Today we host the oldest Scottish senior football club in Queen’s Park from Glasgow, founded in 1867 ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen%27s_Park_F.C. ). They are fully Amateur as well which makes them a very interesting team. IRL they are still in League 2, but were relegated in game last season after losing to Buckie Thistle in their relegation playoff.
Following the last couple of games, and going on from what I think are our best points (Passing, Crossing, Tall people good at heading up front) I’ve started training a 4-4-2 Wing Play tactic (As tactics don’t seem to work for more than half a season, and as you tweak you lose the base which you were working from) which we will look at in the coming weeks in-game.
Back to today – a win and we will go top as Dalbeattie haven’t got a game.
Glasgow is back from suspension and in for Hainey, Scott Mackay in as an AP, Churchill in for MacEwan, Coll & Gibb for Mair & Burbidge and McConnell gets a chance in place of Murdoch. I’ve turned off Work Ball Into Box and moved the Line of Engagement back to Standard as our front men seem t both be offside a lot plus not be involved enough in play. Queen’s Park are playing a 4-2-3-1, so look quite attacking.
HT Civil Service 1 (S. Mackay 6) Queen’s Park 1 (Jack 27)
A bright and breezy start on (another) wet day in Edinburgh and a good start from Civil Service with a few early chances., Scott Mackay standing out, and in the 6th minute he finished a screamer from just outside the ‘D’, the ball coming out to him via a defensive header. And we continued with the pressure, the keeper pulling off a worldie from a Lumsden header from a corner. Queen’s Park looked dangerous on the counter however, with Kinnear pulling off a superb save to keep it 1-0. And it was 1-1 after a period of sustained pressure in the 27th minute, Tom Jack finishing well. We came back into it after Queen’s Park’s dominating 20 minute period but the half finished 1-1 – pretty fair on the balance of play. I might turn on Early Crosses, I feel that’s where the goal will come from for us. Glasgow is moving back a bit as a Pressing Forward to try and get involved more, Scott Mackay is moved back to Support duty as the AP.
FT Civil Service 1 (S. Mackay 6) Queen’s Park 2 (Jack 27, Mortimer 46) Att 167 (74 Away)
Straight from the kick-off Queen’s Park dribbled through the centre, with Mortimer finally scoring to make it 2-1. Time to go attacking. Docherty on for Glasgow. Burbidge came off injured so Mackay moved over to the right, Cairney on left of centre in attacking midfield. And we huffed and puffed, with a good few chances but couldn’t put the ball away. A 2-1 loss, really disappointing. Changes needed.
Down to 3rd, but due to games in hand we could easily drop a few more places. Still, it is very tight this season. Next up next Saturday is the Scottish Cup 3rd Round game v Elgin City, who are currently 5th in League 2, see you then.