Game 721 26/08/2012
v Calders at Holyrood Sports Centre
Andy Dick (c); Arthur McCue (Robert Shimmons), Allan Mackenzie, Alan Galindo, Allan Lennox; Ally McNaught (Ryan McCue), David Blair (Calum Colquhoun), Paul Joyce, Craig McKenna; Alistair Wilson, Scott Macrae
Scorers: McKenna, Wilson, Blair
Queen's excellent start to the campaign continued with another hard fought victory at Holyrood, this time it was Calders who were on the end of a 3-2 scoreline.
1-0 down after only ten minutes, Queen's came from behind thanks to goals from Craig McKenna, Ally Wilson and David Blair and despite a late Calders consolation, it was a victory we richly deserved.
There were only two changes to the starting line up from last week's game against Scotstoun as Sean (mountain climbing) and Adam (who knows?) dropped out of the side. In came David Blair on the left of midfield and young Ally Wilson partnered goal machine Sebo up front.
With most of our team arriving very close to kick off time, we didn't have time for a warm up beforehand and that was obvious for all to see as Queen's began the game looking very poorly.
Calders were bossing possession and our four man defence of Arthur and the Three Al's were standing firm under lots of pressure. Calders dominance paid off though after less than 10 minutes.
A simple floated corner from the left seemed to take our static defence by surprise and the ball struck a Calders player in the midriff and it floated past Andy and into the net.
Funnily enough this seemed to be the wake up call we needed and we were looking a bit better and managing to keep the ball on the deck. Craig went on a very encouraging run from midfield after some good interplay with Paul but his final through ball was just too heavy for David as he ran through.
Calders came close from another corner as we struggled to defend set plays, one of their big centre halves nodding just wide as he rose unopposed at the back post.
About midway through the half though we managed to pull ourselves level. Sebo showed good pace up the right and his low cross to the near post was met by Craig and he swept it into the top corner of the net to make it 1-1.
We had finally taken charge of the game and we came close to a second through a brilliant piece of individual skill from Macrae. Wilson chased down the keeper and his poor clearance eventually made it's way to Sebo 40 yards out.
The big man took it first time on the volley and the Calders keeper pulled off a miraculous save to deny the striker a goal of the season contender.
David was next to test John in the Calders goal with a rasping drive from the edge of the penalty area before Ally's floated shot from twenty yards was tipped wide for a corner.
Half time came and there were two changes for Queen's as Blair and McCue made way for Shimmons and Colquhoun.
We made a very quick start to the second half, taking the lead within five minutes. A lofted ball forward from Paul caught out the Calders defender and Wilson found himself one-on-one with the keeper.
The young striker held his nerve and calmly slipped the ball beyond the keeper to make it 2-1.
Calders were looking very much second best now but a rare slip by Lennox at the back almost let them in for a leveller. It was a great one-on-one chance for the usually clinical Danny up top, but for the third week in a row Andy made a superb low stop at a key moment in the game.
There was a light hearted moment when Paul, Sebo and Big Jim from Calders managed to have a wee fall out over a couple of tasty challenges but thankfully the diplomatic skills of our very own "Shotgun" Robert Shimmons managed to defuse the situation and we got back on with the game.
We were bossing things now but we didn't manage to kill the game properly until the 80th minute. Andy's long punt over the top sent Sebo in on the keeper and he managed to get a wee flick to take him out the game.
The ball broke to Blair, back on as a sub, and the forward made no mistake sliding the ball into an empty net from the edge of the box.
Queen's started to tire and it was little surprise that Calders managed a late consolation goal but we held out with little fuss to secure our third win of the season so far.
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Allan Mackenzie