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A memorable season was made all the sweeter as Queen of the South won the Ramsdens Cup following a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over First Division leaders Partick Thistle at Livingston`s Braidwood Motor Company Stadium.

Lee Robinson was the star of the show as he saved the winning penalty from Conrad Balatoni after scoring one himself and saving Stephen O`Donnell`s earlier spot-kick.  The stopper also saved Aaron Muirhead`s penalty kick in extra-time earning him the man of the match award. 

Scoring chances were few and far between in open play as it took until the 100th minute for the deadlock to be broken as Nicky Clark headed in following Dan Carmichael`s chip rebounded off the crossbar.  Extra-time ended in dramatic fashion as Partick were awarded a penalty with two minutes remaining.  Muirhead saw his spotkick saved by Lee Robinson before reacting to Queens` celebrations by headbutting Chris Higgins and being shown a red card.  The drama continued however as Partick?s ten-men stole an equaliser through Kris Doolan with the last kick of the game only for Lee Robinson to steal the show and win the cup for Queen of the South.

The match began in nervy fashion for Queens as Partick took control of the early stages and racked up five corners in the first six minutes all of which were defended well by the Second Division champions.

The first opening of the match fell to Queens as Nicky Clark stole possession from Stephen O`Donnell on the halfway line only to overhit his throughball to Derek Lyle.  There was plenty of space to find Lyle but Partick `keeper Scott Fox was quick off his line to clear for Partick. 

Queens began to ease themselves into the game and started to show the attacking threat that had scored 99 goals already this season.  Derek Lyle fired a looping volley wide of the goal before knocking a half-volley inches over the crossbar from Dan Carmichael?s setup.

Nicky Clark then missed a gilt-edged chance as Mark Durnan`s flicked header from a Chris Mitchell corner landed at the feet of the Queens top scorer with the goal gaping but he could not sort his feet out and the ball ended up wide of the post. 

The first half ended with Partick on top but Stuart Bannigan`s long range shot was the only effort to trouble Lee Robinson with the ball looking to be heading wide anyway.

The second half began in similar fashion to the first with efforts on goal at a premium although Nicky Clark did produce the best effort of the match so far as his curling shot brought a full-stretch save from Scott Fox after 55 minutes.

Mark Durnan then headed a Chris Mitchell free-kick just wide after 70 minutes with the Partick goalkeeper beaten before Queens showed a bit of class eight minutes later with a flowing passing move that almost brought Nicky Clark a shooting chance but for Muirhead?s interception.

The match was drifting toward extra-time before Partick`s substitute Kris Doolan had the opportunity to win the cup for the Glasgow side.  Doolan found himself clear of the defence with just Robinson to beat and sent the ball rolling toward the bottom corner.  Queens supporter`s hearts were in their mouths as it looked to be all over but Robinson had other ideas as he made a fingertip save to send the ball wide of the post.

Queen of the South had probably just about edged the match in terms of chances created but the real drama was yet to come.

Both teams created early opportunities as Kris Doolan flashed a shot just wide before Dan Carmichael danced between two opposing defenders only to hit a weak shot straight at Scott Fox. It was ten minutes into extra-time though before the fans finally had something to shout about.

The goal came from the left wing as Dan Carmichael spotted Scott Fox creeping off his line and attempted to chip the goalkeeper only for the ball to rebound off the crossbar and straight into the path of the lurking Nicky Clark.  Clark was about to be substituted due to cramp but was on hand to head the ball into the net from close range before running to celebrate with the rapturous Queens support.

Queens began to back off in the second period as tired legs took effect and they looked to defend their lead with Partick dominating the remainder of the match.

Thistle`s refusal to give up was rewarded as they were awarded a debatable penalty with two minutes left following Marc Fitzpatrick`s challenge on Christie Elliott which seemed to take place outside the box.  Centre-back Aaron Muirhead stepped up but saw his penalty well saved by Queens` Lee Robinson before tempers flared and Muirhead was sent from the field for violent conduct.

Muirhead took exception to Chris Higgins` over-exuberant celebrations following the penalty save and headbutted the Queen of the South captain to spark a melee inside the penalty area.  The Partick defender saw red and Queens` Stephen McKenna and Partick`s Christie Elliott were each cautioned for pushing and shoving.

The drama did not end there, however, as Queens were unable to hold on as Kris Doolan snuck in at the back post to equalise with almost the last kick of the match and send the cup final to penalty kicks.

Partick had the momentum going into the shoot-out following the late equaliser but Queens had their star penalty stopper in Lee Robinson who had saved penalties at Morton and at Rangers en route to the final.

The kicks were to be taken in front of the stand filled with Queens fans and it was the midfield lynchpin Derek Young to go first.

