Match Report

 Two goals inside 12 second half minutes saw Queens suffer a set back to their play-off aspirations as they were beaten by fellow play-off hopefuls, Hibernian, in today`s Championship clash at Palmerston. After a fairly even first half, the team from the capital steadily began to assert themselves on the game, and once they had taken the lead via the penalty spot midway through the 2nd half, there was only going to be one outcome as Queens were not able to find a way back into the contest

   With Mark Durnan missing the game due to suspension, Queens boss, James Fowler, re-shuffled his defence with Andy Dowie moving to centre back alongside Chris Higgins, and Lewis Kidd moving to take Dowie`s place at right-back. The midfield berth vacated by Kidd allowed recent signing, Mark Millar to make his full debut, whilst on the bench, Chris Mitchell returned to the matchday squad for the first time this season, and 16 year-old, Jack Dickinson, also found a place on the subs bench.
   Queens started brightly and after only 3 minutes of the game, they almost went in front. Ian McShane`s corner on the right was whipped into the near post, and with the Hibs defence only partially clearing the ball, Iain Russell was very unlucky to see his precisely placed effort crash against the junction of bar and post. That would have been a great start for the hosts, and they took plenty of confidence from that opening as they continued to force the play. A good move down the right sent Danny Carmichael racing clear, and after twisting and turning his opponent, his pass inside to Ian McShane saw the midfielder go very close to opening the scoring, but his first time curling effort was only just off target. It had been McShane who scored the only goal of the game when the sides met at Palmerston earlier in the season, and he was not so very far away from doing so again.
  Although the visitors had been neat and tidy in their build up play- maybe sometimes over playing- it took them 18 minutes before they put the home side under any sort of pressure. After forcing two corners in quick succession, they almost profited from an error of judgement by Queens `keeper, Jim Atkinson. Following the second set-piece, the ball was eventually worked to Craig on the edge of the box, and although his shot was blocked by the challenge of Higgins, the ball looped high towards the Queens goal, and with three Hibs players bearing down on him, Atkinson was momentarily distracted and spilled the ball, fortunately though, Lewis Kidd was well placed to clear and the danger was averted.
  The front pairing of Cummings and Boyle were slowly starting to get into the game as the visitors passing game began to click, and good link up play between the two created a good opportunity for Cummings, but he was deemed to be offside as he raced clear of the Queens defence. Cummings was soon to be involved in the action again, when following the award of a free-kick to Queens he became the first player to be cautioned by referee, Murray. Whether or not it was for not re-treating the correct distance, or for handball was not clear, but following the re-take Queens almost scored. McShane`s ball into the box was met by the onrushing Kevin Holt, but his powerful header was too straight and flew well wide of the target.
Holt comes close
  Mark Millar almost got his home debut off to the best possible start, when following a free-kick that was cleared to him on the edge of the area, he controlled well, skipped past a defender and drove a decent effort straight at `keeper Oxley. The visitors then had a really good chance to take the lead seven minutes from the break. A corner from the right was met by Fontaine and his goal bound header was cleared off the line by McShane covering well on the far post. Up until that point it looked as though set-pieces, and in particular corner kicks,would be the best way for either side to find a breakthrough, although during the final moments of the half, the visitors carved out three really good opportunities to take the lead.
  Firstly Craig got in behind the Queens defence on the left and after showing great skill to control the ball on the move, his shot across goal was never going to trouble Atkinson. Minutes later Cummings got to the bye-line again on the left, and although his pull back rolled nicely into the path of Craig, his shot from 8-yards out sailed high over the bar. Then with just about the last shot of the half, Boyle latched on to a loose ball firing his shot from the edge of the area only a few feet wide of the far upright. The visitors had certainly ended the half on the front foot, but for the most part, the half had been a pretty even contest and the crowd of 3677 had witnessed a decent half of football.
The same 22 players began the second period and the first incident of the half saw strong appeals for a Queens penalty. The ball was driven into the penalty area and although the ball did hit the hand of a Hibs defender it was one of those difficult decisions to make, and this time referee, Murray decided in favour of the Hibs player. As the tempo of the game quickened, the midfield duo of McShane and Millar were gradually falling further back, and as such, the Hibs midfield of McGeouch, Craig, Robertson, and Allan were starting to have more meaningful possession. With both Allan and McGeouch roaming all over the pitch, Queens were finding it difficult to contain them, and as a result, the visitors began to run the game. Mark Millar was cautioned as he broke up a quick Hibs break with an illegal challenge in midfield, and as the play developed following the free-kick, Cummings wasted a decent chance when well placed just 10-yards out. The majority of the action was now in the final third of the Queens half as Hibs continued to press for the opening goal. The Queens support were feeling the nerves and Atkinson almost added to their feelings after needing two attempts to prevent the ball going beyond him following a corner. With the pressure mounting on the home defence, it probably came as no surprise to see the visitors take the lead. A delightful through ball from Allan split the Queens defence and as Cummings latched onto the pass and tried to round `keeper Atkinson, the young Queens shot stopper brought him down to concede what was a clear penalty. The impressive McGeouch slotted the ball home confidently, and although Atkinson - who was booked for the foul - dived the right way, the penalty was precise enough to beat him.
Just enough contact for a penalty
Atkinson goes the right way but the penalty was well placed
    The hosts tried to respond, and a through ball from Carmichael almost picked out Gavin Reilly, but the greasy surface saw the ball carry through to the `keeper before the Queens striker could latch on to the pass. At the other end the Queens defence was carved open again as McGeouch and Allan combined well to set up Boyle, but under pressure from Dowie`s strong challenge, his effort struck the near post. That was close to being a second goal for Hibs, but the travelling support didn`t have to wait much longer to cheer what was the clinching goal. With twenty minutes to go, Queens introduced Michael Paton for Derek Lyle, but just three minutes later, Queens fell further behind. A promising move down the right ended with the ball being played back into the path of Robertson just outside the penalty box, and his curled attempt flew past Atkinson - a well executed finish- that all but wrapped up the points for the visitors.
Atkinson had no chance with the second
    New signing Mark Millar was replaced by the returning Paul Burns for the final 13 minutes of the contest, Millar`s first start showed signs of promise, good awareness and good use of the ball, although obviously match fitness will improve with time. Queens final change saw young Jake Pickard replace Ian McShane with 8 minutes left, and as the game drifted towards it`s conclusion, a shot from Iain Russell from outside the area finished well wide of the target, and that on a disappointing day for Queens pretty much summed up their afternoon.
Russell tries to place an effort late on
   Sponsors named Andy Dowie as their man-of-the-match, as Queens slipped down a position in the league table in the race for an end of season play-off place

