We’re fit like, says happy Queen’s boss

Spi­ders grab win af­ter mid­week ex­tra time game

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

Ar­broath ............... 1 Queen’s Park ........ 2

Queen’s Park boss Gus MacPher­son praised his side’s fit­ness af­ter they won on Satur­day, de­spite play­ing a cup fix­ture that went to ex­tra time ear­lier in the week.

]The Spi­ders beat cham­pi­onship side Dum­bar­ton in the Chal­lenge Cup last Tues­day, with Joe Bradley scor­ing in ex­tra time.

And on Satur­day the Ham­p­den men kept their good form go­ing, se­cur­ing a 2-1 win against Ar­broath at Gay­field.

The Spi­ders couldn’t have started the match on Satur­day much bet­ter when, on three min­utes, Chris Dug­gan played a neat ball into the path of Paul Woods who took a touch be­fore fir­ing the ball into the net through the legs of the on­rush­ing keeper Flem­ing.

Ar­broath had a lot of the pos­ses­sion, but Queen’s looked live­lier on the break. QP dou­bled their lead just af­ter half time when Sean Burns picked up the ball and drove down the flank and then started to cut in­side.

With the crowd scream­ing for him to cut the ball back, Sean ig­nored the pleas and belted the ball into the roof of the net from a tight an­gle.

As the game drew to a close the home side man­aged a con­so­la­tion goal.

Ar­broath broke down the right, whipped in a cross – and Vi­to­ria nicked in front of the Spi­ders’ de­fence to glance a header past the help­less Muir.

Speak­ing af­ter the game, Gus said: “What was pleas­ing is the fact we went to ex­tra time with a Cham­pi­onship team on the Tues­day and still man­aged to win on the Satur­day, the play­ers have tremen­dous fit­ness.

“There’s not many teams that could go to ex­tra time mid­week and then go and win their game on the week­end. It’s tes­ta­ment to the player’s fit­ness.

“Their goal was right on the fi­nal whis­tle so we weren’t wor­ried. We scored in the first half early on and were look­ing fairly com­fort­able, the first 20 min­utes they had more pos­ses­sion but we man­aged to con­tain them well and they never re­ally threat­ened. We had some more chances, but then so did Ar­broath.

“Scor­ing early in the sec­ond half helped set­tle us – it meant Ar­broath had a lot to do to get back in to it.

“It was a great goal by Sean Burns too. We had more chances in the sec­ond, and Arbo­rath had a few, Wil­lie Muir had to make some good saves.”

On Satur­day Queen’s con­tinue their tough start to the sea­son as they take on East Fife at Ham­p­den.

East Fife fin­ished fourth last sea­son and beat El­gin 2-1 last Satur­day.

Gus added: “It’s been a dif­fi­cult start to the sea­son, no ques­tion but we have played well and got good re­sults.

“Beat­ing a cham­pi­onship side in the cup and then win­ning a league game that week­end will give us con­fi­dence. East Fife had a good re­sult against El­gin in their last league game so we know it will be tough.”

QUEEN’S PARK: Muir; Ral­ston, Burns, Berry, Gib­son, Whar­ton, Woods, McKer­non ( McLeish), Dug­gan ( Galt), Baty, Bradley (Carter).

Cel­e­bra­tion Paul Woods wheels away af­ter scor­ing

Praise Gus praised his side’s fit­ness lev­els

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