Match Report - By Steven Mew
City continue to search for their first win of the season after slumping to a disappointing defeat against Queens Park at the Glebe yesterday afternoon.
The result leaves City bottom of League Two after failing to register a point from their opening three league matches.
For the first time this campaign, Manager Barry Smith was afforded the luxury of naming a full compliment of substitutes. He made 4 changes from the side that lost to Elgin in midweek with Dougie Hill, Ross Brown, Olly Hamilton and Paul McManus coming in.
The visitors took the lead after just 8 minutes when David Galt got to the byline on the left side of the box before rolling the ball back for KIERAN MOORE who blasted high into the net.
City looked to get themselves back into the game after this early blow with Matthew Knox shooting straight at the keeper and five minutes later, Ryan McCord’s free kick lacked venom and curled harmlessly over the bar.
The Spiders doubled their advantage on 18 minutes as the provider for the first goal got on the scoresheet himself. DAVID GALT came inside from the left wing and curled an unstoppable shot which went in off the far post.
Mark Roberts’ side continued to have the better of the chances with Ross Sinclair doing well to push away a powerful 25 yard free kick from Salim Kouider-Aissa whist Galt was also denied by the City stopper as the game approached half time.
City supporters would have been hoping for considerable improvement attacking the Cemetery End in the second half however it was the Spiders who continued to impress.
Ten minutes after the restart Queens should have put the game to bed when they were awarded a penalty after Page brought Galt down in the area. Kouider-Aissa stepped up to the take the penalty and although he sent Sinclair the wrong way, the ball cannoned off the post to hand City a lifeline.
The impressive Galt stood out for the visitors and Sinclair had to be alert to tip his long range effort over. Just a minute later, Creag Little came close when his header from a corner cracked off the crossbar.
Ross Crawford was introduced for Matthew Knox on 68 minutes and the big striker made an immediate impact when his shot was deflected into the arms of Muir.
Jonathan Page came close twice in as many minutes when his header was kept out at the near post and from the resulting corner, his header was saved and the rebound from McManus was well blocked by the Spiders defence.
This brief period of pressure was as good as it got for City as the visitors put the game beyond doubt with a third goal eight minutes from time. David Galt picked the ball up in midfield before laying the ball off for TOMMY BLOCK who composed himself before lashing the ball high past Sinclair at the near post.
Overall a bitterly disappointing afternoon for City with a much improved performance required next weekend as we make the difficult trip to face Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill.
Other Results - Ladbrokes League Two
Annan Athletic 3 Albion Rovers 2
Annan edge out Albion at Galabank.
Cove Rangers 3 Cowdenbeath 2
Last minute winner keeps Cove top of the pile.
Edinburgh City 1 Stirling Albion 0
Narrow win for Edinburgh at Ainslie Park.
Elgin City 0 Stenhousemuir 1
Fine win for Stenny at Borough Briggs.