Keena dou­ble lifts Spi­ders off bot­tom

On-loan teenager se­cures vic­tory for Queen’s

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports Update -

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.”

Off to a flyer

Back to win­ning ways Gus MacPher­son

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