Match Report

A spirited performance from ten-man Queen of the South was not enough to prevent SPL side Kilmarnock from running out 2-1 winners in the Scottish Cup Second Round match at Rugby Park.

A first half goal from Cillian Sheridan after Stephen McKenna was given a red card gave Kilmarnock the lead going into half-time.  Borja Perez doubled the home side?s lead on 69 minutes before Nicky Clark headed a consolation with fourteen minutes remaining.

The Second Division leaders knew they would be in for a tough match but things were made even tougher as midfielder Stephen McKenna saw red within the first ninety seconds after his tackle on Borja Perez was seen as a dangerous one by Mike Tumilty the match official.  The Queens faithful were incensed as they felt that it was a harsh dismissal and that McKenna?s tackle warranted no more than a booking.

The referee shows a red card very early on


Kilmarnock, buoyed by their man advantage, took the game to the away side and put Queens under real pressure with Lee Robinson making a great double save on six minutes.  Perez crossed from a wide free-kick to find Paul Heffernan completely unmarked whose glancing header looked to be destined for the bottom corner before Robinson pushed it wide at full stretch.  Cillian Sheridan pounced on the rebound but the ?keeper was equal to it and the Queens defence managed to clear.

Heffernan?s header was a warning sign as the Queens defence struggled to overcome the confusion following the red card and allowed Sheridan to open the scoring after ten minutes.  The former Celtic striker was completely unmarked at the far post and buried the ball emphatically from a corner from the left.

Sheridan fires home


It took twenty minutes for Queens to manage their first shot on target as Chris Mitchell?s free-kick from 25-yards found a gap in the Kilmarnock wall but Cammy Bell dealt with it easily enough.

As the half wore on Queens settled into the game as they made it difficult for the SPL side to pass their way through and tried to hit Kilmarnock on the counter attack.

The away side?s first real chance came on 36 minutes as Nicky Clark drove at the Kilmarnock defence and fed the ball to Ryan McGuffie who found himself in space on the edge of the box.  It would perhaps have been better had the roles been reversed as the full-back miscued and the ball rolled harmlessly wide of the Kilmarnock goal.

Nicky Clark then had a long range effort that flew a couple of yards over before Paul Heffernan smashed an effort onto the Queen of the South crossbar on the stroke of half-time.  Derek Lyle found himself on the ball halfway inside the Queens half and without an obvious pass dribbled inside before Heffernan stole the ball.  The Englishman then smashed a fierce effort beyond Lee Robinson but was denied by the goal-frame.

That was not the end of the first-half action as a lovely move involving Carmichael, Clark and Burns opened up the Kilmarnock defence.  Carmichael attacked the defence and played the ball inside to Paul Burns coming on to the edge of the Kilmarnock box.  The midfielder could have shot but elected to lay the ball to Clark eight yards out but Queens? top scorer could not control the shot and miscued the ball inches wide of Bell?s post.

Annan lad Cammy Bell thwarts Clark at the end of the second half


The second half began much as the first ended with Kilmarnock controlling possession and Queens looking to break on the counter attack.

Cillian Sheridan twice came close in the space of two minutes as he glanced a header wide from the edge of the six-yard box before Robinson?s crossbar was rattled once again.  Queens failed to clear and Heffernan fed the ball to Sheridan who chose to hit the ball first time on the half-volley from 20 yards and the ball flew past Robinson and cannoned back off the woodwork.

Queens were on the attack immediately afterwards as Carmichael?s cross fell to Derek Lyle at the far post and the experienced striker took a touch before forcing a save from Bell in the Kilmarnock goal before his defence cleared the area.

Bell foils Lyle


Queen of the South began to grow in confidence as they started to worry the Kilmarnock defence but the ten men left a gap at the back as the home side countered following a Queens corner.  Gary Harkins had troubled the Queens defence all game with his dribbling and passing skills and the moustachioed playmaker made the difference as his low cross found Borja Perez who kept his composure to pass the ball into the far corner.

The cup-tie looked to be over but Nicky Clark made the game of it with a majestic diving header.  Nice passing in the Queens midfield opened up a space on the right and Ryan McGuffie was more than happy to power into it.  The full-back whipped in a cracking cross towards Nicky Clark who bulleted a diving header past a helpless Cammy Bell.


Nicky dives and heads home


It was a wonderful diving header but it was only to be a consolation goal as Kilmarnock played the game out for the last ten minutes and booked their place in the Third Round.

Had it been eleven against eleven it may well have been a different outcome as Queens acquitted themselves well against the SPL outfit and can take heart from how well they competed against eleven men.


