Match Reports 2017/18

18th November 2017 - IFA League v Dunfermline at Toryglen

2-2 (2-0)

TEAM: Galindo (c), Pollock, Walker, Stockman, Lennox, Omand, Ellsworth, Dunbar, Ford, Dunsmore, Macrae

SUBS: Anderson, McGillivray, Williams, McQuarrie

SCORERS: Macrae, Dunbar (pen)

POTD: Scott Macrae

In: Galindo, Stockman, Ford, Anderson
Out: Smith, A. Waugh, Muir, Mackenzie

Queen’s Park remain unbeaten at home this season despite squandering a two goal half time lead against a spirited Dunfermline side at Toryglen.

First half goals from Scott Macrae (his 100th for the club) and Ross Dunbar, from the penalty spot, had QP in cruise control but the Pars roared back with an excellent second half display and could have nicked all three points at the end.

Queen’s, back to full strength following last week’s 1-1 home draw with St Johnstone, started on top and should have been ahead within five minutes. Ross Pollock’s corner was cleared to the edge of the area and Drew Omand’s low shot was swept off the line by an away defender.

Omand had another decent chance to open the scoring as he narrowly failed to connect with a wicked Pollock set piece, before striker Macrae fluffed his lines from six yards trying to turn home a low cross from the right.

The home pressure told just after ten minutes however as Queen’s took the lead. A through ball from Adam Ellsworth found Macrae in space in the area, and the big striker steadied himself before slamming the ball low past the visiting goalkeeper. It was his 100th goal in Queen’s colours and you could tell it meant a lot to him as he celebrated with the bench.

The Spiders were continuing to dominate against a surprisingly passive away side and Macrae almost instantly bagged goal 101, forcing a superb save from the Dunfermline keeper from close range.

His strike partner Darren Dunsmore also passed up two glorious chances to grab QP’s second, but the Pars keeper was having an outstanding game and he was up to the challenge.

Midfielder Dunbar was next to be denied by some inspired goalkeeping, his header somehow clawed away from the top corner, but goal number two did come around the half hour mark.

Macrae showed great endeavour to win back a lost cause on the byline, and as he cut back into the box he was hauled to the ground. Penalty for Queen’s, and Dunbar did the usual sterling job from the spot, finding the right hand corner with aplomb.

Dunfermline seemed to kick in the life following the penalty award, and returning QP goalkeeper Alan Galindo had to make two decent stops before the half was out to maintain his clean sheet.

Into the second half, no changes for QP, but a change of formation for the away side as they went to two up top in an attempt to trouble a largely unfazed home back line.

The change seemed to have an effect almost instantly, and they had a goal back on the 50 minute mark.

A through ball down the right cut open the QP backline, Stockman and Lennox all at sea, and the Pars forward brilliantly slammed the ball high into the net from just inside the penalty area. Galindo might have done better, getting a strong hand behind the ball, but the effort was struck with real venom.

This gave Dunfermline the boost they needed and from here on it was much different game with the away side dictating the tempo and the ball. They weren’t far from equalising before the hour mark but Galindo did well to push away a powerful low shot from range.

The QP keeper, untroubled in the first half, was needed again when a low cross managed to squirm its way to the back post, but the finish was tame and he was able to save with his legs before the ball was hooked to safety.

Queen’s had rarely threatened since half time, but the wasteful Dunsmore should have sealed the points when played in one-on-one. The striker couldn’t compose himself though and he blazed high and wide.

Pars had the equaliser their play had deserved with around fifteen minutes to go, and it was a moment to forget for QP sub Fraser Anderson (on for the injured Lennox).

A low cross from the Dunfermline left made its way to the near post, and Anderson’s attempt at a right foot clearance ended up nestling in the corner of the net for 2-2. The least the visitors deserved from a great second half.

Despite the run of play, it was Queen’s who had the best chance to nick the points in the dying moments. A deep cross from Drew Omand sailed over to the back post, and the Dunfermline keeper showed brilliant reactions to tip Graeme McQuarrie’s header over the bar.

No more goalmouth action to report, with both sides settling for the draw following a hard fought 90 minutes.