East Stirling vs Queen's Park - Preview
Despite the 3-0 win over East Fife, Queen's still sit in a disappointing 8th place in the table though victory in Falkirk could see Starky's side rise to 3rd if other results go the way of Spiders.
Shire though will prove a real challenge tomorrow, due to their rapid improvement under manager Gordon Wylde. The Shire boss has made them difficult to beat, especially at home, but what was a second string Queen's side have already recorded a 5 goal win against Shire in the Challenge Cup 1st Round at their home ground last month.
Shirey currently occupy 9th place in the league, but are 7 points clear of bottom dogs Elgin City who have yet to pick up a point. Their points have came from victories over Elgin on the opening day and a stunning 5-0 success over Stenhousemuir have been put together with a draw at Berwick Rangers to give them their best start to a season in many a year.
Queen's have been given a boost though by the suspension of Shire's star player and former Queen's trialist, Marc McKenzie who also nabbed the SFL August Young Player Of The Month thanks in part to his hat trick in the thumping win over Stenny last month.
Last season, Queen's won 4 times and drew once in their five meetings with Shirey. The CIS Cup 1st Round saw Queen's win 3-0 followed by a 3-0 league victory at Hampden. In December Queen's won 4-0, now departed Bryan Felvus scored twice at Firs Park and in March, Firs witnessed a bore 0-0 draw between the sides.
East Stirling 0
Queen's Park 5 (Ronald 24, Livingstone og 25, Bowers 37, Paton 51, Molloy 54)
August 15th 2006 - Challenge Cup 1st Round - Firs Park
Mark Cairns, Paul Paton, Shaun Molloy, Damiano Agostini, Jonny Whelan, Steven Canning (Robert Dunn), Stuart Kettlewell (David Weatherston), Tony Quinn, Paul Ronald, Richard Bowers (Alan Trouten)
Stephen Reilly is now fully fit after playing against East Fife last week while Damiano Agostini is also likely to return. Richard Sinclair's calf is still giving him jip, so he will not take any part at Shirey while Frankie Carroll could return from the bench after a troublesome knee injury.
LIKELY LINE UP
XI: Mark Cairns, Paul Paton, Mick Dunlop, Stephen Reilly, Damiano Agostini, Steven Canning, Stuart Kettlewell, Robert Dunn, Paul Ronald, David Weatherston, Mark Ferry
SUBS: David Crawford, Alan Trouten, Tony Quinn, Jonny Whelan, Frankie Carroll