Today's Sponsor's Man of the Match was John Hillcoat in the Dumfries goal, this tells you something about the game, however chances were made an squandered at both ends of the park and in the end a draw was just about a fair result. The reaction of the two sets of fans at the end confirmed it with the Clyde fans more than happy and the Dumfries faithfull rather subdued.
Queen's line up today was dictated by injury problems and whilst Alan Kerr made the team, Steven Leslie just missed out. Starting again at left back was Sandy Hodge who is an imposing figure down the left flank, this meant that Alan Kerr was utilised at right back. The midfield change was a straight swap between Leslie and Findlay, allowing the former Hibee a full ninety minutes of action this week. Up front Lee Bailey and Steven Mallan were given the task of finishing whilst Bryan Caldwell remained out on the left wing.
In this photograph Caldwell swings in an excellent cross from a free kick in the second half that just missed the onrushing forward line.
The game started brightly for Queens and Bailey had an early chance palmed away by David Wylie in the Bully Wee goal, then another opening produced by the diminutive front man went abegging as Queens looked as though they had found the right formation. However the game then swang Clyde's way and they managed to hit both post and bar as Queen's defenders attempted to organise themselves. This picture shows Ian Spittal launching a header which hit the crossbar.
Queens too were making chances and forcing the play but some robust defending was keeping Mallan and Bailey at bay whilst Bryan Caldwell was showing some excellent skill down the left and making Murray's afternoon rather uncomfortable.
The second half was a continuation of the trend set in the first half, Queen's forcing the play but Clyde often breaking through and making better chances in front of goal, John Hillcoat had to prove on a number of occassions that he is an excellent shot stopper as he turned away a number of goal bound efforts from the eager Clyde forwards.
Lee Bailey was having an industrious afternoon as usual, his holding game much better than his distribution today, however in the 78th minute hew was the man who made the break through. Coming across goal he managed to twist and curl in an excellent shot, the keeper couldn't hold it and as he scrambled to reclaim it Bailey followed up and dispossessed him before turning in the most acute of angles and firing the ball into the gaping net, 1-0 to the Queens.
Whilst still in the midst of congratulating themselves Clyde took the initiative and bustling forward Keogh ran through on Geordie Rowe who went down heavily and as the remaining defenders watched on, stroked the ball past the helpless Hillcoat in the Terregles Street goal.
Both teams made chances until the final whistle and the match could have easily gone either way.