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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 0 : 0 St MIRREN 26th December 2005
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Rating: 5.04
S2 - 69
Rating: 4.96
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First of all a Merry Christmas to all Queens fans and all fans of our opponents on what was a mild day perfect for football and perfect for two teams who wanted to play football in as free flowing a manner as possible.

The Queens side saw the very welcome return of Brian Reid to the heart of the defence with Derek Lyle dropping to the bench and Gary Wood getting the nod up front.

The match started as it would go on with a moment of controversy early on that saw John O'Neill pulled to the ground inside the penalty box and all claims waved away by the referee. The resulting corner was put across by Willie Gibson and Gary Wood saw his header brilliantly saved by Chris Smith in the visitors goal.

Smith manages to stop Woods' early effort
Queens dominated the opening twenty five minutes but didn't have anything to show for it and almost paid the penalty just before the half hour as a Charlie Adam shot cannoned off the post to John Sutton who smashed the ball over the bar. St Mirren came close three minutes later when their first coner of the match taken by Lappin fell to Sutton at the back post but under pressure from Brian Reid he failed to find the target.

Sutton has an effort cleared away
It was Saints who were making the clearer chances and Sutton again had an opportunity to open the scoring just before half time as a free header ended up straight into Richie Barnards hands.

The second half started as the first half did as Gary Wood lifted the ball to the back post for John O'Neill to shoot goalwards but this time Smith was able to cover and stop comfortably. A minute later and Gary Wood had seen his third red card of the season following a clash with Saints Andy Millen. Referee Conroy had no hesitation in handing the Queens frontman the straight red although not everyone was convinced that the striker had done too much wrong.

Following some treatment to Millen the resulting free kick was played forward and both Jim Thomson and John Sutton rose to challenge for the ball, from certain angles it appeared that Sutton lead with his elbow and Thomson certainly felt the force of a severe clash as he was removed from the field on a stretcher. Again referee Conroy brandished the red card and Sutton was off the field of play to even the numbers up after one challenge.

Gibson 'megs' Millen
Ian McCall made his first change with Chris Carr replacing the injured Thomson then a few minutes later replaced Lovell with Lyle as John O'Neill dropped into midfield.

Chances were still being made at both ends with Queens having another penalty claim as the ball cannoned off a St Mirren defender and at the other end Mehmet headed well over with an unchallenged effort. Paul Burns could have done better as he volleyed over a Willie Gibson cross and Steve Bowey just missed the target when clean through on goal.

The final move of the match saw Queens almost pick up the points as Paul Burns laid the ball up for John O'Neill to strike goalward but the former Buddies striker missed what would have been a sweet winner as the ball trundled past the post with Smith beaten.

O'Neills last minute effort runs past the post
All in all the draw was a fair result, there may be many arguments about the validity of some of the decisions but in reality both sets of fans will feel as aggrieved as one another. We were no worse than St Mirren and they no better than us.

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