Goal of the Season 2019/20
It was another goal laden season for everyone’s favourite Southside amateurs (a sentiment we can convey with a full chest following QPFC’s conversion into a full time, professional outfit) and while each of the 87 strikes carry the same statistical significance, there is no doubt that some have been more memorable than others.
From our excellent opening day victory over Stirling Albion, a 5-3 win where just about every goal was straight out the top drawer, we carried on in a similar vein throughout the season and there were an abundance of excellent efforts to choose from when it came to nominations for our annual Goal of the Season Award.
The standard of winner in the modern era has been incredibly high (Grant McGillivray’s 2018 strike against Celtic will live long in the memory as will Fraser Marr’s infamous half way line goal in Perth back in 2010) and when this season’s shortlist of 8 was eventually drawn up, there was absolutely no doubt that the 2020 winner would be another one which will go down in the annals of QPSFC history.
Despite the amount of choice on offer, one player who was nominated twice ended up with over 80% of all votes cast, and anyone who witnessed the goal in question will not be surprised to see who has emerged victorious.
Our congratulations go to midfield dynamo ROSS DUNBAR on a well deserved success. His early season goal against Alloa, a rising 25 yard effort which kissed the crossbar on the way in, was a firm favourite of the electorate, but it was his humdinger of a strike on the 15th February against Airdrieonians which deservedly won the honour.
The wind was swirling around the 4G pitch at Caldervale High School and despite a stand out performance from the Airdrie keeper, we had managed to take a 2-1 lead thanks to goals from Darren Dunsmore and young Lewis Hawthorn.
The game was very much still in the balance as the clock ticked over the hour mark, and up stepped QP’s very own Bryan Robson to seal the three points with a trademark howitzer. Picking the ball up around 35 yards out, Ross took one touch to set himself before blasting the ball over the bewildered Airdrie netminder. A truly excellent goal and one which absolutely deserves to be recognised with such an award.
We went on to win 4-1 that day, a late strike from Pool the icing on the cake, but it was RD’s thunderbolt which put us in a position of comfort to bring home the points.
It would be remiss not to include honourable mentions to the 6 other goals which managed to find themselves onto the shortlist for the season just past. These were:
● Andrew Mackenzie’s finessed effort vs Stirling Albion in
our 5-3 win.
● Club captain Derek Muir’s classy chip later on in the same game.
● Allan Lennox’s mazy run and finish in a 4-2 loss to Alloa, a goal which defied belief due to the amount of booze shovelled back the night before.
● Adam Ellsworth’s double nomination for fine goals against Motherwell in the IFA Cup and Dumbarton in a thumping home victory.
● And Deadly Davie Pool’s sexy strike against the Jam Tarts
However, all our congratulations go to Ross on the award, and we look forward to seeing a return of these trademark efforts from the midfield maestro when season 2020/21 finally gets underway.