Spi­ders are now the un­der­dogs

QP all ready to take on Sten­house­muir

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors - Will Hen­shaw

Queen’s Park gaffer Gus MacPher­son says his team are well used to the un­der­dog tag as they pre­pare for tonight’s play-off fi­nal first leg against Sten­house­muir.

For the first time in five at­tempts, QP have made it past the play-off semi-fi­nal stage af­ter over­com­ing Ar­broath 3-2 on ag­gre­gate.

The QP gaffer is well aware his side will be con­sid­ered un­der­dogs as they pre­pare to take on League One side Sten­house­muir, but in­sists it’s some­thing he’s used to.

Gus said: “It’s been that way for most of the sea­son. It wasn’t un­til the lat­ter part of the sea­son be­fore teams started to recog­nise that we were a threat and some teams set them­selves up dif­fer­ently from when we played them at the start of the sea­son.

“It will be a tough game. Sten­house­muir have play­ers with Premier­ship and Cham­pi­onship ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It’s a big op­por­tu­nity. I was aware of how long it had been since we had made a play-off fi­nal be­fore the game, but we weren’t con­cern­ing our­selves with it. All we can do is per­form to the stan­dards we have done this sea­son.”

The Spi­ders made the fi­nal in dra­matic fash­ion af­ter scor­ing an ex­tra time win­ner against Ar­broath at Ham­p­den on Satur­day. The first leg had ended at 2-2, with the Spi­ders throw­ing away a two goal lead.

Gus added: “You’ve got to be re­spect­ful to Ar­broath, they are a good side. We knew it would be a tough game and their goal be­fore half time changed ev­ery­thing. They had the wind at their backs af­ter half time as well.

“If you had of­fered us a 2-2 draw be­fore that game then we would have taken it.”

How­ever Tony Quinn’s ex­tra time goal in the sec­ond leg was enough to send the side through.

Gus said: “At the time we were de­lighted to get the goal, there was a great sense of joy and re­lief. It was get­ting re­ally nervy!

“Both teams had chances dur­ing the game, so we were glad we took one of ours at such a piv­otal mo­ment.”

For the lat­est Queen’s Park news visit the club’s of­fi­cial web­site at www. queensparkfc.co.uk Queen’s Park have made it to the League One play-off fi­nal for the first time af­ter beat­ing Ar­broath 1-0 on Satur­day.

It took a good block from Pat Slat­tery in nine min­utes to stop a right foot shot from Mur­ray

On 22 min­utes Wil­lie Muir saved low down from Car­reiro

An unin­spir­ing first half came to a close with the teams locked at 0-0.

Linn should have put Ar­broath ahead in 57 min­utes and it took an ex­cel­lent save from Wil­lie Muir to deny him.

Queen’s cre­ated a chance on 64 min­utes, with Paul Woods head­ing in to the side net.

The game went to ex­tra time and on 118 min­utes from a cor­ner the Ar­broath keeper punched straight to Tony Quinn, who slammed a right foot shot in to the net.

QUEEN’S PARK: Muir, Mitchell, Quinn, Whar­ton, Burns, Berry (McVey 90), Slat­tery, Rooney (McPher­son 99), Fraser (McEl­roy 70), Woods, Carter

Cel­e­bra­tion his goal

Queen’s Park Tony Quinn (left) wheels away to cel­e­brate

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