Last updated : 10 July 2005 By Duke Of Galloway
Queens were held to a draw by Leigh RMI in this friendly match played in sweltering conditions at the rather rundown Hilton ground which the hosts share with their Rugby League partners Leigh Crusaders. There were about a couple of hundred spectators at the start with the large travelling Queens support outnumbering the homesters by quite a considerable margin. Queens had Thomson and Reid noticeable by their absence but they had an able replacement in the reliable Wood.
The first half quite frankly was a bore with O'Neill going close for Queens with a lob. O'Neill in fact looked very impressive indeed with Lovell pulling the strings in midfield. Queens looked the more polished team put were making very few chances up front against a fairly ordinary looking Leigh team.

Leigh 0 Queens 0

The second half was slightly better but Queens with all their superiority were creating very little. It was somewhat against the run of play when on 63 minutes Sim of Leigh shocked the visitors when he sqeezed the ball past Barnard via the post. Queens subsequently bombarded the home goal and the clever O'Neill almost equalised when his chip just cleared the far post. Queens however snatched a deserved equaliser on 69 minutes when Mc Niven scored after excellent work by Payne and O'Neill. Queens went all out for a winner but despite some tremendous pressure on the home goal, there was no further scoring. Not a great performance by Queens but they looked well organised and look in good shape for the battles to come. O'Neill looked very sharp indeed with Lovell pulling the strings in midfield. I was a little disappointed that Queens didn't create more chances but as the fitness levels increase this will improve. The turnout of Queens fans was quite remarkable under the circumstances with one fan and his family popping in to see the match on his way to Manchester Airport on holiday. I also met a slightly crazy chap and his wife who are season ticket holders at Queens AND Manchester City.

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Large turnout of Doonhamers