Match Report

On the back of five straight league defeats, Queens travelled just along the A75 looking to halt the run with a win over neighbours Annan. For the game, Manager Marvin Bartley made one change to the starting eleven that faced Arbroath in the cup, Gavin Reilly returned from a month-long injury to take his place up to with Lewis Gibson dropping to the bench.

It was the visitors who made the first attempt on goal, when Kieran McKechnie hit a left foot shot towards the bottom corner only for Greg Fleming to save. At the other end, Chris Johnston crossed from the right looking for Tommy Goss inside the box, but it was an easy collect for Gordon Botterill.

A minute later, McKechnie tried a snapshot from inside the box, but it was wide of the target and then Reilly looked to connect with a long ball over the top, but Fleming raced out to clear.

McKechnie was lucky to only pick up a yellow card when he was involved in an incident with Dominic Docherty. But fired up the little winger burst through, only for the ball to be cleared by Matty Douglas. And then he fired a free kick off the defensive wall.

The game was fairly scrappy and midway through the half, out of nothing Goss got on the end of a ball, but his header was again caught with ease by Botterill.

Two minutes later, the big striker again had a chance as he got on the end of Docherty from the wing, but he hit his effort well over the bar.

On the half hour mark, Queens suffered another injury blow when Jack Brydon was stretchered off the park with an ankle injury. It took Queens a bit of time to settle again after the change and as Annan enjoyed a good spell, Douglas’ header from Docherty’s corner was saved by Botterill.

Aidan Smith did well on the left and as he crossed for Goss in the six-yard box he missed a great opportunity when he blasted the ball well over.

Eight minutes before the break, Queens looked to have taken the lead when Paul McKay’s header came off the inside of the post to beat Fleming, but the whistle blew for a foul.

The home side were playing the game with pace and as Goss laid the ball back to Docherty, Daniel Church was on hand to block.

Annan looked the stronger side, but Josh Todd worked his way into the box to make space before hitting a right foot shot which Fleming saved and Docherty managed to block, Kyle Doherty ‘s rebound shot.

And two minutes before half time Queens did take the lead, when McKechnie floated a free kick into the box and Reilly beat Fleming with a glancing header.

The goal boosted Queens and as McKechnie played in Doherty, he laid the ball off to Alex Ferguson, but the youngster took too long for the first chance and ended up firing the ball wide. In the final move of the first half, Efe Ambrose made a charge forward before playing the ball wide to Jordan Houston who squared it across looking for Reilly in the middle, but the ball was cleared before the striker could connect.


HALF TIME: Annan 0 Queens 1


In the opening minutes of the second half, Douglas headed wide, and Goss couldn’t capitalise on a slack clearance by Ambrose. The home side made the better start and as Benjamin Luissint made a good run, he played it out to Smith, but Ambrose’s clearance was better this time round.

As Queens looked to get out of their own half, Houston made a charge down the right to play it across goal, Reilly was sliding in at the post and looked certain to score but some how managed to hit it wide.

It was still Annan who were on top and as Johnston played a free kick into the box, Goss headed well over, before Smith dragged a shot wide of the near post.

Midway through the second half, McKay blocked from Docherty and as the corner came in Max Kilsby headed wide. Two minutes later, Wullie Gibson tried a shot from around 19 yards, but Botterill did well to save.

Goss again headed wide this time from close range before Jake Hutchinson’s header was blocked at the other end as he got on the end of a corner from McKechnie.

McKechnie then cut inside but couldn’t get his right foot shot on target.

With ten minutes to go, Annan piled on the pressure and Goss claimed for a penalty against McKay before Smith’s header was wide. As Harry Cochrane lost the ball at the edge of the box, Annan made the break through Kai Nugent, he tried a shot from inside the box, but it was straight at the keeper.

Queens were having to defend but with minutes to go McKechnie’s free kick stung the palms of Fleming.

Annan had further chances to level, but Goss was again no where near with a header before Oscar MacIntyre, Church and Botterill all put their bodies on the line as Smith tried a header from very close range at the near post. And in added on time, the keeper sprung into action again as he made a fantastic save to tip Michael Garrity’s effort out for a corner.

Goss got his head on the end of the resulting set piece but couldn’t direct it between the sticks and in the final chance of the game, Ferguson gave away a free-kick in front of the dugouts and the long free-kick into the box was collected by Botterill.

It wasn’t pretty and Annan will feel hard done by not getting anything from the game, but it’s three points for Queens that brings to an end a difficult run of results.


