Queens strike in the nick of time Line-up

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - SPORT -

IN­VER­NESS CT ................. 1 QUEEN OF SOUTH ........... 2

Stephen Temlett

White, his close-range header was guided back by Scott Mercer into the hands of Martin.

Mid­way through the first half Queens had a de­cent shout for a penalty turned down.

A long ball for­ward from debu­tant Nicky Low was chased down per­fectly by Todd. The striker went down un­der a chal­lenge from in­side the box when he was but ref­eree Barry Cook ad­judged it to be a fair tackle.

Brad McKay then blasted over for the home side be­fore the lively Todd had an­other low shot blocked be­fore the home side had a cou­ple of de­cent chances as the clock ticked down to­wards the in­ter­val.

Martin saved eas­ily from Pol­worth and Joe Chalmers and did well to block when Do­ran’s shot sneaked through.

Queens’ goal was al­most breached three min­utes be­fore the break when Walsh beat Martin to a header but his ef­fort came back off the un­der­side of the cross­bar and was scram­bled clear by Sem­ple.

It was more of the same af­ter the in­ter­val as Todd broke for­ward from the restart and as the ball came back out, Doyle’s right­footed shot was blocked.

At the other end Coll Don­ald­son was mil­lime­tres away from find­ing the net with a header from a Chalmers cor­ner.

Todd again broke for­ward and saw his shot knocked clear by Mark Ridgers but nei­ther Lyn­don Dykes nor Doyle, who had made a late burst, could get to the re­bound be­fore it was cleared.

The dead­lock was fi­nally bro­ken in 69 min­utes when the ball fell kindly into the path of Walsh just in­side the box and he blasted a right-footed vol­ley low into the bot­tom cor­ner be­yond Martin.

How­ever, Queens weren’t to be out­done and scored two goals in the space of a minute to take the lead.

Jor­dan Mar­shall’s per­sis­tence down the left paid off as he de­liv­ered the ball across goal for Scott Mercer to blast past Ridgers from close range.

And be­fore John Robertson’s side could re­act, tal­is­man Dob­bie pro­duced some of his qual­ity as he twisted and turned to drill the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner for his 30th goal of the sea­son.

All three points see Queens move up to fifth in the ta­ble and a point adrift of the play­offs.

In­ver­ness CT:

Ridgers, Tre­marco (McHat­tie 87), Chalmers, Don­ald­son, Mc­Cart, Pol­worth (MacGre­gor 87), Do­ran (Austin 63), Walsh, Welsh, White, McKay.

Subs not used: Hoban, Traf­ford, Ni­col­son.

Queens:

Martin, Mercer, Mar­shall, Fordyce, Doyle (Stir­ling 73), Jacobs, Todd, Dob­bie (Maguire 87), Sem­ple, Low (Frizzell 82), Dykes.

Subs not used: Leigh­field, Mur­ray, Bell.

Ref­eree: Barry Cook, At­ten­dance: 2,225

Good­bye Cal­lum Sem­ple is leav­ing for par­ent club Sh­effield United

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