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By Stuart McLaren


Date 16th July, 2019


It was same old, same old tonight. Despite dominating 90% of the match, lapses in defensive concentration again proved costly.  Davie Hewitson told someone that this is the competition we can make the most money from - it's looking unlikely to help the Bank Balance this season!

Tuesday 16th July, 2019
Palmerston Park Dumfries
League Cup 1st Round
Attendance : 1,115

Queens 3

Annan 3

Mercer (25)
Murray (22)
Dobbie (41)
Douglas (33)
McLear (53)
Holt (81)
Queens Yellows Holt
Brownlie
Queens Reds

Queens Team

McCrorie
Mercer
(Pybus 54)
Brownlie
Kilday
Holt
Murray C
Kidd
McCarthy
Paton M
(Hamilton 72)
Dobbie
Oliver
Bench: Irving none none
none   none  

Match Report

There were 2 changes in the Queen's team for tonight's local derby, newly re-signed Michael Paton for Pybus and Gary Oliver in for Hamilton.  The Annan side showed a surprising lack of familiar names, apparently all their ex-Queen's players are off to Peterhead?

Annan had the better of the first 10 minutes as they looked bigger and stronger than Queens and were winning all the early 50-50 encounters. However, I made a note after 20 minutes that Queens had then taken control of the game, and were playing some nice passing football.  Not long after making this note, the nice football was rewarded when Dobbie latched onto a mistake by an Annan defender to break clear on the right. He cut inside past a couple of retreating defenders before squaring the ball to leave Connor Murray with an open goal at the back post to stake his early claim to be Queen's top scorer this season. 1-0 to Queens after 22 minutes.

 

The lead was soon doubled, as Queens once again passed the ball about nicely just outside the Annan penalty box, ignoring the impatience of some of the crowd to shoot in favour of working a better position.  The ball eventually came to Dobbie in a little bit of space 20 yards out, and he didn't resist the chance to hit a left-footed shot, which in all honesty wasn't his best effort ever, but the keeper dropped the ball, Queens scrambled back possession, and this time it was Scott Mercer who was presented with the chance to stake his claim to be Queen's top scorer with another open goal. 2-0 after 25 minutes. 

 

Queens looked in total control at this point, but hit the self destruct button in 33 minutes.  Someone wasn't doing their job from a right-wing corner, leaving Annan's number 2 all on his own on the penalty spot. He headed the ball downward, it still didn't look too dangerous, but somehow the defenders between him and the goal failed to deal with it, and although the ball was eventually scrambled away, the linesman indicated that the ball had crossed the line.  Keven Holt in particular strongly disagreed!  The goal was credited to Douglas, I'm not sure if he was the number 2 or if someone else got a touch after him? 2-1.

 

Order was soon restored though as Paton released Oliver on the right side of the box.  Oliver's cut-back found Dobbie, who had actually started the move with a flick on the halfway line and had now pulled off into space around the penalty spot, and Dobbie picked his spot to launch his, perhaps more substantial, claim to be this season's top scorer. 3-1.

 

I really thought Queens would go on to enjoy an easy win in the 2nd half, but I was wrong!  In 53 minutes, Paton, who had looked way off the pace (in his defence, he's maybe never played on this surface before?), played a slack pass which presented Annan with the ball 30 yards from goal. The ball was swept quickly right to find McLear in space at the right edge of the box, and he fired across McCrorie into the far corner. 3-2, surely only a blip?

 

Queens had the ball in the net in 77  minutes when a Murray free-kick was flicked on, headed towards goal, then diverted past the keeper into the net. To be honest, I immediately looked for a flag, and there it was! No goal.  In 80 minutes Murray's shot was once again spilled by the keeper, the ball hit an Annan defender but rolled just wide of the post. From the corner,  the ball was headed back to Murray in the middle, but he volleyed wide.

 

Annan had introduced the Man Mountain Christian Nade, and to be honest, some of the Queen's players looked terrified of him!  Lee Kilday wasn't one of them, but even he was helpless in 81 minutes when he was out-muscled by Nade as they both went for a bouncing ball.  Nade "raced" to the touchline before squaring low into the 6-yard box, where Holt came sliding in to turn the ball into the net and take the game to the pointless spectacle of a penalty shoot-out.

For the record, Dobbie, Oliver, Murray, Holt and Kidd all scored for Queens, Annan too scored their first 4 before McCrorie dived to his right to save the 5th and give Queen's the bonus point with a 5-4 win in the shoot-out, not that it's likely to be of much use to us!  For saving that penalty I'll give McCrorie Man of The Match, although there were no real stand-outs for Queens tonight.



Man of The Match : McCrorie
Read The Opposition's View at - Click Here For A Link To a Annan Site.

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