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Season Review 2021/2022 Part 7
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Missed Him

By Stuart McLaren


Date 25th May, 2022


The school Easter Holidays start on 1st April.  The Challenge Cup Final was on 3rd April.  Guess what?  That's right, I was on holiday and couldn't make the final.  Could Queens get their season back on track in my absence and set us up for a strong finish to the season?

The Challenge Cup final between Queens and Raith Rovers took place at Airdrie on 3rd April 2022.  I had a long arranged few days in Blackpool arranged.  I must admit, if this had been our 1st ever final, I'd have moved Heaven and Earth to be there, but for our 6th final?  I was quite happy watching it on my phone screen in Blackpool.  I couldn't even watch it until the end, when I left it was 1-1, within minutes it was 3-1 and Raith were cruising to victory.

 

Queens needed to lift their heads and go again in the league, but on the following Friday night we were live on the telly for the 2nd time in a week, and a 1-0 defeat at home to Partick left us 6 points adrift at the bottom with 4 games to play.  A 5-1 defeat at Arbroath made things even worse and we were now 9 points behind Ayr and Dunfermline with only 3 games left to play.  Yet, a 2-1 victory against Inverness in our next match suddenly gave us hope.  Our last 2 games were against Ayr and Dunfermline and I'd worked out that if we could win them both and Partick Thistle, who also played Ayr and Dunfermline in their last 2 games, could do us a favour and beat them both, we'd actually finish 8th and not even need a play-off!

 

Ayr were first up, and when Ewen East fired us into an 80th minute lead the celebrations were as wild as any ever seen at Palmerston.  However, we couldn't hold out for that last 10 minutes and a deflected shot from the edge of the box was enough to earn Ayr a vital 1-1 draw and ensure that we would be relegated at the end of the season.  Our final game of the season at Dunfermline then meant nothing to us, but typically, for the first time this season, Queens came from one down to snatch a 2-1 victory which condemned Dunfermline to the relegation play-offs.

 

So, after at least 3 years of struggle, Queens have finally lost their Championship status.  Willie Gibson and Grant Murray have just been confirmed as the permanent management team to try to bounce straight back.  We go again!

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