Posted by: palmerstonblue | August 9, 2014

OPENING DAY LEAGUE WIN….

QUEENS 2-0 ALLOA

The league campaign began well for Queens as they recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Alloa. Keeping to the same team that won last time out against Elgin, Boss Jim McIntyre, in charge for the 50th time, went with the same attacking 4-4-2 formation, as Gavin Reilly, and Derek Lyle lead the line.                                                             After a scrappy start, Queens eventually got the breakthrough after just 8 minutes, Derek Lyle finishing well after he initially chased down a short back pass. The visitors had a couple of decent opportunities to draw level, most notably when McCord shot over when well placed. After hitting the net 3 times last week, Iain Russell nearly added to his total for the season, but his curling effort was just too high. The visitors went close again and once again it was McCord who had the chance, but Zander Clark made an important block to keep his side ahead. A long ball from Dowie found Carmichael on the right, and after breaking into the area, the winger fired an effort just wide of the far post.                                                                                   A clumsy challenge by Chris Higgins quite rightly saw him receive the game’s first caution, and although Meggatt’s header hit the bar, he was penalised for being in an offside position. With Queens struggling to add to their lead, Alloa were caught out by the home side as they launched a perfect counter attack. As the ball broke loose to Lyle, he was able to pick out a perfect pass that found Russell, and he in turn found Reilly. The young striker controlled well before smashing an unstoppable shot past Gibson to double Queens’ lead.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Alloa almost instantly had a big chance to drag themselves back into the game, but Zander Clark produced a fine block to deny McCord. 

Early at the start of the 2nd period, Queens had two really good opportunities to increase their lead when both Carmichael and Reilly spurned chances, although to be fair, the ‘keeper deserves some credit for saving both attempts. With Queens continuing to push forward, a really good move involving McShane, Holt, and Reilly, ended with Lyle having his shot smothered by the ‘keeper. Another chance came for Lyle following a corner, his powerful effort just clearing the bar. New signing, John Baird was given his Queens competitive debut with 13 minutes left, and not long after coming on, he thought he had crowned his first start with his first goal, but after providing a nice finish to a McShane free-kick, he was ruled to have been offside,a tight call, but probably right from my view. With seconds remaining, Alloa should have got themselves a consolation goal. A cross to the far post was headed goalwards, but Chris Higgins with the aid of a post, kept the ball from crossing the line, but when the ball fell to Spence the striker somehow blasted his effort from 2 yards out, high over the bar.

MATCH REACTION An opening day win for Queens was predicted, but with better composure and more accurate finishing, Alloa might have taken something from the game. In a first half that was pretty even, Queens enjoyed some good fortune to get a break for the opening goal, and even their second goal 5 minutes before the break came slightly against the run of play, although the goal was created and executed really well. Midfield is still a bit worrying for me, wee Danny doesn’t defend as he should-hard for him to do so as an attacking player-and still not sure of Fowler. Thankfully playing with 2 strikers will always give us more options when we attack, and I think Baird will prove to be a decent signing. Really impressed by both front men today especially Reilly who never stopped running and finished a fine move with a really good goal, his 6th league goal in his last 6 league appearances at Palmerston,and for me he certainly deserved his man-of-the-match nomination. It is always good to get off to a winning start, and the confidence will be high after a steady, but effective performance.

QUEENS: Clark-Dowie-Holt-Higgins-Durnan-Fowler-McShane-Carmichael(Kidd 70)-Reilly(Dzierzawski 88)-Lyle(Baird 77)-Russell  

SCORERS:    LYLE  8     REILLY 40

CROWD  1635                                                                                                                                                           

 

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