QP miss top spot

An­nan deny Spi­ders

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

Queen’s Park failed to find the win against An­nan that would have helped them climb to the top of the SPFL League Two ta­ble.

Gus MacPher­son’s side were among seven teams sep­a­rated by just three points at the start of Satur­day af­ter­noon’s matches.

The Spi­ders made two changes to the side that de­feated El­gin in the Petro­fac Train­ing Cup last week­end as David Galt and John Carter gave way to Joe Bradley and Sean Burns.

Queen’s started brightly, en­joy­ing plenty of pos­ses­sion but it was the home side who pro­duced the first real threat af­ter eight min­utes. Todd turned McGeever neatly at the edge of the box and got a shot away but cleared the bar.

Both An­nan and Queen’s Park made an early sub­sti­tu­tion af­ter Wat­son and Dug­gan pulled their ham­strings in the open­ing 20 min­utes.

On 31 min­utes, Queen’s Burns did well to win the ball and drive for­ward be­fore feed­ing McKer­non. He took a cou­ple of strides and then let fly from 30 yards but it came back off the wrong side of the wood­work with keeper Hart nowhere in sight.

Five min­utes later, An­nan’s Isado­lor, who had been a threat through­out the firsthalf, pun­ished the away side. It was all too easy for An­nan as one ball from Flynn cut the defence apart and the striker gal­loped into the space to fire past Muir.

The league leader’s at­tack­ing in­tent paid off four min­utes from the break as a cor­ner on the right was whipped in to­wards the near post and Weather­son re­acted the quick­est to flick the ball into the net.

Pre­cious lit­tle hap­pened un­til 25 min­utes af­ter the in­ter­val. Queen’s found them­selves back in the game when Bradley let fly with a long dis­tance strike. Again, the wood­work de­nied the Spi­ders, but this time the re­bound was back into the penalty box where Woods twisted ac­ro­bat­i­cally to vol­ley home.

With 15 min­utes left, Queen’s McEl­roy fed Ral­ston who laid the ball off to Bradley but his shot went just over.

Queen’s were des­per­ate to get for­ward, and were pun­ished with vir­tu­ally the last kick of the ball. Ral­ston tried to clear but and the young­ster tried to hook it but gave the ball to McColm. His shot was saved but Todd was on hand to net.

Chal­lenge Sean Burns in ac­tion for Queen’s Park on Satur­day

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