighton he headed wide.

Kane Ritchie-Hosler then played a neat one -two with Mochrie but as he got the ball back inside the box, Queens defenders crowded him out and he couldn’t get the shot away.

As Queens settled into the game, they started to play some decent passing football, but just lacked the finishing touch in the final third. Iain Wilson did win a free kick forty yards from goal, that Lewis Gibson floated over the top for Paul McKay, but the centre back couldn’t connect.

With quarter of an hour gone, Gibson delivered from the right, Gavin Reilly got on the end of it, but his header was wide of the target. Then mid-way through the first half, Josh Todd tried twice from distance but was wide of the upright on both occasions.

Queens were on top, but The Pars always looked a threat with Wighton up front and as he made his way through the middle, Max Currie rushed out of his box to clear. It as the home side who had the next chance too, this time Aaron Comrie played it in from the right for Mochrie, but he headed past the post.

The table toppers started to come back into it as half time approached and ten minutes before the break, Joe Chalmers used his strength to race through the middle, Wighton couldn’t quiet latch on to his pass as Hendrie stuck to him, he did manage to have an attempt at goal, but Currie did well to block at the near post.

Chalmers then found Josh Edwards out on the left and as the defender crossed first time into the box, Comrie was off with his header.

In the closing stages, they forced a string of corners, but Queens defended well. And as Reilly broke, Paton and Connelly also made the run, but they couldn’t make it count.

They did however, with 20 seconds of the 45 left, as Connelly slipped the perfect placed ball across to Paton who had time and space to stay calm, hold his composure to turn a right foot show low past Deniz Mehmet to give Queens the lead to round off an excellent first half performance.

HALF TIME: Dunfermline 0 Queens 1

Five minutes into the second half, the goal-scorer set up a chance for Hendrie but his low strike from the edge of the box was just wide.

AS Queens won a corner, Gibson played the ball in and at as the ball scrambled around the penalty spot, several players had shots blocked as the home side desperately defended.

As they pushed forward, Wighton got the better of Dave McKay for pace as they both chased the ball, but Currie came out well to clear at the corner of the box. Then as Wilson gave away a free kick 20 yards from goal, the keeper got down well at his right-hand post to push away Chalmers set piece.

The keeper was in fine form and made a double save from Breen. However, as the home side piled on the pressure, Currie could do nothing as substitute Nikolay Todorov rose to head home a cross from the right to pull Dunfermline level.

Queens weren’t done and Harry Cochrane who had just come on to replace Connelly caused a problem for the home defenders, but they managed to keep it out and then four minutes later, Mehmet tipped Wilson’s shot over the bar.

The keeper saved his side again as he did enough to get a touch on Connor Murray’s effort before Paton turned to shoot, only for his shot to take a deflection out for a corner. At the other end Wighton again header over.

Queens were determined and moved forward well, Murray and Paton linked up well before Cochrane went close with his effort. On the ninety minutes, Mehmet came out to clear from Todd before Todorov had a chance to win it for the home side in added on time but fired wide. But deep in stoppage time Queens had a chance of their own to take the three points, when Ciaran McKenna did well to win the ball out wide, Paton got on the end of his cross, but Mehmet saved his header.

Dunfermline remain unbeaten at home this season in the league, but they were made to work hard for it as Queens turned in an excellent spirited performance.

