The Strollers played Ayr United at Lesser Hampden on Wednesday night in their second Reserve League Two game of the new season.
Both sides had won their opening game, Queen’s beating East Kilbride 3-0, Ayr beating Livingston 2-1.
It was a dry but chilly night for football.
Ayr started the game brightly, pushing Queen’s back from the off. They used the width of the Lesser Hampden pitch to attempt to get behind the Queen’s defence.
Queen’s defence looked a bit shaky in the opening period with some mistakes letting the speedy Ayr forwards in but no real chances.
In the 7th minute Queen’s made their first substitution. Lewis Magee who was returning after breaking his arm was heavily tackled. Lewis couldn’t recover from the ankle knock and was replaced by Luke McCall.
In the 10th minute Ayr hit the bar. The Ayr forwards, at this stage, looked sharp and dangerous.
Three minutes later Queen’s took the lead. From a free kick wide right the ball was fired into the Ayr box. Dom McLaren, at the far post, rose to head the ball back across the keeper and into the net. A well executed goal.
In the 18th minute Queen’s doubled their lead. This time a corner on the right was delivered to the back post where Anthony McGuire headed the ball into the net.
In the 21st minute Ayr pulled a goal back. From a corner on the right the Ayr forward met the ball before the Queen’s defenders and from inside the six yard box headed the ball home.
Ayr then continued to push for an equaliser but couldn’t get behind the Queen’s defence. Queen’s gave possession away too often with long hopeful balls played behind the Ayr defence but with no-one to connect.
In the 35th minute Ayr drew level. A long diagonal ball from the left side was missed by the Queen’s defence. The ball was headed over the advancing Queen’s keeper by the Ayr forward into the empty net.
In the final minute of the half Ayr had a chance to take the lead when another mistake by the Queen’s defence allowed the Ayr forward in but his shot failed to hit the target.
Half time: Queen’s Park 2 Ayr United 2
Obviously word were exchanged in the dressing room at half time as Queen’s looked very lively right from the start of the second half.
In the 51st minute Elliot Anderson pulled off a fantastic save from almost point blank denying Ayr a certain goal.
In the 52nd minute Queen’s replaced Dom McLaren with Daniel Kindlan.
Ayr continued to push Queen’s back but couldn’t find a way through the defence.
In the 67th minute Ayr had a great chance to take the lead when their number 11 was played through. He attempted to chipthe ball into the net but missed the target.
In the 71st minute Queen’s made a triple substitution. Replacing Gregor Fotheringham, Brendan Sharpe and Ronan McLaughlin with Kieran Moore, Cammy Dickson and Declan Walsh.
In the 82nd minute Queen’s took the lead. A cracking goal by Euan East. Euan picked the ball up just outside the Ayr six yard box on the right side, beat four played including the goalie and fired the ball into the empty net. A great solo goal.
Full time: Queen’s Park 3 Ayr United 2.
Queen’s Park: Elliot Anderson, Lewis Magee (7mins Luke McCall), Ali Miller, Don McLaren (52mins Daniel Kindlan), Anthony McGuire, Ronan McLaughlin (71mins Cammy Dickson),Aaron Black, Gregor Fotheringham(71 mins Declan Walsh), Brendan Sharpe( 71mins Kieran Moore), Euan East, Andy McLaughlin