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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 0 : 1 ROSS COUNTY 7th August 2004
Rating: 5.97
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Rating: 6.89
S1 - 62
Rating: 5.04
S2 - 75
Rating: 6.48
S3 - 86
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The starting eleven today saw only one change from last week as the injured Gary Wood made way for new boy Chris Armstrong upfront. The bench also saw just the one change as the injured Emilio Jaconelli made way for Paul Hilland.

The game began with both sides looking to make inroads early on but neither quite managing it, former Queens favourite Alex Burke made his intentions clear very early as he skinned Jim Thomson down the left but could only put in an unproductive cross. David McNiven then showed for Queens as he managed to get to the byeline but his eagerly anticipated cross was disappointing and was easily played away by the visiting defence. Long range specialist John Rankin for County looks as though he needs a bit of target practice as he managed to blast a couple of efforts as wide as they were long in the first half hour. And on the half-hour Queens had their best chance as Bowser was played through by David McNiven but the captains effort was too close to the 'keeper and Garden palmed the effort away for a corner to Queens. From the deep corner Armstrong headed back across goal where McLaughlin looked likely to test the 'keeper again but missed the ball completely.

No foul - honest!
Queens enjoyed a good spell of pressure at this point and David Bagan could have done better than blast an effort past that had been teed up for him by McLaughlin. Shortly after David McNiven was unlucky when his shot after a sharp turn flew wide of the upright from all of six yards. Disaster was about to strike though.

Alex Burke was lurking on the far left hand side of the box without the attention of a defender when the ball was played across to him, his sweetly struck shot took a deflection off the backside of Jim Thomson which wrong footed the already committed Colin Scott and ended up in the back of the net to give the 'Staggies' the lead just before the break. A few heated moments passed before half-time which saw Chris Scott pick up his second yellow of his two-game Queens career for a rash challenge.

Scott has no chance as the ball settles in the back of the net
The second half commenced with Ross County in command for a good spell. Burke, looking even leaner and fitter than last term, was causing lots of problems as he roamed about the forward line for the visitors but really no one else from the highlanders looked to be on a par with the former Queens man - thankfully.

With fifteen minutes of the half gone Jim Thomson tested Garden with a header that the 'keeper had to be sharp to get to low at his left hand post from a David Bagan free-kick. A quick change was then made as Paul Burns took the place of Brian McColligan with the out of position David Bagan becoming much more effective in a central midfield role. It was Bagan who made space and fired an effort toward goal moments later that was deflected wide for a corner. The corner being headed over by the impressive in the air Chris Armstrong.

Garden was helpless but the ball flew over the bar from Armstrongs header
With few attacking options left Queens went for a combination of the tallest and the shortest with McLaughlin and Armstrong being given the chance upfront as David McNiven was replaced by Willie Gibson who took up McLaughlins left wing position and created much more in the last fifteen minutes than had come from that channel all game.

Bowser looks for an opening
Ross County were also providing their moments however and substitute David Winters crashed an effort onto the bar from twenty-five yards with ten minutes left of the match.

For the final five minutes Stephen Payne was given the task of playing as a forward as he replaced Brian McLaughlin, however we never looked like scoring.

It is a disappointing start to the season, however there was nothing between the sides, other than Alex Burke, and once we have played a few more games we will have a better view on how we will fare this season.

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