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HAMILTON 1 : 0 QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 2nd January 2008
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S1 - 72
Rating: 4.42
S2 - 76
Campbell (T)
Rating: 4.61
S3 - 85
Martin (T)
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A minutes appluase in memory of Phil O'Donnell

A minute respected by all for Phil O'Donnell - from David Gow on the teracing
With a flood of seasonal games in such a short time it was no great surprise that Gordon Chisholm took the chance to mix up his selection a little. There were four changes to the starting line up that beat Livingston at the weekend. Sean O'Connor doesn't play on the plastic surface so it was no surprise that he dropped out of the squad. Neil MacFarlane, Stephen Dobbie and Brian Gilmour all dropped to the bench too. In their place came Jamie McQuilken, playing left back with Harris moving into midfield, Scott Robertson, John O'Neill and new loan signing John Stewart. Also on the bench two Trialists in the form of ex-Kilmarnock striker Robert Campbell and goalkeeper Darren Martin who has been attached to Queens previously. Hamilton were also busy in the transfer market yesterday and David Graham, the former Gretna forward, took his place in the side having made his loan move permanent whilst Xavier Barrau made the bench after joining up too.

Only two minutes had gone when Offiong took advantage of an odd bounce to beat Jim Thomson and chip the ball over MacDonald. Fortunately he also chipped it wide of target. It was 20 minutes later before there was anything else of note in a poor opening period though. On that occasion Graham hammered over the bar from 20 yards. Graham was proving the dangerman and MacDonald soon had to dive at his feet as he tried to dribble along the by-line. Minutes later he came closest of all in the first half with a 25 yard effort having cut in from the left that beat MacDonald but drifted just wide. Queens best opening of the half came from the resulting goal kick though as Tosh and O'Neill combined to set up Stewart and his pass freed Harris for a shot that should probably have been closer than it ended up. Soon after O'Neill set up Robertson for a strike that was charged down. Hamilton were soon back up the other end though and on 38 minutes, when Graham's cross wasn't cleared far enough, McArthur shot powerfully on target and forced a decent block from MacDonald. That was the last notable chance of the half though as Queens saw it out reasonably comfortably.

MacDonald rises toward the ball
Hamilton were forced to change their goalkeeper at half time as Halliwell has damaged a thigh during the opening period. In his place was Tomas Cerny. The first chance of the second half arrived ten minutes in when Winters tried to chip MacDonald from an acute angle but found the keeper equal to it. Winters had obviously decided it was his turn to cause the problems as on 56 minutes he cut in from the right and curled a lovely shot to the top left corner that caused MacDonald to move very smartly to make a great save. On the hour mark Barrau was introduced for the home side, though surprisingly it was Winters who was replaced. Straight away Accies almost grabbed the lead on a break as Offiong set up McCarthy for a shot across the face of goal that he should have done better with.

Queens had a huge let off on 65 minutes as Barrau sped down the left and crossed to the back post Graham laid it back to Offiong who had to score from six yards but blasted over. Seconds later up the other end Tosh escaped to lob Cerny but put it too high and well over the bar. Disaster wasn't far away though and it arrived in 70 minutes. Tom Parratt crossed high into the box and Jamie MacDonald obviously felt he had time to come and punch clear. He never got there. Instead James McArthur got there first to nod into the empty net. Straight away Stephen Dobbie came on for Stewart who had looked lively on his debut. He was soon followed by Trialist Robert Campbell on 76 minutes, replacing O'Neill.

A chance for Harris and a save by Cerny - from David Gow on the teracing
Queens missed a great chance on 78 minutes as Elebert was caught out by the bounce of the ball and a good cross found Harris with an open goal at the back post, albeit from a tight angle. However, he either got his shot all wrong or looked for a cross because the ball somehow ended up in the arms of Cerny who was already lying on the ground. Accies then replaced Offiong with Mark Gilhaney before Steve Tosh picked up a booking for dissent and was then replaced by Brian Gilmour on 84 minutes to complete the changes. With five minutes to go Cerny made a wonderful save low from David Elebert's back header from a deep free kick. However, in the remaining time we failed to force a save out of him ourselves. So it's back to Palmerston on Saturday and a crucial fixture against Clyde.

Ewan Lithgow
Photos - David Gow

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