Ronald registers first senior goal

SCOTLAND’S national stadium proved the ideal place to score a first senior goal for Queen’s Park match-winner Owen Ronald.

The youngster only entered the fray after 78 minutes of Saturday’s game, but three minutes later he was the hero, scoring the clincher in a 3-2 victory over Stranraer.

Ronald said: “They started playing more defensively but we just kept pushing at them and finally we got the chance.

“It was my second touch – one to take it down and the other to put it in. It was a great feeling – especially at Hampden.

“I’m just trying to make an impact and show the boss what I’m capable of”.

Spiders’ manager Gardner Speirs has certainly not failed to notice.

Speirs said: “It was a great goal and I’m delighted that Owen showed such composure for somebody so young – it’s credit to all the coaches here who have worked with Owen at youth team level.

“He’s at a stage now where we’re trying to make the transition from youth team player to first team player. He’s doing everything we ask”.

One of those instrumental coaches is Owen’s dad, former Queen’s player Paul Ronald, now manager at junior outfit Bo’ness United.

Owen said: “He’s always on my case, making sure I try harder, that I do the right stuff, eat the right food, concentrate on training and keep progressing.”

And how did the youngster’s team-mates mark his first senior goal?

“After the game when I was in the shower I got a bucket of cold water thrown over me. I wasn’t expecting it!” laughed Ronald.