Wigtown miss out on final place

Wigtown and Bladnoch 1, Queen of the South 2

John McNaught at Trammondford Park

The first half of this Challenge Cup semi-final was very even with the young Queens team giving as good as they got against a much older and experienced Wigtown side. However, the fitness and skill of the Palmerston side shone through in the second half of and, although there was only one goal in it at the end, the Queens youngsters put on a fine performance.

Ex-Galloway Thistle youngster Ewan Drysdale was in goal for Queens and after six minutes was called on to deny Ian Millar the opener with a good block. However, there was no denying Queens in the 13th minute when 16-year-old Liam Park made no mistake from 15 yards after being fed in from a great cross ball by Robbie Vallance.

But Queens’ joy was short-lived when, a minute later, the ball ended up in the net following a defensive lapse when Scott Forrester looked to have had the last touch with his head.

With 53 minutes on the clock Queens restored their lead when Park found space to outjump the Wigtown defence to head a cross from the left past keeper Parlane.

At the other end, Drysdale again did well to keep an effort from Marshall at bay and, on the hour mark, he denied Robert Jamieson an equaliser. In the 62nd minute Adam Dougan should have found the net for Wigtown when he blasted a Millar cross past the post with the goal gaping. And three minutes later Queens’ Lewis Todd managed to do the same thing at the other end.

Queens then took a grip on the match and played a good passing game holding possession and finding their men but some good defending from the home side and some poor finishing from the visitors meant that there were no more goals and Queens will now play Dalbeattie Star in next Wednesday’s final at Islecroft.