Last updated : 07 August 2004 By Duke Of Galloway

Jaconelli was the Queens talisman after he came on as a second half replacement for Mc Niven who had taken a hefty knock. Up until that point Queens had struggled to acheive anything up front although looking very soilid in defence and midfield. The game kicked off on a glorious afternoon at New Broomfield in front of a disappoiting home turnout probably hit by the Galsgow Fair and one of the bigot brothers playing Newcastle live on the TV. Airdrie looked a more than useful side but Queens had all the answers in defence with Thompson looking really in the mood and keeping Coyle quite. There was very little goal incident at either end although Mc Niven did have a half chance but shot high over. The large away suppport numbering around 500 were becoming a bit impatient at the lack of goal opportunities that were coming Queens way.

Half-Time Airdrie United 0 Queens 0

Jaconelli appeared for the second half for the injured Mc Niven and he made an immediate impact on the game as his direct style began to worry the Airdrie defence who had to concede free-kicks and corners to keep the powerful striker at bay. The Queens support sensed a goal and turned up the noise level with the drummer boy and bagpipe boy giving it the full welly. They were rewarded on 59 minutes when Mambo powered into the box and crossed for the unmarked Wood to ease the ball past a bemused McGeown in the home goal. The away enclosure erupted in a sea of blue as Quens took a firm grip of the game. There however was still much work to be done as Airdrie pushed men up the field. Thompson however was in magnificent form and well supported by his goalie Scott and also Reid. Time after time Airdrie's attacks broke down on the edge of the box and when they did get a shot on target the reliable Scott in the Queens goal was there. There were however several anxious moments for the Queens fans until victory was clinched in the 80th minute when English hammered home a penalty kick after Jaconelli had been felled in the box. Queens were well worth their win after a fine second half performance in which they didn't have a single failure. The lack of punch up front is still a concern but we will be very difficult to beat on this form. Our defence with Thomson in great form gave nothing away whereas Bowey was well supported in an impressive midfield. Make no mistake Airdrie are no slouches and their manager Stewart was most gracious in defeat by suggesting that Queens perhaps were the better team on the day. The game ended on rather a sad note when the match hero Jaconelli pulled up with hamstring problems and had to be stretchered off. He now looks doubtful for the start of our league campaign next Saturday against Ross County.

Queens starting line-up: Scott,Scott,Thompson,Reid,English,Bagan,Mc Colligan,
Bowey,Mc Laughlan,Mc Niven,Wood. Subs: Gibson,Burns,Payne,Samson.