The Blue Toon Welcomes Queens To Balmoor

Last updated : 10 September 2010 By Queens MAD

Peterhead will face Queen of the South at Balmoor in the semi-final of the Alba League Challenge Cup.

The Blue Toon are the only side outwith the First Division to make it to this stage, and will host the match on the weekend of 9th and 10th October.

While Peterhead have netted 14 goals in seeing off Montrose, East Stirling and Stenhousemuir, The Doonhamers beat Albion Rovers 2-1 and scraped past Dunfermline on penalties before dispatching East Fife 5-0.

Boss Neale Cooper said "Any of the three teams are as difficult as each other, but getting a home tie was the main concern for us, and we've been fortunate in this competition to have done that.

"Hopefully we get a good crowd, but it'll be very difficult as Queen of the South are a strong side.

"I think we've played well in the Challenge Cup this season and scored a lot of goals. It's a semi final, a first for the club, and it's something to look forward to."

The two sides have met twice before, both at Balmoor. Queens ran out 2-0 winners in the same competition in 2002, and were again victorious in the Scottish Cup in 2007, this time winning 5-0 and starting a cup run that saw them lose narrowly to Rangers in the final.

There has been considerable interest in the visit of Queens to the area and the 4,000 capacity of their trim ground Balmoor has given rise to speculation that perhaps the match may be all ticket. Peterhead F.C. will no doubt consult with the local constabulary before making a final decision.

It should be a good day out for 500+ Queens fans who are expected to make the trip.

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