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Football: Bar prevents the strife of Reilly; QUEEN'S PARK 5 ELGIN 2.

STEVEN REILLY feared he would have to fight Johnny Whelan for the match ball after banging in three penalties for his first senior hat- trick.

With a minute to go, Whelan smashed a free-kick against the bar to miss out on a treble of his own.

That ended the need for a tug-of-war for the ball, to the delight of 21- year-old Reilly who wasn't even the club's nominated penalty taker.

He said: "I didn't know before the game who was going to be taking them because we changed it around during pre- season. I took penalties at Hearts and Motherwell so because I won the first, I took it.

"I thought Johnny was going to get a hat-trick and I even fancied taking the late free- kick to prevent him getting a third goal."

Reilly smacked in the first penalty in the third minute but Elgin equalised through Alex Bone, who also got their second in 88 minutes. Queen's were 2-1 up at the break after Whelan curled a cracker in 39 minutes.

Two of Elgin's three former Spiders conceded the penalties which brought Reilly his treble.

Jamie White fouled David Menelaws in 47 minutes and John Gallagher was sent off for bringing down the same player in 64 minutes.

After seeing Whelan wrap up the scoring six minutes from time, Queen's boss Kenny Brannigan said: "It's not easy to score a hat- trick from the spot. It takes a lot of bottle."
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Title Annotation:Winner
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 18, 2003
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