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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 1 : 1 HAMILTON 3rd April 2007
Rating: 6.97
Rating: 6.28
Rating: 6.81
Rating: 5.81
Rating: 7.24
Rating: 6.00
Rating: 6.02
Rating: 6.68
Rating: 6.81
Rating: 6.02
1 S1
Rating: 7.48
S1 - 50
Rating: 5.81
S2 - 71
Rating: 5.45
S3 - 77
Rating: 4.92
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Queens came into this match with an identical line-up to that out on Saturday versus Clyde. And they started well with some good passing football that gave Stephen Dobbie a chance in the third minute that he could only manage to nod into the arms of Murdoch in the Accies goal, however out of nothing came a shock for Queens with an Eric Paton headed clearance being misjudged by Jim Lauchlan in the middle to the park and falling to the feet of former Carlisle United striker Brian Wake. The big forward found himself with no central defender anywhere near him and as Paton and McQuilken attempted to close him down he stroked the ball cooly past Jamie MacDonald to give the visitors an early lead.

For the next fifteen minutes the defence still appeared to be rocked by the goal but Hamilton failed to take advantage of their turmoil as despite some nice link up play they failed to make any clear cut chances. At the other end Queens were still playing some good football and Sean O'Connor almost found the net as he got on the end of a Stevie Murray free kick to send the ball just past the post. The big man did find the net though just a couple of minutes later as he stooped to get his head onto an Eric Paton cross, Sean looped his header up and over Murdoch to see it nestle in the back of the visitors goal and tie the scores.

Murdoch can only watch as O'Connors(on the ground) looping header catches him out
This livened up the game somewhat and in the space of five minutes Hamilton had a couple of good chances that they passed up, one in particular where Paul McLeod attempted to lash the ball home from eight yards out only to miss the ball completely, much to the home defence's relief. From this chance Queens counter attacked and Sean O'Connor slipped the ball through to Stephen Dobbie, Dobbie made to the bye-line wide right and crossed to the near post where Stevie Murray volleyed an effort that just skimmed past the upright.

With just a few minutes of the half remaining Eric Paton was in the right place at the right time to clear a goal bound effort off the line and then Jamie MacDonald came to the rescue with an excellent save from the rebound.

Eric gets a toe onto the ball to deny McArthur
The second half was only five minutes old when Sean O'Connor was replaced by John O'Neill as a precautionary measure, O'Neill moved wide right and Andrew Barrowman took Sean's place upfront. Queens were certainly the livelier of the sides in the second period and Stevie Murray could probably have squared a ball to the unmarked Stephen Dobbie when through against a defender and with Dobbie clear, however the winger struck an effort for goal that went over the bar.

Graham Weir was introduced for Stephen Dobbie and then Stevie Tosh was replaced by Paul Burns with Burns going wide right and John O'Neill coming into the middle of the park. And it was O'Neill who would get the best of the chances in the last ten minutes of the game as first he was almost clean through on the 'keeper but just couldn't get the ball to fall to him cleanly and then the best chance of the match as he rose brilliantly at the far post and headed what nine times out of ten would have been a superb winner only to be denied by an equally superb reaction save from Murdoch for Accies.

Murdoch is the hero for Accies as he is in the right place to beat away John O'Neills diving header
All in all a thoroughly predictable result, a share of the points was a fair result for both sides, Accies shaded the first half and Queens the second.

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