Match Reports 2017/18

17th February 2018 - IFA League v Internazioswally at Airdrie Leisure Centre

3-1 (1-1)

TEAM: Galindo, Pollock, N. Waugh, Stockman, Anderson, Dunbar, Lennox, Ford, Muir, Dunsmore, Macrae

SUBS: McQuarrie, Blair, McGillivray

SCORERS: Macrae, Dunsmore, Dunbar

POTD: Stephen Stockman

In: Stockman, Anderson, Muir, Dunsmore, Blair
Out: A. Waugh, Ellsworth, Ally McNaught

Spiders Tickled Pink By 3-1 Win

QPSFC bounced back from a series of unfortunate results with a hard fought 3-1 victory over Internazioswally at Airdrie Sports Centre on Saturday.

Adverse weather in North Lanarkshire, coupled with our bogey pitch terrain of grass, made conditions less than ideal for the free flowing attacking football that QPSFC are famed for.

This was evident in the opening exchanges, as both teams struggled to string passes together on the bog-like surface.


The home side took the lead with about 30 minutes on the clock, when a pot shot from just outside the box squeezed by the onrushing defender and an unsighted Alan Galindo in the sticks.

QP rallied after the goal and came close after the Airdrie keeper cleared his lines straight to the grateful Dunbar who tried a long range effort, stopped on the line by a retreating defender.  Airdrie were playing a risky high line and most of our penetration came from the combo of Dunsmore and Anderson on the right hand side, utilising their pace to good effect.  


Indeed, it was a terrific run and cutback by Dunsmore that would lead to the equaliser.  Scott ‘Sebo’ Macrae, hungry as ever (for goals) gratefully received Dunsmore’s pass, taking a touch to set himself up for a traditional toebash past the helpless keeper.  This took Macrae’s tally to 10 for the season and a record 20 overall in the IFA for QPSFC.


QP were up for the fight, most evident when Ross Pollock…wait for it...made a perfect sliding tackle.  This inspired QP to finish the half on the front foot, dominating possession, but failing to capitalise on the set pieces we had won for ourselves.


Like two Spanish brothers with unimaginative parents, it finished Juan Juan at the break.


Airdrie changed goalkeepers at half time and no sooner had he hung out his clean sheet, Dunsmore soiled it, getting his head on the end of a perfectly weighted cross from Del on the left, taking Dunsmore’s tally to 11 for the season.


There were handbags a plenty, midway through the second half when Lennox made one of his few clean tackles of the day, just at Airdrie’s dugout.  A scuffle ensued and this set the tone for the remainder of the game, which was a scrappy affair with plenty of meaty slide tackles flying in from both sides.


The QP defence stood resolute, with some excellent defending particularly by the centre half pairing of Stockman and N. Waugh, swatting away any notion of an Airdrie comeback.  


Dunbar with his 9th of the season, made sure of the result by converting clinically from a whipped cross by Pollock. 

A well-earned but hotly contested affair sees QPSFC remain in 3rd, next up a home game Vs Real Maroon, 10am at Toryglen on Saturday.