Match Report

 With Jaze Kabia picking up a groin injury early on against Dunfermline, Manager Marvin Bartley made one change to the starting 11 with Lewis Gibson coming into the line-up in his place.

Airdrie were sitting two points outside the play-off places going into the game, so it was no surprise that they made the first move, with just 40 seconds on the clock, Kevin Dabrowski was called into action as he punched clear.

But Queens responded quickly and within a minute in their first move up the park, Kieran McKechnie hit a left foot shot from 19 yards that was just too high of the crossbar.

As the game moved from end to end, Dabrowski was again called upon as Callum Smith had a shot, but the big keeper got a strong hand to it to turn it out at the bottom corner.

McKechnie was proving to be a handful and as he showed great perseverance to win the ball, it broke to Ruari Paton, as the striker played it low across goal, it looked like it would sneak in at the far post, but it agonisingly trundled slowly away from the target and although Gibson was closing in, it went out for a goal-kick.

Midway through the first half, former Queens captain, Callum Fordyce now captain of the visitors headed just wide from a corner before Paton won a corner as he hit the ball on the turn. The frontman then got on the end of a Gibson cross, but his header was saved by Queens old stopper, Josh Rae.

As we approached the half hour mark, Gabriel McGill thought he had fired the guests ahead as he turned to hit a left foot shot from 20 yards, but Dabrowski dived across his goal to turn it round the post.

Ten minutes before the break, it was Queens who made the breakthrough, Connor Murray’s corner was floated into the box and as it was headed on Euan East rose to nod the ball past Rae to give Queens the lead.

The hosts were playing some good football and as they made a break with a sweeping move, they could’ve extended the lead when Paton had a good chance from the middle of the box, but his shot lacked power and it was an easy catch for Rae.

But they kept going and moved the ball around with some good passing play and it paid off with two minutes of the opening 45 remaining. Cammy Logan did well to get in behind to cross into the box, Paton got a touch on it at the front post, but it was young Gibbo who scored as he raced in at the back post to slam the ball into the net.

HALF TIME: Queens 2 Airdrie 0

Looking comfortable and with Airdrie a mountain to climb, Queens gave them a lifeline six minutes into the second half when Stephen Hendrie went to clear the ball but opted for the wrong foot and instead of turning his clearance wide, he lifted the ball into the top corner for a stunning own goal.

McKechnie had been a live wire throughout the game so far and he made a run down the left before cutting back inside, the little winger went down at the edge of the box, it was a little too easy and referee Duncan Williams waved away his claims for a penalty.

Two minutes later, he was again involved, this time to restore Queens two goal advantage. As Murray played a short free kick wide to Gibson, his attempt to lift the ball into the box was deflected back into the path of McKechnie who smashed a right foot volley low past the goalie.

The Diamonds were finding it hard and in particular were struggling to get to grips with McKechnie, his cross come shot was dipping at the top corner, but Rae got a hand to it to keep it out.

Queens looked in control but again shot themselves in the foot as they allowed Airdrie back into it by failing to deal with a corner. As the ball was played in at the near post Cameron Ballantyne knocked it on and as the ball fell to Calum Gallagher, he slotted home at the back post.

The goal turned the game in favour of the visitors and with their tails up, Queens had to show the other side of the game and be resolute in defence. As Airdrie piled everything at them, they stood really strong and made it difficult although, Lachlan Byrd’s header wasn’t too far away.

The Gaffer changed things to soak up the pressure and Queens had the final attempt at goal with six minutes remaining when Paton got on the end of Lee Connelly’s delivery, but his header was just wide.

