Posted by: palmerstonblue | March 3, 2013

VICTORY AT NEW BAYVIEW….

EAST FIFE 2-3 QUEENS

A 3-2 victory at New Bayview saw Queens notch up their 22nd league win of the season, and extend their unbeaten run to 12 games. Gavin Reilly, starting his 1st match since the 5-1 home victory over Arbroath, put Queens in front after 15 minutes as he got on the end of a long ball from Mark Durnan before producing a fine lobbed finish. That was the main highlight of a pretty even, scrappy first period, during which neither goalkeeper was called upon to make a save.

The home side had the better of the opening to the 2nd half, and just after the hour, they drew level with a somewhat controversial goal. It appeared as though Nicky Clark was fouled on half-way, but play was allowed to continue, and Paul McManus scored with an effort which was almost identical to Reilly’s opener for Queens.However, Queens were soon back in front when leading scorer Clark exchanged passes with Paul Burns before finding the net with a crisp drive to take his season’s tally to 21 league goals. A further goal for Queens followed when Durnan headed home from a Chris Mitchell corner, and although East Fife became the first team to score 2 league goals against Queens since Arbroath did so back in November,  Gormley’s 86th minute strike turned out to be purely a consolation goal.

So Queens continue to lead the division by 18 points, and although the scoreline makes the game look close, it was another comfortable win for the league leaders. New signing, Michael Paton made his Queens debut after replacing Paul Burns for the last 19 minutes, whilst Willie Gibson returned to first team action after injury, coming on for the last 12 minutes. With just 10 games (and a cup final ) to go, 3 more wins should see Queens crowned champions, and having now scored a total of 86 competitive goals so far, the aim will now surely be to reach 100.

Nicky Clark scores his 21st league goal at East Fife. Photo courtesy of Qosfc.com

Nicky Clark scores his 21st league goal at East Fife. Photo courtesy of Qosfc.com

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