Posted by: palmerstonblue | August 23, 2011

QUEENS PROGRESS….

QUEENS  3-0  FORFAR

Queens made it safely through to the 3rd Round of the Communities League Cup after seeing off 2nd Division Forfar at a sparsely populated Palmerston.

Attacking the Terregles Street end in the 1st period,Queens began the game brightly, and Danny Carmichael’s lay off for Simmons to shoot wide after just 3 minutes, seemed to suggest that Queens would take early control of the game. However, apart from a couple of  half chances, including a Stephen Simmons half-volley from just outside the area, the game struggled to come to life. The visitors looked neat and tidy in possession, and with Templeman and Crawford up front, they looked capable of creating problems, but they never really threatened the Queens back four during the opening quarter of the game.

Most of Queens attacking play involved the ever willing Danny Carmichael, who was once again looking very lively, with his pace and trickery causing problems for the visiting defence. On thirty minutes the deadlock was broken, and Carmichael was heavily involved in the goal. Craig Reid’s pass down the right flank was dummied by McKenna leaving Carmichael with a clear run down the right wing, taking his time he fired in a low cross almost along the six-yard line right into the path of the on rushing Tom Brighton, who swept the ball home without breaking stride. Almost straight after the re-start, Queens had claims for a penalty waved away by referee Collum, as Scott McLaughlin went to ground just inside the area near the bye-line, and from this Queens attack, Forfar launched a counter break that ended with Queens ‘keeper Robinson having to react well to tip over a high,drifting cross. Following the corner on the right, Robinson produced a fine save to push Templeman’s bullet like header over the bar to keep Queens ahead at the break.

HALF-TIME   QUEENS  1-0  FORFAR

Just 90 seconds after the re-start, Queens had a great chance to increase their lead when McKenna’s cross from the right fell to the unmarked Carmichael in the box, but the striker was unable to turn and shoot and the ball bounced away from his standing foot away from the goal. It wasn’t long before Queens were attacking again, with Simmons finding Carmichael again on the right, and an almost replica cross to the one that Brighton scored from was just to far ahead of Scott McLaughlin at the far post, and he put the chance wide. Although Queens were on top, they were still only the one goal ahead, and from a mistake by Campbell, Forfar had a very good chance to draw level. The big centre -back stumbled  and presented the ball to Templeman 40 yards out, but the striker was not quick enough, and Craig Reid was able to send him wide and eventually clear the danger-a quicker player may have done more damage.

Almost as if Queens had realised that they had been let off, in the space of 3 minutes, the game was won. From Carmichaels’s neat pass Allan Johnston moved forward unchallenged before driving a low shot into the bottom corner from 20- yards out, and then substitute Nicky Clark was on the end of another superbly placed cross from Carmichael to slide home goal number 3 with just about his first touch of the ball. From then on it was virtually all one way, as Queens grew in confidence, and the visitors began to tire. An excellent low drive from Simmons produced an equally good diving save from ‘keeper McHugh, and Chris Higgins came close to scoring his first Queens goal, when his header from a  corner was only inches over the bar. Danny Carmichael almost ended his very good performance with a goal, but his lob over the stranded ‘keeper wasn’t quite accurate enough, and the ball bounced a good few yards wide of the empty net. His final contribution of the game was to scythe down an unfortunate Forfar defender, and he quite rightly was shown a yellow -card for his ‘very enthusiastic’ challenge.

So Queens progressed to the next Round of the League Cup, and in doing so, kept their first clean sheet of the season. Some decent performances from a number of players, Higgins looked more confident at centre-back, and Simmons showed his class with some fine long range passing, but for his overall work rate and contribution in having a hand in all 3 goals, Danny Carmichael was my Queens man-of-the-match.

QUEENS: Robinson-C.Reid-A.Reid-Simmons-Campbell-Higgins-Johnston-McKenna-Brighton-McLaughlin-Carmichael

SUBSTITUTES: Clark for Brighton(58),McShane for Johnston(63), and McGuffie for Simmons(71)

GOALS: Brighton(29)  Johnston(60)  Clark(63)

CROWD: 1008

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v PARTICK THISTLE      A    SFL1   AUG 27  3PM

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