Queen’s Park 5 Morton 1

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A hat trick by Liam McLeish and goals from Chris Mahon and Luke Lickrish win the game against Morton, at Toryglen, on Friday night.

Queen’s made three changes from last week’s game against Ross County. Out go: Ross, Howe and Fairlie, replaced by: Lind, Scott and Mahon.

Queen’s started well on the front foot against a strong Morton side.  

13 mins in, Chris Mahon rattled the bar from a volley 20 yards out. 

Just after the 20 min mark, Queen’s took the lead through a stunning Liam McLeish strike.   Fully 30 yards out Liam smashed the ball into the Morton keeper’s top right hand corner. 

Morton immediately fought back and thought they had an equaliser but for the finger tips of Reece Beveridge who somehow managed to turn a curling shot onto his right post. 

This save proved pivotal as the young Spiders extended their lead just after the half hour mark. 

Great link up play between Liam McLeish and Chris Mahon saw the latter play the ball through to Liam, who’s initial shot the Morton keeper saved, but Liam was on hand to smash his own rebound home.

Three mins later the roles reversed with Liam playing a slide rule pass down the left for Chris to pass home under the advancing keeper.

Morton did get one back.  Their left winger volleying a great shot across Reece Beverage into the bottom left corner.

Queen’s added a fourth just before half time.

Good work down the left resulted in am outstanding delivery from Cameron Bruce for the in coming Timam Scott, who swivelled and shot past the keeper.

The second half continued in a similar fashion to the first with Queen’s creating quite a few chances.

Queen’s again cracked the cross bar from a move starting with the Reece Beverage in goal.   The young Spiders worked the ball out from the back and across to Luke Lickrish on the right.  Luke cut in, onto his weaker left foot, and let fly from 25 yards only with the bar coming to Morton’s rescue.

It took till the 80th minute for Queen’s final goal. 

Lucas McCormick won a penalty, with Liam McLeish stepping up to complete his hat trick stucking it top left corner.

Coach Charley King said: “It was a much better performance from the boys.  We created a lot of chances again, but it was more pleasing that we took them.  The result and performance gives us confidence going into next week’s game with Dundee in the youth cup”

Queen’s Park: Beverage, Thomson, Bruce, Graham, Reid, McQuaid, Lind, McLeish, Scott, Mahon, McCormick. Subs: Lickrish, Howe, McDowell, Ross, Russell.

Previous Games

St Mirren 4 Queen’s Park 3
Fife Elite 2 Queen’s Park 3
Queen’s Park 5 Dundee 0
Ayr United 0 Queen’s Park 1
Morton 1 Queen’s Park 3
Kilmarnock 0 Queen’s Park 6
Queen’s Park 3 St Johnstone 1
Partick Thistle 0 Queen’s Park 4
Inverness CT 1 Queen’s Park 2
St Mirren 0 Queen’s Park 3
Queen’s Park 2 Motherwell 1
Queen’s Park 0 Fife Elite 1
Dundee 0 Queen’s Park 0
Queen’s Park 3 Ross County 1

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