Match Report

Queen of the South were made to regret missed first half chances as they lost out to league leaders Dundee at Dens Park.

Michael Paton, Mark Durnan, Gavin Reilly and Derek Lyle all came close as Queens dominated much of the opening period but could not continue the performance in the second and an Iain Davidson header was enough to take all three points.

The home side began the brighter of the two with a couple of free-kicks inside the Queens half causing the away support concern but strong defending dealt with the first -a cross from deep from Jim McAlister - and a poor effort from Peter MacDonald dealt with the second.

Queens began to settle into the match a little but were almost hit with a sucker punch after 10 minutes as Martin Boyle raced clear of the Queens backline.  He had only Zander Clark between him and the goal but the big stopper pulled off a tremendous save to push the ball over the top.

Boyle then had another effort two minutes later but skewed his shot wide of Clark`s post before the Doonhamers started to assert themselves onto the game.

Queens were getting plenty of the ball inside the home half but were struggling to find a way through the Dundee defence with first McShane and then Burns almost getting into shooting positions inside the box.

McShane breaks into the box

On 26 minutes though Queens created their best chances of the game as Gavin Reilly looked to be in behind the defence but lost momentum and had to shoot from 20 yards forcing a strong save from Kyle Letheren.  The `keeper pushed the ball out and Queens managed to keep the pressure on with Michael Paton eventually fashioning a shooting chance.  After controlling on his thigh 10 yards from goal, Paton caught a half-volley sweetly but his strike hit a defender and deflected wide for a corner.

The Queens players` confidence was up and they began to dominate the game.  Firstly Derek Lyle had an effort from an angle pushed behind by Letheren before Paton again tested the home `keeper.  Mark Durnan also had a header drop onto the top of the opposition net and Reilly swivelled on the edge of the area but his volley was straight at Letheren.

Durnan rises highest but his effort lands on the roof of the net

Time marched on toward half-time and the Doonhamers were unable to make the pressure count with Durnan missing a header at the far post from a Chris Mitchell delivery before the break.

The second period began slowly with neither team able to create anything of note with the first effort coming seven minutes into the half and it was from an unlikely source as Queens captain Chris Higgins, playing at left-back, cut inside his marker, ran past another and hit a fierce right-footed shot from 25 yards but Letheren was equal to it.

Dundee then almost took the lead as their main threat Martin Boyle burst down the right, knocking the ball past Higgins and playing a low cross toward Peter MacDonald but the striker could not make contact.  It was the first time the home side had threatened since the opening 15 minutes but they would take the lead just two minutes later.

It came from a set-piece as Jim McAlister sent in a free-kick from deep to find Iain Davidson free inside the Queens box and the defender beat Clark with a looping header.

Davidson rises above the Queens defence..........

......and there was no way that Zander was getting to the looping header

The home side were understandably lifted after taking the lead and could have been further ahead on 66 minutes as Dundee captain Gavin Rae found himself in space on the edge of the Queens area with a clear sight of goal but a sent his shot well over the crossbar.

It had been all Dundee since the goal but a defensive error from home debutant Adam Cummins on 71 minutes allowed Derek Lyle to steal in toward goal, his shot from an angle forced a decent save from the goalkeeper but the chance was not gone.  Queens worked the ball to Michael Paton who dribbled down the left before chipping a high ball to the far post where Paul Burns was unmarked.  The midfielder got his finish all wrong though and the ball floated well past the post.

Burns looked a dead cert to tie the match

That was to be Queens` last real opportunity as the home side played out the remaining twenty minutes relatively comfortably and in fact came closer to doubling their lead rather than conceding an equaliser.

The defeat sees Queens fall five points behind third-placed Falkirk but they stay in control of the final play-off position with a three-point lead over Livingston going into the final six games of the season.


