Queen of the South

  • 8-5-12
  • 7th in Scottish League One

Queen of the South

SOCCER

    Rangers 5-0 Queen of the South

    Rangers put the ongoing Joey Barton saga to one side as they cantered into the Betfred Cup semi-finals with a 5-0 win over Queen of the South.Goals from Jason Holt and skipper for the night Andy Halliday put them in control before Martyn Waghorn added a second-half hat-trick.The display - which books Rangers' place in Wednesday's last-four draw - was welcome respite for boss Mark Warburton following a week and more of scrutiny in the wake of the 5-1 Old Firm mauling by Celtic, and the subsequent bust-up with Barton which has now seen the midfielder suspended for three weeks.The win was Rangers' first in four games and ensured the Light Blues, who handed midfielder Matt Crooks his debut off the bench, have now gone a calendar year without suffering defeat at home.Barton was again nowhere to be seen at Ibrox but Halliday - the man he first clashed with to set off the explosive chain of events threatening the one-cap England midfielder's Ibrox future - led out the side. Regular skipper Lee Wallace was given the night off.There was a late blow for Warburton when Josh Windass pulled up during the warm-up with a recurrence of his hamstring problems, meaning Niko Kranjcar was promoted to the starting line-up.There were spells during the opening exchanges where Rangers enjoyed 80 per cent of the possession but penetrating the Doonhamers was another matter.The only effort Rangers mustered in the first 20 minutes was a deflected Harry Forrester strike and it looked like a testing week had left the hosts weary.A goal was needed to perk up Warburton's team and he was relieved to see it arrive 12 minutes before the break.Kranjcar still looks well short of full sharpness but the Croatian's eye for a pass has not diminished. He picked out Michael O'Halloran on the right and the winger wriggled free to tee up Holt to tuck home from close range.With the shackles removed, Rangers began to play.Clint Hill and Lee Hodson came close while Waghorn even tried an ambitious 40-yard lob but Queens keeper Lee Robinson was not fooled.Holt failed to re-appear for the second half as Barrie McKay was introduced.There were warning signs for Rangers as Queens started pressing with more aggression, only for both Derek Lyle and Stephen Dobbie to wasted golden chances to fire their team level.And they were costly misses as Halliday stroked home the second goal after 62 minutes.The midfielder drove forward from midfield before feeding McKay on the left. He continued his run into the box and finished off with style as the winger returned his pass.And the game was taken away from the visitors 60 seconds later as Waghorn swept a pinpoint finish into the bottom corner from 18 yards after another McKay cut-back.Another sublime Kranjcar pass to O'Halloran opened the door again in the 71st minute, with Waghorn arriving at just the right time to tuck home his seventh goal of the season.Former QPR playmaker Kranjcar then laid off for Waghorn to smash home his third with seven minutes left.ends
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    Queen of the South

    SOCCER

      Partick Thistle 2-1 Queen of the South

      Steven Lawless struck a last-gasp winner as Partick Thistle fought back to beat Queen of the South 2-1 in an entertaining Betfred Cup clash at Firhill.A Liam Lindsay own goal gave Queen's a deserved lead moments into the second half but they were pegged back by a Chris Erskine strike nine minutes from time.Lawless then volleyed home with seconds remaining to give Thistle the win and move them level on points with their Championship visitors in Group E.Queen of the South came out of the traps quickest and almost took the lead inside three minutes through Derek Lyle.The veteran striker was urged to have a pop at goal following Ziggy Gordon's slack pass, but he saw his 20-yard effort cannon off the inside of the post and away to safety.The home side has opportunities of their own in the first half as they grew into the game. Ade Azeez, making his home debut following his summer capture from AFC Wimbledon, had two chances in two minutes to put Thistle in front.Firstly he headed David Amoo's floated cross into the side-netting, before seeing his second header brilliantly tipped onto the bar by Queen's goalkeeper Lee Robinson.Mark Millar then hit a rasping shot against the bar for Gavin Skelton's side in what was a lively first half.The visitors began the second half the same way as the first and this time took their chance. Lyle was again involved in the play, whipping in a dangerous cross from the right which was bundled home at the near post.Confusion surfaced as to who got the final touch as Dale Hilson ran away celebrating the goal, but it was credited to Thistle defender Lindsay as an own goal.Queen's should have doubled their lead with 13 minutes remaining as they struck the woodwork for a third time - Hilson hitting the inside of the post from inside the box with the goal gaping.The visitors were made to pay for their missed opportunities. Erskine found the bottom left corner with a precise finish following a scramble in the box before Lawless completed the comeback for Partick when he volleyed home in the dying seconds.ends
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      Queen of the South

