Queen’s take foot off gas

A REJIGGED Queen’s Park side slumped to a 3-1 defeat against Elgin City, writes Kenny Crawford, in what was a meaningless final game of the normal league season.

With both teams assured of their play-off place prior to this fixture, Gardner Speirs and City boss Ross Jack took the opportunity to give game-time to fringe players.

Goalkeeper Adam Strain, right-back Steven Baillie and centre half Paul Gallacher all made rare starts for the Spiders and several regulars were rested prior to the mid-week game against Stranraer.

An already quiet 527 Hampden crowd were silenced even further after 4 minutes when Archie MacPhee put the visitors ahead.

Crooks made no mistake on 72 minutes, firing home after good set-up play from Paul Millar.

Elgin increased their lead to 3-0 when Jamie Duff scrambled MacPhee’s corner into Strain’s net.

On 88 minutes Craig Smith hit a looping volley over Clark from the edge of the box — a tidy consolation.

Gardner Speirs said: “It took us a wee while to find our feet — it’s difficult when there are so many changes.

“We did well enough without really being a threat”.

Queen’s travelled to Stair Park on Wednesday night in playoff action against Stranraer having won all four meetings with the Blues this season.

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