Posted by: palmerstonblue | February 16, 2013



Queens completed their third win of the season against Stranraer this season with a comfortable 5-0 victory at Stair Park. The win, Queens’ 20th league victory of the season, saw them become the first team in Scotland’s top four divisions to reach that landmark. In an eventful 1st period, Queens went in front after 17 minutes when Paul Burns scored his first goal  since netting in the 4-2 win at Ayr back in September. The lead was doubled 7 minutes later when Ryan McGuffie scored from the penalty spot, after Nicky Clark was hauled down by ‘keeper Mitchell, with the Stranraer man red-carded for the offence. In a totally one-sided half, Queens added a third  when Derek Lyle scored his 5th goal in seven games. The only down side to Queens’ first half performance was the booking of Paul Burns for dragging his opponent to the ground.

Queens introduced Kevin Smith for Derek Young at the break, and just 12 minutes into the half, leading scorer Nicky Clark netted his 27th goal of the season to end his ‘mini scoring drought’. Kevin Holt was fortunate to receive only a yellow card for a late challenge, and minutes later, he was replaced by Steven Black. Goal number 5 followed for Queens after 72 minutes when Derek Lyle notched his second of the afternoon. Gavin Reilly got his chance with a few minutes to go, after replacing Lyle, but Queens were unable to add to their tally.

With Alloa netting a late winner at Forfar, the lead at the top remains at 18 points with two-thirds of the season now completed, and another 5 victories could well seal the title.


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