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By Euan Maxwell
Dumfries and West
Dream start for Shields

It has proved to be a dream start for new Queen of the South forward Connor Shields. 

The 23-year-old netted the all-important equaliser on his competitive debut during Queens’ opening Betfred Cup group stage match against Morton at Cappielow last week.

The former Alloa Athletic attacker continued his fine form in front of goal on Saturday, firing the sublime opener against Premiership side St Mirren on his first outing in blue at Palmerston.

Even though Queens surrendered a two goal lead to only collect a point – and then failed to earn the bonus point in a penalty shootout – Shields was ecstatic at how his Palmerston career has started.

Shields told DNG Media: “On a personal level it has been a great start. I want to be scoring in as many games as I can and help the team get as many wins as possible.

TWO IN TWO . . . Connor Shields celebrates his first Queens strike with Euan East. Pics: QoS

“I got a good break of the ball, hit it and ran after it. I got into the box, hit a shot and luckily it went in. I’m delighted to score but devastated we didn’t get the win or the bonus point.

“On Tuesday we got an extra point out of it but against St Mirren we weren’t so lucky.”

There’s no time for Shields and his Queens teammates to feel sorry for themselves as they host League One side Partick Thistle tonight (Tuesday) in their third Betfred Cup match.

The Doonhamers are currently on three points in their group and probably need to pick up maximum points in their two remaining fixtures.

Shields believes if Queens replicate their first half showing from Saturday then they should pick up their first victory of the season.

He added: “Hopefully we can get a good result against Partick and sets us up for our final match against Queen’s Park in November.

“If we take what we did in the first half against St Mirren and play the same way and we should do really well.”

Meanwhile, Palmy gaffer Allan Johnston says there were plenty of positives to take from Saturday’s draw with St Mirren.

AJ added: “I was delighted with the way the boys approached the game. We created more chances overall and restricted them to smashing it long. We looked dangerous on the counter attack.

“For the majority of the game we defended really well but sometimes it’s fine lines. For them to equalise in the final was a sickening blow after all the efforts the boys put in.

“It will be a hard game against Partick. They have a lot of good players and have a bigger budget than us. But if we play like we did today we can get another positive result.”

The match will be available to purchase on PPV for £10 at live.qosfc.com

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