Queen’s Park lost out 1-0 to Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Hampden with the Spiders slipping down a place in the table as a result.

There were three changes from last weekend’s line-up with Will Tizzard, Mackenzie Carse and Cillian Sheridan listed from the start in place of Alex Bannon, Stuart McKinstry and Liam McLeish who moved to the substitutes’ bench.

It was a first start for Carse who kicked the game off and after a good period of possession a shooting opportunity opened up for Jack Thomson 20 yards out with his drive deflected wide for a corner.

Inverness created danger on three minutes when Cammy Kerr advanced forward and it looked like they had a three versus two situation until Sean Welsh stepped in with a timely tackle.

On 10 minutes the visitors won a foul in a dangerous position 20 yards out when Jack Turner brought down Billy McKay with Calum Ferrie happy to see Kerr’s swerving effort flash over his bar.

Two minutes later Alex Samuel ran from what looked like an offside position and earned his side a corner which was overhit and the danger was cleared.

Carse was unlucky on 15 minutes when he sprinted into the Inverness box as a pass-back was played to Mark Ridgers who was just able to kick his clearance away before the Queen’s man took possession.

Shortly afterwards Thomson surged 30 yards up the pitch before being fouled just as he looked to cross and Carse took the resultant free kick that was cleared out to Turner who saw his volley charged down.

Carse was penalised for handball on 25 minutes to give Inverness another set-piece opportunity with Cameron Harper taking it this time and curling high into Ferrie’s net.

A low cross from Josh Scott won a corner with half an hour played as Queen’s looked to draw level however little danger threatened from the dead ball.

Seven minutes later Inverness had the next chance as Billy McKay was allowed to sneak through on goal before lobbing a shot over.

Right on half-time pressure from Queen’s Park allowed Sheridan to knock the ball down to Ruari Paton who let fly from 20 yards with Ridgers having to watch carefully as the shot rose and cleared his goal.

Half time –Queen’s Park 0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1

Head Coach Callum Davidson made two changes at the break with Tommy Robson and Stuart McKinstry introduced for Will Tizzard and Carse.

The second half began positively with Turner chesting a pass to Sheridan who sent a fierce drive goalward however Ridgers was well-placed to save.

Thomson released Louis Longridge on the right on 48 minutes with Welsh getting on the end of the wing-back’s cross with his header drifting wide.

Queen’s came close to an equaliser four minutes later when Scott teed up Turner with Ridgers leaping to his left to save and McKinstry just unable to turn the loose ball home.

Inverness enjoyed plenty of possession as they look to frustrate Queen’s with referee Muir adding to that feeling when he pulled Turner back on 64 minutes after he had taken a quick free kick.

Thomson rescued his side on 73 minutes as he slid in to clear after Samson Lawal had put over a dangerous cross after Queen’s had failed to clear their lines.

Liam McLeish was quickly involved after coming on as he flicked a pass to Paton who side-stepped a defender only see his shot deflected safely back to Ridgers.

Ferrie did well 11 minutes from time as he blocked a shot from McKay after the striker had run clear of the home defence.

Queen’s kept on probing and Paton sent a late shot bouncing into the arms of Ridgers before volleying an injury time close range effort at the shot-stopper who was in the right place again.

Queen’s Park – Calum Ferrie, Jack Thomson, Danny Wilson, Will Tizzard (Tommy Robson 46), Louis Longridge, Jack Turner (Zach Mauchin 74), Sean Welsh, Josh Scott (Scott Williamson 84), Mackenzie Carse (Stuart McKinstry 46), Cillian Sheridan (Liam McLeish 74), Ruari Paton.
Unused substitutes – Jack Wills (G/k), Bannon, Charlie Fox, Cameron Bruce.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle – Mark Ridgers, Wallace Duffy, Cameron Harper, Cammy Kerr, Danny Devine, Billy McKay (Aribim Pepple 80) Aaron Doran (Roddy MacGregor 76), Max Anderson, Luis Longstaff (Samson Lawal 55), Morgan Boyes, Alex Samuel.
Unused substitutes – Cameron Mackay, Austin Samuels, Adam Brooks, Nikola Ujdur.

Referee – Alan Muir

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