Match Report

Manager Wullie Gibson made three changes for the cup tie away at Alloa.  Iain Wilson and Gavin Reilly were ill while Paul McKay sat this one out as a precaution after picking up a knock.  Their absence meant starts for Harry Cochrane, Ross Irving and the Gaffer himself. 

Like the last visit to the Indodrill, Queens made a great start, taking the lead after just two minutes when Lee Connelly waltzed through the middle to hit a low ball into the bottom corner to the keepers left hand side. 

Four minutes later, Connelly was again through as he held off the first challenge but couldn’t control the ball properly with his second touch and Andy Graham cleared. Queens were dominant and as Ciaran McKenna laid the ball back for Cochrane, the midfielder knocked Graham off his feet as he blasted the ball towards goal.  The defender landed on the deck but did his job as the ball went out for a corner. 

Alloa stepped it up and came more into the game with Steven Buchanan testing Max Currie before Adam King pulled them level with a 25-yard effort that flew past Currie low to his left. 

As Queens tried to restore the advantage Josh Todd played it wide to Ruari Paton but his shot was blocked and then Irving did well, but his final ball didn’t reach Paton.  Connelly then played the ball over the top but that was cleared before Wullie Gibson’s delivery was well wide. Queens were playing the better football, but Alloa were direct and caused a few problems and Currie had to get down low to save from Ross MacIver.  Ten minutes before the break Graham again saved his side as he cleared Paton’s header off the line. 

In the closing stages of the first half, the visitors claimed for handball as Lewis Gibson’s fired the ball into the box before Kevin Cawley gave the hosts the lead with a good finish from long range that flew past Currie into the top corner.  

HALF TIME:  Alloa 2 Queens 1  

Having taken an early lead, Queens found themselves behind but were back level three minutes into the second half.  McKenna got on the end of Todd’s cross to head the ball past Jay Hogarth. 

It was a decent cup tie and Conor Sammon headed over from close range before Todd tried a shot from distance that Hogarth collected.  Buchanan then had a chance blocked before Paton’s effort came back off the upright. And on the hour mark, as Sammon played the ball over the top, King set up a corner after the ref decided McKenna got the final touch.  As the set piece was played in former Queens defender Mark Durnan who had come on as a half time substitute headed the ball off the underside of the crossbar. Midway through the half, Currie made a good save to deny MacIver before Bradley Rodden headed over. 

With the game hanging in the balance, Michael Ruth turned at the edge of the box after a good run by Gibson senior, but the forward’s shot was just high of the target.  Two minutes later the game swung in Queens favour, as Connelly twisted and turned inside the box, he was dragged to the ground by Durnan.  It was Lee who took the spot kick himself and fired a right foot kick into the net with Hogarth going the wrong way. 

Sammon had a good chance to bring Alloa back into it but as he tried to lift it over Currie the ball dropped into the keeper’s arms.  Stephen Hendrie then made a well-timed challenge to stop the big striker before Queens put the game beyond doubt.  As they broke up the park, young Gibson hit a tremendous right foot shot that crashed off the bar, but captain Todd was on hand to head home the rebound to give Queens a two-goal advantage.  

With minutes remaining, Connelly going for a hat-trick couldn’t get enough curl on an effort as he aimed for the top corner and at the other end Durnan’s header was cleared off the line by Lewis Gibson.  

FULL TIME:  Alloa 2 Queens 4

  • Currie

  • Gibson

  • McKenna

  • McKay

  • Hendrie

  • Gibson

  • Cochrane

  • Todd

  • Connelly
    2 (p)

  • Irving


  • Paton


  • Henderson

  • McGrory

  • McKechnie


  • Ruth


  • McMahon

  • Bange

  • Murray

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Pre-match Welcome to tonights game from the Indodrill Stadium against Alloa. Both teams looking for a place in the last 8 of the SPFL Trust Trophy
Pre-match Queens starting 11: 1.Currie 2.McKay 6.Cochrane 7.Paton 8.Todd 10.Connelly 12.McKenna 17.Hendrie 20.Irving 27.Gibson 33.Gibson
Pre-match Queens Subs : 43.Henderson 11.Murray 15.McGrory 18.McKechnie 19.Ruth 21.McMahon 22.Bange 28.Johnstone 29.Burns
Pre-match Alloa starting 11: 31.Hogarth 2.Taggart 5.Graham 19.Buchanan 3.Church 7.Cawley 11.Miller 15.MacIver 16.King 20.O`Donnell 18.Sammon
Pre-match Alloa Subs :4.Howie 6.Durnan 10.Rodden 12.Scougall 21.Burt 22.McLaren 24.Rankin
First half begins |0-0
3%27 GOAL QUEENS! Connelly the scorer |0-1
4%27 Connelly tip toes through the Alloa defence before sliding the ball into the far corner for another early lead against Alloa |0-1
11%27 Almost level as Currie saves well from Buchanan |0-1
15%27 Goal Alloa. King the scorer |1-1
15%27 Alloa equalise with low long range effort from outside the box |1-1
36%27 Off the line! Graham hooks the ball off the line to stop Queens restoring their lead |1-1
39%27 Goal Alloa. Cawley the scorer |2-1
40%27 Another long range effort from outside the box flies past Currie |2-1
First half ends |2-1
Half Time Queens find themselves behind at Alloa again after taking an early lead. The first half was fairly even with both sides enjoying periods on top |2-1
Half Time SUBSTITUTION Alloa: O`Donnell OFF REPLACED BY Durnan |2-1
Second half begins |2-1
48%27 GOAL QUEENS! McKenna the scorer |2-2
48%27 Another early Queens goal as McKenna heads home a Todd cross |2-2
57%27 Todd has a long ranges shot but Hogarth gathers and holds easily |2-2
58%27 Alloa go straight up the other end and force a save from Currie |2-2
60%27 Another break from Alloa but King`s shot is straight at Currie |2-2
62%27 Buchanan shoots wide but somehow gets a corner. Durnan heads the corner off the bar |2-2
64%27 SUBSTITUTION Alloa: Buchanan OFF REPLACED BY Rodden |2-2
66%27 Another Alloa chance but this time it`s MacIver who shoots straight at Currie |2-2
67%27 Gibson runs 60 yards with the ball but slices his shot wide |2-2
68%27 Graham (Alloa) is booked for a late challenge on Connelly |2-2
69%27 Another Alloa counter but another chance missed as Rodden heads over the bar |2-2
74%27 Ruth fires just over from the edge of the box |2-2
74%27 SUBSTITUTION Alloa: Miller OFF REPLACED BY Scougall |2-2
76%27 Penalty Queens! |2-2
77%27 Connelly goes down under a challenge from Durnan |2-2
77%27 GOAL QUEENS! Connelly the scorer |2-3
78%27 Connelly makes no mistake hitting the penalty into the top corner with Hogarth going the wrong way |2-3
79%27 Big chance for Alloa but Salmon fluffs his lines at the back post |2-3
80%27 GOAL QUEENS! Todd the scorer |2-4
81%27 Todd has an easy header but it all comes from a fantastic Lewis Gibson shot from 25 yards that comes back off the bar |2-4
82%27 SUBSTITUTION Alloa: Graham OFF REPLACED BY Howie |2-4
83%27 SUBSTITUTION Alloa: Sammon OFF REPLACED BY Rankin |2-4
88%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Connelly OFF REPLACED BY McKechnie |2-4
89%27 Durnan goes close again, this time his header from the corner is cleared off the line by Lewis Gibson |2-4
The game ends |2-4
Full Time A strong second half performance with three goals is enough to see Queens into the quarter finals |2-4