Young Queen’s Park were up against a strong and experienced FC Edinburgh team today at Lochinch and it showed. FC Edinburgh controlled the game right from the kick off. Queen’s were finding it hard to get out of their half in the opening ten minutes.
Callan McKenna had to look lively to push a shot away for a corner in the 11th minute.
Queen’s did begin to get more of the ball and in the 22nd minute a great through ball saw Lennon Connolly through on goal. Unfortunately for Lennon the City keeper blocked his shot.
This attack fired the young Spiders and Aaron Healy began to get more of the ball and cause the FC Edinburgh defence problems down the left wing. Queen’s passing through the middle was excellent, it was just that final pass that was missing.
In the 35th minute FC Edinburgh opened the scoring. A long clearance by their keeper was picked up in midfield and a series of quick passes allowed their striker to hit a superb shot past Callan McKenna into the corner of the net from 18 yards out.
Queen’s pushed to get back on level terms but the well organised FC Edinburgh defence restricted Queen’s to long range efforts.
In the 37th minute Lewis Reid beat three players before playing the ball to Calum Biggar who took one touch and fired in a shot from the edge of the box. Unfortunately the ball sailed high over the bar.
Five minutes from half time FC Edinburgh increased their lead. A corner on the left was hit into the Queen’s six yard box. The ball evaded all defenders and the FC Edinburgh player had the simple task of tapping the ball home at the back post.
Half-time: Queen’s Park 0 FC Edinburgh 2
Queen’s certainly upped their tempo at the start of the second half and took the game to FC Edinburgh.
In the 52nd minute great play by Lennon Connolly who played the ball wide to Joseph Smith. Joyo beat his marker and delivered a great ball into the FC Edinburgh box. The ball was header out to Calum Biggar just inside the box. Calum had a shot but the ball went past the post.
In the 60th minute Scott Williamson had the ball in the net but the assistant referee’s flag was raised for offside.
A minute later Aaron Healy broke through the defence and fired in a shot which was comfortably held by the FC Edinburgh keeper.
Another minute later Lennon Connolly intercepted the ball and played a great through pass for Scott Williamson to run onto. Scott shot but his effort missed the far post.
Queen’s were certainly getting closer.
In the 62nd minute Queen’s made their first substitution of the game replacing Liam McLeish with Alex Fairlie.
In the 64th minute Queen’s had a chance again. Calum Biggar played the ball through to Scott Williamson who shot but the FC Edinburgh keeper brought off a fine save.
In the 70th minute Joseph Smith was replaced by Zach Mauchin.
Two minutes later a superb run by Aaron Healy down the left wing saw the ball cut into Scott Williamson. Scott hit the ball first time but his effort just missed the near post.
In the 81st minute Scott Williamson was replaced by Lucas McCormick.
A minute later Alex Fairlie was through on goal but yet again another fine save by the FC Edinburgh keeper.
Five minutes from time Queen’s made a triple substitution replacing Alex Cannon, Calum Biggar and Aaron Healy with Kane Thomson, Liam McQuaid and Timam Scott.
Full-time: Queen’s Park 0 FC Edinburgh 2
Queen’s Park: Callan McKenna, Joseph Smith (Zach Mauchin 70′), Alex Bannon (Kane Thomson 85′), Lewis Reid, Cameron Bruce, Andrew Lind, Lennon Connolly, Calum Biggar (Liam mcQuaid 85′), Liam McLeish (Alex Fairlie 62′), Aaron Healy (Timam Scott 85′), Scott Williamson (Lucas McCormick 81′).
Subs: All used