Queen of the South
Clyde produced an excellent second half display to earn a point at Palmerston Park however, the result still saw the Bully Wee move to the bottom of the table.
New signing Dusan Bestvina started at right back, with Michael McGowan being pushed forward onto the right-wing. Div McGowan retained his place as a lone-striker.
Both teams were fairly average in the first period, though Clyde managed to hit the woodwork three times. An early corner from Masterton struck the near post with the goalkeeper beaten. Queens responded strongly and a neat move saw Stephen Dobbie find space in the box but his strike was straight at Hutton.
Clyde, as always, were providing a real threat from set-pieces and from Dougie Imrie’s corner, Neil McGregor hit the bar with a header. The ball bounced down onto the goal-line but was cleared before it crossed the line. Another free kick then saw Dan Kirkup miss a free header from 10 yards.
Despite these efforts on goal, Queens had the better of the play and took the lead with a controversial penalty. Christian Smith appeared to clearly win the ball from Neil McFarlane, however, the referee awarded a spot-kick that Stephen Dobbie netted comfortably. The striker was then harshly booked for his celebration.
Clyde were struggling to create chances from open play but as always, Masterton was proving a threat from distance and his thirty-yard drive crashed back off the crossbar, with McDonald well beaten.
The second half was much better from Clyde’s point of view, with the midfield starting to push forward in support of McGowan. The Bully Wee soon levelled within five minutes of the restart and it came from the normal source. A looping free kick from Masterton fell into the six-yard box where McGregor managed to beat Jamie McDonald to the ball to flick home a neat header.
McGregor then saw a good penalty shout turned down when he was pulled back in the box but Clyde were soon to earn a spot-kick of their own. Imrie went down underneath a challenge from Paul Burns and lept up to take the kick himself. However, the winger’s penalty cleared the bar by several feet as Clyde spurned perhaps their best chance to take three points.
There was to be further efforts on goal at both ends as Clyde threw men forward to try and take the points. Clyde seemed to pass up on several chances to shot from distance and saw another penalty shout turned down when Michael McGowan’s cross struck a Queens’ hand.
The impressive Sean O’Connor then saw his close range strike ruled out for a tight offside decision as the home side tried to fight-back but the closest either team came to a winner came deep into stoppage time. Christian Smith almost managed to nick the three points with an excellent long range drive that just curled past the post.
In the end, once again Clyde rued the lack of a natural finisher up front as two points were dropped. Still, there will be a lot of teams who will leave Palmerston with a defeat this season. There was an excellent debut display from Bestvina but Kirkup probably just edged the Man of the Match award ahead of him, with a strong centre-half performance. The midfield pushed forward well in the second period but there is still the lack of a striker capable of leading the line on his own.
|Queen of the South
|Queen of the South
|September 15, 2007