Queens Park vs Albion Rovers
Ladbrokes League 2
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Saturday 25th August, 3pm
LAST TIME OUT
Highlights can be watched here, thanks to a great package made by Elgin City:
Last time out seen an improved ‘Rovers performance as they narrowly lost out against Elgin City. The match began with the home side on top, however, Elgin countered well and forced Daniel Potts to make some smart acrobatic saves. Lewis McLear spurned some good opportunities and it seemed like once again the ball would do anything to evade the opposing teams net.
In a quite incredible finish to the first half, the away side nearly took the lead, the otherwise exceptional Potts with an error of judgement rushing out and taking out a Rovers defender leaving the goal vulnerable. Elgin could not believe they passed up the opportunity.
Shortly after, the referee pointed to the spot for a ball-winning tackle by Barry Eley in the ‘Rovers box, however, after consulting with the assistant, it was agreed he took the ball first.
The second half saw more of the same with the game being played at a great pace, the Rovers well in the match, but failing to really test the goalkeeper. Elgin went close on numerous occasions and they eventually took the lead.
Alan Murdoch had a moment to forgot when he was slack in possession in the ‘Rovers half, he lost the ball at the crucial moment and sent danger man Shane Sutherland through on goal with nothing in his way, he calmly played the ball across the goal to McLeish who slotted home.
Ronan Kearney summed up the match for the ‘Rovers when he did well to pressure the keeper, the ball bounced back towards goal and unfortunately, just past the post. Graham Gracie also went close in the final minutes as the team pressed to get the all-important equaliser.
Improvements certainly were seen, but an SPFL point still evades the ‘Rovers, which leaves tomorrow’s match at the national stadium that more important.
MCGEOUCH looks on in disappointment just after the referee blowed for full-time.
John Brogan spoke to Ben Kearney afterwards: On the overall performance:
“I think we deserved something out of the game, the effort and application from the boys was superb.”
“We played much better football today, more direct and we used the park and switched the ball well.”
On the Ronan Kearney chance:
“It summed up our luck, if it was against us it probably would have gone in the net, however, it’s just bounced by the post.”
On the defensive mishaps:
“It’s something we know we can’t have, we have boys in the reserves who are putting pressure on, Daniel Lightbody played great during the week and he could come into the team.”
On the goalkeeper situation:
“Daniel has done fine, he made some great saves and he is great at kicking the ball out, we will need to keep putting him under pressure”
A huge game tomorrow so hopefully you can make it along to see the team play at Hampden.
Hampden Park is an easy one to get to, public transport is simple with Mount Florida and Kings Park station only 5 minutes away from the ground. Trains are very frequent and you can leave from Coatbridge after half one and get to the ground with plenty of time.
You can get the supporters bus, which leaves at half one at St. Andrews Bar.
Time:- St. Andrews Bar – 1.30pm
Prices:- Adults – £6.00
Concessions – £3.00
The postcode for the national stadium is G42 9BA.
We will be housed in section P1 or Q2, entry is through turnstiles 106-109.
Admission for the game tomorrow is:
Over 65s £5
*Student/Unemployed and Under 16s £3
*Proof of age is required.
Can’t make it to the game?
Follow our Twitter account @albionrovers for updates on the game.
Also, we will have post-match reaction from John Brogan after the game on our official SoundCloud account: https://soundcloud.com/albionrovers
Also, look out for our new matchday graphics!