Match Preview v Kelty Hearts (H) - 10th Jan 2023

We have a break from the league tomorrow as we host Kelty Hearts in the quarter finals of the SPFL Trust Trophy.

The visitors have claimed victory in our two league meetings so far this season. Michael Tidser scored the only goal of the game in October, while at Palmerston in November, they left it late but two goals in the space of four minutes (80 & 84 minutes) from Nathan Austin and Kallum Higginbotham cancelled out Ruari Paton’s opener as Kelty came from behind to win 2-1.


Following his appointment at the weekend, new manager, Marvin Bartley will observe the game from the stand with Grant Murray in the dug-out. Looking ahead to the match Grant said “Saturday was a very disappointing game for us, as again we had ourselves in front but ended up losing.

Individual errors have proved costly throughout the season so we need to learn and eradicate the mistakes so we can see out games. Although the mistakes are individual errors, we need to defend as a team. We also need to be more ruthless at both ends of the park. We had hoped that we would be going into the cup tie against Kelty on the back of two victories, but it wasn’t to be.

Like Saturday, we threw away a lead against Kelty the last time at Palmerston. It was a game we felt that we shouldn’t have lost, and we didn’t perform against them in our first game either, so we have a point or two to prove. We know it won’t be easy, but we have a good record in this competition, and we want to progress and go as far as we possibly can”.


Supporters Information

HOME supports will be located within The Alpha Solway stand, along with the West section of the BDS and the Oakbank Terracing. While for this match, section 7 in the East side of the BDS have been allocated to AWAY fans.

To gain entry to the BDS stand – HOME supporters should use turnstiles 1 & 2. Entry to the Oakbank Terrace will be via turnstiles 16 & 17 only. Please note that there will be no general entry to the BDS Stand via the terracing so please make sure you enter the ground via the correct turnstiles.

AWAY fans should use turnstile 3 to gain entry to their section of the stand.

Turnstiles will be open for spectator entry at 1830.

Entry is by ticket only and season tickets are NOT valid for this match.

Tickets are now on sale for both home and away fans online via our ticket partner TicketCo, using the link below:

Ticket Prices for the game are:

Adults: £12
All Concessions (OAP/Students, 16–21-year-olds): £6
Under 16’s: Free

Tickets will be available online until kick off or at the ground on the day of the game from the ticket office located within the QOS Arena which will open at 1730. There will be no ticket office at the BDS stand for this match.

The only way to buy tickets in advance will be online.

Please note that tickets are not transferable or refundable.


Car parking will be available to all spectators within the Queen of the South Arena car park. It is suggested that buses/minibuses drop off their passengers in Terregles St/King Street and thereafter park on College Mains road just off the roundabout with the A76 on the town bypass (adjacent to Curry’s/PC World, as the other side at Aldi is the access road to the ambulance depot and is extremely busy). Pick up should be the same location as drop off. Supporters’ buses including minibuses will not be allowed to park in the Arena car park.

People travelling should check Traffic Scotland website at for confirmation of any delays.


The catering outlets within the supporter’s areas of the ground will also be open for use. And the bar under the Alpha Solway stand will be open to both sets of supporters’ pre-match.


For safety reasons, QOS have adopted a robust and thorough search policy for spectators entering the ground to ensure that ground rules and regulations are strictly adhered to, especially in relation to pyrotechnic devices and controlled containers. We would like to remind supporters that letting off smoke devices is a criminal offence, and anyone found doing so will be referred to Police Scotland which may result in a custodial sentence. Not only is it against the law, but it is also extremely dangerous and a health hazard to other spectators. All bags will be searched and spectators presenting themselves for entry may also be subject to search. Spectators who refuse to be searched by stewards will be denied entry to the ground.

Palmerston Park is a non-smoking venue, this includes e cigarettes and other such devices. Stewards are empowered to eject spectators who disobey these rules. No persons will be admitted to the ground who are deemed to be under the influence of alcohol.


The club shop located in the Arena will be open until kick off where you can purchase our club merchandise. Including half-time draw tickets. There will be no programme for this match.


Tomorrow’s match kicks off at 7.45 pm.  A reminder there will be no replays or extra time in this game. If there is no outright winner in 90 minutes, it will go straight to penalty kicks. Winners will be away to either Hamilton Academical or Clyde in the semi-final.