Posted by: palmerstonblue | September 10, 2011



Queens collected their first league win of the season at Palmerston this afternoon, as a 2nd half header from Allan ‘Magic’ Johnston was enough to beat league leaders Hamilton Accies. Despite difficult windy conditions, both teams served up an entertaining game, and although the scoreline would suggest a close encounter, Queens were actually worthy winners against what was quite frankly a disappointing Accies side. The better of the chances fell to Queens, with Smith, Campbell and Higgins all going close to scoring, and indeed it was only a first class save from Accies ‘keeper Cerny that thwarted Higgins. 

The visitors seemed to be happy to play on the break, and with the always lively looking Dougie Imrie on good form, Queens rearguard needed to be at their best whenever he was on the ball. The goal that secured the first league win of the season came early in the 2nd half when Allan Johnston got on the end of Alan Reid’s long ball into the box to place a header over the stranded Cerny. The windy conditions probably played a big part in the goal as both defenders and ‘keeper were caught out by the pass. Although that goal had a bit of fortune about it, there can be no denying that Queens did merit the victory on balance of play. Infact as the game drew to a close, Queens created further chances to seal the win as both Danny Carmichael and Nicky Clark-both on as substitutes-went close, Cerny again saving very well to deny Carmichael on two occasions.

So it was a victory for the bottom team, a first clean sheet (in the league), and a good performance for the whole 90 minutes. The sponsors gave Allan Johnston the m-o-m, and it would be hard to disagree, although Mark Campbell was solid at the back until he had to go off injured, and Stephen McKenna gave his usual workmanlike performance, not spectacular, but very efficient. 




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