15/02/14 Friendly v Montrose at Broomfield Pitches
Andy McNaught; Gary Duncan (Michael Cameron), Calum Colquhoun (Ally McNaught), Allan Lennox, Allan Mackenzie; Ross Dunbar, Adam Walker, Raymond Ford; Kieran Friel (Scott Kilpatrick), David Blair, Andy Dick (c)
In farcical conditions at the world famous Broomfield Pitches, Queen’s returned to winning ways with a terrific 6-2 win over Montrose Supporters.
It was an optimistic travelling party of 16, which made the longish journey to the east coast, with the brilliant victory over Ormond Saints on the last foray out of the big smoke still fresh in the memory.
David Stewart and Alan Galindo were the ‘injured’ non-playing travellers which led the gaffer Andy McNaught to pick himself between the sticks for the third time this season.
It was a four man defence of Duncan, Colquhoun, Lennox and Mackenzie in front of him with the returning Ross Dunbar joining Ray Ford and Adam Walker in midfield.
Skipper Andy Dick was out of position at central striker. While the Milngavie Marauder Kieran Friel and LHD took their places as our two wingers.
Veteran full back Ally McNaught was on the bench taking care of our two jokers, Michael ‘Camzo’ Cameron and Goat ‘Scott’ Kilpatrick.
There was a wind swirling on top of a heavy grass park when we arrived and with Montrose shooting against the wind in the first half it was no surprise that Queen’s dominated from the first whistle.
Adam missed a total sitter from three yards when Andy had a free kick palmed out by the keeper within the opening 60 seconds before Ray turned home a Friel cross only for the referee to deny him within a dubious offside call. With only two minutes played, it was fairly obvious which way this was going and we were ahead within five minutes of kick off.
Walker, without a goal since a wind assisted free kick against Troon in November, made it 13 for the season with more help from his big pal Mother Nature.
His wicked corner swung on top of the home keeper and he could do nothing to stop it flying straight into the top corner of the net.
Queen’s weren’t for letting up and LHD and Ray passed up half chances before we doubled our lead before the game was 15 minutes old.
Andy picked the ball up on the edge of the box, skinned a defender and planted a trademark howitzer past the keeper and into the bottom corner of the net. 2-0.
Montrose started to come back into the game a bit more now, and they had their only three chances of the half in a five minute spell.
Their wee number 12 was causing problems up top and he was the culprit for missing all three. Firstly he bent a 16 yarder over the bar before forcing a smart one handed stop from Andy in goals.
The wee striker was played in one on one again moments after and he saw his goal bound effort brilliantly turned round the post by the outrushing Queen’s keeper.
This was the fright Queen’s needed to kill the game stone dead and we got our third not long after. A through ball presented Friel with an easy, one on one chance, and he expertly used the bobbly park to his advantage, shinning the ball past the keeper and into the bottom corner. Kieran’s first goal for Queen’s in his third appearance.
It was four for the visitors before half time when Lenny headed Adam’s corner against the bar and then tapped the rebound in past a static goalkeeper. 4-0 half time, and easy days for Queen’s.
Ally came on for CC at half time and with Queen’s playing against the wind a different half was expected, and while we got it, it was us who netted the first goal of the half after around 50 minutes.
Adam scored it, after a neat pass from Ross. This time the wind wasn’t involved and it was Adam’s 5th goal in 3 games at The Broomy. Rumours abound that he hates Montrose almost as much as he hates MacDonald Rovers.
Montrose came into the game a bit more but barring cross bars and long drives flying over they created very little before they reduced the arrears to 5-1. The home number 9 smacked a bouncing ball on the edge of the box toward goal, and a big deflection off Andy D spun the ball over Andy Boss and into the net.
Just as Montrose were gathering momentum Queen’s killed the game stone dead with a 6th goal. A low free kick to the near post by Ross flicked home by Lenny, for his second goal of the game and his third of the season. A finish that fellow goal scoring centre half Titus Bramble would be proud of.
Montrose netted their second goal of the game with almost the final kick when the big number 9 placed a free kick beyond the daydreaming gaffer in the QP goal but it was game over and Queen’s were able to celebrate in now typical style with a top day in Montrose and on the bus home.
Dr Kuntz decided this was the perfect opportunity to remind the squad of his surprisingly legitimate degree in dentistry. The less said about this, perhaps the better.