Last updated : 26 August 2005 By Duke Of Galloway
It's games like this that will drive the fans away from the terraces as Queens and Brechin battled out a dour draw. Queens dominated from the start without look convincing as they tried to break down a Glebe Park side intent on spoiling rather than creating. English almost scored with a wicked drive but the Brechin goalie tIpped the ball over. Then a Thomson header landed on top of the net. The Queens defence looked a lot more secure with Reid and Thomson back and likliehood of losing early goals thankfully diminished as Brechin offered very little up front. The pattern of the game continued with Queens trying to break down a dour Brechin side. Queens had their chances with Bowey clean through on the Brechin goal by somehow the ball slipped past the post and Lyle almost on the goal line failed to find the net. It was frustrating for the slightly subdued home fans as Queens struggled to grab the opening goal. It was not to be and Brechin were the happier side at half-time.

Queens 0 Brechin 0

The second half was very much like the first half with endless pressure on the away goal but very little to show for it. Gibson was brought on and he added a new dimension to the attack but Queens continued to make and miss chances. There were strong appeals for a penalty when a Gibson shot looked to have been handled but the referee played on. In the last minute a Paton free-kick sailed high over as Queens tried in vain to clinch a win. Brechin will feel the happier of the two teams but Queens really had very little idea how to break down a packed defence. The striking problem remains with neither Lyle or McNiven putting little pressure on a stuffy Brechin rearguard. It has to be said that the midfield gave them little support with Lovell and McColligan reluctant to come forward. The defence at least looked more secure with Reid and Thomson back in the fold. There will have to be changes up front for Dundee with probably Wood given a run and we also have Robertson but I think Scott will be reluctant to take a chance on the youngster just yet. By the way Brechin brought exactly 35 supporters with them and there was hardly a cheap out of them the whole afternoon which contributed nothing to the the atmosphere which was like a morgue for most of the afternoon. Well it's off to Dundee on Saturday where hopefully we won't have to face a 10 man defence.

Brechin defence clears

Bowey on the charge

Brechin defence under pressure