Queen’s Park handed manager Gus McPherson and their supporters an early Christmas present by progressing into the 4th round of the Scottish Cup after a 2-0 victory over Montrose on a freezing Tuesday night. However, at times they made it difficult for themselves despite the away side failing to cause major problems.
348 spectators were there to watch this clash under the lights at Hampden. A first half low volley from David Galt and a wonderful solo strike from Paul Woods secured their place in the next round to face Ayr.
The game began slowly however the Spiders took the lead in the 15th minute when Galt fired a powerful low volley which flew past Montrose keeper Alan Fleming giving him no chance. This happened after McGeever’s header was kept in play by Woods and he set up the opener.
McPherson’s side’s next chance was through Jamie McKernon who dragged a low effort narrowly wide of the target after beating a couple of players with ease. The keeper watched on like a startled rabbit.
A moment of magic almost resulted in Queens doubling their lead as Woods played a clever one-two with John Carter before stinging the hands of Fleming with a powerful effort on goal.
The visitors failed to threaten at all but almost grabbed an equaliser in 39 minutes when Court nipped in front of Muir to head however it went over the bar and the home support sighed with relief.
Half-time: Queen’s Park 1 Montrose 0
After the break, Montrose showed that they certainly wanted to progress despite trailing by a goal when they brought on giant Chris Templeman for Jonny Court. His strength and presence were a worrying factor for Queens but he didn’t make an impact at all.
After 54 minutes Woods showed his class when he picked up the ball from the halfway line and went on a mazy run into the penalty area. Then his energy helped him let fly with a shot which Fleming couldn’t keep out his net despite getting his hands onto it to double their lead.
You would think after Queen’s second they would kick on and press Montrose with dangerous attacking. But this wasn’t the case as they chose to keep passing it around in their backline and on several occasions they were nearly caught out. This angered the crowd and the gaffer.
Montrose almost got back in the game from a corner in the 81st minute. Webster sent a header on target, but Millen stopped it on the line and McGeever blasted the ball to safety.
Steeves attempted to win a penalty for the visitors as he threw himself to the crowd. Referee Reid booked the Montrose man for diving.
Queen saw out the game and progressed to the next round of the Scottish Cup even though their performance was nowhere near their best.
Full Time: Queen’s Park 2-0 Montrose