Match Report

Looking to extend our unbeaten run to six and to move within touching distance of the play-offs, Manager Marvin Bartley made one change to the starting eleven for the crucial trip to Alloa. Lee Connelly and Connor Murray swapped places with Lee on from the start and Connor on the bench.

With a lot riding on the outcome, it was the home side who made the early running and forced a few corners and won a couple of free kicks. Ross MacIver was on the back post to get on the end of the ball as it was floated into the box, but his header was cleared.

As Alloa continued to push forward, Kevin Dabrowski gave Queens fans a few nervous moments, but he recovered to collect and keep the ball out. Luke Strachan’s cross wasn’t far away and a long diagonal ball from the right fell to Luke Donnelly but as he tried to lift it over the keeper into the top corner, he fired wide.

Despite the hosts controlling most of the game so far it was Queens who made the breakthrough. Ruari Paton blocking a clearance by Jay Hogarth before lifting the ball over the keeper to walk the ball into the net to give Queens the lead with 13 minutes on the clock.

Midway through the first half, Cammy Logan looked certain to extend the advantage but somehow managed to miss a golden opportunity. Josh Todd played him through but as the defender ran clean in on goal, he knocked it past the keeper but also the upright.

Queens were then denied by the crossbar when Connelly delivered for Kieran McKechnie, he did well to get on the end of it, only for his header to crash back off the frame of the goal.

Minutes later Paton went down in the box, but Duncan Williams booked him for simulation.

Then with ten minutes of the first half left, Queens extended their lead. Some good play by Connelly ended with Paton winning the ball inside the box and making space for himself to hit a low right foot shot across the keeper into the far corner.

Two minutes later, Connelly was in again to set up Paton who got up quick to shoot but Hogarth blocked from close range to stop the Irishman getting his hat-trick.

As Alloa tried to find a way back Dabrowski saved Stefan Scougall’s header and Euan East blocked from Murray Miller.

But, the final chance before the interval came from Queens as Paton showed determination to play in Connelly but as he raced through the middle, he fired over.




Into the second half and McKechnie hit the side netting before the home side introduced big striker Conor Sammon to the action and as they mounted a wee but of pressure, Dabrowski had to be alert to make a save and the defence did well to block the crosses.

As Queens tried to push out Iain Wilson made a long run, but his final ball failed to cause a problem.

Sixty-five minutes in Alloa pulled one back, Queens had everybody back defending and although Jack Brydon headed clear it fell to Scott Taggart 25 yards out who hit a right foot effort low past Dabrowski into the bottom corner.

Into the final quarter of the game, substitute Ross Irving won the ball and fellow sub Murray played the ball across but it was just too far for Paton to get on the end of. Paton then played the ball over the top for Irving but as the youngster homed in on goal, Hogarth came out to block with his legs.

Alloa continued to push for the equaliser and Dabrowski saved MacIver’s free kick before the same player’s header was cleared for a corner. At the other end Paton was wide with a left foot shot.

As Queens clung onto the lead, Dabrowski made two world class saves in the closing minutes. The first a dive to his right to get a hand to it to keep MacIver from scoring at the near post with three minutes of normal time left. The second came three minutes into added on time when he some how managed to push the ball onto the bar before East played his part of keeping it out when he put his body on the line to stop Sammon.

And in a frantic end to the match, with the final chance of the game, Sammon smashed a right foot volley off the crossbar.

It was a fantastic effort to earn the three points, extend the unbeaten run to six and to move us to fifth in the table, three points off the play-off places.



  • Dabrowski

  • Brydon

  • McKay

  • East

  • Logan

  • Wilson

  • Todd

  • Hendrie


  • McKechnie


  • Paton

  • Connelly



  • Botterill

  • McKay

  • Cochrane


  • Murray


  • Irving


  • McMahon

  • Gibson

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Pre-match Queens: 25.Dabrowski 16.East 5.P McKay 35.Brydon 17.Hendrie 8.Todd (C) 4.Wilson 23.Logan 10.Connelly 18. McKechnie 7.Paton Bench: 42.Botterill 2.D McKay 6.Cochrane 11.Murray 12.McKenna 19.Ruth 20.Irving 21.McMahon 27.Gibson
Pre-match Just one change to last weeks Queens side, Connelly replaces Murray after his game winner last week. There is also a return for Cochrane to the bench following an injury last week.
Pre-match Alloa: 31 .Hogarth 2.Taggart 4.Doyle 6.Durnan 8.Robertson 9.Donnelly 11.Miller 12.Scougall 14.Stranger 15.Maciver 27.Strachan Bench: 21.Clark 5.Graham 16.King 18.Sammon 20.O’Donnell 24.Rankin 26.Coulson
First half begins |0-0
5%27 Alloa have started the game quicker with a few good changes. |0-0
8%27 Donnelly attempts to chip Dabrowski and his effort is inches wide. |0-0
14%27 GOAL QUEENS! Thanks a to a stroke of luck Paton blocks a clearance from Hogarth before calmly lifting it over his head and smashing the ball into an open net. |0-1
25%27 Todd slips Logan in with an unbelievable ball but he slides his effort just wide in a huge chance. |0-1
25%27 Paton (QOS) is booked for simulation. |0-1
26%27 Another huge chance as McKechnie’s header rebounds off the bar. |0-1
29%27 Hendrie (QOS) is booked |0-1
35%27 GOAL QUEENS! RUARI AT THE DOUBLE ! Some excellent linkup play gets Queens in the box and Ruari is too quick for the Alloa defence after latching on to a rebound and slotting into the bottom right corner. |0-2
37%27 Ruari nearly gets his hat trick but Hogarth saves well. |0-2
44%27 Connelly is clean through on goal and fires his effort well wide. |0-2
First half ends |0-2
Half Time An end to end first half that should have a much higher score sees Queens go in two goals to the hood. |0-2
Half Time SUBSTITUTION Alloa: Durnan OFF REPLACED BY Coulson |0-2
Second half begins |0-2
57%27 SUBSTITUTION Alloa: Robertson OFF REPLACED BY Sammon |0-2
58%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Connelly OFF REPLACED BY Murray |0-2
64%27 Goal Alloa. Taggart fires in from range. |1-2
70%27 Paton does very well to play Irving through on goal but the substitutes effort is saved low. |1-2
81%27 SUBSTITUTION Alloa: Strachan OFF REPLACED BY O’Donnell |1-2
83%27 Paton gets in behind again but fires wide. |1-2
84%27 Wilson (QOS) is booked |1-2
86%27 Dabrowski makes an unbelievable save to keep Queens infront. |1-2
86%27 Scougall (Alloa) is booked |1-2
92%27 HOW HAS IT NOT GONE IN! Dabrowski tips a ball off the bar in the dying seconds as the ball bounces right on the line. |1-2
94%27 Sammon fires an effort onto the bar to keep the score 2-1. |1-2
The game ends |1-2
Full Time Queens somehow leave Alloa with a win in the league for the first time since 2015! |1-2
Full Time That is now 4 wins on the bounce and sees the South jump into fifth place just 3 points off playoffs. |1-2