Clean sheet at In­ver­ness

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL -

The dead­lock could not be bro­ken in the High­lands as Queens bagged an­other Cham­pi­onship clean sheet.

It was the Doon­hamers who showed early prom­ise and they had the first half chance of the game.

Gary Nay­smith’s side started brightly through Gary Harkins. The mid­fielder played the ball along the 18 yard line to Lyn­don Dykes and he kept the ball low but his shot was straight at the keeper.

Harkins and his tricky skills in­side the box were caus­ing all sorts of prob­lems for the home de­fence and Coll Don­ald­son had to be on time to clear for a corner. With Queens con­tin­u­ing to at­tack, Andy Stir­ling switched the ball wide for Jor­dan Mar­shall but the young left back’s quick de­liv­ery into the box was well blocked.

Queens kept fight­ing to re­tain pos­ses­sion and although Dob­bie and Harkins were heav­ily in­volved they could not break through the home rear­guard.

The strong wind blow­ing across the park made it dif­fi­cult for both sides but Queens’ at­tack play was lim­it­ing In­ver­ness to a few chances. For­mer Queens de­fender Shaun Rooney and Liam Pol­worth tried to cre­ate chances but failed with their de­liv­ery.

How­ever, Alan Martin was called into ac­tion when Don­ald­son’s pow­er­ful run from the back set up a chance for Tom Walsh. His sting­ing left-foot shot tested the Queens keeper but he got down well to pull off a dou­ble-handed stop.

As the game opened up and flowed from end to end, Scott Mercer mis-timed his chal­lenge leav­ing Walsh to race for­ward but he was greedy and held onto the ball long enough for Queens to re­treat and for Dykes to get back to clear for a corner.

Dob­bie turned Don­ald­son at the half way line to play the ball through for Todd and Pol­worth blasted one over the bar to leave the game with­out a goal in the first half.

Af­ter the break Queens came out de­ter­mined to open the scor­ing and Cal­lum Sem­ple came close when he headed over from a corner.

This­tle were equally as de­ter­mined to main­tain their un­beaten run and Sean Walsh hit a right-foot shot that sailed not too far over the cross­bar.

Mid­way through the half Dob­bie was brought down by Brad McKay, 30 yards from goal. With the Queens tal­is­man and Harkins stand­ing over the ball, it was Dob­bie who struck the free kick and ag­o­nis­ingly watched as it crashed back off the cross­bar with Mark Ridgers beaten.

The High­land Jags fought to take the sting out of Queens’ play in the hope they could catch them on the counter. It al­most paid off in the fi­nal min­utes as Rooney found space on the right but Sem­ple man­aged to turn the dan­ger clear for a corner.

Queens were still seek­ing the win and at the other end, Dob­bie curled a right foot shot inches past the up­right.

In the end as both sides can­celled each other out it fin­ished goal-less and Queens had to set­tle for point.

Gary Harkins Caused the home de­fence lots of prob­lems

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