Match Report

Queen of the South were victorious at Ibrox for the first time since 1948 after a dramatic penalty shoot-out win saw them defeat Rangers in the Third Round of the Ramsdens Cup.


The Doonhamers won out 4-3 on penalties after a hard-fought and at times frenetic 2-2 draw.  Nicky Clark opened the scoring after half-time and Barrie McKay equalised before Lee McCulloch converted a penalty.


Queens left it late to equalise as Gavin Reilly pounced in injury-time to score his sixth goal in three matches.  There were also two dismissals as Rangers? Kevin Kyle and Queens? Willie Gibson saw red.

The match began with the home side dominating possession and Queens pressing hard.  The first chance of note fell to Rangers? Barrie McKay stealing onto a short Kevin Holt backpass but Lee Robinson was equal to the tame effort.
After weathering the early storm the away side began to grow in confidence and began to test Neil Alexander in the Rangers goal.  First Chris Mitchell had a fierce half-volley from range tipped over and then Dan Carmichael also had his long-range effort touched over the crossbar.
With the half wearing on neither side were able to create any real goalscoring chances and the home support were starting to get restless.  Boos rang out as the referee blew for half-time as the fans showed their displeasure at the Rangers performance.
Things went from bad to worse for the home side as Nicky Clark headed the opener just minutes into the second half.  Willie Gibson was the architect as he turned inside Anestis Argyriou and delivered a fine cross to allow Clark to find the bottom corner and send the Doonhamers fans crazy with delight.
Nicky Clark opens the scoring
Celebration time for Nicky
The goal seemed to spur on both sets of players as Clark had another effort saved by Neil Alexander and Lee McCulloch had an effort deflected into the side-netting from inside the area.
The equaliser came from the resulting corner as Queens struggled to clear from inside the six-yard- box and Barrie McKay bundled home from under the crossbar.
Rangers began to really test the away defence with Dean Shiels bringing a save out of Lee Robinson before substitute Kevin Kyle powered a header just wide of the post.
The big man from Stranraer was putting his weight about as he gave Higgins and Durnan something else to think about after Francisco Sandaza?s anonymous performance.  However, his night only lasted ten minutes as the referee gave him two yellow cards in the space of four minutes to send Rangers down to ten men with twenty-five minutes left on the clock.
Rangers were still posing a threat up-front as Lewis McLeod brought a good stop out of Robinson before Chris Higgins gave away a penalty.  Lee McCulloch stepped up and sent Robinson the wrong way to give Rangers the lead.
The ten-men looked to try and hang on to their lead from that point as they setup with two banks of four and McKay up front on his own.  Queens started to get a hold of the ball and put the Rangers defence under much more pressure.
The pressure began to tell as Mark Durnan?s header smacked off the top of the post.  Chris Mitchell swung in a free-kick from a wide position and Durnan rose above his marker but the woodwork denied him.  With time running out it looked like it wasn?t to be Queen of the South?s night as Willie Gibson was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge in stoppage time.
Queens? unbeaten start to the season was coming to an end but there was still a couple of minutes to play and Gavin Reilly had other ideas.  The Rangers defence went to sleep as Chris Mitchell played the ball to Nicky Clark who was free inside the Rangers box.  Instead of shooting himself he decided to play the ball on a plate for his strike partner Reilly to slide in at the back post.  There must only have been seconds left but Allan Johnston?s boys were level and the game headed into extra-time.
Gavin gets on the end of Nicky Clark`s ball and slips it home to equalise
Celebrations in the corner again
Despite the lateness of the goal Rangers came out punching after the restart and Lee Robinson was in action twice within the first few minutes of extra-time.  The Queens ?keeper was beaten five minutes later though as Lee McCulloch leapt above everyone else to send a header towards the bottom corner where Derek Young was waiting to save a certain goal.
Dean Shiels then missed a huge chance for the Glasgow side as he pounced onto a rebound following a Lee Wallace shot.  Robinson did well to stop the first effort from Wallace but he couldn?t hold it and Shiels had the opportunity to put his side back in front as the goal gaped but he blazed wide from an angle and Queens could breathe again.
The second half of extra time saw both teams visibly tire after over 105 minutes of play and neither side could put much together in an attacking sense. Both teams were settling for penalties although there was still time for a final Queens chance.
Nicky Clark kept the ball in play and knocked it over the Rangers defence as Dan Orsi chased it down.  He beat the defender to the ball and raced clear but Alexander was equal to Orsi?s effort and saved with his feet.  Durnan headed the resulting corner wide and the referee blew for full-time and the prospect of a penalty shoot-out.
Rangers? McCulloch was first up and the ex-Scotland international made no mistake as he found the top corner.  Derek Lyle was first up for the away side.  He decided to go for power and lost some of the direction as the ball rattled the crossbar.  Queens would have been up against it if not for Lee Robinson taking his tally of penalty saves this season to three as he stopped Dean Shiels spot-kick.
Robinson makes the crucial save
Nicky Clark proceeded to score his as did Kal Naismith, Derek Young, Ian Black and Gavin Reilly to bring the score to 3-3 after four penalties each.  Anestis Argyriou stepped up to take Rangers? fifth spot-kick and the Greek couldn?t keep his composure as the ball rebounded of the post to give Ryan McGuffie the chance to send Queens through.  The big defender smashed it home and sent the travelling fans delirious.
Ryan scores the decisive penalty
And the fans celebrate a memorable victory