  • Clark

  • Mitchell

  • Durnan

  • Dowie

  • Higgins

  • Burns

  • McShane


  • Kerr

  • Paton


  • Lyle

  • Reilly



  • Atkinson

  • McHugh


  • Russell


  • Carmichael


  • McKenna

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19:19 Good evening folks and welcome to lovely Dundee as Queens take on the league leaders. Teams coming up.
19:21 Queens: 1 Clark 2 Mitchell 3 Higgins (c) 4 McShane 5 Durnan 6 Dowie 7 Burns 8 Kerr 9 Lyle 10 Reilly 11 Paton
19:22 Subs: 12 Atkinson (gk) 14 McHugh 15 Russell 16 Carmichael 17 McKenna 18 Kidd 19 Holt
19:23 Dundee: 1 Letheren 2 Irvine 18 Gallagher 25 Cummins 5 Dyer 6 Davidson 10 Rae (c) 7 Riley 23 Boyle 20 McAlister 9 MacDonald
19:24 Subs: 24 Twardzik (gk) 3 Lockwood 11 Conroy 27 Nade 29 Beattie 16 Doris 22 Reid
19:25 And today`s whistler is Euan Anderson assisted by flagwavers Dougie Potter and Jordan Stokoe.
19:30 Both sides unbeaten in their last four matches, each picking up 10 points from the possible 12.
19:44 The teams are out and we`re about ready to go. Nice turnout of Queens fans for a Tuesday night game in Dundee. Here we go...
3 min Early threat from the home side as McAlister sends in a free-kick from deep but Queens clear.
7 min Needless freekick given away by Andy Dowie. Dundee freekick 30 yards out...
8 min ...Peter MacDonald steps up but Clark watches the ball sail well over his crossbar.
10 min What a save Clark! Dundee are in behind Queens and Boyle should score but Clark punches over. Cracking save.
12 min Queens on the attack now and Ian McShane drives past a couple of players but can`t beat the last one and the attack fizzles out. Nice play.
14 min Decent effort from Dundee`s Boyle. He was forced wide of the goal but sent the ball just past the post with Clark sprawling.
16 min Almost again from Queens as Paul Burns tries to turn in the area but overhits after some concerted pressure.
19 min Paul Burns finds space 20 yards out in the centre of the pitch but doesn`t catch the half-volley and it bobbles wide.
26 min Should be 1-0 Queens. First Reilly is in behind but his 20 yarder is saved then Paton has an effort from 10 yards blocked. Good chances.
27 min Queens really putting the pressure on now. Lyle has an effort from a tight angle pushed out and now Queens have a corner...
30 min The corner doesn`t really come to anything initially before Paton has another effort - this time the `keeper gathers.
37 min Queens are bossing the game now and Mark Durnan pops a header onto the top of the Dundee net. Home fans restless.
40 min Another half-chance for Queens as Reilly swivels on the edge of the Dundee area and volleys straight at the keeper.
42 min Queens continue to pressurise the home defence as Mitchell swings in a free-kick from deep and Durnan heads a yard or so wide.
45 min Dundee attack through Riley down the right. He gets to the byline and looks to cut the ball back but Burns defends well.
Half Time HALF TIME - Dundee 0:0 QOS
Half Time Queens can only be happy with that first half performance with a goal the only thing missing.
52 min First effort of the half from Queens comes from an unlikely source as Higgins beats a man and pings a right-foot shot straight at Letheren.
56 min Chance Dundee as Martin Boyle bursts down the right wing but his low cross is too far ahead of MacDonald. Decent chance.
58 min Goal Dundee. Davidson the scorer - Dundee 1:0 QOS
59 min Queens don`t deserve to be behind but they are as Davidson rises to loop a header over Clark. Work on for Queens now.
62 min The home side have their tails up now as Queens defend a set-piece. Work on for McIntyre`s boys to get back into this.
66 min Chance for 2-0 as Gavin Rae found acres of space on the 18 yard line but sends it well over.
71 min Queens should be level. First Lyle brings a good save from the `keeper then Burns steals in at the back post but sclaffs it wide.Huge chance
72 min Yellow Card : Chris Higgins blocks the run of Riley on halfway.
73 min Sub for Dundee as Christian Nade replaces Riley.
74 min Substitution : Russell on for McShane
74 min Substitution : Carmichael on for Paton
80 min Substitution : McHugh on for Reilly
82 min Queens are battling to get back into the game but without too much success. Dundee change Conroy for MacDonald.
83 min Yellow Card : Chris Mitchell left one on Jim McAlister and picks up a booking.
90 min Dundee threaten through Boyle on the right who nearly finds Nade but for Durnan`s challenge.
90 min Dundee have just announced their man of the match - goalkeeper Kyle Letheren. Says it all.
90+1 min Russell wins a free-kick on the left touchline. Chance to get it into the mixer...
90+3 min Mitchell`s cross is cleared by Nade`s head and Dundee are on the counter. Boyle runs the length of the pitch and hits it straight at Clark.
21:33 FULL TIME - Dundee 1:0 QOS
21:35 Queens rue the missed opportunities in the first half and leave the pitch disappointed. Very tight game but just couldn`t take the chances.