Spi­ders lose at home

Rutherglen Reformer - - Football -

Queen’s Park ........ 0 Ar­broath ............... 2 Queen’s Park suf­fered their first de­feat of the sea­son af­ter fall­ing 2-0 to Ar­broath at New Broom­field.

Coach Gus McPher­son had al­most a full squad avail­able for Ar­broath’s visit, with David McWil­liams the only ab­sen­tee with a knee in­jury that has so far de­layed his de­but.

And Queen’s could have been pun­ished for sloppy de­fend­ing at a cor­ner shortly af­ter the whis­tle, leav­ing two Ar­broath play­ers free, but McBride’s at­tempted cross was blocked.

It was pretty dis­jointed stuff 20 min­utes in, from both sides, with the game cry­ing out for a bit of com­po­sure.

It took this long time for ei­ther side to man­age a shot at goal, McBride’s strong left foot cross be­ing headed wide by Buchan. Queen’s had yet to bother Craw­ford.

Queen’s al­most broke the dead­lock in 36 min­utes Woods and Fraser com­bined on the edge of the box and the winger fin­ished it off with a shot which was too straight and Craw­ford took it low down.

QP had the ball in the net a few min­utes be­fore the break.

Miller swung over a good outswing­ing cross from un­der the main stand, Fraser met it at the far post to tap in, and the stand­side lines­man had his flag up for off­side.

At half-time the two sides were level at 0-0.

Hes­i­ta­tion by Woods al­most proved fa­tal for Queen’s when McManus picked up the ball and fired a shot wide, and then Gib­son did well to head clear un­der pres­sure from sub Mur­ray.

Queen’s sent on McEl­roy for Fraser but Ar­broath took the lead in 69 min­utes with a bizarre goal.

A cor­ner from the left was cleared out, but when it was chipped back in the Queen’s de­fence couldn’t clear it cleanly and McBride knew noth­ing about the ball strik­ing his foot and drib­bling slowly over the line.

Ar­broath made it 2-0 right on 90 min­utes.

Linn was al­lowed to run 40 yards un­chal­lenged, he found McBride wide left, and when the low cross came in Smith side­footed a shot low be­hind Muir.

Stal­wart

The Spi­ders’ Tony Quinn

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