Brilliant travelling support outsang the three Killie singers all afternoon

  • Robinson

  • McGuffie


  • Durnan

  • Higgins

  • Mitchell

  • Burns


  • Young

  • McKenna

  • Carmichael

  • Lyle

  • Clark


  • Atkinson

  • Reilly


  • Black

  • Gibson


  • Holt


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14:41 Queens start with same 11 as last week, some changes on the bench though
14:55 Howdy folks and welcome to a bright Rugby Park as Kilmarnock host Queens in the Scottish Cup.
14:56 Today`s teams...
14:57 Queens: 1 Robinson 2 Mitchell 3 McGuffie 4 Durnan 5 Higgins 6 Young 7 Carmichael 8 McKenna 9 Lyle 10 Clark 11 Burns
14:57 Subs: 12 Atkinson 14 Reilly 15 Black 16 Gibson 17 Holt
14:59 Kilmarnock: 1 Bell 2 Tesselaar 4 Fowler 5 O`Leary 6 Nelson 7 Racchi 11 Harkins 12 Sheridan 14 Heffernan 15 Perez 18 Johnson
14:59 Subs: 17 Letheren 10 Dayton 24 McKenzie 31 Davidson 88 Sissoko
15:00 And today`s whistler is Mike Tumilty assisted by flagwavers Stephen Mitchell and Tom Murphy with Euan Anderson as 4th official.
1 min Queens kick-off in their white away top in a 4-4-2 formation and it looks like Killie are lining up 4-4-2 as well.
2 min Red Card : McKenna
4 min Disaster for Queens as Stephen McKenna lunges in in the centre of the park. The ref says it was two-footed and gives a straight red.
6 min Great save Robinson! A deep free-kick is headed towards the bottom corner by Heffernan and Robinson dives full stretch to keep it out.
8 min Derek Lyle has dropped to the left wing with Clark up front on his own as Queens` 10 men look to counter Killie`s early pressure.
10 min Goal Kilmarnock. Sheridan the scorer
11 min Terrible marking from Queens as Sheridan is left free at the back post from a corner and scores with ease.
11 min Yellow Card : Killie midfielder Gary Harkins earns a yellow for a cynical foul on Carmichael as Queens broke with promise.
20 min The way the match is shaping up it`s going to be a long afternoon for Queens as they will have to soak up pressure and hit on the break.
20 min The way the match is shaping up it`s going to be a long afternoon for Queens as they will have to soak up pressure and hit on the break.
20 min Chance for Queens as Mitchell lines up a free-kick on the edge of the area.
21 min Chris Mitchell hits it hard and well and it finds a gap in the wall but it`s straight at Cammy Bell who saves.
24 min Queens are starting to settle now after the early shock of the red card and are starting to test the Kilmarnock defence.
35 min Queens are settled into their two banks of four and are starting to frustrate the SPL side. Murmurs of discontent around Rugby Park.
36 min First proper chance for Queens falls to McGuffie. It came from a nice run by Clark and he found the full-back free but the shot was poor.
42 min Queens steal the ball inside the Killie half and Clark beats his man before firing a fierce half-volley a couple of yards over.
43 min Odd goalkeeping from Robinson as a Perez free-kick from wide is heading straight into his hands but he decides to punch and Queens clear.
45+1 min Off the bar! Derek Lyle gives the ball away on the edge of his own box and Heffernan smashes the crossbar before missing the follow-up.
45+3 min So close Clark! Lovely move from Queens as Burns powers into the area and lays it to Clark but he sclaffs it and it bobbles inches wide.
Half Time HALF TIME - Kilmarnock 1:0 QOS
Half Time After a nightmare start to the half Queens settled and looked good with the ball.
Half Time Clark really should have taken that chance just before half-time but that move should give Queens confidence to get back into the game.
49 min No changes as the second half gets underway and Queens have started well so far, keeping a hold of the ball nicely.
50 min Yellow Card : Apparently Derek Lyle and another at the minute unknown Queens player were booked for dissent at the end of the first half.
52 min Chance for Kilmarnock as Racchi twists and turns on the left and drops the ball over Robinson to the back post but McGuffie heads clear.
54 min The Queens players are really starting to look frustrated with the referee as he gives Killie a freekick on the edge of the box.
55 min Gary Harkins takes the free-kick but he can`t get it over the wall and it goes for a corner which Queens clear.
56 min Off the bar! Sheridan this time smacks the crossbar as he hits a half-volley from the 18 yard line which beat Robinson but not the bar.
61 min Lyle chance! Straight up the other end and Carmichael`s cross falls to Lyle who controls and hits it but Bell saves well and Killie clear.
65 min Kilmarnock have upped the tempo in the last few minutes and have been pressing for a second goal. Queens are defending well though.
69 min Goal Kilmarnock. Perez the scorer
70 min Just as Queens were really starting to threaten Killie counter attack and Harkins` centre finds Perez who passes the ball into the corner.
75 min Mark Durnan causes some concern in the Killie box as he jumps to meet a Burns freekick but the Killie defence recover to clear.
76 min GOAL QUEENS! Clark the scorer
79 min What a header! Great run by McGuffie down the left and his whipped cross is powered in by Nicky Clark`s diving header. Game on again.
80 min Yellow Card : McGuffie and Fowler were booked in the aftermath of the goal as they fought over the ball as Queens went for a quick restart.
83 min The Queens fans roar as the ref misses a bit of basketball from James Fowler. Doubt Mr Tumilty will be welcome in Dumfries anytime soon...
86 min Substitution : Holt on for McGuffie
87 min Chance for Queens as Clark wins a freekick 30 yards from goal.
88 min It comes to nothing as Mitchell looks to find Clark`s run to the back post but the striker can`t get the ball back across.
90+1 min Substitution : Reilly on for Lyle
90+1 min Substitution : Gibson on for Carmichael
90+2 min Mark Durnan has gone up front with Reilly and Clark to act as target man.
90+3 min Kilmarnock are playing the ball around nicely and Queens just can`t get it from them.
16:52 FULL TIME - Kilmarnock 2:1 QOS
16:54 A spirited performance from Queens as they played 90 minutes with ten men and gave the SPL side some problems.
16:55 Had it been eleven v eleven then there may well have been a different result but Kilmarnock showed their class and took their chances.