FULL TIME: Queens 3 Airdrie 2

  • Dabrowski

  • Logan

  • Brydon


  • East

  • Hendrie

  • Cochrane

  • McKechnie

  • Murray

  • Todd

  • Gibson

  • Paton


  • Botterill

  • McKay


  • Wilson

  • Connelly


  • Irving


  • McGrory

  • McKenna

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Pre-match Queens: 25. Dabrowski 17. Hendrie 16. East 35. Brydon 23. Logan 8. Todd (C) 6. Cochrane 27. Gibson 11. Murray 18. McKechnie 7. Paton Bench: 42. Botterill (GK 2. D McKay 4. Wilson 10. Connelly 12. McKenna 15. McGrory 19. Ruth 20. Irving 21. McMahon
Pre-match Airdrie: 1.Rae 2.Ballantyne 4.McCabe 6.Fordyce (C) 9.Gallagher 10.Frizzell 11.Smith 19.E. Deveney 21.Telfer 23.McGill 24.Byrd Bench: 43.Hutton 3.Taylor Sinclair 7.Kouder-Aissa 8.McGregor 14.McMaster 16.Watson 17.Devenny 20.Dixon
Pre-match One change to last weeks team as Lewis Gibson replaces injured Jaze Kabia.
First half begins |0-0
2%27 Some tidy passing from Queens gives McKechnie space on the edge of the box but his left footed effort is comfortably over. |0-0
7%27 An effort from the left hand side is well saved by Dabrowski. |0-0
14%27 After a sharp start from the home side, the game has evened out. |0-0
17%27 An excellent run from McKechnie gets Queens in the box, the ball falls to Paton whose effort is barely saved by Rae and Gibson just can’t turn in the rebound. |0-0
21%27 Fordyce powers and effort wide from a corner. |0-0
22%27 Paton hits an effort on the turn which is deflected wide for a corner. |0-0
27%27 Hendrie plays a brilliant deep cross which meets the head of Paton but his effort is too weak. |0-0
29%27 Dabrowski makes an excellent save to his right handside to deny Airdrie the opener. |0-0
34%27 GOAL QUEENS! East the scorer |1-0
35%27 East runs on to a murray corner to head an effort that Rae just can’t keep out. |1-0
37%27 McKechnie burns past his opponent to win a corner for Queens. |1-0
39%27 A brilliant Queens move starting in their own box ends with Murray slipping in Paton who’s effort is straight at Rae. |1-0
42%27 GOAL QUEENS! Gibson the scorer |2-0
43%27 GIBBO MAKES IT TWO !!! Logan’s cross from the right hand corner flag passes everyone to find Gibson at the back post who pokes home past Rae. |2-0
First half ends |2-0
Half Time An excellent first half performance sees Queens go in with a well deserved 2 goal lead. |2-0
Second half begins |2-0
48%27 The ball falls to McKechnie in the box but his effort is blocked by his own teammate. |2-0
49%27 Logan plays a ball across the box which is nearly turned into his own net by Ballantyne. |2-0
51%27 Goal Airdrie. Hendrie slices the ball into his own net. |2-1
54%27 McKechnie collects the ball just inside Airdrie half before driving all the way into the box, he is shoved to the ground but the referee sees no foul. |2-1
56%27 GOAL QUEENS! McKechnie the scorer |3-1
56%27 THEY JUST CANT HANDLE HIM Queens catch Airdrie off guard with a quick free kick, Gibson tries to clip a ball in which is headed out to Mckechnie who fires an effort on the half volley past Rae at his near post. |3-1
58%27 Brydon (QOS) is booked |3-1
60%27 SUBSTITUTION Airdrie: McCabe OFF REPLACED BY McMaster |3-1
62%27 Telfer fires a free kick well over the bar. |3-1
65%27 Queens continue to pile on the pressure with McKechnie being a massive threat on the right hand side. |3-1
67%27 McGill (Airdrie) is booked |3-1
69%27 SUBSTITUTION Airdrie: McGill OFF REPLACED BY McGregor |3-1
70%27 SUBSTITUTION Airdrie: Telfer OFF REPLACED BY Devenny |3-1
71%27 Goal Airdrie. Gallagher turns in a corner. |3-2
72%27 Gibson (QOS) is booked |3-2
72%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Murray OFF REPLACED BY Connelly |3-2
74%27 Byrd head over from 5 yards out. |3-2
79%27 Airdrie have built momentum as they put some pressure on with multiple chances. |3-2
82%27 Connelly fizzes in a deep cross and Paton’s effort is just wide. |3-2
87%27 Paton (QOS) is booked |3-2
90%27 Byrd (Airdrie) is finally booked. |3-2
The game ends |3-2
Full Time Queens put in extraordinary effort to take all 3 pints after a closely battled match. |3-2