Match Report

It was 53 years since Dundee United visited Palmerston in the league and after today many Queens fans would be wishing we could wait another 53 years to see them again. In a game that started fairly evenly it was their quality in the final third proved decisive and in the end the visitors ran out comfortable winners.

The mascots enjoyed trying out the new dugouts

It was Queens who started the better, though, and Anderson had a great chance on 10 minutes. He broke forward but with options either side chose to shoot from distance and dragged his shot well wide.

United then came into the game more and forced a couple of corners. The first was dealt with but the second found Mark Durnan at the far post who had no trouble heading home to give his new team the lead. 

Durnan scores at Palmerston again


That lead was doubled just 8 minutes later, again a little against the run of play. A fairly innocuous free kick mid way in the Queens half was played short by Flood. With the defence, and keeper, still lining up for a cross to the far post, the ball was whipped in to the near post where Tony Andreu found himself all alone and his glancing header flew into the net as Robinson tried desperately to get back accross his goal.

It was still mainly Queens in terms of possession but it took till just before half time before they threatened the United goal seriously when Lyndon Dykes cut inside and fired a shot inches wide from 30+ yards out. United, on the other hand, looked dangerous going forward, particularly when Murray and Fraser were on the ball.

The first goal in 5 league games did finally come, though. Deep into injury time - being played because Paul Dixon had earlier been stretchered off - Queens won a free kick wide on the right. Stephen Dobbie whipped a great ball into the box where Anderson leapt highest to head home and give the Palmerston support some hope for the second half.

Anderson rises highest to head home

Anderson heads home

A goal for Queens

Bell shows his frustration at losing a goal at Palmerston



That hope increased when Cammy Bell didnt come out for the second half and Dundee United were forced into their second change of the match, with 22 year old German Luis Zwick taking over in goals.

It was United who started the brighter though and took just 9 minutes to restore their two goal advantage. Some good play down the right saw, the impressive, Van Der Struijk find space. He squared the ball to Scott Fraser 20 yards out and, with no one coming to close him down, the young forward hit an unstoppable shot into the top corner to make it 1-3.

No stopping this strike

It was all United now and for spells they looked like they could score with every attack. Robinson did well to deny Fraser when he was through on goal just 2 minutes after Simon Murray found space in the box but saw his shot come back off the post.

Derek Lyle lasted an hour on his return to be replaced by Rigg. This change was followed by Brotherston replacing Anderson and Hamill replacing Jacobs with just under 20 mintues to go. Dundee United were then forced to make another change as Durnan appeared to over stretch clearing the ball. The big defender didnt look happy to be taken off, so hopefully his injury isnt a bad one.

Queens were struggling to find any way back into the game and it was all over on the 76th minute. Simon Murray again found room bursting into the box and he cleverly lifted the ball over the advancing Robinson to make it 1-4 and kill any hopes of a comeback. It could have been 5 just a minute later when only a last ditch tackle from Marshall prevented Murray pulling the trigger again.

The final action of the game saw a bit of a stramash right in front of the away fans. Hamill was penalised for a late tackle which some of the United players took exception to. A large gathering of both sets of players and some pushing and shoving followed. Hamill was booked for the initial foul along with Edjenguele and Dowie for their part in the aftermath.

Hamill puts in the tackle that caused the stramash

Queens matched United for large spells of the match, but an inability to defend balls into the box and some superior quality in the final third saw the visitors run out worthy winners.

  • Robinson

  • Brownlie

  • Dowie

  • Higgins

  • Marshall

  • Anderson

  • Millar

  • Jacobs


  • Dykes

  • Lyle


  • Dobbie


  • Atkinson

  • Hamill


  • Rigg


  • Hooper

  • Pickard

  • Moxon

  • Brotherston


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14:14 Welcome to Palmerston for today`s game with Dundee United. Two changes for Queens today, both Lyle and Millar return to the team
14:23 Qos Team : 1.Robinson 3.Marshall 4.Dowie 5.Brownlie 6.Higgins 7.Anderson 8.Millar 9.Lyle 11.Dobbie 14.Jacobs 25.Dykes
14:23 Qos Subs : 2.Hamill 12.Rigg 16.Hooper 17.Pickard 19.Moxon 20.Atkinson 35.Brotherston
14:26 Dundee Utd : 1. Bell 3. Dixon 4. Durnan 9. Murray 10. Fraser 11. Obadeyi 12. Telfer 14. Edjenguele 16. Flood 19. Andrew 20. Van Der Struijk
14:27 Utd subs : 21. Stick 2. Dillon 5. Donaldson 15. Smith 22. Coote 23. Van Der Velden 24. Robson
14:27 So starts for all 3 players facing their former clubs and a welcome return to the attack for Derek Lyle
14:28 Limited updates today but we`ll keep you updated with any goals
14:36 Almost forgot today`s referee is Steven McLean and his assistants are David Roome and Calum Haswell
10 min First real chance for Queens as Anderson breaks forward but his early shot is wide.
11 min It`s been mostly Queens but Utd almost scored with a deflected shot wide
13 min Goal Dundee Utd. Durnan the scorer - QOS 0:1 Dundee Utd
14 min Utd see more of the ball and force a couple of corners. Durnan heads the second home at the back post
21 min Goal Dundee Utd. Andreu the scorer - QOS 0:2 Dundee Utd
21 min Utd make it 2 and it`s all too easy. A short free kick played into the box and Andreu glances a header past Robinson
41 min United will be forced to to make a sub with Dixon down injured and unable to continue
42 min Substitution : Robson on for Dixon
45 min Dykes blasts a shot inches wide from 35 yards
45+2 min GOAL QUEENS. Anderson the scorer - QOS 1:2 Dundee Utd
45+3 min Another set piece but this time a goal at the other end. Dobbies whipped boat is headed home by Anderson who climbs highest
Half Time HALF TIME - QOS 1:2 Dundee Utd
Half Time Queens have had most of the ball but Utd have looked dangerous going forward. With that goal right on half time the game is anyone`s
Half Time Substitution : Swick on for Bel
Half Time Surprise half time sub as Dundee Utd change keepers.
56 min Goal Dundee Utd. Fraser the scorer - QOS 1:3 Dundee Utd
57 min Some good play down the left from Utd and a ball inside to Fraser who fires home from 20 yards
59 min Substitution : Rigg on for Lyle
63 min Higgins looping header hits the top of the bar
68 min It`s the visitors turn to hit the woodwork as Murray`s shot cannons off the post with Robinson beaten
70 min Robinson denies Fraser when clean through
71 min Substitution : Brotherston on for Anderson
73 min Substitution : Hamill on for Jacobs
75 min Substitution : Donaldson on for Durnan
75 min Third enforced sub of the game as Durnan hurts himself clearing the ball
76 min Goal Dundee Utd. Murray the scorer - QOS 1:4 Dundee Utd
77 min Murray breaks into the box and lifts the ball cleverly over Robinson to put the game to bed
78 min Only a last ditch tackle from Marshall prevents Murray making it 5
85 min There`s a huge strammash on the pitch after a strong tackle by Hammil
85 min Yellow Card : Hammil
85 min Yellow Card : Edjenguele
86 min Hammil was booked for the tackle and the Utd defender and someone else was booked for the after math
90 min Utd find there through again but the offside flag prevents Murray shooting
16:52 FULL TIME - QOS 1:4 Dundee Utd
16:52 In a game that started fairly evenly its Dundee Utds quality in the final third thats the difference and they run out comfortable winnners