Match Report

Marvin Bartley took his place in the Queens dugout for the first time and made four changes to the side that started the Kelty Hearts cup tie in midweek.  Goalkeeper, Kevin Dabrowski started in place of the now departed Max Currie, along with other new arrival, defender Jack Brydon.  With Gavin Reilly and Ruari Paton also restored to the starting 11, Rico Quitongo and Michael Ruth dropped to the bench with Iain Wilson the other to miss out through injury.  

In deceivingly sunny conditions, there was little goal-mouth action to warm up the fans in sub-zero temperatures as both sides cancelled each other out in an even first half. Neither keeper was tested in the opening quarter of the game, Sean Dillon hit a freekick off target but as it was hooked back into the box by Blair Lyons it never caused any concerns for the Queens defence. Dabrowski’s first real save came after 19 minutes as he confidently collected a cross from the right.    

As the game progressed, Kieran McKechnie fired his effort well over and Stephen Hendrie blocked well from Terry Masson.  Paton then made a good run and played a decent ball out to Calvin McGrory, but his final ball was poor, and he couldn’t make the cross. With half an hour on the clock, Paton slipped the ball in for Reilly, but Matty Allan blocked for a corner.  As McGrory floated the ball into the box Ciaran McKenna’s header was saved.  

Chances were still limited but Dabrowski dived at the feet of Rory McAllister as he tried to get on the end of a freekick and as Queens blocked Lewis Milne’s shot, they broke up field through McKechnie, but the break fizzled out at the key moment and ended up going out for a goal kick. Queens again made a good break with two minutes of the first half remaining, Paton and Lewis Gibson linking up well for Hendrie to deliver into the box, but Dillon managed to clear.  As the ball came back over the top, Ross Sinclair got there ahead of Josh Todd to keep it goalless at the interval. 

HALF TIME:  Montrose 0 Queens 0 

After the break the first chance fell to the home side with McAllister and Lyons causing a problem, but Brydon made a good challenge to clear.  Within a minute Queens had a decent chance to open the scoring with a great delivery into the box but Reilly at the front post just couldn’t connect. Queens were creating chances and as McGrory played in a corner, he kept it low and outside the box for McKechnie but the little winger despite having time and space blasted the ball high and wide. 

Michael Gardyne’s cross for substitute Craig Brown created a half chance for Stewart Petrie’s side before they did score.  With just over an hour gone, Dillon played the ball over for Lyons who got in behind McKenna, as the winger twisted and turned, he slotted the ball low into the bottom corner.  Dabrowski did dive but was unsighted and couldn’t get enough on it to stop it finding the net. 

Queens looked to get back level and midway through the half, Gibson won a free kick as he was tripped by Brown, McGrory hit a well struck right foot shot but Sinclair made a great save to keep it out.  From the resulting corner, Paton’s shot was blocked on the line before Gibson missed the rebound from close range.  In an attempt to get something from the game, the manager brought on Ruth and Harry Cochrane, but it was Paton who turned at the edge of the box but dragged a left foot shot wide of the upright.  Cochrane did have a chance a minute later, but his effort was way too high.  

Queens had Montrose pinned back but couldn’t find a way through, Hendrie cut inside but the keeper saved his low effort.  They were handed a lifeline six minutes from time as Ruth was bundled over inside the box by Dillon and referee Steve Kirkland awarded the penalty.  Josh Todd took responsibility but was left with his head in his hands as he fired the spot kick well over the bar.  It was a missed opportunity for Queens, but they kept going and in added on time, as McGrory’s shot was cleared by Dillon for a corner, the whole Queens team were in the box, including keeper Dabrowski, it was Paton who got on the end of it, but his header was over the bar.  

