Queen’s 20s continued their fine form with a convincing 2-1 victory over Ayr United on Wednesday night at Lesser Hampden.
Two outstanding strikes from Dominic Docherty, one in each half, were enough to win all three points and continue the young Spiders winning run in the SPFL Development League West.
A dry but cool night greeted the two teams onto the hugh Lesser Hampden pitch.
Queen’s started well taking the game to Ayr. However in 5 minutes it was the visitors who opened the scoring. A long ball was played down the right and delivered into the Queen’s penalty box. The Ayr number 10 took advantage of a poor clearance by the Queen’s defence to fire a shot across the goal and into the far corner of the net.
That goal boosted the young Ayr side and they dominated the midfield for the next 15 minutes. They knocked the ball about well, trying to get behind the Queen’s defence.
In the 23rd minute Queen’s were level. Luke Donnelly was brought down 20 yards out. Queen’s were awarded a free kick. Dominic Docherty stepped forward and placed an unstoppable shot into the top right corner of the net. An excellent goal.
The rest of the half both teams fought to dominate play. Queen’s pushed forward in numbers causing problems in the Ayr defence. Ayr continued to cause danger especially in fast breaks.
In the 32nd minute Michale White pulled off a superb save diving high to push an Ayr shot over the bar.
Half time: Queen’s Park 1 Ayr United 1
The second half started much like the first half finished with Queen’s controlling most of the game although Ayr were well organised denying the young Spiders any room or time on the ball.
In the 59th minute Queen’s made their first substitution replacing Luke Donnelly with Joseph Manderson.
Four minutes later Queen’s replaced Andy Henderson with Ali Miller.
Both subs made an immediate impact with Queen’s managing to get behind the Ayr defence and deliver some fine crosses into the Ayr box.
In the 77th minute Queen’s took the lead and it was that man Dominic Docherty again. Dominic picked the ball up 40 yards out and drove at the Ayr defence. Once he reached just outside the penalty box he fired a rasper of a shot into the far corner of the net. Another brilliant strike by Dominic.
On minute later Queen’s made their final substitution of the evening. Calvin McGrory replaced by Andy McGlaughlin.
The final 10 minutes of the game saw some frantic action. Ayr were desperate to get back into the game, Queen’s equally desperate not to let them.
Queen’s were forced to play the final few minutes of the match when Ewan MacPherson was forced to leave the field of play with what looked like a bad ankle knock.
Full time: Queen’s Park 2 Ayr United 1
Queen’s Park: Michael White, Ross McDonald, Scott Gibson, Andrew Henderson (63mins Ali Miller), Lewis Macgee, Anton Houghton, Luke Whelan, Dominic Docherty, Ewan MacPherson, Luke Donnelly (59mins Jo Manderson), Calvin McGrory.
Subs: Daniel Crawley, Andrew McGlaughlin, Owen Stott.