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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 1 : 1 HAMILTON 7th January 2006
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S1 - 55
Rating: 7.16
S2 - 69
Rating: 5.32
S3 - 74
Rating: 5.98
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Today's encounter between second top and second bottom in the Bell's First Division served to demonstrate that there is little between any of the sides in the league as only a lack of firepower prevented Queens from taking the tie at the first time of asking. As it is the teams will meet for the third time in ten days when the game is replayed at New Douglas Park on the seventeenth of January.

Ian McCall started with a 4-4-2 formation this week with Paton and English on either side of Thomson and Reid and with a central midfield of Lyle on the right, Bowey, Lovell and Burns on the left. Leading the attack were John O'Neill and Gary Wood.

Queens enjoyed the bulk of the pressure for the opening ten minutes without really causing McEwan in the Accies goal any real trouble. Accies then took over for the next fifteen minutes before the game became bogged down without either team having the upper hand. On forty minutes Gary Wood received yet another booking, this time for dissent. And with almost the final kick of the half a superb effort from Accies Scott McKenzie forced Richie Barnard into a spectacular one handed save to push the ball over the bar and keep it all square at the interval.

Barnard got to Jones' effort to push it around the post
A minute into the second half and Barnards good work was undone as he was helpless to prevent a flicked on header from Mark McLaughlin following an Accies free kick from finding the back of the net. However heads didn't go down this time and Queens came back at the visitors with both John O'Neill with a far post header and Stuart Lovell with a drive from twenty five yards both coming close.

Accies open the scoring as Barnard can only watch
On fifty five minutes Ian McCall made his first substitution with Willie Gibson replacing Gary Wood which released Paul Burns to the right wing and Derek Lyle up front. Gibson's skill and trickery down the wing was an immediate spur to Queens and the game clearly moved in our favour after the change - perhaps Willies best role coming off the bench.

Gibson made the difference today
Brian McLaughlin was entered into the fray on sixty nine minutes replacing Steve Bowey but going alongside Derek Lyle up front as John O'Neill dropped back into a midfield role that he didn't seem comfortable with and only five minutes later he too was replaced with Scott Robertson adding a bit of youthful exuberance to the proceedings.

And with only ten minutes of the game to go a tug on the shirt of Willie Gibson by Derek Fleming was enough to allow the game to go to a replay. The resulting free kick was 'stepped over' by Tommy English and whipped in by Willie Gibson deep to the far post, Scott Robertson was on hand to slide in and lift the ball to the opposite post and in the midst of a defender packed six yard box up popped Derek Lyle to nod the ball over the line and secure a share of the points for the home side.

Lyle nods home as Robertson watches his setup being converted

From David Gow on the terraces.
A draw was probably a fair enough result although with a striker Queens could easily have dispensed with the need for a replay, however as it is the same side will have to perform well again in ten days time to ensure that whatever the draw throws up tomorrow that Queens are the team that will progress to that tie.

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