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With Paul Burns fit again Gordon Chisholm had the comparative luxury of a virtually full squad to choose from for the crucial trip to bottom cub Stirling Albion. Only long term injury victims Jim Lauchlan and Jamie Adams were unavailable. In the end it was an easy decision surely though to return to the side who did so well at Peterhead and Clyde which meant Burns returning for McQuilken who dropped onto the bench. The unlucky player missed from the sixteen as a result was Neil MacFarlane. Stirling had a few problems but were able to field their chosen front pair of Cramb and McKenna and had one time Queens player Steven Bell in midfield.

There was early controversy as Stirling were awarded a cheap free kick on the edge of the Queens area after Harris was adjudged to have challenged too physically. Colin Cramb struck the kick into the wall though and then hit the rebound over the bar from 20 yards. Queens were soon challenging at the other end though and Hogarth was tested for the first time with O'Connor's header after eight minutes. Seconds later and big Andy Graham nearly deflected a Tosh pass past his own keeper and O'Connor couldn't latch onto the rebound in time to test Hogarth again.

The match turned on a bizarre decision by referee Scott McDonald in 17 minutes as Bob Harris climbed above Colin Cramb to win a header in his own box. Cramb landed awkwardly and was stretchered off to be replaced by Derek Lilley but meantime Mr McDonald incredibly saw a foul in it somehow and pointed to the penalty spot. Chris Aitken is the man Stirling turn to and after some delay to treat Cramb he duly beat Jamie MacDonald comfortably to the bottom left corner.

If the referee was already unpopular with the Queens fans he halved his rating in one fell swoop on 28 minutes when Myles Hogarth caught the ball to stop O'Connor bursting through and stepped out of his area holding it. It should have been a stick on red card but no, Mr McDonald thought yellow. The punishment was duly meted out in the best way possible though as Steve Tosh's free kick was blocked but Stephen Dobbie duly arrived first to tuck the rebound in.

Dobbs levels the scores - from David Gow on the teracing
Stirling tried to hit back immediately but MacDonald saved from Graham's header before Chris Aitken picked up the game's next booking for a foul on Scally. Anxious to make things even though McDonald wasn't long in booking Scally for a nothing foul on halfway. Before the interval Burns tested Hogarth with a 20 yard effort and then, at the other end, MacDonald blocked from McKenna and then held a header from Bell.

The second half began with a shot over the top from Willie Easton, who had opened the scoring when these two sides met at Palmerston earlier in the season. Andy Aitken picked up a booking on 53 minutes for another trivial offence as Mr McDonald continued to make erratic decisions but fortunately Jamie MacDonald was equal to Chris Aitken's curling free kick.Five minutes later O'Connor collected a difficult Paton ball in and controlled beautifully before shooting low, but unfortunately straight at, Hogarth.

The first change of the second half arrived in 66 minutes as Nathan Taggart replaced Easton and straight away Albion almost re-captured the lead as McKenna lifted the ball over the top from six yards as Paton and MacDonald collided. Steven Bell was next to fall foul of the referee for yet another trivial foul and second later he was followed in by Paton.

On 73 minutes Sean O'Connor earned a free kick out wide and, though the original cross was headed clear, when it came back out there was Stevie Tosh to hammer an absolute screamer into the net from 25 yards. A minute later the Albion sub Taggart was booked for a dive in the Queens box, possibly the first booking Mr McDonald got right all day!

Tosh blasts a superb shot home - from David Gow on the teracing
With 78 minutes on the clock John O'Neill replaced Paul Burns. Three minutes afterward Brian Gilmour joined the bookings list, in his case deservedly for a bad challenge, and then Albion replaced defender Paul Hay with an attacker in Marek Tomana. Queens were next to threaten though as lovely interplay between O'Neill and Dobbie saw the former force a fine save from Hogarth. Then Paton's ball picked out O'Connor down the right and though he was being fouled all the way he still set up a virtual open goal for Dobbie only for the striker to fire over the bar. Steven Bell almost rescued things for an increasingly desperate Albion side but his shot hit the outside of the post and went wide.

David Bingham came on for Dobbie on 87 minutes and earned a penalty with his first touch, bursting onto O'Connor's pass. With John O'Neill on the park there could only be one outcome surely and he duly despatched the kick to clinch a crucial three points.

Jonjo nets the penalty - from David Gow on the teracing
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