Match Report

With Josh Todd added to the injury list with a knee problem following the game against Accies last week, there was another enforced change for Manager Marvin Bartley as he selected the line up to face Kelty Hearts. Todd was replaced in the middle of the park by Ben Johnstone who made his first start for the club. He was one of four changes, Lee Connelly who had been ill all week dropped to the bench along with Oscar MacIntyre and Efe Ambrose. They were replaced by Alex Ferguson, Lewis Gibson and Jack Brydon who made his first start after a hamstring injury against Dundee United pre-season.

Queens won an early free kick that Gibson played into the box but experienced defender Thomas O’Ware headed clear. The next chance also fell to the visitors as Jake Hutchinson made a break to set up a chance for Kieran McKechnie, but he dragged his right foot shot wide of the target.

A minute later, youngsters Johnstone and Gibson combined as the former picked up the latter on the left, but he skied his volley.

The home side started to venture forward more and Jamie Walker on the right played the ball across the face of goal but there was nobody up with him to take advantage.

Midway through the first half Reece Lyon had the ball in the net for Kelty Hearts as he got on the end of a free kick, but the whistle had blown. With just over half an hour gone, Lewis O’Donnell did well on the wing and as he delivered the ball to the back post Lewis Moore was waiting but he couldn’t connect properly, and it gave Queens the chance to clear.

As the half progressed, Jordan Houston played the ball down the right channel and Cammy Logan did well to hold it up to win a corner. As Gibbo delivered it into the box, Brydon headed over.

Queens did take the lead a minute later when Gibson did well to set up a chance for McKechnie, keeper Kyle Gourlay saved his shot, but Hutchinson was quick to react to fire the ball into the net.

The lead was short lived though as a couple of minutes later, the home side were awarded a penalty when Craig Johnston went down the box. Moore duly converted the spot kick, keeping it low past Harry Stone to draw level.


HALF TIME: Kelty Hearts 1 Queens 1


Queens injury crisis continued at half time when Connelly tweaked his hamstring in the warmup.

They barely had time to put that to the back of their mind when Kelty took the lead. Just minutes after the restart a ball was whipped in from the left and Lyon sneaked in at the back post to head past Stone.

As Queens looked to get back into it McKechnie burst through on the hour mark and as he skipped the first challenge to continue his way into the box, Michael Tidser made a well time challenge to force a corner from which Kyle McClelland headed over.

Kelty almost extended their lead when Johnston got the bounce of the ball to catch Brydon on the wrong side but his volley from the outside of his right boot flew just past the front upright.

Queens made changes and a change of shape to try to get back into it and as they pushed higher up the park, O’Ware almost turned Logan’s cross into his own net. The defender then picked up an ankle injury and had to be stretchered off as he cleared when Kyle Doherty attacked Harvey Walker’s cross into the danger area.

With nine minutes of normal time remaining, Gourlay kept his side ahead as he made a great block to deny Hutchinson from inside the six-yard box. And the home side again did well to block on 90 minutes when Walker set up Hutchinson for the ball to break to Cochrane at the edge of the box.

In added on time, Queens lost McKechnie to injury at the halfway line and their afternoon got worse when Tidser wrapped up the three points with a low shot from the edge of the box that beat Stone to his right into the bottom left-hand corner.

