Opening day loss for Spiders
Early chances but Arbroath landed the first goal
Queen’s Park failed to get off to a positive start in their first league meeting of the season as a spirited Arbroath side sent them home with nothing.
Manager Gus MacPherson made three changes to the starting 11 that beat Berwick in their last outing. Out went Michael Bailey, David Green and Ewan MacPherson and in came Adam Cummins, Sean Burns and Conor McVey.
It was the home side who got the proceedings underway as Dominic Docherty fouled Omar Kader 25 yards from goal. Danny Denholm stepped up and much to the delight of the travelling Spiders fans, curled the free kick wide.
Arbroath had two more chances soon after to take the lead. From their first corner of the match Steven Doris saw a goalbound header blocked by Bryan Wharton before ex-Spider Ricky Little saw his 25-yarder go wide.
But it was on the 23rd minute that the home side had their first effort on target,the lively Kader cut in from the right and fired a powerful shot on target, thankfully for Queen’s it was straight at William Muir.
Queen’s were given another warning when in the 33rd minute Doris had the best chance of the game. Having been played in by Kader, the striker fired a low effort just the wrong side of Muir’s left-hand post. It showed again that the home side posed a real threat in attack and just minutes later they made that threat count. With 37 minutes on the clock Hamilton knocked a high ball into the Spiders box. Denholm took a swipe on the turn, making contact but not getting the shot away. He was then quickest to react to his own missed effort and he knocked it past Muir from close range to put the home side ahead. The Red Lichties continued their search for a second goal in the second half and had chances through Denholm, who saw a low effort saved by Muir and then Doris who headed wide after getting on the end of a Bobby Linn cross. At the other end, as the Spiders continued their hunt for an equaliser, the first substitution of the match was made, with Adam Cummins making way for Christopher Duff. However before the substitute had any chance to get involved in the game the home side doubled their lead. Doris got the better of Millen on the right and the striker raced forward, fired in a low cross which fell perfectly for Blair Yule who found the back of the net with a powerful effort from 10 yards.
The home side took a huge amount of confidence from the second goal and with the Spiders looking somewhat out of sorts, immediately went in search of a third and both Linn and Kader missed chances.
The final 10 minutes of the match saw the Spiders create a number of chances as David Green, David Galt and Dominic Docherty went close but Arbroath saw the game out with relative ease.
MacPherson said: “It’s an old cliche but the first goal is absolutely crucial in football.
“We lost it and our heads went down against a very talented Arbroath side.”
Eye on the ball Arbroath’s Steven Doris (L) in action against Kevin Green
Point out the positives Queen’s Park boss Gus MacPherson