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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 3 : 1 STIRLING 16th February 2008
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S1 - 74
Rating: 4.85
S2 - 79
Rating: 4.86
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With a settled starting eleven once again it was only a single change to the bench from last week as new signing Craig Reid evicted Eric Paton.

The game began with a bang and in the first ten minutes Queens should really have been three goals up. As it turned out though it was just the one goal lead as first a gilt edged chance set up by Stephen Dobbie down the left presented the ball to the head of Sean O'Connor, however the big man just didn't get enough on his effort and the ball flew past the post. The second miss was again one that Sean will want to forget. Making the chance himself he found himself free on the right hand side and headed goalward, his effort in the one on one with 'keeper shot past the post. Fortunately though in between Sean's to misses Paul Burns had found the net. Sean was the provider this time as he fed Burns on the right and the diminutive winger zeroed in on goal, he was to make no mistake and struck and excellent finish into the bottom corner of the net.

Sean just doesn't get enough contact on the ball

Burnsy celebrates his strike
So Queens were flying and Stirling were looking like lambs to the slaughter, however it was not to be as the heavily populated Stirling midfield began to stifle Queens. And against the run of play the visitors equalised as a slip by Jim Thomson was punished as David McKenna played the ball across the face of the box where Chris Aitken fired home past Jamie MacDonald. Stirling then enjoyed their best spell of the game without really threatening. Indeed it took Queens until the half hour mark before they made any impression on the visitors goal as first Steve Tosh chipped an effort too long before seeing Jim Thomson meeting a Tosh free kick only to see his effort clawed away by Hogarth in the Stirling goal.

Sean gets a faceful of hand
Queens then upped the pace once again and finished the half as they had begun it. Stephen Dobbie at the junction of the six yard box and goal line fed Steve Tosh, Tosh crossed deep to the back of the box and there waiting was Paul Burns. Burnsy brought the ball down and immediately struck his effort into the far top corner of the net giving Hogarth no chance.

Burnsey pulls the trigger - from Sandy Robertson
Two minutes later and only the close attentions of a defender prevented Stephen Dobbie getting a clear effort on goal then just on the half time whistle Jim Thomson was denied a goal from a Bob Harris corner as Hogarth pushed his effort over the bar.

The second half started as the second half had ended with Queens pressing and it didn't take long for a third goal to come. It was Jim Thomson with a repeat of his effort at the end of the first half. This time though the ball did end up in the back of the net.

Jim heads home against his home town team
The second half was devoid of much action. Andy Aitken came close to scoring a spectacular goal but just missed making the kind of contact needed and Gordon Chisholm made a couple of substitutions in a bid to inject some more urgency into the side as Rob Campbell came on for Jamie McQuiklen and John Stewart for Stephen Dobbie. The final action of the game saw Neil Macfarlane booked for time wasting.

All in all it was a professional performance that could have seen a few more goals from Queens with a little more luck.

The ones that got away - from David Gow on the teracing

Three quality finishes - from David Gow on the teracing

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