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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 1 : 2 HAMILTON 24th September 2005
Rating: 4.46
Rating: 5.43
Rating: 4.91
Rating: 4.40
Rating: 3.56
Rating: 5.02
Rating: 4.07
Rating: 5.28
Rating: 5.87
Rating: 4.65
Rating: 4.04
S1 - 22
Rating: 5.60
S2 - 46
Rating: 4.69
S3 - 59
Rating: 4.47
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Iain Scott decided to stick with the 3-5-2 system that had won his side a point at Stranraer last week but with a couple of personnel changes in an effort to secure his sides first league win of the season. Out went Gary Wood surprisingly with the fit again Brian Reid moving into the middle of a three man defence. David McNiven was also restored to the starting line up with Stuart Lovell missing through injury allowing Steve Bowey to move across and Brian McLaughlin to move back. The front line today was O'Neill and McNiven.

Queens started brightly but it was only for a few minutes as a Hamilton move down their right saw a cross ball from Scott Tunbridge completely fluffed by Paul Burns which fell to Pat Keogh who had the easiest of tasks to fire home past Colin Scott. Queens then went into panic mode as a series of crosses saw the defence scrambling the ball away as the giant Accies forwards saw their chance to increase their lead.

McNiven is foiled by McKenzie at one end and ......
Iain Scott soon realised that Scott Tunbridge was a key man in the Accies game plan and swapped Brian McColligan for Gary Wood with Wood given a man marking role on the lively Australian. Soon after Queens made their first chance of the game as David McNiven made some space on the edge of the box and fired a curling shot goalwards that had the Accies 'keeper beaten but also past the post.

Accies were on top for the remainder of the half and just after the half hour mark emphasised their pressure with a series of corner kicks that the Dumfries defence somehow managed to keep out of their goals. Half time ended with the visitors leading 1-0.

The second half saw Queens change formation with Eric Paton coming on for Paul Burns and the defence consisting of the three centre backs and Paton, Hill was replaced by English with ten minutes of the half gone to set us with a much more conventional back four and one which saw us produce much better football for the remainder of the game.

A direct result of the switch to 4-4-2 was the superb combination play down the right that saw McNiven, Paton and Gibson pass themselves through the Accies defence before a cross was whipped into the box that McNiven was about to bury before Scott McKenzie felled him. Play continued however and Brian McLaughlin smashed the ball into the back of the net only to see the incredibly inconsistent officials rule the strike out and award a penalty - probably the only time in the game that advantage was not allowed to be played.

McNiven is fouled by McKenzie at the other end to concede the penalty
It mattered not as John O'Neill did his usual job of hammering home the penalty to equalise the score and give the home side a brief glimpse of a rare point.

O'Neill hammers home the penalty to equalise
Thirty minutes into the half and tensions in the home side surfaced as Colin Scott failed to come off his line to collect a long ball and the captain had to have serious words with the 'keeper.

The final action of the half of any note was the match winner as a corner defended by all eleven Queens players ended up with Tommy English and without an outlet further up the park the defender could only misplace a clearance as far as Keogh who returned it into the box where Scott Tunbridge nodded it over Colin Scott to secure the victory.

Scott despairs as Tunbridges effort beats him and allows Hamilton to regain the lead
It could be argued that the first Hamilton goal was a fluke and the second sloppy defending however most goals against can generally be categorised as such - the hard facts are Played 7, Points 2.

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