Queen’s han­dle pres­sure

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

Ri­vals Queen’s Park and Clyde clashed at Broad­wood on Satur­day in an en­ter­tain­ing en­counter with QP com­ing out on top.

Barry Fer­gu­son made one change to his team fol­low­ing last week’s win at Stir­ling, with David Marsh re­plac­ing Hugh Mur­ray in mid­field.

And Gus started Tony Ral­ston and Ryan McGeever in place of Conor McVey and James Baty, while Sean Burns re­turned at left back, with Scott Gib­son drop­ping to the bench.

Clyde started the match strongly and took the game to QP, win­ning three corners in the open­ing three min­utes.

And soon af­ter Chris Smith had a header which was cleared off the line and Archie Camp­bell couldn’t find the tar­get from in­side the box when teed up by David Gormley.

The Spi­ders brought Clyde keeper John Gib­son into ac­tion af­ter 17 min­utes with a shot from Billy Mor­timer, which the goalie dealt with easily.

Queen’s could have taken the lead on 25 min­utes af­ter Ral­ston put in a cross which Craig McLeish headed too close to the keeper to cause any prob­lems.

There were few other in­ci­dents of note in the first half.

In the sec­ond pe­riod how­ever, Queen’s came more and more into the game and took the lead on 52 min­utes.

A Ral­ston cross was cleared by the home de­fence with the ball land­ing to Jamie McKer­non.

He pro­duced a ter­rific 25-yard strike to beat the keeper and give his side the lead.

And just over 10 min­utes later, the visi­tors dou­bled their lead. John Carter fed the ball down the left to Joe Bradley who pro­duced a lovely cut back for Paul Woods to fire home.

With 25 min­utes to go, Queen’s looked far more as­sured than Clyde and dealt with at­tacks com­ing from the Bully Wee with much more com­fort than in the first half.

Clyde should have per­haps came back in to it on 70 min­utes.

Brian McQueen was given a lot of space in the box as a cor­ner was whipped in but his ef­fort was way off tar­get.

Carter had a chance to se­cure the vic­tory for Queen’s on 77 min­utes as he was put through on goal, but was de­nied by Gib­son’s trail­ing leg.

Deep into in­jury time, Clyde blew their fi­nal chance of a con­so­la­tion prize when Bolo­choweckyj headed over from a de­cent po­si­tion and QP took the points. Clyde: Gib­son, Mitchell (McQueen 69), Bolo­choweckyj, Marsh, Lin­ton, McLaugh­lin, Smith, Gormley, Bris­bane (Fer­gu­son 61), Higgins, Camp­bell. Queen’s Park: Muir, Ral­ston, McGeever, Whar­ton, Burns, Woods ,Berry, McKer­non, McLeish, Mor­timer (Carter 63), Bradley (Baty 74).

Tus­sle QP’s Ral­ston and Clyde’s Bris­bane

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