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EAST FIFE 1 : 0 QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 8th August 2007
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It was a desperately disappointing night on the sunny Fife coast for Gordon Chisholm and his side. The CIS Cup, even without the European place on offer these days, is still a potential source for big football nights and decent revenue. Progress is important to clubs like us but it wasn't to be tonight. It was a reasonably strong side that Queens fielded although there were five changes to the side that drew with St Johnstone on Saturday. In came Grindley in goal with MacDonald rested, Lauchlan and Harris came in for Atkin and McQuilken at the back, Tosh returned for Burns in midfield and Bingham replaced O'Connor up front. East Fife fielded a reasonably experienced side including former Queens player Paul Stewart.

Queens were first to show in 5 minutes when Dobbie was thwarted in trying to break through the middle and the ball broke wide for Andy Aitken of all people who popped up on the left side. The defender clearly set himself to make a cross but the ball almost drifted over McCulloch and into the net had it not been for a spectacular tip over from the keeper. Neil Scally picked up a booking for a clash of heads with Smart in the opening period of the match. In the 24th minute Bingham played Dobbie through for a run at goal but his early shot was screwed well wide across goal. A few minutes later Stewart caught Gilmour in possession and released Gordon for a shot from 20 yards that Grindley parried away but Queens bounced back immediately with Tosh releasing Dobbie through the middle again and again he went for the early hit rather than attempting to round McCulloch and struck wide. On the half hour Cameron's free kick from out wide was met with a powerful header from Smart and forced a superb reflex stop out of Grindley. East Fife were beginning to take control of the game at this point but late in the half Dobbie escaped down the left and crossed for Bingham completely free in the middle to send a diving header at goal. It failed to trouble McCulloch though.

Aitken's 'cross' forces a McCulloch save
Neither team made any changes at the interval. Queens should have scored on 54 minutes when Harris cut in from the left and fed Dobbie who hammered in a shot that McCulloch did very well to parry and then when the ball came back in from the left Tosh should have scored with a back post header that he sent wide. A minute later Fotheringham sent a shot over the top from 18 yards but it all went pear shaped a couple of minutes later. Robert Harris went firing into a challenge on Paul Walker on halfway. It was a poor challenge, a clear foul and a definite booking. It didn't look like anyone though, including the East Fife players expected to see the red card that followed from Mr O'Reilly. That changed the complexion of the game immediately. Chisholm immediately sent McQuilken on for Gilmour to replace Harris at the back. The Methil men responded by sending on Craig O'Reilly and Paul McManus for Walker and Gordon in an attacking switch.

Dobb's just fails to make contact
The bad news wasn't finished yet though. Sean O'Connor replaced Dobbie on 63 minutes and his first action was to clear a free kick away out for a corner in our defence. From the resulting corner though Greig McDonald powered a header in that Grindley did well to block only for the full back to hammer the rebound into the roof of the net. A minute later Tosh's clever ball sent Bingham clear of the home defence but he failed to capitalise, sending a lob well over the bar. With quarter of an hour to go Mole replaced Bingham in Queens' last throw of the dice and shortly afterward Steven Tweed picked up a booking for a fairly cynical body check on O'Connor as he tried to run clear from our defence. Twice in the final ten minutes Steve Tosh had a pot at goal from 20 yards but the first was comfortably saved and the second, set up by good work from O'Connor, was placed wide of target. In the final minute Jamie Mole was offered the final chance to make himself a hero but knocked his half volley over the bar from 18 yards.

McDonald rifles home
In the end then it was a disappointed Queens support that left the ground at full time. Ambitions for another cup run dashed by a performance that never reached any of the highs of Saturday's. The sending off was harsh and undeniably changed the game but even before that there wasn't enough urgency or invention in the side. Back to the drawing board for Dundee then.

Ewan Lithgow

Photographs from Sandy Robertson

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