  • Robinson

  • McGuffie

  • Durnan

  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • Carmichael


  • Young

  • Mitchell


  • Gibson

  • Reilly

  • Clark


  • Atkinson

  • Lyle


  • Orsi


  • Black

  • Johnston

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19:25 Hi folks and welcome to Ibrox as Rangers host Queens in the Ramsdens Cup Quarter Final. I`ll hopefully give you plenty to shout about.
19:26 Here`s tonights teams...
19:27 Queens: 1 Robinson 2 McGuffie 3 Holt 4 Durnan 5 Higgins 6 Young 7 Gibson 8 Mitchell 9 Reilly 10 Clark 11 Carmichael
19:28 Subs: 12 Atkinson 14 Lyle 15 Orsi 16 Black 17 Johnston
19:30 Rangers: 1 Alexander 2 Argyriou 3 Cribari 4 Perry 5 Wallace 6 McCulloch 7 McKay 8 Black 9 Sandaza 10 Shiels 11 McLeod
19:31 Subs: 16 Gallacher 12 Faure 14 Kyle 15 Naismith 17 Aird
19:32 And tonight`s whistler is Stevie O`Reilly, helped by flagwavers Andy Tait and Colin McAlpine. Fourth official is Greg Aitken.
19:37 Both teams go into tonight`s game unbeaten in all competitions and Ally McCoist has described tonight as their "toughest home test so far"
19:39 So far in the competition Queens have knocked out 1st Div. outfits Dumbarton and Morton. A 3rd division side should be no problem, then...
19:39 On the other hand Rangers have seen off Brechin City and Falkirk to get to this stage of the Ramsdens Cup.
19:42 I`m sure you all remember the last time these teams met: the 2008 Scottish Cup Final at Hampden.
19:44 Rangers won 3-2 after a superb comeback from Queens.Goals from Stevie Tosh and Jim Thomson brought Queens level before Kris Boyd spoiled it.
19:45 A minutes silence impeccable respected in memory of the 96 who died in the Hillsborough disaster.
19:46 The teams are out. Queens in white and black with Rangers in their usual blue.
3 min Queens have lined up in their usual 4-4-2 formation. Two enforced changes as McKenna is suspended and Burns is cup-tied.
5 min Rangers are dominating possession as you would expect with Queens trying to put the home side under pressure.
8 min Nearly. Mitchell steals it and plays in Clark who turns his man but Cribari is there to cover and the danger is gone.
10 min Seconds later Kevin Holt plays a loose back-pass and McKay is on to it. His weak effort is saved well by Robinson.
13 min Dangerous free-kick from wide as Black whips it in but it eludes everyone and goes for a goal-kick.
14 min Corner to Queens.
15 min Mitchell`s corner finds Durnan at the back post but his header across the box is cleared.
17 min Great strike from Mitchell! Good play by Carmichael as he beats Wallace to cross the ball. The rebound falls to Mitchell whose shot is saved
19 min Having weathered the early storm Queens are starting to make Rangers do a bit of defending themselves.
22 min Save by Alexander. Carmichael nicks the ball and hits a long-range strike which is tipped over by the Rangers `keeper.
23 min Dan Carmichael looks like he fancies his chances against Lee Wallace tonight.
28 min Queens on the counter attack as Clark plays the ball inside Wallace for Reilly to run on to but the ref gives a foul as Reilly challenges.
31 min Holt has a speculative effort after Queens once again steal the ball high up the pitch. No worries for the home `keeper.
35 min Gibson loses the ball 30 yards from his own goal but makes up by winning it back with a risky tackle. The ref plays on despite the protests.
38 min Neither side is keeping the ball at the moment and the home fans are starting to get a bit restless.
