With weather conditions as different as they could have been from the previous day both sides set about the task of leaving with the Scottish Brewers Cup with strong sides intent of playing a competitive style of football.
Queens had made wholesale changes to that which had defeated the host side on Saturday with only McStay, McGhee and Mark Patterson making the starting line up today, indeed Patterson was a late replacement for new signing Stuart Davidson who had injured himself slightly during the warn-up.
Queens started strongly playing up the slope but with the breeze at their backs and with the five man midfield were generally on top in the middle of the park. Clear cut chances were a little scare until the twentieth minute when Peter Weatherson demonstrated that the summer shutdown had not affected his eye for goal as he struck and excellent effort from twenty five yards that just cleared the bar with the keeper watching helplessly. A goal was not long coming as the Doonhamers continued to press, Stuart Connolly, making his debut was proving a real thorn in the flesh of the Livvie defence as he twisted and turned his way into the penalty area, from the right hand side he put in an excellent ball for new signing, (subject to international clearance) Mark Patterson to crash into the roof of the net for his third of the weekend.
With the tempo raised Livvie came back into the match and Colin Scott had to produce a tremendous fingertip save to deny Livvie an equaliser from a free kick on the edge of the box, ten minutes before half time and Player of the Tournament Marvin Andrews rose unchallenged in the box to head home his second goal of the weekend and the equaliser for Livingston. The Lions tails were up and David Hagen, who has always known how to spoil a good party, for it was he who struck the only goal in that Challenge Cup final encounter versus Falkirk a few seasons back, almost put his side into the lead with a looping effort which clipped the bar.
Then Queens saw some harsh decisions made against them as firstly a what appeared to be blatant hand ball claim was waived away and then Stuart Connolly appeared to be wrestled to the ground only to be left in a state of disbelief that nothing was given. But Queens had the last word of the half as the impressive, as every player was today, Derek Allan came forward for a corner and put his effort just over the crossbar. Half time 1-1.
The second half saw three substitutions with the newly re-signed Aitken on for Thomson, Hawke for goal scorer Patterson and O'Neill for McStay.
It didn't take too long before Queens were back Peter Weatherson being persistent to win the ball and then play it to former Sunderland player McGhee who whipped the ball across for Stuart Connolly to finish nicely.
No way through for Andrews this time
Fewer chances were being made but an impressive footballing display was being enjoyed by the reasonably sized crowd, it was thirty minutes into the half before any really significant action occurred and it was Queens who conceded the goal as Colin Scott couldn't keep hold of a sweetly struck effort and couldn't recover the ball before a Livingston player had forced it over the line.
It was Queens that finished the match the stronger and really deserved to win it in normal time as they had three more reasonable chances before the final whistle blew. It was not to be though and the game ended tied at 2-2 with the result to be decided by penalty kicks.
In previous years Queens fans have not been known to enjoy the thought of a penalty being taken by one of their favourites, however the side now is on a much higher level of professionalism and were quick to demonstrate their confidence as O'Neill, Weatherson, Hawke, Crawford and Atkinson scored every one of the Donnhamers efforts whilst Colin Scott produced a tremendous save to deny Livvie and make the taking of their last penalty pointless.
Paddy scores the winning penalty
So Queens retain the Scottish Brewers Cup that they won in its inaugural year last season and once again Club Captain Andy Aitken, a native of Annan, accepted the trophy from the home side Chairman Sam Wallace.
A good weekend's work for all involved and for the record the third place play-off between Hamilton and Annan was won by the home side with a 1-0 victory.