Game 646 28/03/10 Friendly
v Calders at Holyrood Sports Centre 4-4 (1-2)
Martin Kelly, Ally McNaught (Stuart Waugh), Calum Colquhoun, Allan MacKenzie (John Crosbie), Paul Joyce (c), Ally Dick, Andy Dick, Craig McKenna, David Blair (Fraser Marr), Andy McNaught jnr (Jack Waugh) and Sean Connolly
Scorers: McKenna, Ally Dick, S.Waugh, Connolly
Queen's came from behind to secure their first draw of the campaign, against Calders at Holyrood Sports Centre. After trailing 3-1 early in the second half, stunning strikes from Ally Dick and Sean Connolly plus Stuart Waugh's long awaited first for the club, aided the comeback.
With the clocks going forward the night before it was no surprise that the starting XI had a slightly different look to it than usual. Martin Kelly was in goals with Ally Mc and CC at full back. Wee Al and skipper Paul were the centre halves while Ally D, Andy D, Craig and Sean were in midfield. The ever mobile pair of LHD and Andyboy were the strikers. Marr was the only sub but Jack, Stuart and Crossers all turned up late for various reasons.
Calders had brought a strong side and they looked the most likely to open the scoring with the wind at their backs. Martin made a couple of smart saves to deny the opponents an early goal. Queen's started to come into the game a bit more midway through the half and Craig almost gave us the lead when his smart lob dipped wide. We did gain the lead on 40 minutes. A scramble in the box following Ally Dick's half blocked cross ended with Craig poking a header over the line from a couple of yards. Two goals in five minutes from our opponents however gave Calders a lead at half time, from nowhere.
The first followed a mix up between Ally Mc and Martin, the ball rolled past the prone goalkeeper after the makeshift right back failed to clear under pressure before a long ball over the top released the Calders forward to smash home number two from the edge of the area. After a number of changes at half time, we were confident of a turnaround but disaster struck within seconds and we were even further down. A pacy through ball left sub Crossers and Calum reeling and the forward nipped in to lob the ball over a stranded Kelly.
Being three one down the heads could have dropped but Queen's battled back and after Marr missed a great chance to bring us back into the game we pulled a goal back. Sean's corner was cleared to the edge to the box and Ally Dick sent an exceptional looping volley in off the bar. We continued to press forward and were level soon after from another corner. Sean's ball in found Stuart unmarked in the six yard box and he powered a header in just under the crossbar. After promising this goal since his début in September, its fair to say he was pleased. Calders' heads looked to drop and Jack and Paul both came close to giving us the lead, the opposition keeper making a brilliant save to deny our top scorer and Waugh Senior heading another pinpoint Connolly corner narrowly over.
With the wind at their backs we were doing all the pressing but remarkably Calders notched the next goal. Calum allowed the winger some space 35 yards from goal and from nowhere he unleashed a brilliant looping shot which, aided by the wind, caught Martin unawares and flew into the top corner of the net. After a great second half showing we certainly didn't deserve to lose and Sean made sure we got the draw with a late leveller. He picked the ball up twenty five yards from goal following a quick throw in by CC and fired a high shot into the top corner of the net.
Next up for Queen's is the long trip to