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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 0 : 0 BRECHIN CITY 18th February 2006
Rating: 6.67
Rating: 6.64
Rating: 6.65
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Rating: 5.40
Rating: 6.26
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Rating: 6.51
S1 - 61
Rating: 6.56
S2 - 65
Rating: 5.73
S3 - 74
Rating: 5.78
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A series of superb saves from veteran goalkeeper Craig Nelson kept the visitors goal intact this afternoon and not to be outdone Colin Scott had to look lively on a couple of occasions too. It was 'as you were' with the team lines with only John O'Neill replacing Brian McLaughlin in the starting eleven and McLaughlin replacing Scott Robertson on the bench.

It was almost a copy of last week too with an early goal as somehow Nelson got a reactionary hand to a 6 yard box header from Andy Thomson after a Willie Gibson cross was headed back across goal by Graham Weir. Queens enjoyed the bulk of the match with some excellent short passing football being played through the middle of the park but unfortunately the chances that were being made were either being thwarted by last gasp defending or missing the target completely. Brechin for their efforts had two players booked in the first fifteen minutes.

Somehow Nelson saves from Thomson
The visitors enjoyed their only spell of dominance around the half hour mark and Scott Walker had their best chance in this spell as he beat Jim Thomson in the air from a corner only to see his downward effort beat Colin Scott but squirm past the post. Another Brechin effort saw Steven Hampshire drive an effort in on goal that Colin Scott had to get down well to smother.

Nelson made his best save or saves of the match just before the half time whistle as an Andy Thomson cross found Paul Burns at the far post, his header was somehow pushed away by Nelson but only got as far as Graham Weir, the on-loan striker fired the ball back into the goalmouth but again Nelson pulled off a fantastic save with his feet.

Somehow Nelson saves from Weir
Queens continued where they had left off after the break and just over the hour mark Michael Mullen was introduced for Graham Weir, the young striker immediately rejuvenated the right hand side of the park and for the first time Gretna defender Grainger looked uncomfortable. Shortly after the substitution Andy Thomson again had an opportunity as a brilliant turn in midfield by John O'Neil gave him the space to feed in Thommo, however yet again Nelson was alert to the danger and was quickly out to stifle Thomson again.

An acrobatic Jim Thomson clears a Hampshire effort
With twenty minutes remaining Ian McCall brought on Derek Lyle to play just in front of the midfield lending support to the frontline when necessary, and that frontline was completely changed from the starting line up when Andy Thomson was swapped for Gary Wood as the minutes ticked away.

Michael Mullen picked up his first booking for Queens for what appeared to be diving shortly before Gary Wood was put clean through but could only see his effort once again expertly saved by Nelson. Queens then forced a series of corners which resulted in the ball again being cleared off the line in another goal mouth scramble.

It's Nelson again
The final few minutes were a siege on the Brechin goal and from a Willie Gibson cross ball Derek Lyle poked the ball towards the bottom corner of the goal but for the fifth and last time in the match a Brechin City defender's toe saved his side from a defeat.

In summary we should have won, we did everything but score but at the end of the day the ball just wasn't going to go in the back of the net today. The major positive is that we now are only five points behind Stranraer.

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