The statistics for this match tell you it all, Queens had fifteen attempts on goal whilst Stenny could muster only four, eight of those Doonhamers efforts were on target whilst only two of the Warriors shots troubled John Hillcoat and then Queens had six corners to Stenny's solitary effort.
Queens are now playing with a new found confidence and for almost the entire ninety minutes today they never looked like losing, although that said the substitution of Mallan by Preston upset the formation and put Queens on the back foot for the last twenty minutes or so.
Queens started the match well despite playing into the low sun and caused a couple of chances early on, Marc Cleeland having a clear sight of goal but having his shot well held by Hamilton in the Stenny goal. The Warriors were looking lively down their left flank with some neat interpassing between Mooney and Hamilton almost breaking through the Queens defence on a couple of occasions, indeed Hillcoat had to be sharp to take a cross just before Banks had the opportunity to pounce.
As the half wore on Queens were exerting more and more pressure with Ken Eadie, Warren Hawke and Stevie Mallan all posing real problems for the Stenny defence, a goal looked sure to come. In the twenty third minute it did just that, a John Dickson corner found its way across goal to Stevie Mallan at the far post with his back to goal, the Stenny defence stood and watched as Stevie turned and shot low into the net to open the scoring.
The game had only just kicked off again when the returning Captain Steven Leslie chased onto a back pass causing keeper Hamilton to rush his clearance, unfortunately for him his kick struck his teamate Gregg Watson on the back of the head and the ball rebounded into the net for Queens second.
This spurred the Dumfries men on and it was no surprise when a third was added just four minutes further on. It was probably the best goal of the match, right back Ally McMillan picked up the ball deep in his own half and strode forward towards the centre line, he then stepped inside his opponent and delivered a perfectly weighted defence splitting pass with his left foot through for Warren Hawke to latch on to. Hawke displayed his value to Queens by running on and calmly placing the ball round the keeper and into the back of the net.
Queens let Stenny back into the match just before half time as they had a period of sustained possession, but in the five minutes of added time Queens turned round the dominance and almost scored on two occasions before the half time whistle sounded.
The second half began with Queens again on top and within four minutes the Doonhamers had a golden opportunity to go four up as Stevie Mallan was brought crashing to the ground in the box. Stevie elected to take the penalty himself but his well struck effort found keeper Hamilton guessing the right way and pushing the ball out.