Match Report

Looking to make it three wins from three in the league, Manager Marvin Bartley took his side to Kelty Hearts and made three changes to the side that started against Hamilton.  Jack Brydon and Jaze Kabia who were cup tied for the SPFL Trust trophy semi-final returned to the starting eleven along with Lewis Gibson.  Ryan Muir missed out with Kieran McKechnie and Michael Ruth dropping to the bench. 

After three minutes, Kabia went to go past Jack Milne at the edge of the box and as he was hauled down, Gibson hit the free kick, it was a decent strike, but Darren Jamieson got a hand to it to push it wide. Minutes later, Robbie Leitch played the ball in for Alfredo Agyeman, but Stephen Hendrie got there ahead of the striker to head the ball out for a corner. 

Back up the other end of the park, Gibson played in another terrific ball, Kabia met it with a header, but the keeper blocked with his feet from close range. As Brydon challenged Jamie Barjonas inside the box, the home players claimed for a penalty, but referee Barry Cook had a clear view of it and agreed it was a fair tackle. Ruari Paton then did well to win the ball from Milne to play it out wide for Hendrie who created the chance, but Kabia was offside.  

Queens were the better side without causing too many problems, but it was the home side who had the ball in the net midway through the first half following a free kick, but the flag was up on the far side, and it remained goal-less. Captain, Michael Tidser’s free kick was headed clear by Brydon as far as Leitch, but his effort skied over the bar. 

On the half hour mark, Queens moved up the park with some good passing only for Gibson’s left foot shot to be deflected out for a corner by Reis Peggie.  

In the closing stages of the first half, Brydon blocked from Leitch at one end while at the other, Connor Murray’s right foot effort was turned out for a corner by Jamieson with the resulting set piece from Gibson, knocked back out to Murray who hit it first time with his right but hit it too high. 

Agyeman got the break of the ball, but his delivery was cleared by Brydon and on the stroke of half time, Kabia went for a loose ball, but the keeper got there first.  

HALF TIME: Kelty Hearts 0 Queens 0  

Into the second half and it was Paton who had the first effort on goal, he kept the ball low but didn’t get enough on it to test the keeper. Queens looked to have stepped it up and Josh Todd was played in with a pass that split the defence from Paton but as he passed for Hendrie he was tackled inside the box before he could shoot. 

The home side started to enjoy a good spell and as they made an attempt on Queens goal, Paton was penalised for a handball, Tidser played the free kick short for Kallum Higginbotham at the side, but Hendrie cleared for a corner.  

With the introduction of Joe Cardle on the hour mark the game was turning in favour of the hosts and they had a claim for handball waved away before they were awarded a spot kick for handball against Hendrie.  With Kevin Dabrowski going the wrong way, Higginbotham slotted the ball into the bottom corner.  

As Queens tried to get back into it Jamieson stood tall as Ross Irving played the ball in for Paton and with fifteen minutes left to play, it was game over as Kelty scored a second.  As Agyeman broke, he got the better of Brydon to calmly side foot the ball across Dabrowski into the bottom corner. 

Queens had a couple of chances, but Hendrie was too high from distance and the keeper made a good save from McKechnie.  And as the corner came in Thomas O’Ware cleared off the line from Paton. But they couldn’t get to grips with it and as Iain Wilson gave away a free kick, Queens failed to deal with it and Higginbotham fired past Dabrowski to make it three to round off a disappointing afternoon for Queens. 

FULL TIME:  Kelty Hearts 3 Queens 0

  • Dabrowski

  • Brydon

  • McKay


  • East

  • Gibson


  • Cochrane


  • Todd

  • Hendrie

  • Murray


  • Paton

  • Kabia



  • Botterill

  • Wilson


  • McGrory


  • McKechnie


  • Irving


  • Logan


  • McKay

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Pre-match Queens: 25. Dabrowski 16. East 5. McKay 35. Brydon 17. Hendrie 8. Todd (C) 11. Murray 6. Cochrane 27. Gibson 22. Kabia 7. Paton Bench: 42. Botterill 2. D Mckay 4. Wilson 15. McGrory 18. McKechnie 19. Ruth 20. Irving 21. McMahon 23. Logan
Pre-match Kelty: 1.Jamieson 3.Peggie 4.O’Ware 5.Martin 10.Barjonas 11.Higginbotham 12.Tidser 19.Milne 22.Agyeman 25.Leitch 26.Lyon Bench: 7.Cardle 14.Philp 15.Hill 18.Shearer 20.Campbell
Pre-match 3 changes to the Queens side from the Hamilton game, Ruth, McKechnie and Muir drop out and are replaced by Brydon, Gibson and Kabia who makes his full debut. There is also a return to the bench for Iain Wilson who has been sidelined since our previous meeting with todays opponent.
First half begins |0-0
4%27 Milne (Kelty) is booked for pulling down Kabia arguably, he was the last man. |0-0
7%27 Leitch delivers a dangerous ball in and Hendrie does very well to head out for a corner. |0-0
9%27 Gibson delivers a brilliant ball in and Kabia gets on the end of it, but Jamieson saves well down to his left. |0-0
18%27 Kelty have the ball in the net but the flag is raised for offside. |0-0
26%27 Lyon has an effort on the half volley from distance but is well over. |0-0
30%27 An excellent Queens move starting from left back allows Gibson a shot from the right handside but it is deflected over for a corner. |0-0
35%27 Hendrie has a shot from the edge of the box which East tries to direct towards goal, but it is just wide. |0-0
41%27 Murray has an effort from 25 yards bounce inches wide following a touch from the keeper. |0-0
First half ends |0-0
Half Time A competitive first half sees the score stay level. |0-0
Second half begins |0-0
56%27 The game is starting to open up now with both teams getting chances. |0-0
62%27 SUBSTITUTION Kelty: Leitch OFF REPLACED BY Cardle |0-0
62%27 Barjonas (Kelty) is booked |0-0
69%27 Penalty Kelty for a handball against Hendrie. |0-0
70%27 Goal Kelty. Higginbotham fires into the bottom right corner. |1-0
73%27 The ball falls to Paton at the back post but his effort is deflected wide for a corner. |1-0
75%27 Goal Kelty. Agyeman the scorer |2-0
80%27 McKechnie has a strong effort from distance pushed wide for a corner. |2-0
84%27 Goal Kelty. Higginbotham the scorer |3-0
85%27 SUBSTITUTION Kelty: Higginbotham OFF REPLACED BY Shearer |3-0
85%27 SUBSTITUTION Kelty: Peggie OFF REPLACED BY Philp |3-0
87%27 Cardle (Kelty) is booked |3-0
The game ends |3-0
Full Time Three quick goals see Queens travel south with nothing. |3-0