Match Report

After our unbeaten league cup campaign, it was time for the start of our league one fixtures. The manager made one change to last week’s starting eleven for the visit of Alloa, with Craig McGuffie returning from suspension, Efe Ambrose dropped to the bench.

It was the best possible start for Queens as they opened the scoring with just 84 seconds on the clock. Kieran McKechnie pounced on a mistake by former Palmerston defender Dave McKay and although he was challenged by Tochukwu Ogayi, the little frontman stayed on his feet to take it round the keeper to slot into the bottom corner.

The lead lasted no more than five minutes though as Queens failed to deal with a free kick into the box and McKay made up for his mistake when he latched onto a loose ball to beat Gordon Botterill and level the game.

The home side won a free kick of their own, but Reegan Mimnaugh’s effort was saved by Ogayi. And with just fifteen minutes gone, despite taking the early lead Queens found themselves behind. A short pass in the middle of the park allowed Bradley Rodden to run through to fire the ball into the net.

As Queens tried to make amends, McGuffie played a good ball over the top for Gavin Reilly to chase but the keeper got there first. Midway through the half Rodden’s shot was pushed out for a corner by Botterill and as Queens broke up field, McGuffie tried to play in McKechnie, but the ball was cleared.

With just under half an hour gone, Queens were again punished for some poor defending when Connor Sammon used his height and strength to head home Alloa’s third.

Up against it Reilly played a good ball across the six-yard box but although McKechnie was at the back post he wasn’t able to connect. Cammy Logan then tried a long-range effort that hit the side netting.

Nine minutes before the interval, Queens were given a lifeline when Miko Virtanen brought down Josh Todd inside the box and Reilly kept the spot kick low to find the bottom corner with the keeper going the wrong way.

Next up, as Mimnaugh’s shot was blocked it fell to McKechnie but as he tried to take it closer to the target it was cleared for a corner.

Two minutes before the interval Alloa dealt Queens a further blow as more schoolboy defending allowed Rodden time and space at the edge of the penalty area to hit a left foot shot low into the net to give them a comfortable lead at the break.


HALF TIME: Queens 2 Alloa 4


Unhappy with the first half defending the manager made three changes at the interval with Daniel Church, Ambrose and Lee Connelly coming on in place of Paul McKay, Jordan Houston and Todd. Although Queens had a lot of possession, they were finding it hard to break down a side who packed everyone behind the ball and goal scoring chances were at a premium.

As the half-progressed Ambrose headed a Mimnaugh free kick wide before Alloa started to come back into it. Lee Connelly lost the ball 20 yards out and as Stefan Scougall raced in on goal, Ambrose challenge resulted in a free kick and a booking for the defender. Scougall himself took the set-piece but Botterill saved.

A minute later Botterill tipped the ball over the bar from Rodden and Church making his debut headed clear the resulting corner.

In the final quarter of the game, McKechnie played the ball across, but it was too powerful for Reilly at the back post, and he couldn’t connect as the rain started to tip down.

Queens were awarded a second spot kick six minutes from time when Connelly’s shot was judged to come off a hand inside the box. It was a soft penalty, but Reilly stepped up again, this time hitting it high off the underside of the bar to beat PJ Morrison who had come on for the injured Ogayi for his 100th career goal.

Back within touching distance and the chance of a draw Mimnaugh hit a left foot shot from 20 yards just wide before Connelly cleared the crossbar with a free kick deep in injury time.


FULL TIME: Queens 3 Alloa 4

  • Botterill

  • Houston


  • McKay

  • McClelland

  • McGuffie


  • Cochrane

  • Mimnaugh

  • Todd


  • Logan


  • Reilly
    2 (p) (p)

  • McKechnie


  • Church


  • Connelly


  • Irving

  • Ambrose


  • Gibson


  • Walker


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Pre-match Queens Lineup: 1. Botterill 23. Logan 5. McKay 15. McClellend 2. Houston 6. Cochrane 8. Todd 18. Mimnaugh 11 McGuffie 7. McKechnie 9. Reilly Bench: 12.Cowie 3.Church 10.Connelly 20.Irving 24.Ambrose 27.Gibson 28.Johnstone 30.Walker 39. Mendy
Pre-match We welcome Alloa to Palmerston today in the first league game of the new season with hopes to kickstart our league campaign with 3 points. Only one change to the side that won in Glasgow with Mcguffie coming in for Ambrose, there are also places on the bench for Gibson and Church who are back fit.
First half begins |0-0
2%27 GOAL QUEENS! McKechnie the scorer |1-0
3%27 McKechnie runs in behind and beats McKay to the ball before rounding the Alloa keeper and stays on his feet to roll the ball into the net. |1-0
6%27 Goal Alloa. A loose ball breaks in the Queens box following a free kick and McKay slots home. |1-1
14%27 Mimnaugh has an effort from a freekick on the right handside but it is collected comfortably by the keeper. |1-1
15%27 Goal Alloa. Rodden the scorer |1-2
29%27 Goal Alloa. Sammon the scorer |1-3
35%27 Logan riffles an effort from 25 yards just wide of the post. |1-3
36%27 McGuffie slides an excellent ball through to Todd who is taken out in the box for a penalty. |1-3
36%27 Virtanen (Alloa) is booked |1-3
37%27 GOAL QUEENS! Reilly slots a brilliant penalty into the bottom left corner to pull one back for the hosts. |2-3
39%27 McKechnie gets in behind but the keeper is out quick to fumble the ball out for a corner. |2-3
44%27 Goal Alloa. Rodden restores the lead to two. |2-4
48%27 McKechnie (QOS) is booked for kicking out at Devine. |2-4
First half ends |2-4
Half Time A hectic first half leaves Queens a lot of work to do after the break. |2-4
Half Time SUBSTITUTION Alloa: O’Donnell OFF REPLACED BY Deveney |2-4
Second half begins |2-4
48%27 Mimnaugh (QOS) is booked for a late challenge. |2-4
64%27 SUBSTITUTION Alloa: McKay OFF REPLACED BY Taggart |2-4
68%27 Botterill tips a Rodden effort over the bar for a corner. |2-4
74%27 SUBSTITUTION Alloa: Ogayi OFF REPLACED BY Morrison |2-4
76%27 Devine (Alloa) is booked after multiple fouls throughout the game. |2-4
84%27 Connelly wins a penalty after his shot is deflected by an Alloa arm. |2-4
85%27 GOAL QUEENS! Reilly fires home his second penalty of the afternoon to give Queens hope . |3-4
85%27 SUBSTITUTION Alloa: Sammon OFF REPLACED BY Coulson |3-4
91%27 A golden chance falls to Mimnaugh on the edge of the box but he slices his effort wide. |3-4
94%27 Queens have a freekick on the edge of the box in the last minute . |3-4
95%27 Connelly fires over the bar. |3-4
The game ends |3-4
Full Time Too many mistakes in defence costs Queens on the opening day of the season. |3-4

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