Reds youngsters played the second match of pre-season, emerging comfortable winners at Palmerston Park.
They were the better team in the first half whilst Queens, a much younger outfit in terms of their development, dominated the second.
Lee McCullough’s side made a bright start and were rewarded with a penalty after just four minutes. Matty Foster’s goal bound shot was charged down by a blue-shirted defender and the loud appeals for hand-ball were in unison as the referee pointed to the spot.
Adam Woolway confidently converted to open the scoring.
Reds doubled their advantage after nineteen minutes with a fine individual goal from Bobby Dixon. He broke through, rounded the last defender, then the goalkeeper, before rolling the ball into an empty net.
Queens recovered from a poor start and were back in the game on the half hour mark. They reacted to a wayward Reds clearance and, although Lewis Downey still had a lot to do, reduced the arrears with a well taken goal.
The West Cumbrians restored their two goal advantage five minutes before the interval with Jack Brown converting from ten yards after good work from Dixon on the right.
Both teams utilised their substitutes in the second half and Queens were camped in Workington territory for long periods.
It was a surprise that there were no more goals although the Dumfries outfit came close on several occasions. Aaron Lister made two or three decent saves but was beaten on two occasions only for efforts from Shay Meagher and Luca Rinaldi to rebound off the crossbar and post respectively.
Team: Scott Paden-Gale (Aaron Lister), Ben Wade, Zach Martin, Owen Birkett, Zak Walker, Jack Brown, Evan Stephenson, Adam Woolway, Bobby Dixon, Matty Foster, Elliot Lowrie. Substitutes – Coby Bell, Shaun Askin, Hayden Rae (all used).