The former-Aberdeen player made no mistake as he sent his penalty high into the top corner to give Queens the lead.  Stephen O`Donnell was first up for Partick and first to suffer Lee Robinson`s mindgames as the goalkeeper employed every tactic at his disposal to upset his opponent despite the threat of a second yellow card from referee Crawford Allan.  The mindgames worked as Robinson pushed out O`Donnell`s penalty to give Queens the perfect start to the shootout.

The perfect start did not last long however as Dan Carmichael`s spotkick was kept out by Scott Fox and Chris Erskine scored to level the scores at 1-1 after two kicks each.

Marc Fitzpatrick and Sean Welsh each netted with aplomb before Queens goalkeeper Lee Robinson himself stepped up to take the fourth one for the Dumfries side.  He showed unerring confidence as he sent Fox the wrong way and gave Queens a 3-2 lead before Aaron Sinclair scored to level things up.

Gavin Reilly and Ross Forbes each scored to make it four apiece before Chris Mitchell and Kris Doolan netted the first of the sudden death spotkicks.

Next up was skipper Chris Higgins who sent his effort high into the centre of the net before Partick`s Conrad Balatoni stepped forward.  Robinson employed his own special brand of psychology once more despite repeated warnings from the referee and once again came up trumps as he dived to his right to win the trophy for the Second Division side.

Although the contest was a very tight affair with few goalmouth chances Queen of the South were deserved winners of the Ramsdens Cup for the second time and capped what has been a tremendously successful season as they celebrated a wonderful league and cup double.

