Saturday 19th September 2015
IFA League v Internazioswally at Craigneuk
David Stewart; Robert Shimmons, Allan Mackenzie, Scott Macrae, Calum Stewart; Ross Pollock, Alan Galindo; Ally McNaught (c), Derek Muir, Adam Walker; Graeme McQuarrie. Subs (used) Andy McNaught, Scott Kilpatrick
Queen’s were once again on their travels, and slumped to their first league defeat of the season as we were thumped 8-2 by Internazioswally in Airdrie.
A dismal second half showing in which we shipped 7 goals saw Airdrie overturn our half time lead, and it was a day to forget for our lads.
We had a squad of 13 for this one but we were nowhere near full strength, and the side had an unfamiliar look to it at kick off. Div S was in goals with a back four of Calum Stewart (his first game in 4 years after his recent ‘re-signing’) at right back and Robert on the left. Sebo and Wee Al were the two central defenders with captain Ally and Galindo playing as holding midfielders. Adam was in front of them, Del and RP were wingers, and Graeme was up front on his own.
Swaly started by far the better team on a windy day in Lanarkshire and after squandering a couple of great chances it was no surprise they took the lead after around 15 minutes. A long ball forward hung in the wind and deceived Robert and Sebo, allowing a forward to nip in and smash the ball beyond the keeper. A terrible start.
Airdrie passed up a couple more chances, hitting the bar and forcing a smart save, before we equalised out of nowhere in bizarre circumstances.
A good passing move sent Del racing up the right flank and he unleashed an excellent shot across the keeper and through the far corner of the net. The referee’s decision to award a goal kick drew protestations from the QP camp, and he eventually changed his mind after a brief lesson in angles. 1-1.
We were starting to settle now and Adam should have scored when he just couldn’t get onto the end of a great RP cross in the box, but we did get our second goal on 40 minutes.
Ally swung in a sublime ball from near the half way line, and Big Sebo flashed a header across the keeper and into the top corner of the net. A superb goal.
There is no doubt we had been second best so far, and Airdrie had created so many chances it is impossible to go into full detail, but we should have went in at half time 3-1 up! McQuarrie squandering a gilt edged chance when played one-on-one with the home keeper.
The boss told the lads to keep it tight early doors in the second period, but that didn’t quite go to plan, within seven minutes Airdrie led 5-2!
Firstly Wee Al glanced a header into his own net from an excellent set piece, before Airdrie were awarded a penalty for what looked like a dive in the box. DS saved the initial kick but the rebound was dispatched with aplomb. Seconds later, Big Sebo got his second of the game, but this time at the wrong end as he headed a carbon copy of his earlier goal beyond DS for 4-2. Airdrie rounded off their scoring spree in the 52nd minute, with a second penalty, this time conceded by Wee Al.
Game over and it was now damage limitation for Queen’s and Galindo moved back into defence to try shore things up. Calum limped off shortly after to be replaced by the gaffer at right full back.
We had managed to steady the ship slightly and Graeme missed another decent chance in the opposition area, but Airdrie always looked likely and the sixth followed when David threw in a volley from 20 yards which was floating harmlessly toward goal.
With the gaffer on the park, third in charge Lenny decided to throw the Goat on at right midfield and he came on for Ally. Proof that he damaged more than his knee on that fateful day against McDonald Rovers.
We were trying to carve out another goal and to be fair to our lads they never chucked in the towel. Del and Sebo missed decent chances to get a third before Airdrie were awarded another penalty. Thankfully, DS was on form and he made his second spot kick save of the day, diving low to his right to keep out a well struck effort.
Airdrie rounded off a great day for them with two more goals in the last 5 minutes. First their centre forward found a gap between Andy and Gee to round Davie and slide home, before a shot from 16 yards slid into the bottom corner past a despairing Davie dive.
One to forget for Queen’s certainly, but thanks to the Airdrie boys for hosting and we look forward to attempting revenge later in the season.