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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 2 : 1 CLYDE 4th March 2006
Rating: 7.01
Rating: 6.99
Rating: 7.23
Rating: 7.17
Rating: 6.07
Rating: 5.41
Rating: 6.23
Rating: 6.30
Rating: 5.84
Rating: 7.36
Rating: 6.24
S1 - 55
Rating: 5.29
S2 - 62 1
Rating: 6.24
S3 - 72
Rating: 5.67
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With only Bowey and O'Neill and Thomson and Lyle swapping places between bench and midfield it was as you were from the Dundee draw on Tuesday night.

A bright start by Queens saw the ball in the net with only seven minutes of the match gone, Paul Burns electing to square the ball to the offside Derek Lyle who duly scored but from an offside position - a shot from Burns would have been the best option. Clyde though were also intent on having some goal attempts and moments after the offside goal it was Tom Brighton being denied by a superb clearance by Paul Burns as the ball rolled out to the Clyde striker. Whilst Queens were enjoying the bulk of the possession the Clyde game plan of sitting deep and hitting on the break was giving them more clear cut chances. On twenty-two minutes Bryson and Brighton combined well to allow Bryson an effort on goal that he could only push wide of the post.

Paton, Thomson and Aitken hold off Arbuckle and Brighton
A half hearted penalty claim by Derek Lyle on the half hour mark was all that he had to show for a one-on-one chance with the 'keeper, although two defenders in close proximity made life difficult for him, then from the resultant corner it was Lyle again who managed to get his head to the cross only to see it fly high over the bar. Another header just after the half hour from a corner sailed over the bar, this time from Jim Thomson whilst Arbuckle was penalised for a handball as he looked to be running in on Colin Scott in the Queens goal.

The final action of the first half was a decent Colin Scot dive and save at the feet of Stephen O'Donnell who looked like he could have done better.

The second half started with Clyde the more dominant side and only a one handed save by Colin Scott followed by a smart clearance by Stuart Lovell prevented the visitors from opening the scoring. However all was to change as a long ball was chased down by Paul Burns and Robert Harris in the Clyde defence used his hand to control the ball deep in the penalty box. The Galloway News stand side linesman immediately flagged for the offence and the referee awarded the spot kick. The ever reliable John O'Neill, making his 100th appearance for Queens smashed home his fifty-third goal for the side.

O'Neill blasts home the spot kick

O'Neill nets the spot kick - from David Gow on the terraces.
Over the next twenty minutes not too much action occurred but all three Queens substitutes were played as Bowser came on for McStay, Thomson for Weir and Mullan for Lyle.

As Queens pressed a quick throw in on the right hand side to John O'Neill was intercepted by Paul McHale, he sprinted upfield and produced a cross that Clyde substitute Doug Imrie met on the volley mid-air to score a superb goal and undoubtedly the goal of the match.

Imrie is grounded as his super strike heads for the back of the net
Queens continued to press however and it was no surprise when the pressure turned into a goal as a free kick taken by Stuart Lovell following a foul on Paul Burns allowed Michael Mullen to steer a header towards the far post, with Jarvie struggling to cover the ground John O'Neill popped up and attempted to slot the ball home, however Jarvie did just enough to deflect the ball back into the six yard box where Andy Thomson was more than happy to accept the chance to smash the ball into the back of the net for the winner.

Thomson scores the winner - from David Gow on the terraces.
This was a big win for Queens and although it was not the best game to watch the end result matters much more and pulls us into two points of Stranraer and with a local derby coming up in two weeks time we could be looking at a bumper crowd at Palmerston for that one.

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