Last updated : 02 August 2005 By Duke Of Galloway
Queens put a rather poor Rovers team to the sword and romped into the next round of the Bells Challenge Cup. It was one way traffic almost from the start and the Coatbridge team offered little resistance. In the early stages the Doonhamers struggled to breakdown a Rovers team who put 10 men behind the ball. Queens missed chance after chance until on 32 minutes Lovell latched on to a through ball to beat Ewings.. It was almost constant pressure by Queens until half-time and how the home team didn't increase their lead is a mystery. Queens looked very impressive indeed and had completely outplayed their opponents who had showed very little appetite for attack with a solitary effort by Wallace their only chance.

Queens 1 Albion Rovers 0
The Doonhamers really turned the screw in the second quarter as shots rained down on the unfortunate Rovers goalie. McLaughlan and Payne threatened to run riot with Lyle and McNiven punching huge holes in the Coatbridge rearguard. Something had to give and the lively Lyle volleyed home on 51 minutes to put Queens in easy street. With Albion in total disorder Lyle was brought down in the area for a stonewall penalty on 72 minutes which McNiven smashed past Ewings. It was now target practice for Queens as they laid seige on the Rovers goal. Queens could have scored four or five more before the end but had to be content with a McLaughlan solo effort on 78 minutes. A dreadful error by Reid almost gifted Wallace a consolation goal near the end but by that time most punters were heading for the exits well satisfied with Queens performance. It was indeed a sparkling performance by Queens against a tricky side, who although outclassed,never gave up. Payne had another impressive game and the influence Lovell is having on the team is there for everyone to see. The word on the streets is that Scott although happy with Queens performance, will perhaps field a different team against St Johnsone next week at Perth.

Queens Starting Eleven: Barnard Wood English McLaughlan Reid Carr Lovell Bowey
McNiven O'Neill Payne

Lyle blasts in Queens second goal
McNiven penalty seals it for Queens
Bemused Coatbridge fans