A bitterly cold East wind greeted the two teams to the pitch last night for the second SPFL Development League West fixture of 2017.
Both team currently have nine points from thirteen games. The last time Queen’s played Clyde, in October, the score was 4-1 to the Hampden side.
Queen’s started the game very positively, gaining possession and controlling the game. Billy Mortimer had the ball in the Clyde net in the 10th minute but was deemed offside.
Queen’s continued to dominate the opening 30 minutes. They pinned Clyde back. The strong blustery wind was challenging the accuracy of passes. The young Spiders were moving well in midfield, exploiting the width of the big pitch. Liam Brown on the left and Grant Brennan on the right were getting behind the defence and putting in some good crosses.
In the 30th minute Queen’s took the lead. A direct penetrating run by Liam Brown saw Liam play the ball to Joe Manderson at the edge of the Clyde box. Joe drove into the box and fired a low shot across the Clyde keeper into the corner of the far corner of the net. A well worked goal.
Half time: Queen’s Park 1 Clyde 0
Queen’s increases their lead straight from the kick off. Ali Miller played a long diagonal ball up to Joe Manderson. Joe stepped onto the ball, beat a defender and fired a low shot past the Clyde keeper into the net.
Clyde tried hard to get back into the game but the high tempo of the Spiders performance didn’t allow them in.
In the 66th minute Queen’s went three up. The ball was played down the right wing. Joe Manderson fired a low pass into the Clyde six yard box which Billy Mortimer stepped onto and smashed the ball into the net. Another very well worked goal.
In the 72nd minute Queen’s replaced Grant Brennan with Marcus Connolly.
In the 80th minute Queen’s made a double substitution replacing Cammy Foy and Ross McDonald with Andy Henderson and James Grant.
In the 85th minute Clyde pulled a goal back. A cross from the right was met by the Clyde number three who reacted before the Queen’s defence to slide the ball into the net.
Two minutes later Queen’s got a penalty. Ali Miller was upended inside the box. Ali took the spot kick and converted to take the lead to 4-1.
Full time: Queen’s Park 4 Clyde 1
Verdict: A comfortable victory for the young Spiders. Good midfield play and well taken goals.
Queen’s Park: Owen Stott, Grant Brennan (Marcus Connolly 72mins), Ali Miller, Cammy Foy (Andy Henderson 80mins), Lewis McGhee, Scott Gibson, Fabio Ribero, Ross McDonald (James Grant 80 mins), Billy Mortimer, Joseph Manderson, Liam Brown
Next Game: Monday 20th February | Away to Morton