      SOCCER

      Queen of the South

      SOCCER

        Leaders Rangers edge seven-goal thriller against Queen of the South

        A early second-half goal blitz earned Rangers a 4-3 victory over Queen of the South to edge them closer to a return to the Ladbrokes Premiership.Englishman Harry Forrester got the ball rolling for the Light Blues with an early goal in what appeared to be a routine Rangers home victory.However, any chance of that was soon removed when Iain Russell slotted home a penalty on 25 minutes as the hosts began to look shaky.Rangers roared back into life during a crazy 10-minute spell at the start of the second half in which goals from Michael O'Halloran, Andy Halliday and James Tavernier fired them into a commanding lead.Mark Warburton's men will once again face questions about their defensive vulnerability though, as goals from Gary Oliver and Mark Millar made it a much tighter finish than it needed to be.Rangers made two changes from last week's defeat at Falkirk as O'Halloran and Forrester came in for Barrie McKay and Billy King who were on Scotland Under 21s duty in midweek.Lewis Kidd, Ryan Conroy, Russell and Andrew Dowie came into the team for The Doonhamers, who were missing Derek Lyle and Chris Higgins through suspension, while Rangers loanee Andy Murdoch was ineligible and Dale Hilson dropped to the bench.Rangers, roared on by a lively crowd, made a blistering start to the match and their early domination paid off on 13 minutes.A clever back heel from Halliday played in the lively Forrester down the right wing, who kept his composure to finish well with a low strike from inside the box.The vocal home support were silenced just 10 minutes later when Russell was scythed down inside the box by Rangers' skipper Lee Wallace.Russell duly slotted the resulting spot-kick home to send the teams in level at the break.Whatever Mark Warburton said at half-time clearly worked, as O'Halloran put them back in front just two minutes after the restart, firing home on the half volley from a Wallace cross.The reinvigorated Rangers team, playing with at noticeably higher tempo, flooded forward in waves of blue attacks and doubled their advantage just five minutes later when Halliday acrobatically struck home from a Kenny Miller cross to cap off a fine Rangers move.The Championship leaders were back in the groove, passing the ball slickly across the wet surface and made it 4-1 on 56 minutes when Miller once again provided the assist, this time nodding back across goal for Tavernier to slot home from close range.The early second-half goal glut continued, however this time it was the side from Dumfries who responded just a minute later, as former Hearts man Oliver slotted home after good work from Russell.Queen of the South made it a nervy finish for the home side when Millar beat Wes Foderingham with a low drive from outside the box in the 90th minute but Rangers held on to edge ever closer towards a return to top-flight football.
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        2023-24 SCO 1 Table

        TeamGPWDLGDP
        Falkirk241950+4762
        Hamilton Academical241464+3048
        Alloa Athletic241158-238
        Montrose251069+236
        Cove Rangers24978+234
        Kelty Hearts24879-431
        Queen of the South258512-629
        Stirling Albion247512-1526
        Annan Athletic255713-1522
        Edinburgh City252518-395

        2023-24 Team Leaders

        Scottish League One

        Rankings

        Scottish League One

        Goal Difference
        -6
        7th
        Goals Scored
        31
        8th
        Assists
        22
        6th
        Goals Conceded
        37
        Tied-3rd