Queen's Park 0 - 2 Queen of the South

Last updated : 24 July 2008 By Andyboy
Boss Gardner Speirs left out the majority of his big guns for the visit of Scottish Cup finalists Queen of the South with Damiano Agostini, Richard Sinclair, Robert Dunn, Tony Quinn and Stuart McGrady all excluded instead he went with a youthful side featuring new boys Ryan Holmes, Barry Douglas and Adam Coakley.

It didn't start particuarly well for Spiders and before I had even worked myself through the turnstiles, Doonhamers were a goal up, in less than 23 seconds. They continued their early dominance, and the forwardline of Stephen Dobbie and Scott O'Connor were making life difficult for the young defence of Jamie Brough and Andy Boslem. They forced two top saves from Cowie between them, before they doubled their advantage on 20 minutes.

A long ball was headed clear by Brough but the clearance was volleyed straight back past Cowie from the edge of the box. Queen's never really had any answer in the remainder of the second half, with Adam Coakley looking inneffectual up front. The half time whistle blew on a poor first half with Queen's lacking any penetration.

We began the second half in slightly better fashion as QoS appeared to begin to rest on their laurels. Despite having a lot of the ball in the second half we were restricted to a bare minimum of goalscoring opportunities. Barry Douglas forced one great save from the Trialist keeper and Tony McGrogan failed to connect with a loose ball from less than three yards, but that was the sum of all chances for Queen's, in a performance that leaves worries ahead of the Challenge Cup opener against Partick Thistle.

QUEEN'S PARK: Zander Cowie, Martin Ure, Barry Douglas, Andy Boslem, Jamie Brough, John Neill (Tony Quinn), David Murray (Paul Harkins), Paul Cairney, Adam Coakley, Ross Dunlop (Tony McGrogan), Ryan Holmes

ATTENDANCE: 350 (est.)

REFEREE: Chris Boyle

MAN OF THE MATCH: Barry Douglas