41 min AllY McCoist is enraged as the ref doesn`t give Rangers a free-kick but it looked like McKay went down very easily.
43 min Rangers attacking well as McKay plays in Shiels whose shot from an angle is blocked for a corner.
44 min The Rangers corner is met by centreback Cribari but he heads over.
Half Time HALF TIME - Rangers 0:0 QOS
Half Time Boos echo around Ibrox as the home fans are obviously unhappy with the first half performance from Rangers.
Half Time On the other hand Queens will be very happy with the way the first half has gone. Good pressing and counter-attacking. Can they keep it up?
Half Time Good omen for Queens as their boys gave Rangers a bit of a stuffing in the half-time shoot-out competition. Future looking bright.
Half Time Queens are out at least a minute before Rangers for the second half. Raring to go!
45 min Sandaza nearly gets in straight after the restart but Robinson is out sharpish to clear.
47 min Very strong and timely tackle from Higgins as McLeod looks to drive into the Queens box.
48 min GOAL QUEENS! Clark the scorer
49 min YES!Ibrox is silent as Gibson skins the right-back before planting a perfect cross onto the head of Nicky Clark who finds the bottom corner.
52 min Great effort from Clark! Nicky Clark gets behind the Rangers defence and hits it from an angle but Alexander saves at full stretch.
54 min McCulloch hits the side-netting! The ball falls to McCulloch inside the box but his shot is deflected into the side-net.
54 min Goal Rangers. McKay the scorer
55 min Poor defending from Queens gifts Rangers an equaliser. A corner into the box isn`t cleared and the ball falls to McKay in the 6-yard-box.
56 min Seconds before the goal Rangers made their first change as Sandaza was replaced by Kevin Kyle.
58 min Nice play from Shiels as he cuts into the box but his shot is mishit and Robinson gathers.
59 min Kevin Kyle heads wide! Very close from Rangers as Kyle meets a corner with a diving header but heads wide of the upright.
60 min Rangers are starting to look much more dangerous now.
62 min Yellow Card : Willie Gibson pulls back Argyriou and earns a caution.
62 min Yellow Card : Rangers` Kevin Kyle slides through the back of Derek Young.
66 min Red Card : Kevin Kyle
67 min Kyle slides through the back of Chris Mitchell to earn his marching orders just 10 minutes after coming on.
70 min Good save from Robinson! McLeod moves the ball quickly and strikes on target but the Queens `keeper pushes it out.
70 min Penalty to Rangers.
71 min Goal Rangers. McCulloch the scorer
72 min Lee McCulloch sends Robinson the wrong way to give Rangers the lead. Still plenty of time left.
72 min Reilly was nearly in there but his control let him down after Durnan`s long ball over the top.
77 min Rangers are sitting in a bit now as they look to hold onto their lead.
78 min Rangers make two subs as Faure and Naismith take the places of McKay and McLeod.
80 min Gibson has a nice turn and goes for the top corner from range but can only find the stand.
84 min Durnan hits the post! A Mitchell free-kick from wide is met by the head of Mark Durnan who hits the top of the post.
84 min Substitution : Lyle on for Mitchell
85 min Good defending from Durnan as he snuffs out a dangerous Rangers attack.
87 min Yellow Card : Kevin Holt wipes out Argyriou and finds himself in the book.
89 min Shiels attacking the Queens box but his cross is into the side-netting.
90 min Yellow Card : Rangers Faure comes through the back of Gibson.
