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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 0 : 1 St MIRREN 10th September 2005
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Iain Scott made a number of changes today in an attempt to secure the first league win of the season for Queens. A 3-5-2 formation as tried ten days earlier against the same opponents but in the Bell's Cup was retained but with a change of personnel at the back as Gary Wood and debutant Stuart Hill accompanied Jim Thomson in the three man defence. The middle of the park saw Brian McLaughlin drop into the midfield whilst John O'Neill joined Derek Lyle up front - Stuart Lovell had a seat on the bench today.

Debutant Hill kept the back-pedaling Sutton in check
Queens started brightly enough forcing an early corner that gave John O'Neill a chance but his effort was easily enough blocked away byu the Saints defence. Both sides were playing open attacking football but neither goal was really threatened other than on seven minutes when Smith in the Buddies goal made a hash of a clearance giving the ball directly to Derek Lyle, the tanned striker attempting an immediate chip back toward goal that had the hapless 'keeper well beaten but that also missed the target by a couple of feet.

Wee Brian gets down
It was twenty one minutes before the deadlock was broken and it was the visitors who provided the only goal of the game as Simon Lappin collected the ball in a goal mouth scramble and turned to shoot past Barnard in the Queens goal.

Lappin (No.8) stabs the ball toward goal to open the scoring
Queens responded immediately and Paul Burns again looked dangerous as he found some space on the edge of the box to get a shot away that was blocked by a defender. At the other end the speed of Mark Corcoran was again evident as the former Hamilton Accies forward managed to completely 'skin' Steve Bowey before getting in a cross that almost dipped into the goal at the far side.

Rae and Scott survey the midfield action
Before the half concluded Derek Lyle had what was probably the best chance that the home side had to score as he headed an effort against the post and out for a bye-kick. Queens finished the half the stronger but had never really threatened during the period.

The second half almost started with a bang for the visitors as Hugh Murray was put clean through on goal and shot for what looked like a certain goal only to see the brave face of Richie Barnard push the ball away - but only as far as Stewart Kean who in turn blasted over the top from point blank range.

Derek Lyle's match was finished as he fell in the Buddies box and had to be stretchered from the park with his left leg in a supportive splint. David McNiven took his place and was the only Queens substitute today.

Del feels the pain
Queens felt the frustration come into the game as John O'Neill was booked for questioning the referee's decision to stop the game mid-flow to allow a Saints substitution, then seconds later ignoring a blatant hand ball down the right.

With twenty four minutes of the half gone David McNiven was downed in the box as he raced past a defender and required treatment for the result of the challenge but again no foul play was seen by the officials.

Jonjo's strike rebounds off Potter
The game was played out with Queens having a lot of the possession but not really threatening - indeed it is difficult to remember a single save that Chris Smith had to make all game. Queens defensively looked reasonably sound but that is not where the problem lies. It is also interesting to note that Sean O'Connor scored for Morecambe today.

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