Stirling 0-3 QOS u18
Queens made a very bright start to this game at Forthbank keen to build on their good performance last week.
They were immediately on the front foot pressing their opponents and the passing was crisp and accurate. They were rewarded early with Jamie Torrance putting them ahead after 6 minutes. Stirling we’re having trouble coping with the movement and intensity of Queens and when Shay Meagher won the ball back high in the Stirling half he was bundled over resulting in a penalty which Finlay Kennedy duly dispatched to make it 2-0. The pattern continued and in 25 minutes Kennedy bagged his brace with an excellent shot from just outside the box. Queens then dropped off the early pace and Stirling managed to clear their heads and grow into the game slightly in fact if it wasn’t for an excellent goal line clearance from Murray Hunter they would have pulled a goal back. HT 0-3
Second half saw Queens play with the handbrake on with the tempo and urgency dropping off but they saw the game out relatively comfortably.
A good victory and another improvement from the squad but as the coaches reminded them at the end, the game is 90 minutes long.
On to Falkirk next week where the task is improving again.
Rangers 5-0 QOS u18
This the first taste of Scottish Youth Cup action for a vast majority of the boys and they came up against a very strong Rangers team that had just returned from their European exploits during the week. The game as expected started quickly with Rangers looking very dangerous, this resulting in a penatly within the first 5 minutes as a ball split the QOS defence and allowed the on rushing striker to nip in front of Cowie in the Queens goal. The resulting penatly was missed and gave Queens a wake up call. Following the penalty incident Rangers contiued to dominate possession and eventually this told with a slide ball pass and cut back which resulted in a goal. Queens then began to get to grips with the tempo of the game and had a spell of moving the ball well trying to get the ball into the wide areas. Rangers then followed up on a good spell by Queens with their second goal. Queens again got themselves in poisitions to punish the home side as a great set piece delivery from Nish caused a goal mouth scramble, unfortunately this wasn't desitined for the goal. Then a great individual bit of skill from Naylor in a 1v1 situation found himself driving the ball to the by line and a last ditch block all that stopped the ball falling to the on rushing Queens attackers. This good spell by Queens lead us to the Halftime interval. Rangers very much like the first half started at a high tempo and the pressure eventually told as they added a third, Queens then lost Nish and Gibson to injury in the second half. Rangers kept applying pressure and their fulltime squads fitness eventually told as the added two more to make the full-time score 5-0.
A learning curve for the u18's as they suffer thier first defeat of the season. The boys looked good in spells keeping the ball and creating chances and a few outstanding saves from Cowie allowed us to take positives from the game. The boys will be back in to training to learn from Fridays game and ensure we are ready for another tough test against Falkirk this Sunday.