Goals, early in the first half, by Ali Miller and Joseph Manderson secured all three points against a purposeful Stranraer side last night at Lesser Hampden.
The forecast was for rain and high winds and it certainly did not disappoint. Stranraer kicked off with a strong breeze in their favour and rain beginning to fall.
Somewhat against the run of play Queen’s took the lead in the 7th minute. Ali Miller took advantage of indecision in the Stranraer defence to nick the ball and stroke it into the empty net.
Four minutes later Ronan McLaughlin had a good chance to increase Queen’s lead when he had a shot from eight yards out. Unfortunately for Ronan it missed the target.
The game was now being played in pretty wild conditions. Driving rain and strong gusts were making playing football really difficult.
Stranraer got a chance to equalise when a poor pass back was intercepted by the Stranraer forward. Luckily for Queen’s Owen Stott came to the rescue.
In the 24th minute Queen’s doubled their lead. From a corner on the left Calvin McGrory played in a cross for Joseph Manderson to latch onto and fire the ball past the keeper into the net.
Stranraer continued to press but the Queen’s defence stood firm. In turn the Queen’s midfield and forwards were now finding space behind the Stranraer defence and were starting to find holes.
Ali Miller on the left, in particular, was using his speed and direct running to his advantage.
Stranraer had the ball in the net in the 33rd minute but the assistant referee flagged for offside.
Half time: Queen’s Park 2 Stranraer 0
Queen’s started the second half determined. In the first few minuted Joseph Manderson had a chance when he was through one on one with the keeper. Joseph chipped the keeper but failed to find the net.
In the 62nd minute Queen’s made their first substitution replacing Calvin McGrory with Declan Walsh.
Stranraer had a sustained period of pressure. Queen’s sat deep and it took some last minute blocking to prevent them scoring.
In the 67th minute Queen’s made a double substitution replacing Owen Stott with Elliot Anderson and Aaron Mooney with Aaron Black.
A minute from time Stranraer got rewarded for their sustained pressure. From a corner on the left the Stranraer number 14 forced the ball over the line.
Full time: Queen’s Park 2 Stranraer 1
Queen’s Park: Owen Stott (Elliot Anderson 67mins), James Grant, Cameron Dickson, Anthony McGuire, Luke McCall, Andrew McLaughlin, Aaron Mooney (Aaron Black 67mins), Calvin McGrory (Declan Walsh 62mins), Joseph Manderson, Ronan Mclaughlin, Alistair Miller.