FULL TIME:  Montrose 1 Queens 0

  • Dabrowski

  • McKenna

  • Brydon

  • McKay

  • Hendrie

  • McGrory

  • Todd

  • McKechnie


  • Paton

  • Gibson


  • Reilly



  • Cowie

  • Quitongo

  • McKay

  • Cochrane


  • East

  • Ruth


  • Irving


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Pre-match Queens: 25.Dabrowski 17.Hendrie 2.D McKay 35.Brydon 12.McKenna 27.Gibson 8.Todd(C) 15.McGrory 18.McKechnie 9.Reilly 7.Paton
Pre-match Queens Bench: 30.Cowie (GK) 3.Quitongo 5.P McKay 6.Cochrane 16.East 19.Ruth 20.Irving 21.McMahon 26.Muir
Pre-match Montrose: 21.Sinclair 4.Allan 3.Steeves 14.Dillon 5.Waddell 6.Masson (C) 7.Webster 12.Gardyne 9.McAllister 10.Milne 11.Lyons
Pre-match Montrose bench: 1.Matthews 8.Watson 19.Callaghan 16.Johnston 22.Brown 23.Rennie 20.Grant 24.Bell
Pre-match 3 changes to the Queens side who progressed in the cup midweek including 2 debuts! Brydon and Dabrowski come in for their debuts replacing Currie and Quitongo, Reilly also comes in for the injured Iain Wilson.
Pre-match There is a return to the bench for Euan East, Harry Cochrane and Paul McKay at the expense of Lee Connelly who misses out through injury.
Pre-match The teams are out and The South are lined up in our blacked out strip.
First half begins |0-0
7%27 Reilly dribbles the ball along the left hand-side but his cross is collected by Sinclair comfortably. |0-0
11%27 Gibson lunges in and gives away a free kick in a dangerous area. |0-0
16%27 Gibson is down outside the Montrose box but he is fine to continue. |0-0
20%27 A dangerous cross is delivered to the back post but Dabrowski expertly collects. |0-0
21%27 McKechnie finds some space on the edge of the box but his effort is well over. |0-0
28%27 McKenna sets Queend loose on their first counter of the game, but McGrory’s cross is cleared. |0-0
30%27 Reilly gets in behind and wins a corner. |0-0
31%27 McGrory finds McKenna but his effort is well saved. |0-0
43%27 A Montrose attack breaks to allow McKechnie space to run, he is pulled back but doesn’t get a free kick before Montrose win it back. |0-0
44%27 Todd was very nearly through on goal but Paton’s ball was just too heavy. |0-0
First half ends |0-0
Half Time A fairly even game so far with both teams trying to play some nice football. |0-0
Half Time SUBSTITUTION Montrose: Webster OFF REPLACED BY Brown |0-0
Second half begins |0-0
49%27 Brydon makes a brilliant last ditch challenge to deny a huge Montrose chance. |0-0
50%27 Gibson delivers an unbelievable ball into the 6 yard box but Reilly just can’t reach it. |0-0
53%27 The ball falls to Mckechnie from a corner at the back post but he blasts his effort over the bar. |0-0
55%27 Montrose put together a decent attack but a headed effort is just wide. |0-0
61%27 Hendrie (QOS) is booked for a late challenge. |0-0
62%27 Goal Montrose. Lyons the scorer |1-0
62%27 Lyons twists and turns before passing the ball into the bottom right corner. |1-0
69%27 Brown (Montrose) is booked for clipping Gibson. |1-0
70%27 McGrory’s effort from a free kick is well saved on the right hand side. |1-0
71%27 Gibson somehow fired wide from a yard out. |1-0
71%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: McKechnie OFF REPLACED BY Cochrane |1-0
73%27 Paton fires an effort just wide from the edge of the box. |1-0
75%27 SUBSTITUTION Montrose: Lyons OFF REPLACED BY Johnston |1-0
75%27 SUBSTITUTION Montrose: Gardyne OFF REPLACED BY Callaghan |1-0
85%27 PENALTY QUEENS Ruth is dragged to the floor by Dillon in the box, Todd is to take. |1-0
85%27 He skies his effort over the bar. |1-0
87%27 Todd wins a corner for Queens. |1-0
88%27 SUBSTITUTION Montrose: McAllister OFF REPLACED BY Watson |1-0
92%27 Corner to Queens in the dying seconds and the keeper is up. |1-0
93%27 Paton meets it but can’t keep his effort down. |1-0
93%27 SUBSTITUTION Montrose: Masson OFF REPLACED BY Rennie |1-0
The game ends |1-0
Full Time Marvin Bartley’s first game in charge ends in defeat. |1-0