Warriors topple league champions

Stenhousemuir inflicted Queens' second defeat of the season on Tuesday night.
Stenhousemuir inflicted Queens' second defeat of the season on Tuesday night.

A scrumptious move, expertly finished by Sean Dickson, ensured the Warriors inflicted only the second league defeat of the season on runaway league leaders Queen of the South at a blowy Ochilview on Tuesday night.

Queens visited with goal scoring and points records up for grabs, but it was Martyn Corrigan’s side that deservedly took the spoils and gave themselves a chance of still reaching a play-off place.

“I am obviously delighted with the win, but I thought it was well deserved,” the manager told Heraldsport.

“Queens deserve all the praise they are getting for a wonderful season, but there has not been a lot between us in the previous games and the win tonight is a wee bit overdue.”

The Warriors were the first to threaten and with five minutes on the clock Darren Smith’s 25 yard screamer was only inches over Lee Robinson’s crossbar.

Both sides went on to deny the windy elements by producing some decent football and the Palmerston outfit appeared to have broken the deadlock in the 10th minute when Chris Higgins headed a badly defended free-kick into the net.

The home side breathed a sigh of relief, however, when the referee’s assistant flagged for offside.

The opener was only delayed though, and arrived with 28 minutes on the clock. ‘Muir worked the ball downfield from the back and when Sean Dickson laid in front of Darren Smith 16 yards out, the former Motherwell ace stroked calmly past Robinson and in at the right post.

While the league leaders were playing with some style they seldom really gave Smith in the home goal much trouble.

Well, until three minutes from half time that is. The Warriors conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box and Chris Mitchell hit the award superbly over the wall and in at the postage stamp.

The home side might have regained the advantage right from the kick-off when Sean Dickson put John Gemmell clean through on Robinson. The keeper spread himself well though, and blocked the striker’s shot with his feet.

Queens took control after that and the Warriors were unable to get a grip of the ball for large periods. Even when they did, it was given back to the visitors almost immediately and it looked as though the Dumfries side would go on to prove the superiority their league position suggested.

The home defence held firm though and against the run of play regained the lead with a wonderful goal.

Again it was a speedy break upfield with a series of excellent passes and when Darren Smith delivered brilliantly into the middle, the visiting defence had been pulled apart with ‘Muir’s pace and the unmarked Sean Dickson rose to head way past Robinson and into the net.

Queens are undoubtedly a good side, but for all their quality ‘Muir proved more than a match and when on the few occasion the outfield players were beaten, Chris Smith was solid as a rock and the victory was pretty comfortable in the end.