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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 0 : 2 St.MIRREN 15th March 2003
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Rating: 5.85
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Rating: 4.84
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Queens took to the field with a couple of changes from midweek on the park, both up front with an entirely new front line in the shape of our tallest and shortest players, O'Connor and McLaughlin. Derek Lyle retained his right sided midfielders role and other than that the only changes were to the bench as John O'Neill had a seat along with returnees Ben Dawson and Alan Gray.

The first real action of the half saw Saints take the lead as a long hopeful ball from the visitors defence wasn't cut-out by Brian McColligan and his opponent squared a ball across the goals to be met by Ricky Gillies, the midfielders effort didn't have much pace on it but it had enough for it to cross the line before Andy Aitken could spectacularly clear the ball back out of the goals. The far side linesman had no doubt however and gave the goal and to be fair no Queens players contested the award either. An early shock however as the visitors took a one goal lead.

Saints continued to press though as the home side found it difficult to cope with their battling style, on ten minutes a goal bound effort from the edge of the box from McHale had Scott at full stretch to push it out of the corner of his goal and away for a corner. The Buddies tactics were good, close us down and don't let the midfield play, it certainly worked well for them.

Queens at this stage were not looking at all a shadow of the side that had held Inverness in midweek, although this was probably due more to the hard work of the Saints. Our first opportunity didn't come until twenty five minutes into the match and it took a soft free kick following a tackle on Bowser some thirty yards out for us to threaten. Unfortunately the effort, taken by McColligan was missed by intended target Derek Allan and went wide for a goal-kick.

In an attempt to kick-start some life into Queens game Brian McLaughlin swapped position with Derek Lyle, but to be honest with little effect, then McLaughlin swapped with McAlpine, again with little effect.

It was Saints who made the only decent move of the remainder of the half as a nice one-two played a man in behind the home defence and the cross had to be well pushed away by Scott at his near post.


The second half immediately fell into the same pattern as the first with another good chance for St.Mirren as a free kick on the right was played deep to the far side of the box where it was returned goalward, Scott did well to get down low to the post to keep the ball out.

Queens did however come back into the game shortly after as McLaughlin came to terms with his marker and produced a couple of decent runs. The replacement of Derek Lyle with John O'Neill on fifty-five minutes and Brian McColligan with Eric Paton some three minutes later served to continue our improvement but not significantly enough to pose a real threat on the visitors goal.

Queens press for an equaliser

Eric Paton then had a decent effort from the edge of the box but again it failed to trouble Roy in the Saints goals as it sailed over the bar.

A Paton effort flies over the bar

With only a few minutes to go Queens looked to have passed up a good chance to score as some good work from McLaughlin resulted in a near post cross being taken off the toe of John O'Neill by Joe McAlpine as the winger attempted to take the chance himself.

Derek Anderson then retired hurt as Alan Gray made a rare appearance with Derek Allan moving into the centre of defence.

Disaster struck shortly after though as a free kick on the right of the box went through the defence and was fired back in again from the left, the result this time was a scramble in the six yard box and somehow the ball ended up in the back of the home goal to make the score 2-0 to the Saints.

Saints Captain McGowan celebrates the second goal

Queens tried to conjure something up in the last three minutes but to no avail as the chances that were made were not good enough to threaten the visitors goal seriously.

Last chance goes just over

St.Mirren were no better a side than Queens, the difference was that they had more of a desire to collect full points which basically turns the tables on our style this season, they did deserve their win. Maybe the midweek exertions took their toll, let's hope that the batteries are recharged for the battle with Arbroath on Tuesday evening.

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