Ayr United v Arbroath KO 15:00 27/02

Queen of the South 2 – 2 Arbroath




Queen of the South 2 – 2 Arbroath

The Lichties came back from 2 goals down to secure a well deserved point and were unlucky not to get all 3 after having the best of the play.

Arbroath gave debuts to Jake Davidson and Ben Williamson with Derek Gaston in goal, Mark Whatley starting at left back, with Colin Hamilton joining Thomas O’Brien in central defence with Jason Thomson at right back. James Craigen started on the right with Jake Davidson playing in front of the defence with Ben Williamson in front of him with David Gold on the left in a diamond midfield with Kris Doolan and Dale Hilson up front.

After a very poor first half, Connor Shields who is the form striker in the Championship scored just after 6 seconds into the second half, perhaps confusion in the Arbroath defence after Whatley moved to right back, Thomson joining O’Brien and then Hamilton returning to left back.

Connor Shields made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute with a stunning strike in the 52nd minute.

However substitute Scott Stewart, who came on in the 55th minute to replace Whatley wasted no time in getting Arbroath back into it with a low drilled shot in in the 63rd minute before Captain Thomas O’Brien pulled Arbroath level with a bullet header just 2 minutes later from a corner kick from substitute Bobby Linn, who had come on for Davidson in the 60th minute.

Arbroath kept on attacking in numbers with substitute Michael Ruth unlucky with a bursting run and shot late on.

Match Stats
Possession – Queen of the South 49% – 51% Arbroath
Total Shots – Queen of the South 5 – 9 Arbroath
On Target – Queen of the South 3 – 4 Arbroath
Off Target – Queen of the South 2 – 5 Arbroath
Blocked – Queen of the South 0 – 0 Arbroath
Corners – Queen of the South 4 – 6 Arbroath
Fouls Committed – Queen of the South 14 – 16 Arbroath

Queen of the South

20 – Rohan Ferguson
33 – Willie Gibson
3 – James Maxwell
4 – Gregor Buchanan (c)
5 – Ayo Obileye
6 – Joesph McKee (Dobbie 78)
7 – Aidan Fitzpatrick
8 – Daniel Pybus
10 – Connor Shields
12 – Rhys McCabe
16 – Euan East

Substitutes

9 – Tommy Goss
11 – Stephen Dobbie – 6; 78th
14 – Harry Robinson
15 – Calvin McGrory
17 – Niyah Joseph
19 – Rhys Breen
30 – Charlie Cowie (GK)

Goals – Shields 46, 52

Yellow Cards – McKee 38, Pybus 47, McCabe 68

Arbroath

1 – Derek Gaston
2 – Jason Thomson
3 – Colin Hamilton
5 – Thomas O’Brien (c)
28 – James Craigen
6 – Mark Whatley (Stewart 55)
7 – David Gold
17 – Jake Davidson (Linn 60)
9 – Dale Hilson
14 – Kris Doolan (Ruth 72)
18 – Ben Williamson

Substitutes

8 – Michael McKenna
10 – Gavin Swankie
11 – Bobby Linn – 17; 60th
12 – Scott Stewart – 6; 55th
15 – Luke Donnelly
16 – Michael Ruth – 14; 72nd
21 – Scott Gallacher (GK)

Goals – Stewart 63, O’Brien 65

Yellow Cards – Thomson 40, O’Brien 82

Officials;
Referee: Steven Reid
Assistant Referee 1: Graham McNeillie
Assistant Referee 2: Brian Templeton


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