90+1 min Rangers are hanging on here. 3 minutes added.
90+1 min Red Card : Willie Gibson gets a second yellow for a late tackle.
90+3 min GOAL QUEENS! Reilly the scorer
90+4 min Wow! Nicky Clark gets in down the right and squares it for Reilly to slide it in. The game looked over but now we`ll have extra time!
90+4 min End of 90 minutes.
90+8 min We`re back underway
90+8 min Rangers free kick... scrambled wide
90+9 min Robinson punches the corner clear and then catches the shot off the rebound
90+9 min Another great stop from Robinson early in extra time
90+10 min At the other end, Clark headsover at full stretch
90+11 min Great cross from Carmichael as plays it across the Rangers box but Clark can`t get on the end of it.
90+12 min Rangers attack and Argyriou has his shot deflected wide. Corner to Rangers.
90+13 min Off the line! McCulloch wins the header but its cleared by the Queens man on the post.
90+14 min Save by Robinson. Dean Shiels is played into the box but Robinson gets down to push it behind.
90+14 min Substitution : Orsi on for Carmichael
90+21 min Yellow Card : Derek Young mistimes a slide tackle.
90+22 min Huge chance for Rangers! The ball falls to Wallace in the box and Robinson saves his effort but can only push it to Shiels and he misses.
90+23 min Half-time in extra-time.
90+24 min And the action is underway again.
90+25 min That was a massive miss from Shiels before the restart. Can Queens make them rue it?
90+26 min Yellow Card : Ryan McGuffie
90+29 min Naismith has an effort from the edge of the box. It`s deflected wide for a corner. Robinson claims it well.
90+30 min Fantastic chasing from Reilly wins a throw in off Wallace high up the pitch.
90+32 min A great run from Kevin Holt into the box wins a corner much to the disgust of the home fans.
90+32 min The corner is cleared.
90+35 min Both teams are looking tired and there`s not a huge amount of goalmouth action at the moment.
90+35 min Five minutes to go
90+36 min Dean Shiels strikes from the edge of the area. Lee Robinson watches it wide.
90+37 min Rangers have a free-kick in a dangerous position out wide.
90+38 min Mark Durnan meets the delivery with a firm header clear.
90+39 min What a chance for Orsi! Orsi beats the defender to the ball and he`s in one-on-one but ALexander saves with his feet.
90+40 min Durnan meets the corner well but heads wide. Into stoppage time now.
90+40 min End of extra-time penalties to come.
90+43 min No matter what happens in the shoot-out Allan Johnston must be delighted with tonight`s performance.
90+43 min Lee McCulloch is first up...
90+44 min Scores. High into the net. 1-0
90+44 min Derek Lyle for Queens...
90+44 min Hits the bar! 1-0
90+45 min Dean Shiels...
90+45 min SAVED! Robinson dives to his left and stops it. Still 1-0.
90+46 min Nicky Clark is next...
90+46 min SCORES! Strokes it low into the corner. 1-1
90+46 min Naismith...
90+47 min Scores. Robinson goes the right way but its too good.
90+47 min Derek Young...
90+47 min SCORES! Straight down the middle. 2-2
90+47 min Ian Black next...
90+48 min Scores. 3-2 to Rangers
90+48 min Reilly steps up...
90+48 min Scores! In off the bar. 3-3 now
90+48 min Argyriou hits the post! 3-3
90+49 min McGuffie to win it...
90+49 min SCORES!
90+50 min Final Score: Rangers 2-2 Queen of the South. Queen of the South win 4-3 on penalties.
22:24 FULL TIME - Rangers 2:2 QOS
22:25 What a win for Queens! A fantastic performance from the Doonhamers sees them dump out Rangers at Ibrox.