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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 0 : 1 StJOHNSTONE 12th August 2006
Rating: 5.00
Rating: 6.10
Rating: 5.85
J Thomson
Rating: 5.85
Rating: 4.40
Rating: 6.29
Rating: 5.52
Rating: 6.35
Rating: 5.87
Rating: 5.75
Rating: 5.87
S1 - 46
Rating: 4.91
S2 - 61
A Thomson
Rating: 4.44
S3 - 69
Rating: 5.32
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On the back of the 4-2 win over Clyde in the CIS Insurance Cup Queens fans arrived at Palmerston hopeful of a good display and some reward against one of the favourites for promotion this term St Johnstone. The side lined up with a similar feel to it, Eric Paton remained on the left hand side despite the return of Willie Gibson, the enigmatic Gibson being played on the right hand side where you would imagine the naturally right footed player would prosper. John Henry dropped out of the squad to make way and Scott MacKenzie was relegated to the bench.

The first real action of the game saw Willie Gibson lose possession on the right hand side which allowed Paul Sheerin to make his way to the bye line before delivering a cross that Simon Mensing had no trouble in heading into the back of the net, despite the attentions of Jim Lauchlan and Murray Henderson. It was St Johnstone that were the more aggressive of the two sides and they also looked the more dangerous without really testing Corr in the Queens goal. Indeed it was Queens who had the next chance as an Eric Paton cross was headed goalward by Graham Weir but straight into the hands of Bryn Halliwell.

Mensing buries his header
On the half hour mark the expected understanding between Henderson and Corr was posted missing as the two again managed to confuse each other allowing Martin Hardie to head just past the post.

Just after the half hour Graham Weir had a chance to shoot at goal but his effort slipped past the upright with Halliwell untroubled.

O'Neill at least attempted to shoot
The consensus at half time was that this must surely be a 'game of two halves' and that the second would see a much improved performance from both sides. Wrong! the second half was about to unfold and be as poor as the first.

Ian McCall attempted to change things with the ineffectual Willie Gibson allowed to stay in at half time and Scott MacKenzie brought into midfield with Neil Scally moving wide right to provide more purpose down that flank. Just past the hour mark and with nothing much changed Andy Thomson was introduced in place of Graham Weir and ten minutes later we went three up with Michael Mullen replacing John O'Neill.

Jim Thomson keeps tabs on Jason Scotland
The introduction of Mullen at least provided some additional problems for the Saints defence and their typically robust approach to the sport saw Rutkiewicz injured, booked and replaced for a crude tackle on Mullen as the lively striker wheeled around the statuesque defender.

Queens had to wait until just five minutes from the end for their best chance to present itself as the normally solid Stanick slipped allowing a cross ball to drop nicely for Paul Burns, the midfielder has scored most of his goals from this type of chance but this time blasted over the bar when a goal looked a better bet.

James ensures that Henderson can't jump with him
To cap the disappointment off Jim Lauchlan was red carded in the last minute of the game for what looked like a last man challenge on Steven Milne the Saints substitute.

All in all a disappointing afternoon with a poor crowd, little or no football on display, very many controversial decisions and the loss of three points. A little redemption on Tuesday evening against Stranraer would not go amiss.

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