Queens 1 Livingston 0
It was a fine afternoon for football as I arrived at Palmerston today just after 2.15pm. A good pitch, little wind,two
teams looking for a first league win of the season and a cool late Summer afternoon were the perfect ingredients for
a decent game of first division football. After four defeats on the road Queens were under a bit of pressure to give the home
faithfull something to cheer about now that they were back at Palmerston.
During the week Manager Gordon Chisholm had announced that he had told loyal Queens servant Andy Aitken that he was surplus
to requirements and that he would be released to seek another club before the transfer window closed at the end of the Month.
This was not popular amongst the Queens support and Andy who was on the bench today had the Portland road end
chanting " Theres only one Andy Aitken......." on a few occasions during the game. For all the doubters and I was one
of them I was not convinced that J.T and J.L were the best answer for our central defensive pairing but today
they both put in solid displays and were more than capable of halting the Livi attack. In the air they were both excellent
and never lost a header all day and on the ground (except for a couple of wayward clearances) never put a foot wrong. I was
I was pleased when I was handed a team sheet and saw todays lineup ( should that be line-up) ?
Jamie MacDonald in goals after a fine performance for the Scotland U21 side the other night with a back four of
Jamie McQuilken on the right with Jim Thomson and Jim Lauchlan the central defensive pairing and young Bob Harris on the left.
In the middle we had Neil MacFarlane and Neil Scally with Paul Burns on the right and Stevie Tosh on the left and up front
our top pairing of Sean and Dobbs.
As I took my seat at the back of the main stand I thought that Chis had got his lineup pretty much as I would have put
it and I was confident that we could get a result against Mark Proctors side.
It was a very slow start and both teams seemed to take ages to settle. It was scrappy with very little good passing football
on display .
Livi had a few moments early on and good play by Hamill saw Jim Thomson concede for a corner before Dobbie at the other
end had a shot just wide but the flag was up anyway.
The first 10 minutes saw Livi play some decent football but Queens began to grow in confidence and Dobbie had a chance
when he was through on the Livi keeper but the big Polish stopper made a fine save. A nice flick from Stephen Dobbie
put Sean O'Connor through but the flag was up and another chance went past.
Paul Burns was looking lively and after 14 mins good work by him on the right saw him feed the ball to Dobbie who put
a ball across the danger area which was a bit deep for Tosh but he twisted and turned before seeing his effort deflected for
a goal kick.
Dobbie then had a shot just wide before at the other end Dorrans shot over after creating a bit of space for himself..
On the 20 minute mark it looked like Queens would take the lead but the Livi keeper made two fine saves from Dobbie following
good work between him and Sean. Marius Liberda the Livi keeper was certainly impressive and if it was not for him his side
would have been dead and buried. The 6ft7in keeper certainly seems to be a good signing for Livi. Probably the third best
keeper in the league after Jamie and Stephen at Queens !
I was very impressed by Paul Burns today and his general play ,vision and passing was excellent. Keep it up Burnsy and
during the middle periods of the first 45 he was outstanding.
After 25 minutes Queens won a corner following good work by Harris and the ball came back out to Thomson
and his ball back into the danger area saw a header by Scally held by Liberda in the Livi goal. As the half hour mark approached
good work on the right by Sean saw the ball through to Dobbs but his shot was well saved by Liberda for a corner.
Livi then began to play a bit of football and take the ball towards Queens but never really threatened. Liam Fox who
looked the most lively Livy player had a low shot from distance go past Jamies right hand post but Queens never looked
under any real pressure.
Stevie Tosh was starting show a few signs of what he can really do and on 42 mins he played a great ball through to Dobbie
and as the striker closed in on the Livi goal being chased by two defenders he shot wide.
As half time approached Queens nearly broke the deadlock when firstly Paul Burns squandered a half chance then Sean O'Connor
unmarked in the 6yd box blasted well over the top when the goal looked at his mercy ! The last action of the period
saw a McQuilken free kick floated into the box and Sean heading over.
It was a decent first period from Queens when we certainly created the best chances and should really have been
The second 45 started with Queens attacking the Portland road end with the same eleven players on the park. Livi brought
on Stevie Craig for the ineffective Lee Matthews and they made quite a bright start but with no cutting edge.
Dave Mackay was booked after 49 mins for a foul on Sean O'Connor on the half way line and from the free kick Dobbs found
space on the edge of the box but he and Sean got in each others way and a chance went a begging !
There was then a few minutes delay as injuries to MacFarlane and Hamill needed attention.
Palmerston then errupted as Queens took the lead following excellent play from Paul Burns as he found Tosh
who played the ball to Neil Scally whose shot took a slight deflection and trundled past the Livi keeper. On chances
created it was no more than we deserved. It then followed an unfortunate injury to a Livi player who was stretchered
off so lets hope its not serious. They then brought on Thomas Pesir and Stevie Weir but it was Queens who next threatened
when Sean made space in the area but tried to beat the keeper when a square ball to Dobbie might have been a better option.
Livi came forward and a good ball across goal from Craig was cleared at the back post by Jamie McQuilken for a
corner which was well held by Jamie.Mac D in the Queens goal.
My man of the match Paul Burns then had a chance when he shot high and wide before the ball went to the other end
after 65 mins and Livi had their best chance of the day but their striker poked the ball wide when it looked easier to score.
Queens were playing some nice football and Burns ,Scally,MacFarlane and Tosh were dominating the midde of the park.
The game then entered the final ten minutes and Livingston began to put a little pressure on the Queens goal but Chis replaced
Tosh and Dobbie with Bigham and Mole to try and freshen the tiring legs up a little bit. A couple of minutes later John
O'Neill came on for the hard working Neil MacFarlane and shortly after Jamie Mole seen a fine shot parried by Marius Liberda.
Stevie Craig then got a well earned Yellow card for persistant fouling as the game edged into injury time. All i can
say to Mike Tumilty is get a proper mountaineering watch as NO WAY WAS THERE 5 MINS STOPPAGE TIME IN THAT GAME !!!!
I was pleased with what I saw today....no failures..good performance........cant argue with JT & JL
Well done Queens and I felt happy as I got into the car to drive up to Perthshire for a few days. I wont be home to get
to Morton next week but I do feel confident that we are more than capable of finishing in the top half of this league.