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LIVINGSTON 2 : 2 QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 27th October 2007
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1 S3
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S1 - 52
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Rating: 4.73
S3 - 77
Rating: 3.97
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It was a much changed line up for Queen of the South at Almondvale this afternoon with four changes to the eleven that started at Perth a week earlier. Neil McFarlane and Steve Tosh returned from injury whilst Andy Aitken and Stephen Dobbie stepped up from the bench. The men out were the semi-fit Jim Thomson and Brian Gilmour as well as John O'Neill who all dropped to the bench and Eric Paton who dropped out altogether due to injury. It was Scally who stepped into his right back role and captained the side in the absence of Thomson. One surprise inclusion though was Sean O'Connor who took his place in the side despite having been ruled out earlier in the week with a knee problem. Livingston included Des McCaffrey, who was on loan at Palmerston last season, in their back line and Steven Weir, brother of Graham, was on the bench.

It was Show Racism the Red Card Day today - From David Gow on the terracing
The game was in its 12th minute before anyone even registered a shot at goal, that coming when O'Connor made ground down the left side and pulled the ball back for Scott Robertson to plant a 20 yard effort over the bar.Two minutes later Steven Craig had Livi's first effort but Jamie MacDonald was right in line and smothered easily. In 17 minutes everyone seemed to stop bar Dobbie as he chased a curling ball through. Liberda reached the ball at the same time as the striker and neither pulled out so the ball cannoned off into the crowd. The breakthrough arrived a minute later though as Steve Tosh floated a cross to the penalty spot and Sean O'Connor arrived to lob Liberda with a shot possibly helped by the wind.

Sean scores early on - From David Gow on the terracing

Tosh and Robertson press
The lead didn't last long however. 21 minutes gone and Queens got a free kick 25 yards out for handball. Harris struck a beauty to the top left corner forcing a super save out of the Polish keeper. However, from the resulting corner a free kick was given and Livi cleared quickly. McQuilken was short with a pass back and Graham Dorrans nipped in to round MacDonald and equalise.

In 36 minutes Robertson's low cross found O'Connor in the six yard box but his first touch was just too heavy and Liberda picked up before the big striker could bury the loose ball. Just before the interval Neil Scally picked up a booking for a foul on Tomas Pesir and second later Liam Fox fired a drive wide from outside the box.

Harris and Tosh line up a free kick
The second half was not long started when an error by Nixon should have cost dear. The young defender left a ball to run through to Jamie MacDonald, not realising that Steven Craig was lurking behind him and was very fortunate the striker's control let him down. It was just about his last action as he was replaced on 53 minutes by Jim Thomson.

The wind was causing big problems and on 55 minutes Livingston took the lead as MacDonald's goal kick failed to clear his half and from the big punt forward Tomas Pesir raced behind the back line to plant the ball behind MacDonald. Again though the lead lasted under a minute as Queens burst forward from the re-start. McFarlane and Harris played O'Connor down the left side and from his cut-back Stephen Dobbie had the easiest of tasks to knock the ball home from six yards. Dobbie might indeed have added a third bursting from his own half a minute or two after that.

Dobbs settles the scoring - From David Gow on the terracing

Queens defend deep
On the hour mark Livingston replaced Scott Mitchell and Liam Fox with Robert Snodgrass and Dave MacKay and seconds later Craig headed a corner narrowly wide. In the 66th minute Lee Makel received a yellow card for a trip on Steve Tosh as he burst toward goal and from the resulting free kick Jim Thomson's goalward header was easily collected by Liberda. Jamie MacDonald was the next keeper in action though, making a superb save in front of MacKay and then another from Dorrans before, up the other end, Sean O'Connor sclaffed an effort wide. John O'Neill came on to replace Robert Harris on 69 minutes.

Missed chances - From David Gow on the terracing
Mark Proctor made his final switch with quarter of an hour to go as Lee Matthews replaced Steven Craig and within seconds was planting a free kick narrowly wide. The substitutions were completed a minute later when Bingham replaced Sean O'Connor. There were further chances but nothing really close and in the end a decent draw for Queens after recent troubles. Now it's back to Palmerston for two games in a row.

Ewan Lithgow
Photographs - David Gow

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