FULL TIME: Kelty Hearts 3 Queens 1

  • Stone

  • Houston

  • Brydon

  • McClelland


  • Logan

  • Johnstone


  • Cochrane

  • Gibson


  • McKechnie


  • Ferguson

  • Hutchinson


  • Botterill

  • Church


  • Doherty


  • MacIntyre

  • Irving


  • Ambrose

  • Walker


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Pre-match Queens: 31.Stone 2.Houston 6.Cochrane 7.McKechnie 14.Hutchinson 15.McClelland 17.Ferguson 23.Logan 27.Gibson 28.Johnstone 35.Brydon
Pre-match 1.Botterill 3.Church 5.McKay 10.Connelly 19.MacIntyre 20.Irving 24.Ambrose 25.Doherty 30.Walker
Pre-match 1.Gourlay 3.Walker 4.O’Ware 5.Thomson 6.Owens 8.Lyon 9.Johnston 12.Tidser 16.O’Donnell 19.Bavidge 23.Moore
Pre-match Kelty: 2.Corbett 7.Daramola 10.Cunningham 11.McCluskey 14.Biabi 15.L Owens 17.B Owens 20 .Campbell 21.Cameron
Pre-match Good afternoon from New Central Park. Line up shows 4 changes to last weeks starting line up. No Josh Todd and Lee Connelly, Oscar MacIntyre and Efe Ambrose drop to the bench.
Pre-match Replacing them in the starting 11 are Alex Ferguson, Lewis Gibson, Ben Johnstone and a long awaited return of Jack Brydon
Pre-match Not long to go now as teams emerge
First half begins |0-0
3%27 Lewis Gibson free kick into the box headed clear by Thomas OWare |0-0
10%27 Hutchinson makes the break to set up McKechnie but he drags right foot shot low and wide. |0-0
11%27 Johnstone picks out Gibson on the left but his volley well over the bar |0-0
19%27 Jamie Walker plays the ball across the face of goal for Kelty from the right but nobody on hand to take advantage |0-0
22%27 Harry Cochrane free kick nodded on for McKechnie under pressure he headed high |0-0
23%27 Kelly has the ball in the net as Lyon headed in a free kick but whistle had blown |0-0
31%27 ODonnell does well for Kelty on the wing to deliver a cross from the right Moore underneath it at the back post hooked it up and Queens cleared |0-0
37%27 Cammy Logan held the ball up well to win a corner as Houston played it down the channel. Gibson floated it in but Brydon headed over |0-0
38%27 GOAL QUEENS! Hutchinson the scorer |0-1
40%27 Gibbon does well to play in Kieran - his shot saved by the keeper but Jake first to react to fire home the opener |0-1
41%27 Penalty Kelty |0-1
42%27 GOAL Moore for Kelty |1-1
43%27 Craig Johnston brought down in the box. Lewis Moore kept it low to beat Stone |1-1
45%27 Hutchinson (QOS) is booked |0-1
First half ends |0-1
Second half begins |1-1
49%27 Goal Kelty. Lyon the scorer |2-1
49%27 A ball whipped in from the left headed past Stone by Reece Lyon |2-1
57%27 SUBSTITUTION Kelty: Walker OFF REPLACED BY B Owens |2-1
61%27 Kieran bursts through skips the first challenge but good tackle by Tidser inside the box to force a corner. Setbpoece headed over by McClelland |2-1
62%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: McClelland OFF REPLACED BY Church |2-1
70%27 Chance for Kelty as Johnston gets the bounce of the ball from Brydon hits it on the volley with the outside of his right boot just wide |2-1
70%27 SUBSTITUTION Kelty: Bavidge OFF REPLACED BY Biabi |2-1
73%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Johnstone OFF REPLACED BY Walker |2-1
74%27 Oware almost turns Logan’s cross into his own net |2-1
77%27 Walker cross into the box attacked by Doherty but free kick given as OWare goes down |2-1
78%27 O’Ware sitting up but looks like an ankle injury band stretcher called for |2-1
79%27 SUBSTITUTION Kelty: O’Ware OFF REPLACED BY Corbett |2-1
80%27 SUBSTITUTION Kelty: Moore OFF REPLACED BY McCluskey |2-1
80%27 Corbett (Kelty) is booked |2-1
81%27 Chance Queens - but what a save |2-1
82%27 Hutchinson right foot from edge 6 yard box well blocked by Kyle Gourlay |2-1
85%27 Queens pushing for the equaliser but just can’t make it count |2-1
90%27 Walker sends Hutchinson down the wing his cross breaks to Cochrane at edge of the box but shot blocked |2-1
91%27 Kieran down at the half way line hopefully not another injury |2-1
92%27 Back on his feet but walking slowly and being replaced by Ross Irving |2-1
93%27 509 in attendance today |2-1
94%27 Goal Kelty. Tidser the scorer |3-1
95%27 Manager Michael Tidser low from edge of the box |3-1
100%27 99 mins and yes still playing |3-1
The game ends |3-1