4 - 0
4 - 0
Queen of South
Queen of South
Spring Cup (Group 6)
Joe McCallan (4)
Davie Cooper (34)
Ian Browning (37)
Billy McColl (85)
1 Roddy McKenzie
2 Norrie Hall
3 Gregor Abel
4 Jim Fallon
5 Billy Fanning
6 Dougie Hay
7 Davie Cooper
8 Billy McColl
9 Ian Browning
10 Joe McCallan
11 Jimmy Lumsden
Allan Ball 1
Iain McChesney 2
Robert Thorburn 3
John Salton 4
Crawford Boyd 5
Jimmy Miller 6
Jocky Dempster 7
Peter Dickson 8
Tommy Bryce 9
Tommy O'Hara 10
Derek Renton 11
12 Bobby Provan
14 Jimmy Caskie
|Jim Donald 12|
Jimmy Caskie for Davie Cooper
||Jim Donald -> Derek Renton|
|None.||Jocky Dempster (58)|
E Pringle (Referee)
Bankies made four changes from last week for the visit of Queen of the South, in an effort to find a winning formula. Out went Sammy Henderson with a knee injury to be replaced by fit again Dougie Hay. Out went Jimmy Caskie as Jim Lumsden returned as suspension, and two inevitable changes were also made. Sam Goodwin and Mike Larnach, who have both looked tired and jaded in recent weeks, were rested and Billy Fanning and Ian Browning deservedly took their places.
Games between these two are always exciting encounters, and with both sides keen to do well in the new competition, the 2000 fans looked to be in for a treat.
What a wonderful start Bankies made, for with just four minutes on the clock they took the lead with a splendid goal. Dougie Hay marked his return to the side with a powerful tackle in midfield, and Ian Browning took it from there.
He made progress for goal, drew the defence and slipped a pass to Joe McCallan, who had taken up excellent position on the left of the box. A left foot drive from 16 yards, and Bankies were one up.
This early goal shook Queens into action, and a Dempster shot was headed clear by Jim Lumsden. Although playing neat football in the middle of the parks,Queens powder puff forwards made little impression on the home defence, and superstar Peter Dickson was easily contained by Jim Fallon.
Bankies were moving well and sterling midfield work by Dougie Hay on the half hour mark gave Davie Cooper room in the area. He controlled the ball, beat two defender,and shot only to see Allan Ball block his drive.
The star Winger's moment of glory was only delayed for five minutes when a piece of sheer magic had the fans on their feet and a big grin on Cooper's face.
Running onto a superb cross-field pass from Joe McCallan some 10 yards inside the Queens half, Cooper beat Thorburn, rounded Boyd, turned past Thorburn again and as Ball came out he steadied himself and shot crisply home from 12 yards. A brilliant effort.
Bankies were rampant now, with Browning and Lumsden inspiring and three minutes later the centre scored a deserved third. A great move from a Cooper corner saw Hall head on to McColl and Billy's pass left Browning to wheel and shoot home from six yards.
The home side thoroughly deserved the cheers of the fans as they left the field at the interval,a d Queens looked dispirited and well beaten.
After the break, however, the Dumfries side seemed to have a little more dig in their play. Too much in fact, for Renton was soon booked for a nasty looking foul on Norrie Hall, and he was quickly replace by Donald.
The sub was just in time to see a great save by Ball from a McCallan header save his team, but if their position was desperate, in became impossible in the 58th minutes. In a moment's madness, Dempster lashed out at Billy Fanning in full view of Mr Pringle, and was duly sent for an early bath.
As often happens, the 10 men lifted their game, and as Bankies relaxed rather too much the Dumfries side came more into the game,but had absolutely nothing to offer up front.
The 65th minute gave Bankies a chance to increase their lead when O'Hara armed away a Lumsden cross but the veteran Ball made a tremendous save from Davie Cooper's spot kick.
As the game died with Bankies coasting to an easy victory, there was a scare for the home fans as golden boy Davie Cooper appeared to twist his knee and was helped off. Jimmy Caskie substituted and the sighs of relief echoed around the ground as Davie trotted round the track apparently none the worse.
With Just five minutes remaining a brilliant goal by Billy McColl sent the fans home happy. Dispossessing O'Hara some 30yards out, Billy took a couple of steps forward and hammered a tremendous drive high into the net.
This was a totally deserved and thoroughly convincing victory for a much better team on the day. The introduction of Ian Browning to the forward line gave it much needed mobility, and he and Jim Lumsden in particular were in fine form. The defence was always on top of a lacklustre visiting side, who seem to be under a cloud since meeting Rangers in the cup. The sides meet again next at Palmerston and Queens will have all the worries. If Bankies can reproduce this form they will not come home empty handed.
|Roddy McKenzie (GK)||30||36||-||36||-|
|Jimmy Caskie (sub)||26||19||1||214||70|
No league table has been added for this season.