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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 2 : 0 DUNDEE 18th November 2006
Rating: 7.48
J Thomson
Rating: 6.51
Rating: 6.73
Rating: 6.66
Rating: 6.69
Rating: 7.59
Rating: 7.15
Rating: 7.24
Rating: 7.95
Rating: 8.48
Rating: 7.67
S1 - 68
Rating: 5.45
S2 - 76
Rating: 5.35
S3 - 80
Rating: 5.35
A Thomson
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Ian McCall made a few alterations to his starting eleven for the visit of Dundee today although he made only one to his sixteen and that was forced as Allan Ferguson pulled up in the warm up meaning a spot on the bench for Barry John Corr as Colin Scott returned between the sticks. The rest of the shuffling saw club captain Jim Thomson re-take his spot on the right of a back three at the expense of Scott Mackenzie, Jim Lauchlan moving into the middle. And Warren Mooon also returned to the starting line-up, effectively for Stephen Swift as Eric Paton vacated Moon's slot in midfield and took up Swift's wide right.

The initial high tempo of the proceedings was to continue for the full ninety minutes as both sides produced a spectacle for both sets of fans to enjoy. Early Queens pressure was matched by Dundee with former Arbroath youngster Gavin Swankie putting in a couple of dangerous balls that just needed a sharp striker to get on the end of, but Dundee didn't have one today. Alex Rae came close with a good effort but Colin Scott, despite obviously carrying a thigh strain of some sort, produced his usual composed performance and proved himself the equal to anything that Dundee could produce. Queens weathered the initial pressure quite well and after ten minutes the sides were matching each other blow for blow.

The first real opening for Queens came in the twentieth minute as Graham Weir was brought crashing down around twenty five yards from goal, the rehearsed move was perfect for the position and as Scally tapped the ball into Weir's path another strike to replicate the opening goal against Ross County was hoped for. Unfortunately though the effort was charged down this week.

Queens were producing more than Dundee although the game was mainly being played in the middle third of the pitch. Warren Moon was again outstanding and it was the antipodean who put over a brilliant cross in the twenty second minute and the same man who almost beat Roy with a dipping curling effort from 30 yards away on the half hour mark.

Then just after the half hour the break through came, the tireless Graham Weir snapped up a ball lost by Greg Strong and homed in on goal, as he ran through, and with defenders in pursuit, Roy in the Dundee goal pulled Weiro to the ground for a definite penalty, however with Weiro heading away from goal and defenders between the striker and the goal the booking was the correct decision. The penalty itself saw former Queens hero Derek Lyle giving Ludo Roy in the Dens Park side's goal tips on how to save J's penalty kicks. Jonjo also noticed the consultation so promptly altered his strategy of blasting the ball home and placed this effort to the right of the 'keeper and into the back of the net as Roy waited for a blasted ball to rebound off him without moving - make sure to say thanks to Del boy for all the Queens fans too Ludo!

Weir gets pulled down by Roy in the box

Roy stands still as Jonjo places the ball - thanks Del boy!

O'Neill strikes the penalty home - from David Gow on the terracing
Queens were well on top at this time and almost increased their lead as a Willie Gibson cross caught out the whole defence and saw Andy Barrowman just fail to connect as the ball flew across the six yard box. The whistle for the end of the first half came and the fans hoped for a solid and cautious start to the second half to see us consolidate the lead.

The second half did see Queens start cautiously, sort of, after surviving a rocket of a shot from Scott Robertson that whizzed just past the post Queens indeed did consolidate their lead by adding a second goal. And this time it was thank you Alex Rae as the player/manager failed to find a fellow Dens Parker with a ball in midfield, Graham Weir snapped up the loose ball and made some ground up before feeding a perfectly weighted ball into the patch of John O'Neill who proved for the tenth time this season that he is the most composed and lethal finisher at the club as he slid the ball under the diving body of Ludo Roy for number two.

Great finishing by Jonjo

O'Neill latches on to a Weir pass and slips it under Roy - from David Gow on the terracing
The only threat at this stage was the long range efforts from Scott Robertson, whilst at the other end only the offside flag saved Dundee from a 3-0 defeat as a superb ball from a Warren Moon free kick found the head of Jim Thomson who finished with style seeing the ball in the back of the net but the flag up for offside.

Ian McCall then made his first substitution replacing the brilliantly effective Warren Moon with Stephen Swift, Swift moved tot he right hand side of midfield whilst Eric Paton moved into Moon's space on the left side of midfield. The second substitution saw Scott Mackenzie come on for Eric Paton as a straight midfield swap as Dundee went for broke playing four upfront with Lyle, McLaren, Deasley and Swankie all looking as if they were in the forward line.

Sean O'Connor replaced Graham Weir for the last ten minutes and those ten minutes saw some controversial moments. Firstly Andy McLaren was booked for a kick at Willie Gibson on the touchline and then in the final few minutes Neil Scally received his second booking of the game as he was adjudged to have held onto the ball for too long as Dundee wanted to take a throw in. Both Alex Rae and Andy McLaren were also heavily involved in the nonsense but neither did anything to warrant the referee taking any action against them.

Scooter celebrates with the fans
So in summary the match was an exciting tussle between two sides intent on producing a good match characterised by 100% commitment from both side and in particular from the Queens players still smarting form the defeat at Gretna last weekend. More of the same next week against a side who will display similar characteristics to Dundee.

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