FULL TIME: Dunfermline 1 Queens 1

  • Currie

  • McKenna

  • McKay

  • McKay

  • Gibson


  • Wilson

  • Hendrie

  • Connelly


  • Paton

  • Reilly


  • Henderson

  • Cochrane


  • Murray


  • McGrory

  • McKechnie

  • Ruth

  • Irving

Additional Subs : 21.McMahon 22.Bange
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Pre-match Queens: 1.Currie 2.D Mckay 4.Wilson 5.P Mckay 7.Paton 8.Todd (c) 9.Reilly 10.Connelly 12.McKenna 17.Hendrie 27.L Gibson
Pre-match Queens subs: 43.Henderson 6.Cochrane 11.Murray 15.McGrory 18.McKechnie 18.Ruth 20.Irving 21.McMahon 22.Bange
Pre-match Dunfermline: 1.Mehmet 2.Comrie 3.Edwards 4.Benedictus (c) 6.MacDonald 8.Chalmers 9.Wighton 11.Mochrie 15.Fisher 21.Ritchie - Hoster 26.Todd
Pre-match Dunfermline subs: 20.Little 5.Hamilton 10.Todorov 27.Young 28.Tod 29.Sutherland 30.Mahon 31.Hoggan
Pre-match Two changes as Mcgrory drops to the bench and East misses out completely. They are replaced by Dave Mckay and Lee Connelly.
First half begins |0-0
5%27 Early chance for the home side as Wighton heads over the bar from a Chalmers cross. |0-0
10%27 Dunfermline dominating the ball in the opening minutes as Queens struggle to get out their own half. |0-0
13%27 First half chance for Queens as Gibson chips in a good free kick to the back post which Paul Mckay can’t reach. |0-0
14%27 Connelly plays a dangerous cross into the box but Reilly heads wide from 10 yards. |0-0
21%27 A brilliant queens move involving almost everyone ends in a Gibson Cross being put out for a throw in. |0-0
23%27 Todd has a speculative effort from 30 yards which is well wide. |0-0
28%27 Gibson forces a turnover from Chalmers but Paton is too slow to play the return and Gibson is called for offside. |0-0
30%27 Dunfermline have their first attack for 15 minutes but a cross in results in a Queens goal kick. |0-0
32%27 Another Queens move leads to a corner which Gibson will deliver. |0-0
36%27 Chalmers slips Wighton in but Currie is out quick to block his shot for a corner. |0-0
40%27 Edwards gets in behind and cuts a cross buck to Comrie who heads wide of the post. |0-0
43%27 Dunfermline have their third consecutive corner following defensive headers from Queens. |0-0
45%27 GOAL QUEENS! Paton the scorer |0-1
46%27 Connelly slips an inch perfect ball in behind before Paton finishes expertly over Mehmet. |0-1
First half ends |0-1
Half Time After a slow start, Queens have been the better team in this half and that is paired along with boos from the home crowd. |0-1
Second half begins |0-1
51%27 Paton does well to hold in a ball from Hendrie who then makes a great run to receive the ball back but his shot just flashes wide. |0-1
53%27 SUBSTITUTION Dunfermline: Fisher OFF REPLACED BY Todorov |0-1
54%27 Queens continue their momentum from the first half and have started the first 10 minutes brighter. |0-1
56%27 Somehow the ball doesn’t end up in the net after multiple efforts from a Queens corner. |0-1
61%27 Wilson fouls Mochrie in a dangerous position. |0-1
62%27 The free kick gets through the wall and Currie saves low at his near post. |0-1
65%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Connelly OFF REPLACED BY Cochrane |0-1
67%27 Currie saves twice from a Dunfermline attack before getting a hold of the ball. |0-1
67%27 Currie saves again this time from Comrie. |0-1
67%27 Goal Dunfermline. Todorov the scorer |1-1
67%27 Todorov heads home from close range. |1-1
68%27 Queens nearly reply instantly when Cochranes shot is blocked. |1-1
71%27 Dunfermline nearly take the lead after Mckenna let’s the ball flash across the box. |1-1
72%27 Queens move the ball well to allow Wilson a shot from the edge of the box which Mehmet tips over the bar. |1-1
73%27 Hendrie plays in a dangerous ball which is headed out for a corner. |1-1
74%27 SUBSTITUTION Dunfermline: Mochrie OFF REPLACED BY Hamilton |1-1
75%27 Hendrie links up brilliantly with Todd and Murray to win Queens a corner which leads to nothing. |1-1
76%27 Murray is slipped in behind but Mehmet saves brilliantly. |1-1
77%27 Paton creates space for himself on the edge of the box hit his shot is deflected wide. |1-1
80%27 Wighton heads over the bar from 6 yards out following a Hamilton cross. |1-1
82%27 Edwards (Dunfermline) is booked |1-1
86%27 Cochrane unleashes a powerful strike from the edge of the box but it flashes just wide of the post. |1-1
86%27 Cochrane (QOS) is booked for stopping Wighton. |1-1
87%27 Currie (QOS) is booked for time wasting. |1-1
88%27 Wighton heads wide from a long throw in. |1-1
91%27 Todd nearly latches on to a loose back pass from Benedictus but Mehmet comes out to clear. |1-1
92%27 Todorov flashes wide of the post with a gold chance in the dying second of the game. |1-1
94%27 Mckenna puts a great ball into the back post but Paton heads straight into the keepers hands. |1-1
The game ends |1-1
Full Time Queens leave Dunfermline with a well earned point as the players are left dead on their feet. |1-1