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Season Review 2021/2022 Part 4
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Starting to Shine

By Stuart McLaren


Date 15th May, 2022


It wasn't until I started writing this Season Review that I realised how few times I'd been to Palmerston in the early part of the season.  October was when I started going back regularly (until another Omicron break!) as Queens tried to pull away from the bottom of the table.

Having said I started going back regularly in October, I actually missed the first home game of the month, a 1-0 win over a Dunfermline side who'd started even worse than us and looked like they could be our saviours by getting themselves isolated at the bottom of the league.  As the away dressing room was in the new stand this season due to covid rules, I'm told Peter Grant and his side had a bit of a torrent time at the end having to pass through their fans to get back in!  Innes Cameron, on loan from Kilmarnock, featured in this one.

 

On a Friday night, the 8th of October, I was back at Palmerston for only the 2nd time, and this time, although it was still restricted to the New Stand only, you could sit where you wanted, so I was back with my mates (I use the plural as if I have more than one).  Me and G are useless at keeping in touch away from Palmerston, so I had a year and a half of gossip to catch up on and wasn't paying too much attention as Queens eased past Partick Thistle to reach the 4th round of the Challenge Cup, 2-0, including a strike from outside the box by Lee Connelly which has just been voted "Goal of the Season" on QOS Hub.

 

Queens travelled to Ayr for their next fixture and came home with a disappointing 2-1 defeat under their belts.  Back at Palmerston a drab 0-0 draw with Morton did little to help us in what was now becoming a 5-way relegation battle.  There was a further setback as we lost again to boggy team, Hamilton, 1-0 at their place.  Queens had only lost by more than 1 goal once all season, but that record was blown away by a heavy 4-0 defeat at Kilmarnock as Alan Johnstone's coat peg seemed to be getting progressively shooglier.

 

A promising 1st half display failed to win us 3 points at home to Raith as we let them back into it for a 1-1 draw that took us down to 2nd bottom.  Queens let another lead slip away at form side Arbroath in the next match, but would have been please to come away with a point from a 1-1 draw in this one.  The league had now split into 2 groups of 5.  Queens could have gone 6th with a win in this one, instead they were 9th and only 2 points above Dunfermline.

 

Queens poor home form continued with a 1-2 defeat by Inverness in a Friday night match live on BBC Scotland which can't have done much for their viewing figures!  Expectations weren't high as we travelled to top of the 1st Division Cove Rangers for a Scottish Cup match, but they needed a last-minute goal to take us back to Palmerston for a replay following a 2-2 draw.  Queens were doing much better in the Challenge Cup and a late goal saw us see off Morton by 2-1 to book a semi-final, against Cove again, but there was still a while to wait for this one.  Our semi-decent run continued with a 0-0 draw against Partick Thistle, but it was back down to earth with a bump on Tuesday, 7th December, as Cove hammered us 3-0 in our Cup Replay to see us miss out on a trip to Hibs.  Back in important league business, Queens lost the lead 3 times at Dunfermline as we could only manage a 3-3 draw that didn't really help either side.  

 

I've made this quite a long section as I wanted to get to the middle of December, when a new variant of COVID, Omicron, struck the country, leading to me missing a few more games, and Queens having a couple of games cancelled due to their own outbreak.

 

 

 

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