  • Robinson

  • Mitchell

  • Durnan

  • Higgins

  • Fitzpatrick

  • Carmichael

  • Young

  • McKenna

  • Paton


  • Lyle


  • Clark


  • Atkinson

  • Reilly


  • Smith


  • Black


  • Johnston

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14:21 Howdy folks and welcome to the 2013 Ramsdens Cup Final as Queen of the South take on Partick Thistle at the Braidwood Motor Company Stadium.
14:22 Today`s teams:
14:23 Queens: 1 Robinson 2 Mitchell 3 Fitzpatrick 4 Durnan 5 Higgins (c) 6 Young 7 Carmichael 8 McKenna 9 Lyle 10 Clark 11 Paton
14:25 Subs: 14 Reilly 15 Smith 16 Black 17 Johnston 12 Atkinson (gk)
14:26 Partick: 1 Fox 2 O`Donnell 3 Sinclair 4 Bannigan 5 Muirhead 6 Balatoni 7 Welsh 8 Craigen 9 Craig 10 Lawless 11 Erskine
14:27 Subs: 14 Doolan 15 Forbes 16 Elliott 17 McGuigan 12 Daniels (gk)
14:28 And today`s whistler is Crawford Allan assisted by flagwavers Stuart MacMillan and Graeme Stewart. Paul Robertson is the 4th official.
14:35 Queens are without Kevin Holt and Ryan McGuffie both of whom are suspended so Marc Fitzpatrick plays at left-back. Willie Gibson is injured.
14:42 Queens come into this game in the strange position of underdogs as Partick currently lead the 1st Division and are unbeaten in 12 matches.
14:47 Queens` own unbeaten record lasts a bit longer though as they have not lost in 18 since Kilmarnock won 2-1 in the Scottish Cup.
14:58 Queens have history in this competition having played in 3 finals since 1997, winning the cup in 2002 with a 2-0 win over Brechin.
15:01 The stadium is in fine voice as the two sets of fans try and out-sing each other in what is a bright afternoon. We`re almost ready to go...
15:05 The teams are out. Game on!
1 min Queens are shooting into the Partick fans and have begun in their usual 4-4-2 with Clark and Lyle up top, Paton left and Carmichael right.
5 min Bit of a nervy start for Queens as Partick start brightly and have forced four corners already. All defended well enough though.
10 min Almost for Queens as Nicky Clark robs O`Donnell and tries to send Lyle through but overhits the pass and Partick survive.
11 min First shot of the afternoon comes from Derek Lyle as he tries a looping volley from 25 yards but can`t trouble Fox in the Partick goal.
16 min So close Lyle! Queens are into the game now and Carmichael nods Paton`s cross into the path of Derek Lyle but he can`t keep the volley down.
24 min Pretty even contest so far with Partick looking the more assured but Queens have created the only real chance of the match so far.
35 min Yellow Card : Thistle`s James Craigan barges into the back of Derek Young and is booked.
35 min Yellow Card : Thistle`s James Craigan barges into the back of Derek Young and is booked.
38 min It should be 1-0. Mitchell sends in a corner and Durnan flicks it on. The ball falls to Clark free at the back post but he can`t scramble in
39 min Yellow Card : Chris Higgins wipes out Bannigan on the left wing and picks up a yellow. Queens scramble the free-kick clear.
41 min The game has suddenly burst into life as Lee Robinson makes a good save from Bannigan and Partick are on top.
Half Time HALF TIME - QOS 0:0 Partick
Half Time Two very evenly matched sides have struggled to find the breakthrough although Queens have created the better opportunities.Good game so far
Half Time Two very evenly matched sides have struggled to find the breakthrough although Queens have created the better opportunities.Good game so far
Half Time Two very evenly matched sides have struggled to find the breakthrough although Queens have created the better opportunities.Good game so far
Half Time Two very evenly matched sides have struggled to find the breakthrough although Queens have created the better opportunities.Good game so far
Half Time Bit of an echo in here...
47 min No changes from either side as Queens now attack the end filled with their own fans.
57 min The second period has started in the same vein as the first ended with neither team really on top and few chances. An engaging game though.
58 min Best effort of the match so far as Nicky Clark drives at the Partick defence before curling a shot which Fox pushes acrobatically behind.
59 min Yellow Card : Partick`s Chris Erkine is late on Stephen McKenna and is cautioned.
61 min Partick make the first sub of the game as Christie Elliott replaces Steven Lawless. Looks like a change of system for Partick.
67 min Thistle have now sent on Kris Doolan in place of Steven Craig.
72 min Inches wide from Durnan! A cracking delivery from Chris Mitchell sees Mark Durnan rise and head just wide of the far post. Close.
73 min Yellow Card : Dan Carmichael makes a late challenge and is booked. Robinson also sees yellow for dissent.
74 min Dangerous freekick for Partick right on the edge of the Queens box...
75 min Sean Welsh steps up but sends it high and wide. Danger over.
78 min Some superb passing football from Queens almost sees Carmichael set up Nicky Clark with a shooting chance but Partick clear.
78 min Substitution : Reilly on for Lyle
84 min Into the final stages of the match and the cup is really up for grabs as either team can steal it at this point. Tense times.
87 min We`ve got a stoppage here as Nicky Clark is down with a spot of cramp from the looks of things.
89 min Clark`s back on but Partick have a corner...
90 min ...which comes to nothing as the cross is poor.
90+1 min What a save Robinson! Massive chance for Partick as Doolan gets through on goal and sends it goalward but Robinson just flicked it wide.
90+4 min End of ninety minutes.
90+6 min That was a heart-stopping moment for Queens fans as Kris Doolan ran clear only for Robinson to pull off a full-stretch save and keep it 0-0.
90+6 min That was a heart-stopping moment for Queens fans as Kris Doolan ran clear only for Robinson to pull off a full-stretch save and keep it 0-0.
90+7 min Extra-time kicks off.
90+12 min Chances at both ends as Doolan slides a shot wide before Carmichael wriggles between two defenders but sends a weak shot straight at Fox.
90+18 min GOAL QUEENS! Clark the scorer
90+20 min At last! Wonderful play from Carmichael as he cut onto his right before curling a shot off the bar. The rebound fell to a waiting Clark.
90+21 min Substitution : Smith on for Clark
90+24 min Half-time in extra-time.
90+25 min Half-time in extra-time. The second period kicks off.
90+29 min Partick are doing the pressing now as Queens look to hold onto their slender lead.
90+31 min Big, big miss for Partick as Elliott finds space in the Queens area and sends a low shot just wide of the far post.
90+33 min Good save from Robinson as Elliott curls a free kick which was headed for the corner.
90+35 min Substitution : Black on for Paton
90+38 min Penalty to Partick.
90+38 min SAVED!!!
90+39 min Red Card : Partick`s Muirhead sees red as it all kicked off after the penalty.
90+42 min Goal Partick. Doolan the scorer
90+42 min Goal Partick. Doolan the scorer
90+42 min Full-time. Penalties to come...
90+45 min What a second period! A wonder save from Muirhead`s penalty before a fight broke out in the area then Partick scrambled an equaliser.
90+45 min The penalties will be taken at the Queens end. Derek Young is up first...
90+46 min Young scores! 1-0.
90+47 min O`Donnell next. SAVED!! 1-0
90+49 min Carmichael misses. Erskine scores. 1-1 after 2 each.
90+49 min Fitzpatrick and Welsh both score. 2-2.
90+50 min Robinson (yes, Robinson) scores! Sinclair scores. 3-3.
90+51 min Reilly scores. Forbes scores. 4-4 after 5 taken.
90+52 min Mitchell scores. Doolan scores. 5-5.
90+53 min Higgins scores. Balatoni saves!!
17:49 FULL TIME - QOS 1:1 Partick
17:49 FULL TIME - QOS 1:1 Partick
17:50 Total drama at the end of the match with goals, red cards, penalty saves and some wonderful gamesmanship from Lee Robinson.
17:52 Lee Robinson wins man of the match also as the players wait to get their medals and lift the cup!