Queen's Park Supporters FC

Saturday 18th February 2017

IFA League

Academical Vaults 2 – 2 Queen’s Park SFC

Hamilton Palace Sports Ground, Hamilton


Andy Dick; Drew Omand, Allan Lennox, Neale Waugh; Fraser Anderson (Andy Waugh), Ross Pollock (Adam Walker), Gary Duncan, Alan Galindo, Raymond Ford (Ally McNaught); Scott Macrae (Derek Muir), Graeme McQuarrie (Sean Merrick)

Queen’s kept up the recent good form with a battling 2-2 draw away to Academical Vaults on Saturday morning, making it ten games unbeaten in the process (the club’s best run since 1992).

Trailing 1-0 at half time on the boggy grass park at Hamilton Palace, we rallied in the second half with goals from Derek Muir and Alan Galindo putting us on the brink of our first away league win since May 2015.

We couldn’t hold on though, Accies securing a deserved share of the spoils with an equaliser three minutes from time.

On arrival the surface didn’t look like one that would favour good football, and so it proved in an edgy first half as both sides battled for supremacy in the midfield. It took 25 minutes for the first real effort on goal, as the returning Andy Dick made a great save in the Queen’s goal to stop a long range drive.

From the resulting corner, Accies took the lead. The ball was swung low towards the near post, and a Hamilton forward nipped in between Dick and Allan Lennox to fire the ball high into the net.

There had been nothing between the teams prior to the goal, but we started to edge ahead in terms of play as the half wore on. We won a series of free kicks in promising positions, but our usual high quality delivery was missing and we couldn’t create any clear chances.

We had our best moment of the half five minutes before the break. Lennox swung in a ball from deep and Alan Galindo managed to get a touch with his outstretched right foot. It looked that the ball was destined for the top corner, but the home keeper made an acrobatic stop to deny our top scorer.

Half time, and the gaffer made three changes in an attempt to spark some life into our forward play. Centre forward pairing Scott Macrae and Graeme McQuarrie made way for Sean Merrick and Derek Muir. While the lesser spotted Adam Walker replaced Ross Pollock at left wing back.

The changes had the desired impact, and within a couple of minutes we were almost level. Merrick played a delightful dinked pass into a packed penalty area, and while Galindo’s effort beat the keeper, it was hacked off the line and to safety.

Gary Duncan was next to come close for Queen’s, but the midfielder fired over from close range after the Accies keeper palmed away a tame right foot shot from Neale Waugh.

Queen’s had been the better side in the second half, but we survived a massive scare on 55 minutes. Accies left winger raced towards our goal, and as he cut inside the box he was brought down under a sliding challenge by Fraser Anderson. It looked a penalty to all in attendance, barring the referee, and we breathed a sigh of relief as the game raged on.

We made a fourth change moments after, with Anderson replaced by Andy Waugh, the young full back having missed our last few games through work commitments.

We took full advantage of our good fortune, and levelled the scores on the hour mark. Sub Muir raced through the middle of the park, and a great move involving Merrick and Ray Ford ended with Galindo in possession twelve yards from goal.

Our top scorer dallied on the ball, allowing an Accies defender to get a toe on it, but as it broke loose, Muir reacted quickest. He took a touch to get it under control and slammed the ball high into the net.

Our tails were up now, but we had to be wary of the threat Hamilton posed and Dick made a second great save of the game as he dived high to his right to push away an effort from range.

It proved to be an important contribution by our goalkeeper, as we raced up the park to take the lead soon after. A good passing move ended with Neale Waugh in possession wide on the left. The centre half whipped in a delightful deep cross, and Galindo was on hand to head home from inside the six yard box.

Twenty minutes remained, and Hamilton reacted in the best possible fashion to the setback. They began to pile on the pressure, forcing a series of corners, but we were standing firm in the face of it.

With 85 minutes on the clock we made our final change, club captain Ally McNaught coming on for Ford to continue his comeback from the groin injury which has ruled him out since early November.

Accies continued to pile forward, and with three minutes left they got the equaliser they deserved. A long ball forward should have been cut out in midfield, but it sneaked through and found an Accies forward in an inexplicable amount of space.

Dick tried to narrow the angle, but the ball was comfortably steered past him and into the far corner to make it 2-2.

Accies looked more likely to nick all three points, with the pressure continuing well past the 90 minute mark, but we managed to hold on for a credible away draw.