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In the end a last minute Dean Muir strike keeps the three points at Palmerston after a game in which both teams demonstrated the strength of their defences. Arbroath's promotion charge has been dented slightly following this defeat which sees Queen's take on and beat both the league leaders and the second place side within the space of seven days.

The side was the same in terms of formation to that fielded last week by John Connolly, the one change was in personnel with Stephen Walklate taking over from Des McKeown who found himself on the bench and Paddy Atkinson moving across to left wing back.

Chances were few and far between in this match as Rowe and Thomson managed to snuff out Weatherson and Sunderland whilst Mallan and McGlashan were never given a chance by Aitken, McQuilter and Nixon. Moments to note in the first half were; a good through ball by Weatherson which almost released Jon Sunderland in two minutes, a John O'Neill half volley from twenty five yards on fourteen minutes which just about grazed the post, Peter Weatherson releasing John Sunderland in fifteen minutes only to see the winger turned striker blast over the bar and finally on the half hour mark an Arbroath effort that McKinnon could only head past with the goal at his mercy.

Half time saw Des McKeown replace Stephen Walklate but otherwise the same formation remained. Five minutes into the match the first corner was won by Arbroath but Jamie Campbell had no problem in collecting the ball as it came across the area.

Arbroath were marginally on top for the first fifteen minutes or so of the half, a free kick on the edge of the Queen's box saw Rowe and Mallan lining up to take it but neither had a track record of converting set ball plays at Palmerston and so their record continued as Stevie could only curl an effort into the welcoming arms of 'keeper Campbell.

[Hawke lays-off to Sunderland]
Warren Hawke about to feed the in-rushing Jon Sunderland as Peter Weatherson watches on.

John Connolly made the decision to change things around and in an attempt to find some extra width put on Dean Muir with the task of getting the ball forward down the right wing. Five minutes later and Muir did what was asked as he cleverly turned his marker and made off down the wing, his deep cross ball was about to be met by Jon Sunderland but George Rowe managed to re-position Sunderland and cleared the ball himself.

Arbroath then had their best chance of the half as the ball was taken down the right wing and crossed along the edge of the six yard box to be met at the far post by the outstretched leg of Stevie Mallan, Stevie's effort though was brilliantly blocked away by Jamie Campbell as the big 'keeper showed that he could stop shots as well as claim crosses.

Queens were playing the ball on the ground now and proving to be a more potent threat for it, Paddy Atkinson and Graham Connell demonstrated a good understanding on eighty minutes as they played a neat one-two which put Paddy in a position to cross a good ball that could only be played away for a corner by the Red Lichties defence. Then a minute later good work by Peter Weatherson played in Jon Sunderland but his effort was straight at Hinchcliffe in the Arbroath goals.

Just as the both sets of supporters were expecting to have to share the spoils Paddy Atkinson broke down the left hand side and put in a deep cross to the far post where substitute Dean Muir made contact striking the ball into the ground and seeing it bounce up and over the Arbroath 'keeper and into the net to win the game. That was effectively the last real action of the game and the Queens side left the field to a standing ovation from the home support.

[The ball is on it's way into the net]
Dean Muir (just out of shot on the left) shoots home the winner as the helpless Arbroath defence watch in vain.

[Now it's in the net]
And now it's in the net. Thanks to Iain Bell for this photo.

This result, coupled to defeat for Berwick and a draw for Stranraer tightens things up at the top of the league but still maintains the Red Lichties in pole position for the second promotion place.

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