Half Time - Montose 1 Queens 1
Queens started in a more positive mood at the start of the second half but were still finding it difficult to break down a stubborn home rearguard. Montrose also fancied their chances and it took all the experience of Scott,Thomson and Craig to keep the Gable Endies at bay. On 50 minutes came the highlight of the game as Gibson met a cross on the full volley and the ball crashed into the roof of the net behind Butter. Gibson was mobbed by the Queens fans as they all tried to get a hand on his peroxide hair. This goal seemed to settle Queens and despite a few more anxious moments comfortably progressed to the next round. There were further opportunities to kill off Montrose with Lyle having the best chance shooting straight at Butter when clean through. Although this was not a great Queens performance they did enough to overcome a better than average Third Division side. Gibson had his best display in a Queens jersey and was a constant threat to the home side but Burns on the right was strangely subdued. The rest of the team turned in reasonable performances but it's fair to say they will have to play much better against Partick next week if we are to pick up any points. It was quite amazing the contrast in the weather when we arrived in Montrose. The Travel club bus had to battle through storms all morning with the Moffat road blocked with fallen trees. We were diverted on to a minor road which was also blocked but somehow the trees were removed from the road and we made to the M74. Despite all the problems I think around 200 made it to Montrose which was quite remrkable under the circumstances. As I said before this was not a great Queens performance and there is plenty of room for improvement at Firhill next week.