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Queens win 4-2 on penalties after game finished 3-3 AET
16th January 2007
Rating: 7.98
Rating: 5.94
J Thomson
Rating: 6.82
Rating: 6.39
Rating: 6.74
Rating: 6.53
Rating: 5.98
Rating: 7.17
Rating: 7.83
S2 2
Rating: 8.89
S3 1
Rating: 8.14
S1 - 62
Rating: 5.66
S2 - 80
Rating: 5.86
S3 - 105
Rating: 5.62
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Palmerston Park has seen its fair share of midweek cup classics throughout the years and tonights Tennent's Scottish Cup Replay will be remembered as one of those clashes. The match had almost everything that a big cup game needs and with Colin Scott pulling out injured just before kick-off the scene was set for the making of an unlikely hero in Barry John Corr. Add to the mix a former Queens player, rejected by the club, coming back and putting in a great display to score two goals at Palmerston, a feat he had only ever managed twice before whilst a Queens player, and we had a match that never failed to thrill whilst twisting and turning one way and the other towards the final whistle.

As well as the enforced change that saw Barry John Corr given the chance to impress, John O'Neill had recovered from the bug that had confined him to the bench for the first match at Dens and took his midfield slot in place of Scott Robertson whilst Warren Moon missed out completely as Willie Gibson returned from suspension to put on a good show down the wing. Mark Whorlow made up the youth contingent on the bench as Lewis Sloan dropped out of the 16. We effectively didn't have a substitute goalkeeper tonight with the late switch that saw Scott pull up in the warm up.

Queens started very brightly and Stephen Dobbie showed the type of skill that the crowd appreciated as he took an early shot at goal after being set up by Sean O'Connor - the new striker's willingness to shoot was a refreshing boost to the side and appeared to inspire those around him to have a go too. Once such person being Willie Gibson who on six minutes let fly an effort after cutting across the face of the box that Roy could only fumble up and onto the bar.

Willie looks to skin Shields
Both sides were playing good end to end football but it was Queens who were making the chances and Stephen Dobbie came close again from long range on twenty five minutes but his effort went just past the post. Disaster almost struck for Queens a minute later as a Gavin Swankie cross eluded the defence and Corr to land at the feet of Brian Deasley at the back post, the striker just couldn't manage to get enough onto the ball as he slid it past the post with Corr beaten.

As the half drew to a close most people had settled for all square at the break but Stephen Dobbie and Paul Burns had different ideas as Burnsey set up Dobbie on the edge of the box, with a cool side step past a defender, a look up to see where Roy was positioned and a clinical precision finish the ball was in the back of the net and Queens were 1-0 up. And it could have been two only moments later as a deep corner was headed back across goal by Neil Scally and had to be cleared off the line by a Dee defender.

Stephen Dobbie opens his account for Queens - from David Gow on the terracing
The second half began as most expected, with Dundee coming out all guns blazing, it only took them three minutes to notch the equaliser and it was former Queens favourite Derek Lyle who did the damage as he cooly finished at the back post with not a lot of attention being paid to him by the defence, Lyle certainly had the time to pick his spot and give Corr no chance.

A quarter of an hour into the half and it looked as though Stephen Dobbies match was over as he limped away from a challenge and the boards came out for a change, it was however John O'Neill who was being replaced by Scott Robertson and the introduction of the tall youngster allowed Paul Burns to take up a more central role in midfield. The striker soon ran off his injury however but was booked for kicking the ball away after he was very harshly adjudged to have handled the ball when it appeared that it was his chest that he had used to bring the ball under control. He was the man of the moment in any case as a minute after his booking he received an excellent ball from Sean O'Connor that he fired low and under Roy who should really have done better in his attempt to save - he didn't though and the ball trundled over the line to restore the home sides advantage.

Stephen Dobbie nets his second - from David Gow on the terracing
Queens were looking as though they would go on and win the game at this stage with some exceptional linking play between Burns and Dobbie, however it was to be a hectic last eight minutes as little Brian Deasley headed home an equaliser at the back post without having to jump too high, then just as we began to think about extra-time up pops Sean O'Connor to strike a loose ball from a corner through a ruck of players and into the net with only three minutes left and if that wasn't enough the home support hadn't even stopped celebrating when Derek Lyle shot home his second goal of the match to turn the fans who had headed for the gates back on their heels and back into the ground for the dreaded extra-time.

Big Sean drills home the third - from Rob Campbell on the terracing
The two periods of extra-time were comparatively quiet in terms of goalmouth chances, Corr had an early fumble that Jim Thomson helped to deal with. An Eric Paton free kick wide left was headed back in by Scally and almost goalward by Robertson. The second period saw a Dundee defender crash the ball of his own post much to his own relief whilst his side raced up the field only to be thwarted by an alert Corr who was quick off his line to avert the danger.

Maybe a sniper in the crowd?
It was all down to penalties at the end of the 210 minutes and they were taken in front of the Portland Drive end. Queens took the first penalty with Paul Burns making no mistake, Bobby Mann too made sure that there was no early advantage given away. Eric Paton gave the Dundee fans hope as his effort was well saved by Roy, but former team mate Derek Lyle gave Paton some consolation as he saw Corr make a great save from his effort. Captain Jim Thomson despatched his kick superbly well placing the ball in the bottom corner whilst Gary Smith too saw Corr save his. Willie Gibson made no mistake and Paul Dixon had to score his to keep his side in the cup - he did, however Neil Scally buried his effort to ensure that the side from Dundee didn't have to bother about the Tennents Scottish Cup anymore this season as Palmerston erupted.

Scally slots home the winning penalty
In summary the match was played with a lot of passion by both sides, Queens deserved to win the game but only just as Dundee matched them in most departments. The most pleasing aspect of the night was that we scored three goals and we may well have the answer to our goalscoring problems in a very composed, focused and clinical Stephen Dobbie. Dundee again this Saturday - what's the betting it's a draw!

The Penalty Shoot-Out
Penalty No. 1

From Rob Campbell on the terracing - Burns

From Rob Campbell on the terracing - Mann
Penalty No. 2

From Rob Campbell on the terracing - Paton

From Rob Campbell on the terracing - Lyle
Penalty No. 3

From Rob Campbell on the terracing - Jim Thomson

From Rob Campbell on the terracing - Smith
Penalty No. 4

From Rob Campbell on the terracing - Gibson

From Rob Campbell on the terracing - Dixon
Penalty No. 5

From Rob Campbell on the terracing - Scally

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