It was a freezing cold night for football on Friday night as the young Spiders welcomed Kilmarnock to Lochinch for the CAS Performance league game.
After sustaining Kilmarnock pressure in the opening minutes of the game, Queen’s started to settle into the game. In the sixth minute Jojo Smith had a great run right through the Killie midfield.
In the 16th minute Kilmarnock came close to opening the scoring. Following a break down the right and good inter-passing between Kilmarnock’s 6 and 9, the Killie number 9 has a shot which narrowly missed the far post.
Kilmarnock continued to play a very high line in an attempt to prevent Queen’s moving the ball around the pitch in their build up. Killie did create a number of chances but the Queen’s defence stood firm.
In the 27th minute a Queen’s defender was red carded for dissent leaving the Spiders with 10 players for the rest of the game.
Two minutes later Kilmarnock had the ball in the net. From a corner on the right, their number 2 had a shot, which Callan McKenna parried. Killie’s number 11 knocked the loose ball into the net but was pulled up for off-side.
Half-time: Queen’s Park 0 Kilmarnock 0
One minute into the second half Kilmarnock opened the scoring. From an attack down the right the ball is moved to their number 9 who makes no mistake from 12 yards out.
Four minutes later Queen’s equalised. A corner on the right initially is played into the Killie six yard box, half cleared and Liam McVey, at the edge of the box, half-volleyed the ball into the roof of the net. A superb strike.
Another four minutes later and Kilmarnock were back in front. An attack down the left results in the ball being played to their number nine. He cut inside and, from an acute angle, smashed the ball into the far corner of the net.
In the 64th minute Queen’s equalised. Timam Scott was pulled down at the edge of the box. The free kick was hit into the Killie six yard box and deflected by a defender past the keeper into the net
In the 74th minute Killie were back in the lead once again. From an attack down the left the ball is played diagonally to their number 10, who slotted the ball across the advancing Callan McKenna into the far corner of the net.
Queen’s tried hard to get an equaliser in the final period of the game, but just couldn’t find a way through the well organised Kilmarnock defence.
Full-time: Queen’s Park 2 Kilmarnock 3
Queen’s Park: Callan McKenna, Jojo Smith, Michale Collie, Daryll Carrick, Joe Cassidy, Liam McVey, Timam Scott, Ross McLean, Josh Howe, Jamie Bradley, Dom Brady.
Subs: Luke Lickrist, Trialist, Trialist