From the Sunday Mail: Allan Johnston heaped praise on teenage hat-trick hero Gavin Reilly after Queen of the South crushed their title rivals.
Willie Gibson, Nicky Clark and Kevin Smith also bagged goals but young striker Reilly, 19, was the star of the show as Queens made it four league games in a row without conceding.
Boss Johnston said. “Gavin missed a chance through on goal in the first half but he didn't let that bother him.
“Some young players would have gone into their shell but Gavin is desperate to score goals and is doing very well for us.
“It shows you the competition we have up front. Gavin got a hat-trick, Nicky and Kevin scored and Derek Lyle wasn’t even involved.
“We created lots of chances and it was brilliant to see the goals flying in.”
Queens came flying out the blocks and had a shout for a penalty in seven minutes when Clark was dragged back by Alex Keddie but ref John McKendrick awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box instead.
Reilly hit the post seconds later after latching on to Gibson’s headed pass.
It was one-way traffic and Queens took the lead in 17 minutes. Gibson picked up 25 yards out and fired a low shot past Tony Bullock that the keeper should have saved. The second came in 37 minutes when Clark intercepted Keddie’s poor headed pass-back before rounding Bullock and passing into the empty net.
Steven Doris blew a golden chance to pull Arbroath back into the match before half time, rattling a penalty off the bar after an apparent shirt pull by Stephen McKenna.
Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin put himself on for the second half but his side fell further behind in 52 minutes when Reilly ghosted in to head home Mark Durnan’s flick. It was all Queens and No.4 arrived just after the hour when Reilly volleyed Daniel Carmichael’s cross into the roof of the net.
Three minutes from time sub Smith netted Queens’ fifth, tapping into an empty net after more excellent wing play from Carmichael.
And Reilly completed his treble with a left-foot strike from 12 yards.
Raging gaffer Sheeran said: “Four or five goals came from errors and that isn’t good enough.
“That’s been coming because we haven’t been playing well but we will knuckle down and bounce back.
“We never even got started and I want to apologise to the fans who travelled the length of Scotland for that.”