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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 1 : 1 CLYDE 25th February 2003
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There were a number of changes to the side which had shared the points on Saturday in Paisley, Joe McAlpine started on the left wing in place of the injured Brian McLaughlin (the first game that Brian has not featured in this season), Derek Allan replaced Steve Renicks at right back with Derek Anderson resuming alongside Jim Thomson in the heart of the defence and Derek Lyle was given a role on the right side of midfield whilst John O'Neill and Peter Weatherson took on the striking duties.

The first clear chance of the night fell to Queens as Peter Weatherson, who was initially all on his own up front, made space for himself on the edge of the box, his effort from his left foot though did not carry enough power to trouble the 'keeper and Morrison collected comfortably.

Derek Lyle was looking very effective in an unfamiliar role as his pace and skill appeared quite well suited to the right wing role he was being utilised in, on a number of occasions in the opening minutes he demonstrated his ability to get by defenders and had already put in a number of quality balls prior to the delivery of the most effective ball in sixteen minutes. He did well to beat his marker and delivered a very deep ball past the far post and onto the head of Joe McAlpine, Joe's header back across goal from what must have been a very tight angle looped over the 'keeper and ended up nicely in the far side of the net to give Queens an early lead.

There was then a shaky few minutes as Queens attempted to cure the concentration lapses that have lead to quick equalisers being conceded this term, however it was Queens who then went from strength to strength as the goal spread confidence and the team played some top quality passing football.

On the half hour mark the other returning player, Derek Allan almost got his name on the scoresheet as he connected with a Brian McColligan free-kick, 'keeper Morrision had to be sharp to make another good save.

Queens though had found a rhythm and the passing on show was fine fare, a move between Weatherson, who fed McAlpine with a cross field ball, then McAlpine with a low hard ball squared across the edge of the box deserved a better finish than Steve Bowey could provide as he didn't quite connect correctly and the 'keeper collected the ball easily.

With only a few minutes left in the half Peter Weatherson had a chance he won't want to watch on TV as he was clean through with only Morrison to beat, his first time lob just didn't have enough carry on it to clear the 'keeper and the chance to retire at the break two up was gone.

The half ended in a flurry as first Peter Weatherson was upended in the box to no avail and then Clyde almost stole an equaliser as they had a clear shot on goal that was wide of target.


Clyde came out in a much more determined mood after the break, within two minutes they had an effort on goal that was deflected past the post, however Queens were still looking for that second goal and it looked as though they had scored it four minutes into the half as Steve Bowey and Andy Aitken combined on the left before sending the ball across the goal to where John O'Neill fired goalward and Peter Weatherson diverted it just past the post with the goalkeeper well beaten.

Clyde were playing some good football and were being effective at keeping Queens on the back foot as the doonhamers seemed to rely on keeping the sheet clean rather than adding to their tally. For long spells in the second half the ball seemed to be in or around the home goal as the defence struggled to clear their lines.

Whilst the equalising goal was disappointing to lose it was due, Paul Shields beat two defenders on the right hand touchline before turning in and firing an effort against the underside of the bar, the ball fell nicely for David Hagen to easily nod the ball into the net despite the best efforts of Colin Scott.

Queens had a couple of chances to win the match in the last few minutes but they were no more than half chances and as the game was played out both sides appeared to settle for the draw.

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