Last updated : 23 July 2005 By Duke Of Galloway
Gary Wood - in superb
Queens bounced back from their disappointing showing on Wednesday to put Premier League Motherwell to the sword. There was very little to choose from the two teams at the start but gradually Queens took a grip of the game and McNiven just failed to connect with an excellent cross from English. Motherwell had the misfortune to have Clarkson sent off on 20 minutes after he appeared to elbow Wood in the face. Queens took full advantage of the numerical difference soon afterwards when Bowey put McNiven through to beat Marshall. Queens were now in full flight as they carved chance after chance against a deflated Motherwell team. Lovell put one just over and Bowey shot straight at Marshall after a great move. Motherwell rarely threatened at this stage and only a long range shot from Leach troubled the dominant Queens defence in which Carr and Reid were outstanding. Payne also missed a sitter when he screwed his shot wide with only Marshall to beat. As Queens trooped off at Half -Time they were given a standing ovation for a tremendous display.

Queens 1 Motherwell 0
Motherwell came more into the game in the second half but Queens superbly organised by Lovell had a firm grip on the game and continued to create chances. Despite being reduced to ten men, Motherwell were determined to make a game off it but the outstanding Garry Wood killed them off with a goal on 75 minutes after Marshall was deceived by a cross from the left. The Steelmen were now in complete disarray and McNiven rose like a bird to notch his second goal on 80 minutes. Wood added the icing on the cake with a fourth goal on 81 minutes to send the Palmy faithful into raptures. This was a sparkling performance by Queens albeit against a Motherwell side reduced to ten men. The Doonhamers played some lovely stuff at times with Wood and Lovell in superb form. Reid and Carr were solid at the back and thanks to them Motherwell rarely threatened. It seems Queens manager Scott has found the ideal formation and I would hope this starting line-up will take the field against Albion Rovers next Saturday.

Queens starting line-up:
Barnard Wood English Carr Reid McColligan Lovell Payne Bowey O'Neill McNiven

Gary Wood kills off Motherwell

Queens Carr clears his lines