Keena double lifts Spiders off bottom
On-loan teenager secures victory for Queen’s
East Fife ................... 0 Queen’s Park ........... 2
Gus MacPherson hailed onloan teenager Aidan Keena after his double sunk East Fife.
The striker was farmed out to the Hampden Park side by Hearts and he certainly made an impact at Bayview, netting either side of the break.
The result hoisted Queen’s off the bottom of the League One table and MacPherson was quick to praise Keena for his impact.
The manager said: “He’s a good striker with a striker’s instinct.
“He’s maybe not your typical striker that’s being developed at the moment within development football because he likes to run in behind.
“So many strikers now just want to come to the ball and don’t want to stretch the game.
“Aidan is an old fashioned striker and enjoys that side of it.”
The visitors arrived at Bayview on the back of a three game losing run and keen for the points to help ease their relegation fears.
Queen’s lined up with Michael White in goals, with Ross Millen and Sean Burns flanking the central defence of Adam Cummins, Daniel Nimmo and Scott Gibson.
Conor McVey, Dominic Docherty and Anton Brady occupied the midfield, while David Galt was the support act for Keena.
It may have been a line-up designed to give Queen’s a solid defensive platform, but it very nearly provided them with the dream start at the other end. Inside the first minute, Galt was fouled and he swung in a free kick that keeper Ryan Goodfellow fumbled.
It took a desperate scramble to prevent Cummins forcing the ball over the line.
The hosts responded immediately and The Spiders had to survive some nervy moments as Adam Livingstone enjoyed a purple patch - firstly dinking in a fine cross that had to be headed away by Nimmo and then going close himself with a header from the edge of the six-yard box.
The hectic start continued with Keena bringing Goodfellow into action with his first shot of the afternoon. It was a routine save for the keeper.
Following the frantic opening five minutes, things settled down a bit until the Fifers gained momentum again around the 20-minute mark. A soft free kick was awarded and whipped in by Scott Linton as Jonathan Page’s effort was blocked.
But Queen’s went a goal up as Galt found his striking partner Keena, who had made his way along the edge of the box, with low cross.
It might have been lacking power, but Keena’s shot was placed to perfection and the home defence was powerless to keep it out.
Queen’s started the second period well and went close in the first minute.
Millen was the provider this time and his cross was headed narrowly wide by Brady.
East Fife thought they’d pulled level through a Chris Duggan header but were left frustrated when his effort was chopped off after ref Kevin Graham spotted a foul in the box.
At the other end Galt danced past Page in the box and was taken out by the defender. The foul earned him a yellow card and Queen’s a chance to kill the game.
But Cummins stepped up to blast the ball goalwards and Goodfellow guessed correctly to punch the ball away.
The failure saw a few hearts sink in the visiting support, but the players showed their resolve and continued to fight for every ball.
And with five minutes left, they got their reward with a well worked goal.
Keena picked the ball up on the edge of the box. He slipped past his marker and then curled a peach into the far corner. It was no more than the young striker deserved for a tremendous shift.
Bayview boss and Cambuslang man Darren Young cut a frustrated figure after the game.
He said: “We didn’t move the ball quick enough but still managed to create a few chances.
“But whether it was the cut back or the cross, things just never happened. “Going forward it just wasn’t there. “We went for it 3-4-3 and expected guys to get wide and put balls into the box. But we ended up mucking about too much and balls were overhit or underhit.”
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