FULL TIME: Annan 0 Queens 1

  • Botterill

  • Houston


  • Brydon


  • Ambrose

  • Church

  • McKay

  • Todd

  • Cochrane

  • McKechnie


  • Reilly

  • Doherty



  • Stone

  • Connelly

  • Walker


  • Hutchinson


  • Ferguson


  • MacIntyre


  • Logan


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Pre-match Good afternoon and welcome to Galabank for the second derby of the season between Queens and Annan
Pre-match Marvin Bartley makes one change to the team who ran Arbroath close with Gavin Reilly returning to the starting 11
Pre-match Queens starting 11: 1.Botterill 2.Houston 3.Church 5.McKay 6.Cochrane 7.McKechnie 8.Todd 9.Reilly 24.Ambrose 25.Doherty 35.Brydon
Pre-match Queens subs : 31.Stone 10.Connelly 11.McGuffie 14.Hutchinson 17.Ferguson 19.MacIntyre 23.Logan 27.Gibson 30.Walker
Pre-match Annan starting 11: 1.Fleming 33.Gibson 3.Kilsby 19.Muir 2.Hooper 4.Luissint 5.Douglas 8.Docherty 9.Smith 10.Goss 11.Johnston
Pre-match Annan subs : 12.Mitchell 14.Muir 15.Hunter 19.Garrity 16.Graham 18.Nugent 17.Galloway 6.Campbell
Pre-match Teams are out, we`re ready to go! But there`s a flare on the pitch
First half begins |0-0
15%27 Fairly quiet opening 15 minutes with no real chances to speak of |0-0
18%27 McKechnie (QOS) is booked for seemingly retaliating to a pull on his jersey |0-0
20%27 Queens have a free kick in a dangerous position but McKechnie can only fire into the wall twice |0-0
24%27 Muir (Annan) is booked |0-0
27%27 Chance for Annan as Goss comes in at the back post but can`t get the right contact and the ball goes over |0-0
28%27 Brydon pulls up chasing a ball. Doesn`t look good :( |0-0
29%27 Brydons game is over with what looks like a hamstring injury |0-0
30%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Brydon OFF REPLACED BY Ferguson |0-0
35%27 Goss again with an even better chance from a Smith cross but again he can`t hit the target |0-0
38%27 McKay goes close with a header at the other end but as the players are arguing over whether the ball crossed the line or not, the refs given an Annan free kick anyway |0-0
43%27 Couple of big chances for Todd but he`s denied by Fleming and then a collective block by the Annan defence |0-0
43%27 GOAL QUEENS! Reilly the scorer |0-1
44%27 McKechnie hit an in swinging free kick which Reilly looked to get the faintest of touches to and glance it into the far corner |0-1
45%27 Ferguson almost makes it two but his shot goes wide |0-1
First half ends |0-1
Half Time It`s been a tight first half and the goal came during Annans best spell. |0-1
Second half begins |0-1
47%27 Early chance for Annan but the glanced header goes just wide |0-1
49%27 Another Annan cross goes into the box, Ambrose deals with it, eventually |0-1
54%27 Another Annan cross into the box after a mix up between Cochrane and Todd. Ambrose clears, the ball eventually goes out for a corner which drifts out at the back post |0-1
55%27 Had to be two! Nice play on the right released Houston, who lays it on plate for Reilly but he can only put the ball wide |0-1
60%27 Goss has another header from around the penalty spot. He gets this one all wrong and heads well wide |0-1
66%27 Hooper (Annan) is booked for taking out McKechnie |0-1
66%27 Doherty (QOS) is booked for kicking the ball away |0-1
70%27 Gibson has a shot from outside the area but Botterill saves |0-1
71%27 Then Annan claim for a penalty as Smith goes down but the referee isn`t interested |0-1
71%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Doherty OFF REPLACED BY Hutchinson |0-1
72%27 Goss, again, rises highest but his header is off target, again |0-1
76%27 Church (QOS) is booked |0-1
81%27 SUBSTITUTION Annan: Muir OFF REPLACED BY Nugent |0-1
82%27 Goss goes down in the box but again the referee says no penalty |0-1
84%27 This time it`s Annan who break but it only ends with a shot straight at Botterill |0-1
88%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: McKechnie OFF REPLACED BY MacIntyre |0-1
90%27 Another chance for Annan. Believe it or not, a Goss header which went wide |0-1
91%27 Scramble at the back post ends up behind for an Annan corner |0-1
92%27 So close! Botterill does well to tip a shot over the bar |0-1
94%27 Ferguson (QOS) is booked |0-1
The game ends |0-1
Full Time Queens hold on for a vital win but Annan and Tommy Goss in particular will wonder how they haven`t scored |0-1