  • Atkinson

  • Kidd

  • Dowie

  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • Carmichael

  • Millar


  • McShane

  • Russell

  • Reilly

  • Lyle



  • Clark

  • Mitchell

  • Burns


  • Paton


  • Smith

  • Pickard

  • Dickinson

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14:33 Welcome to Palmers ton for today`s top of the table clash with Hibs. teams to follow
14:36 Qos Team : 3.Holt 4.Dowie 6.Higgins 8.Millar 10.Reilly 11.Russell 12.Kidd 17.Carmichael 18.McShane 19.Lyle 20.Atkinson
14:36 Qos Subs : 1.Clark 2.Mitchell 7.Burns 15.Paton 24.Smith 28.Pickard 31.Arthur
14:37 we haven`t got 3 keepers on the bench, Kenny Arthur`s place in the lineup is actually Jack Dickinson
14:41 So just one change with Millar replacing the suspended Durnan. Kidd presumably will play right back
14:46 Hibs team : 1. Oxley 4. Hanlon 5. Fontaine 8. Robertson 10. Craig 16. Stevenson 17. Boyle 20. Allan 22. Booth 23. Mcgeouch 35. Cummings
14:47 Hibs subs : 31. Perntreou 6. Foster 11. Stanton 14. Heffernan 19. Handling 27. Allan 39. Martin
14:48 Today`s referee is Calum Murray assisted by Mark McLean and Paul O`Neill
14:49 Just over 10 minutes to go until kick off and the ground is filling up nicely. Stay tuned for live updates throughout the match
15:01 Teams are out kick off is coming up
4 min Bright start from Queens brings the first corner
4 min And Russell hits the corner of bar and post from the edge of the box!
10 min Queens have started the brighter but hibs looking comfortable in possession when they get the ball
13 min Queens go close again. Great work from carmichael sets up mcshane on the edge of the box bit his shot is just over
18 min Hibs win their first corner
19 min Followed by a second
20 min Partially cleared bit then kidd has to clear off the line from a long range shot. Third corner sails harmless past the far post
21 min Hibs have the ball in the net but Cummings was well offside
29 min Yellow Card : Cummings
30 min Cummings booked for not retreating 10 yards. Holt then flashes a header wide from mcshanes free kick
37 min Millar bursts forward and shoots from the edge of the box. Oxleys handling is good though. Straight up the other end and Hibs have a corner
37 min Off the line again! Mcshane clears the header off the line
44 min Coming up to half time and Queens have a succession of corners. None clear the first defender though
45+1 min Time almost up and Hibs nearly take the lead. Misplaced pass in midfield but the shot flashes wide
Half Time HALF TIME - QOS 0:0 Hibs
Half Time Very even first half. Both sides had periods of possession and chances to score but it`s goalless at half time
Half Time Today`s attendance is 3677
Half Time Teams are out almost ready to go
51 min Big penalty shout for Queens. Looked like handball but Murray waves play on. Millar has another long range shot but oxley holds it again
54 min Yellow Card : Millar
56 min Cummings puts it over from inside the box. Queens defence appealing for offside but no flag
60 min Hibs go close again from a corner. Atkinson takes two attempts to collect the ball on his lone
63 min Penalty Hibs
63 min Yellow Card : Atkinson
64 min Goal Hibs. Mcgeouch the scorer - QOS 0:1 Hibs
64 min Atkinson almost saves it but mcgeouch puts the ball low in the corner
65 min Soft penalty. Cummings was well wide of goal and looked to have kicked the ball out
66 min Reilly almost gets one back but the ball skips through to oxley
70 min Hibs break through again this time the ball goes across goal and comes back off the post
70 min Hibs have upped the tempo second half and are closing Queens down much higher up. Queens are struggling to get out their half
71 min Substitution : Paton on for lyle
75 min Goal Hibs. Robertson the scorer - QOS 0:2 Hibs
75 min It`s been coming and Hibs get their second. Neat play on the edge of the box find robertson who places a shot in the corner
76 min Corner Queens though
76 min Substitution : Burns on for millar
77 min The corner came to nothing as oxley palmed it clear
82 min Substitution : Pickard on for mcshane
83 min Substitution : Stanton on for Allan
85 min Substitution : Foster on for Boyle
90+2 min Substitution : Handling on for Cummings
16:52 FULL TIME - QOS 0:2 Hibs
16:55 Dissapointing result but not a bad performance. Hibs had the better of the second half and probably deserved their win.
16:56 Penalty was the turning point though. With Falkirk winning at Hearts it`s not been a great afternoon