QUEENS blunderer Allan Johnston praised young center-back Scott Dunn after his impressive debut against Annan.
The 20-year-old was drafted from full-back for the Doonhamers’ convincing 3-1 win at Galabank on Tuesday night.
Dunn never took the wrong foot until he was substituted in the second period after suffering from cramps.
A delighted QoS boss said, “All of the players performed very well, individually and collectively.
“Scott played extremely well and was really composed all night. I’m sure this will give it a huge boost. Euan East has been on fire the last two games and you would guess he has been playing defense for years.
And Dunn – who was on loan from South Scotland’s St Cuthbert Wanderers last season – admits it was a nice start and he almost topped it off with a goal, but his head cracked the post.
Dunn said: “I’m glad I made my first start and it was good to get the win as well.
“I’m happy to be in the starting XI and we did well at the back. Experienced boys like Willie Gibson helped me throughout the game.
“I was in the reserve and on loan last year so it was a good opportunity to be part of the first team in the preseason.
“I want to play first-team football, that’s the dream.”
The manager also praised his team’s goal scorers – Ally Roy and Ruari Paton.
“We could have scored five or six in the first half. It was a very good performance.
“It was a good ball at the far post for Lee Connelly and good for Ruari to get his first goal.
“We controlled the majority of the game and Ally scored two very good goals that left the goalie no chance.
“Annan put a little pressure on us towards the end and scored, but the boys showed their temper to score the third goal that killed the game.
“Willie’s run for the third base was brilliant. He is an inspiration to the young players on the team.
Queens travel to Fir Park to take on Premiership side Motherwell – who signed former Queens forward Connor Shields in the season close – in their third group game on Saturday. Midfielder Calvin McGrory to miss suspension after scoring two cards in last two matches
And the boss is hoping his young team – who were without Josh Todd and new signing Alex Cooper against Annan due to insignificant injuries – can pull off a positive result.
“Josh was feeling his Achilles and Alex has a calf problem, we hope to get them back as soon as possible.
“We’re trying to get some loans and two permanent players, but it’s proving difficult. There is a lot of competition there. We could bring in players, but at the end of the day, they have to be good enough.
“It’s going to be really tough against Motherwell. We are building and preparing for the league games, but we aim to put in a good performance and hopefully get a positive result. “
Meanwhile, forward Roy admits his superb cup double against Annan put a “spring in his step.”
The 24-year-old forward scored his first two goals for the Doonhamers on Tuesday and the ex-Airdrieonians will be hoping to continue his scoring form against Graham Alexander’s men.
Roy said: “It’s a great feeling to take off quickly. The head was a good way to introduce myself to the supporters. It puts a spring in your step and builds confidence. The challenge now is to maintain it.
“I want to play and score as many goals as possible for the club. I’m not setting a goal, I just want to have a good season.
“Our next game is against Motherwell at Fir Park, so we know it’s going to be tough, but we’re going to build on the confidence of Tuesday’s win in the game. Then we’ll play my old Airdrie side, it will be good to see some of the boys again.