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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 2 : 0 ROSS COUNTY 10th March 2007
Rating: 7.76
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S1 - 50
Rating: 6.33
S2 - 53
Rating: 5.35
S3 - 66
Rating: 5.42
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It was 'same again' for Queens today as Ian McCall had the luxury of being able to field the same side for the third game in a row, and the third in a week for that matter.

Queens started the game in spectacular fashion and came close a couple of times in the first few minutes before Neil Scally took a throw in midway inside the County half, Stephen Dobbie collected the ball from Scally and played it to Sean O'Connor who in turn threaded the ball through the defence to John O'Neill, Jonjo looked up and strode forward before striking the ball past Tomei in the Staggies goal from just inside the box to give Queens a fifth minute lead.

O'Neill slams home - from David Gow on the terracing
Queens continued to play impressively and press their opponents before taking a two goal lead on twelve minutes. This time John O'Neill turned provider as a deep Eric Paton free kick was knocked back by O'Neill on the bye line into the middle of the six yard box where Jamie Adams gleefully accepted the chance to tap the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-0.

Adams taps home - from David Gow on the terracing

Adams waits for the ball from O'Neill to slip it into the back of the net

..........and celebrates in style.
On twenty minutes a superb Stevie Murray free kick was flicked on by Jamie Adams and only a superb save by Tomei prevented the Killie loan player from netting a couple. County though were getting a foothold in the game and they dominated play for the remainder of the match leaving the home fans watching nervously for almost seventy minutes of play.

At half time Scott Leitch, with nothing to lose, took the opportunity to make a double change as he sent on Celtic loan player Michael Gardyne and Derek Adams. It had an immediate effect as Queens were put very much on the back foot for those opening minutes of the half. Jim Lauchlan misjudged a high ball and allowed Sean Higgins the chance to face Jamie MacDonald, however Jamie once again showed his class and produced a super save to deny the striker. A minute later and another great stop was required from MacDonald as this time Gardyne turned on the edge of the box and struck goalward.

Jim Lauchlan could take no further part in the game and was replaced by Murray Henderson on fifty minutes, the big central defender nursing a groin strain as he left the pitch. Ian McCall then made a tactical substitution as he replaced Stephen Dobbie with Andrew Barrowman.

Gardyne had a nother good chance but squandered the opportunity as he headed well over the bar from a free kick with Murray Henderson in close attendance.

A battle scarred Sean O'Connor wins an aerial battle
Steve Tosh was introduced with twenty minutes of the half gone, Sean O'Connor made way and that resulted in a one man strike force of Andy Barrowman with Stevie Murray sitting just behind him as Tosh took up a wide left position. Queens did have a decent chance in the half when from a free kick Eric Paton tested Ross County 'keeper Matieo Tomei, the 'keeper pushed the ball out and it fell to Eric Paton again who this time could only blast over.

Henderson screams to organise his defence as big Neilly watches on
At the other end it was a similar scenario as Diarmund O'Carroll shot fiercely at Jamie MacDonald who produced a punched clearance that somehow managed to ricochet back toward goal off the head of Jamie McQuilken, MacDonald was quick to recover though and smothered any danger.

In summary it was a game where we did all we had to do in the first quarter then sat back, Ross County didn't offer too much in response and anything that they did was well dealt with by the defence.

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