A Smart Osadolor hat-trick secured all three points against Raith Rovers in the SPFL Reserve League Two game at Lesser Hampden on Wednesday night.
It was a superb night for football in the shadow of the National Stadium. Cool, dry with little wind.
Queen’s started the game lively, dominating possession and controlling the midfield.
Raith Rovers responded and fought their way back in to the game.
The first twenty minutes both sides fought for control. Both had chances but Queen’s perhaps just edged in front.
In the 31st minute young Kiernan McDougall, in goals for Queen’s, pulled off a point blank save from a Raith header inside the six yard box.
Five minutes later Queen’s opened the scoring. Superb play wide right by Ali Miller beating two defenders before cutting in and delivering a superb cross into the Raith box. Smart Osodolor stepped onto the cross and fired the ball away from the keeper into the far corner of the net.
In the 40th minute Queen’s should have doubled their lead when Luke McCall hit the bar from 12 yards out.
Half-time: Queen’s Park 1 Raith Rovers 0
Straight from the kick off Raith pushed up and had a chance to score only to be denied by Anthony McGuire.
In the 48th minute Queen’s added a second. In a similar move to the first goal Adam Martin raced down the right wing and crossed the ball into the Raith six yard box for Smart Osadolor to hit the ball into the net.
In the 63rd minute Raith Rovers pulled one back. From a free kick wide on the right the ball was driven diagonally into the Queen’s box. The ball was headed back across the six yard box and knocked into the net at the far post by the Raith Rovers forward.
Adam Martin was causing the Raith defence a lot of problems with his fast direct running with the ball.
In the 72nd minute Queen’s got a penalty when Luke McCall was upended inside the Raith Box. Smart Osadolor hit the penalty low to the keeper’s left to take the score to 3-1 for the Strollers.
In the 76th minute Queen’s replaced Smart Osadolor with Aaron Black.
Five minutes later Queen’s substituted Anthony McGuire and Ali Miller with Nick McAlistair and Aaron Mooney.
In the final minute of the game Queen’s made the score 4-1. A long clearance by Kieran McDougall was played through to Aaron Black who chipped the advancing Raith keeper .
Full-time: Queen’s Park 4 Raith Rovers 1
Queen’s Park: Kieran McDougall, Luke McCall, Cammy Dickson, Anthony McGuire (81mins Nick McAlister), Lewis Magee, Gregor Fotheringham, Adam Martin, Declan Walsh, Smart Osadolor (76mins Aaron Black), Ronan Mclaughlin, Ali Miller (81mins Aaron Mooney)
Subs: Ross Gibson