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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 2 : 0 LIVINGSTON 28th October 2006
Scott
Rating: 8.14
Lauchlan
Rating: 7.47
Mackenzie
Rating: 7.06
McCaffrey
Rating: 6.72
Paton
Rating: 7.20
O'Neill
Rating: 6.40
Scally
Rating: 8.22
S2
Moon
Rating: 7.32
Gibson
Rating: 7.19
S1
Weir
Rating: 7.12
S3
Barrowman
Rating: 8.04
SUBSTITUTES
S1 - 63 2
A Thomson
Rating: 7.70
S2 - 75
Swift
Rating: 6.17
S3 - 90
Whorlow
Henry
Corr
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MATCH SUMMARY
At last a goal, at last a victory and at last something going our way. Queens deserved the win today, absolutely no doubt about it, they had the bulk of the possession, the better play and of course the all important goals - provided by the man who was the catalyst to last seasons turnaround - Andy Thomson.

Ian McCall with Gordon Chisholm alongside him in the dug-out for the first time at Palmerston bossing Queens reverted to his favoured 3-5-2 formation. Paul Burns failed his fitness test and Jim Thomson missed through suspension, Paton took up the role normally given to Burns, Warren Moon was drafted into midfield and Graham Weir joined Andrew Barrowman upfront. The bench was 100% changed to last weekend with Andy Thomson, Swift, Whorlow, Henry and Corr all waiting the call.

The first twenty minutes were reasonably even, Livingston having some early pressure but queens then recovering well and controlling the match without making any real chances. The key moment of the game and possibly the season for Queens was a superb point blank save by Colin Scott from Joe Hammill, Scooter was out quickly to block the Livvie frontman's effort as Eric Paton arrived just too late to prevent the effort.

Scooter saves from Hammill at point blank range - turning point of maybe more than the match?
If games were decided on corner kicks then Queens would have had it wrapped up in the first half, and from one of these just seven minutes from the break the ball fell to skipper for the day Neil Scally who rifled a shot goal ward that was fortunate to take a deflection past the Almondvale sides post. The sides left the field all square after the first forty five minutes.

The safe hands of Colin Scott
Queens came out with a purpose in the second half and were imposing themselves all over the park, but worryingly there were no clear efforts on goal being made. Livingston took heart from this and forced Colin Scott into a fingertip save through a Scott Mitchell long range effort with fifteen minutes of the half gone.

Ian McCall then made the key introduction to the match as Andy Thomson came on for Graham Weir. With his first touch of the ball Thommo gave possession away in the Livvie half and was fortunate that we were not punish for the lapse as the safe hands of Colin Scott pushed the ball away from danger. Thommo though soon made amends as a crunching tackle on Neil Scally wide left gave Queens a free kick, Willie Gibson stepped up and flighted a ball that looked way too deep past the back post, however Andy Thomson was lurking and in the manner that you would expect from a 'natural born goalscorer' the legend slipped the ball on the volley past the helpless Colin Stewart in the Livingston goal.

Super Andy nets from a Willie Gibson cross - From David Gow on the Terracing

Andy Thomson volleys home Gibsons free kick to open our home league account
With the goal came a bucket load of confidence and the chances started to flow. Andrew Barrowman was on hand to slip the defence on the half hour and go face to face with Colin Stewart, to his credit though the big 'keeper made a great block to deny the hardworking on loan Killie star. Following up however was Andy Thomson and the veteran striker had his effort pushed away for a corner. Shortly after Ian McCall made the next substitution by relieving the exhausted Warren Moon after his superb performance in the middle of the park today. Coming on for his debut was Steven Swift who took Eric Paton's role on the right but in a more defensive manner whilst Paton moved into the left sided place vacated by Moon.

The hard working Warren Moon puts in another great ball
As Livingston pushed for an equaliser Queens and in particular Andrew Barrowman were finding more space, the big striker made a superb run down the left and crossed low to the front post where Andy Thomson dived low to bury the ball in the bottom corner and secure the victory with a goal of real quality.

Super Andy nets his second - From David Gow on the Terracing

Gibson and Thomson celebrate with provider Barrowman also joining in

The players leave the field with the points and the plaudits - From David Gow on the Terracing
In summary we won the match well with finishing of the highest quality - but then again it was Andy Thomson so what would you expect. The three points put us back in touch with Airdrie united who lost at Dingwall today and with another home game for us next week against Airdrie United's victors today we may just be able to keep the momentum going. Every player played with belief and commitment and rewarded the fans who once again gave them unquestioned support from start to finish.

Match Footage The Scottish Football League, reproduced by permission.


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