Closed door win over Clyde

The pre-season preparation continued today with a 3-1 win in a closed door friendly against Clyde at Palmerston. 

It was a strong home side that started the game with no trialists in the starting 11 and with only 3 substitutes used it was a strong finishing 11 too. The game was played at a decent tempo with some good football on show from both sides.

Queens took the lead early in the second half when, new signing, Dan Pybus picked up the ball on the edge of the box. He cut back onto his right foot before unleashing a powerful drive into the corner of the net.

Clyde equalised shortly after when, Norwegian striker, Kristoffer Syvertsen, collected a long ball over the top before firing across McCrorie low into the far corner.

The home sides lead was restored when the ball fell to Gary Oliver 6 yards from goal. The angle looked too tight to score from but somehow the striker managed to squeeze his shot past Mitchell, in the Clyde goal, to make it 2-1.

All that was missing now was a Dobbie goal and the maestro obliged to finish the scoring. A Murray cross from the right looked to be falling to the defender before Holt got in front and to the ball first. He couldn't control it, though, and as it looped up in the air Dobbie stepped in and took a touch before dispatching the ball past the helpless Mitchell for 3-1.

It was a comfortable scoreline in the end but Clyde provided a stiff test even without their top scorer, Goodwillie, on the pitch.

Next Saturday the competitive action begins with the visit of Motherwell to Palmerston in the Betfred Cup.