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The game was played in terrible conditions, driving rain and a howling gale force wind.
It was a credit to both teams that they endeavoured to play passing football in the circumstances.
We played into the wind and rain in the 1st half and took time to settle into the conditions, not being able to get out of our own half of the park for long periods
Queen’s were the 1st to have a strike on goal when they hit the post with a 20 yard shot that had keeper Shaw struggling to reach. We did finally get to grips with the conditions and started pushing forward in search of the opening goal and were unlucky on two separate occasions when shots were blocked on the line. The game continued to be played at pace with both teams trying to find that elusive opening goal.
At the start of the 2nd half Queen’s Park settled more quickly playing against the wind and rain but really did not look like scoring, coming up against a resolute Warriors defence.
As the game wore on we began to take control of the game keeping Queen’s Park to long range shooting while hitting the post ourselves and Stuart Love being unable to convert a couple of chances that he would generally have put away in normal conditions.
With 10 minutes left, and the game looking as if it was heading for extra time, Kieran Anderson picked a ball up midway inside the Queen’s half and took a couple of paces forward and unleashed a 30 yard pile driver which left the Queen’s Park keeper helpless as it flew low into the bottom corner of the net to give us that all important goal.
Try as they might Queen’s Park could not break down our defence in the last 10 minutes and we run out 1-0 winners.
Congratulations must go to coach Andy Cunningham and his players for having a very successful season, finishing 4th in the league, reaching the Quarter Finals of the SFA Youth Cup only to go down narrowly 2-1 to St. Mirren and rounding off the season winning the SFL U19 League Cup.
Congratulations to one and all.