Match Report

Alloa were the first footers to Palmerston, but it turned out to be a similar story as the Wasps come from behind to the claim the three points with two goals in the second half.  Grant Murray made one change to the side that faced Clyde last week with Ross Irving replacing Gavin Reilly up front.  And Ross was involved in the first real chance of the game, when Stephen Hendrie played a decent ball in from the left, the youngster couldn’t connect properly but the flag was up for offside anyway. 

Chances were few and far between, but midway through the first half, as a corner floated in Jay Hogarth flapped at it and as the ball fell, Josh Todd had the shot, but the keeper saved.  Two minutes later Queens made the breakthrough, again the visitors failed to clear properly and as the ball fell nicely for Ruari Paton, he took a touch to hit a low right foot shot into the bottom corner.  

Queens were enjoying the bulk of the game and Calvin McGrory hit a shot from distance, but it was straight at the keeper. And with five minutes of the first half remaining, Paton was denied a second when his well struck free kick crashed back off the crossbar. 

HALF-TIME:  Queens 1 Alloa 0 

Queens had to make a half time switch as Paul McKay who took a hefty knock in the first half when Charlie Cowie bravely came to clear couldn’t continue and he was replaced with Rico Quitongo, with Hendrie moving into the central defensive role. Within a couple of minutes of the restart, Iain Wilson’s right foot effort flew just wide of the upright. But as Alloa stepped up their game, Bradley Rodden hooked the ball into the box and had Cowie scrambling.  Queens were still looking to extend their lead and as Todd played a good ball wide for Paton, he tried to get it across for Irving but the defence managed to get a touch ahead of the young striker to clear. 

Irving inside the box tried to make space for a right foot shot but Hogarth punched clear and then another powerful drive from McGrory’s effort just cleared the crossbar.  At the other end, Luke Strachan’s shot took a deflection, but Cowie collected.  

On the hour mark, Hogarth came out to collect but missed the ball and with Irving in behind, Scott Taggart cleared off the line.  As the clearance came back out to Paton, he looked certain to score but fired high and wide to pass up a great chance for the home side. Minutes later, McGrory played a short corner that was picked up by Lewis Gibson, the young winger hit a curling right foot shot that was dipping under the bar, but the keeper managed to push it over.   

The game turned minutes later when Hendrie made a mistake.  Conor Sammon pounced on it and nipped in to place the ball under Cowie to pull Alloa level.  It gave them a lift and Sammon headed just wide before Hendrie had to clear again from Sammon. 

Queens tried to get back in front, but Hogarth saved Paton’s shot before Paton’s low shot deflected for a corner.  And the keeper again got down well to save from Gibson. And with five minutes of the game remaining, there was a real sting in the tail for Queens as they failed to cut out a cross from the left and Ross MacIver headed past Cowie for the win. 

FULL TIME:  Queens 1 Alloa 2

  • Cowie

  • McKenna

  • McKay


  • McKay

  • Hendrie

  • Gibson

  • Wilson

  • McGrory


  • Todd

  • Paton

  • Irving



  • Henderson

  • Quitongo


  • Reilly


  • McKechnie

  • Ruth


  • Bange

  • McMahon

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Pre-match Queens: 30.Cowie 2.D. Mckay 5.P. Mckay 12.McKenna 17.Hendrie 8.Todd (c) 4.Wilson 15.McGrory 27.Gibson 20.Irving 7.Paton
Pre-match Queens Bench: 43.Henderson (GK) 3.Quitongo 9.Reilly 18.McKechnie 19.Ruth 21.McMahon 22.Bange 26.Muir 28.Johnstone
Pre-match Alloa: 31.Hogarth 2.Taggart 3.Church 7.Cawley 8.Robertson 10.Rodden 12.Scougall 14.Stranger 15.McIver 18.Sammon 27.Strachan
Pre-match Alloa Bench: 21.Burt (GK) 5.Graham 6.Durnan 9.Donnelly 11.Miller 16.King 19.Buchanan 20.O’Donnell 25.Offord
Pre-match Only one change to the home side after last weeks victory over Clyde, Ross Irving replaces Gavin Reilly for his first league start this season.
First half begins |0-0
5%27 Queens will be playing into a howling wind this half which has already proved to be a difficult task. |0-0
8%27 The ball falls bouncing to Hendrie on the edge of the box but his half volley effort is well wide. |0-0
12%27 Hendrie flashes a brilliant ball across the 6 yard box but Irving can’t stick it in the net, all be it the flag goes up for offside. |0-0
17%27 Scougall catches a volley sweetly first time but Cowie catches well. |0-0
19%27 McIver has a speculative effort on the edge of the box which flies over the bar. |0-0
28%27 GOAL QUEENS! Paton the scorer |1-0
29%27 A Queens corner is cleared to Wilson who delivers a dangerous ball into the box, the ball falls to Paton who takes it on the chest and fires into the bottom right corner. |1-0
34%27 Paul Mckay is down receiving treatment after a coming together with Cowie who bravely punched a ball over the top from Alloa. |1-0
40%27 McGrory has a swerving effort from 25 yards which Hogarth collects comfortably. |1-0
40%27 Church (Alloa) is booked for blocking Wilson 25 yards from goal. |1-0
41%27 So close! Patons effort rattles off the bar and over. |1-0
46%27 Irving gets in behind and is fouled by Taggart giving Queens one last chance before half time. |1-0
First half ends |1-0
Half Time A much improved first half performance from last week sees Queens go into the break in front. |1-0
Half Time SUBSTITUTION QOS: P. Mckay OFF REPLACED BY Quitongo |1-0
Second half begins |1-0
48%27 Paton plays a bouncing ball back to Wilson on the edge of the bad and his effort is just wide. |1-0
54%27 Irving creates space for a shot on the left hand side and his effort is saved well in the bottom right corner by Hogarth. |1-0
55%27 Mcgrory sets himself up from 25 yards and his effort is just wide of the top right corner. |1-0
55%27 SUBSTITUTION Alloa: Rodden OFF REPLACED BY King |1-0
59%27 Cowies clearance up the pitch causes panic at the back which allows Irving a shot at goal, his effort is cleared off the line to Paton who fires over from 12 yards out. |1-0
61%27 Gibson fires a cross back into the box following a cleared corner, his effort is on target and Hogarth scrambles to tip it over the bar. |1-0
62%27 Goal Alloa. Sammon the scorer |1-1
62%27 Hendrie plays a short back pass to Cowie and Sammon picks up on it to finish well past the keeper. |1-1
66%27 King delivers a dangerous ball in the box and Sammon isn’t far away from putting the visitors in front. |1-1
68%27 Gibson find Paton at the back post with a corner but his effort is into the side netting. |1-1
74%27 Paton gets in behind and his effort is deflected wide for a corner. |1-1
79%27 Gibson beats his man and unleashes an effort on goal but the keeper gets down to handle it. |1-1
82%27 SUBSTITUTION Alloa: Cawley OFF REPLACED BY Donnelly |1-1
85%27 Goal Alloa. McIver the scorer |1-2
86%27 McIver heads home to put the visitors in front. |1-2
The game ends |1-2
Full Time Queens throw away 3 points in the second half and leave with nothing. |1-2