Queens Uefa Debut Ends In Defeat

Last updated : 15 August 2008 By Queens MAD

Queen of the South's European debut ended in a narrow defeat as Danish side Nordsjaelland ran out winners on a wet night at Airdrie's Broomfield stadium.

Benjamin Kibebe's volley opened the scoring inside two minutes after a disputed corner was awarded to the Danes. Jim Thomson seemed to slip and despite protests the referee awarded a corner. It was a devastating blow to Queens as hundreds of fans were still streaming into the ground having been caught in horrendous traffic jams near the ground.

Queens were however matching the Danes in every department and Sean O'Connor's 28th-minute header cancelled out the lead and gave Queens some hope. However 4 minutes later Patrice Bernier's tap-in gave the Danes victory.

As half-time approached O'Connor sent a header across the face of the Nordsjaelland goal, but the equaliser remained elusive.

Queens rang in the changes at half-time with Chisholm bringing on last season's top scorer Stephen Dobbie for Gary Arbuckle. Two minutes into the second half Burns crossed in and Kean volleyed into the hands of Jesper Hansen.

The hosts continued to push forward roared on by their fans until the dying minutes of the game and Craig Barr was unfortunate to see a header deflected wide following Stevie Tosh's corner. A 25-yard strike from Tosh dipped over the bar and Burns set up Dobbie on goal but his volley lacked power. Nordsjaelland continued to pose a threat and Fetai almost carved out a third with two inswinging free-kicks that drifted just wide.

Queens' second-half performance didn't produce the outcome it deserved and the First Division side will now need to pull off a memorable performance in Denmark to overturn the away goal deficit.

Despite the defensive lapses Queens put up a brave show with MacFarlane putting in a fine performance. The Doonhamers however never really recovered from the shock early goal from the Danes.

Queen of South: Halliwell, Reid (Harris 78), McQuilken, MacFarlane (Adams 70), Barr, Thomson, Kean, Tosh, O'Connor, Arbuckle (Dobbie 46), Burns. Subs Not Used: Bell, Robertson, McGowan, Aitken.

Booked: Reid, O'Connor.

Queens MAD man of the match - Neil MacFarlane - He may lack a bit of pace but his work rate is excellent and ran the show in midfield.

Queens starting eleven

McQuilken about to set up O'Connor's equaliser

O'connor celebrates Queens first goal in Europe

Queens Barr goes close