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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 0 : 0 CLYDE 25th March 2007
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It was a gloriously sunny Sunday in Dumfries today however the view from inside was deceptive as a swirling and blustery wind blew around Palmerston Park for the duration of the proceedings which made the game difficult for both sets of players.

Ian McCall made just the one starting change to the line-up as Jim Lauchlan was welcomed back to the heart of the defence whilst on the bench both Paul Burns and Graham Weir returned from injury to replace Murray Henderson and Scott Robertson. Steve Tosh was missing from the sixteen as he failed to progress well enough from his knee injury and was ruled out as unfit.

Early signs were not good for Queens as the young Clyde side came out with a determination to press their opponents for every ball. In only two minutes Jim Thomson and Eric Paton managed to combine badly enough to lay the ball off for Craig Bryson to get a half chance, the pair recovered enough to bring the Clyde midfielder down on the edge of the box but fortunately the free kick went well over the bar. It was enough to put Queens on the back foot though and a couple of corners and free kicks were defended away by the home defence.

The Queens goal escaped intact on eight minutes as a high dipping ball from Bryson wide right could only be watched by Jamie MacDonald as it dipped over him and off the inside of his post before running across the face of the goal and away to safety. It continued this way for a good while longer and on twenty minutes Jim Thomson must have been relieved as his sliced clearance actually ended up over the back of the goal for a corner. Moments later a Jim Lauchlan slip let in Andy Ferguson who lashed an effort toward MacDonald, however the youngster was down well to collect.

Fortunately the second part of the half was more even as Queens began to find their feet down the right hand side and Stevie Murray finally found some space around the two Clyde defenders who had been sent out to keep him quiet. The half ended without Hutton in the Clyde goal having to make a save of note.

The second half began much more positively for Queens with a corner in just two minutes taken by Scally and headed goalward by Jim Thomson only to be blocked by a Clyde defender and put out for another corner. Sean O'Connor was proving a real thorn in the visitors side and claimed for a penalty as he went to ground under the close attention of Craig McKeown, however whistler Mr Collum was having none of it and waived the play on.

Sean goes down in the box (Photo from Sandy Robertson)
Stephen Dobbie created space on the edge of the box for an effort on five minutes and curled his shot just past the upright but then held his arms out in despair as he stood unmarked in the middle of the box as Sean O'Connor went one on one with the 'keeper and, instead of squaring to Dobbie, shot weekly at Hutton when it should have been a 'tap-in' for Dobbie.

It was then Sean who had to hold his head in disbelief as he rose at the back post to a Stevie Murray cross and bulleted his effort down and into the net, having beaten the 'keeper it was down to Doug Imrie to clear off the line although there were claims that the ball had crossed the line.

Imrie makes that superb goal line clearance - from David Gow on the terracing

Imrie clears 'off the line' - make your own mind up!
Big Sean was having a tough time of it today, as he has done for the past few weeks, and this time it was a nasty crack on the back of the head from the forehead of Steven Masterton who also needed attention.

Sean is flat out
Queens were well on top at this stage and with the introduction of Andy Barrowman for Stephen Dobbie there were more chances with the former Killie striker finding himself clean through on more than one occasion but indecision in front of goal cost the home side dearly.

Queens finished the half with a great chance as Paul Burns found himself on the bye-line with the ball holding up surprisingly well for him to fire a cross over the goal mouth and Andy Barrowman being put off enough for the ball to fly by his head and out for a corner from a defenders deflection.

Imrie blasts past the post with MacDonald making himself big (Photo from Sandy Robertson)
And that was it, for all Queens pressure and chances in the second half the visitors goal remained intact and probably, considering the first half a draw was a fair result for both sides. Clyde were worth their draw and their sizeable support would have left as happy as the Queens fans.

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