St Mirren 1 Young Queen’s Park 2

Goals in the first half by Jason Naismith and Lewis Moore, yesterday against St Mirren, ensured Young Queen's Park finished their pre-season on a high.

As with previous games the Spiders side included a mix of first team and development players with Josh McPake, Louis Longridge, Liam Brown, Lewis Moore and Jason Naismith all starting.

Queen’s started the game strongly, moving the ball around the lush St Mirren pitch with confidence. Josh McPake and Cammy Bruce were getting space on the wings to test the full backs.

Four minutes into the game Queen’s opened the scoring. After a move involving four Spiders players, Josh McPake drove into the St Mirren box and won a corner. From the resultant corner, JASON NAISMITH rose above his marker to head the ball into the net from 12 yards out.

Jason Naismith heads Queen's into the lead

St Mirren immediately replied with a fast break resulting in a shot which Jacques Heraghty comfortably held.

After a period of sustained pressure from the Buddies, Queen’s regained the upper hand. Louis Longridge and Josh McPake were combining well in midfield to open up the Paisley defence with Cammy Bruce and Lewis Moore seeing a lot of the ball.

In the 22nd minute Queen’s added a second goal. Queen’s won possession from a St Mirren throw-in on the right and the ball was moved across the park to LEWIS MOORE on the left. Lewis beat a defender, stepped inside, and fired a superb strike into the far corner of the net from 17 yards out.

Lewis Moore makes the score 2-0 to the Spiders

The game continued to be played at a pace with neither side really testing either keeper. Lian Brown and Louis Longridge were combining well to bring Lewis Moore into the game. Lewis was giving the St Mirren defence problems with his very pacy direct running with the ball.

Half time: St Mirren 0 Young Queen’s Park 2

Queen’s started the second half with intensity. Three minutes in, Louis Longridge played a superb ball behind the full back for Josh McPake to run onto. Josh gathered the ball, beat the defender and hit a great strike which looked goal bound until the St Mirren keeper pulled off a great save to deny Josh.

In the 63rd minute St Mirren pulled one back. From a free kick wide left the ball was played deep into the Queen’s box. The ball was headed back across goal, the St Mirren number 9 headed home from close range.

St Mirren pull a goal back

Queen’s made their first substitution of the game in the 69th minute replacing Naismith and Moore with Reid and Nicol.

Although St Mirren were pressing for an equaliser, Queen’s continued to test the Paisley defence. Josh McPake in particular was enjoying space on the right wing to run at defenders.

In the final quarter of the game Queen’s replaced the rest of the starting eleven finishing the game with a completely different team from the one that started the game.

In the 76th minute Liam McLeish created a good scoring chance when he beat a defender to the bye line. Liam cut the ball back to Liam McQuaid who’s shot from the edge of the box narrowly missed the bar.

After sustaining a lot of pressure from the St Mirren side, the young Spiders fought their way back into the game and dominated the final five minutes of the game.

Full time: St Mirren 1 Young Queen’s Park 2

Queen’s Park: Heraghty, Trialist, Naismith, Bannon, Bruce, McPake, Brown, Longridge, Moore, Jarrett, Connolly.

Subs: McKenna, Fairlie, Graham, Nicol, Russell, Mauchin, Thomson, McQuaid, Reid, Lind, Mcleish, McCormick

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