Match Report

The Doonhamers were dumped out the Scottish Cup on Monday night at the hands of Hibs, despite a late James Maxwell goal.

No surprises from Allan Johnston?s team selection at Palmerston as he named an unchanged side from the team that won at Tynecastle last week. There were returns to the bench for Isaiah Jones and Dom McMahon with nine subs being allowed in the Scottish Cup.
Hibs were at full strength bar their goalkeeper, with Matt Macey starting ahead of Ofir Marciano who missed out after a long international break with Israel.
The hosts were very much the dominant side in the opening 20 minutes, although it was Hibs who had the games first chance. A Martin Boyle cross was met by Joe Newell on the run, his shot looked destined for the bottom corner had it not been for Wullie Gibson on the line to make a magnificent block on his 550th professional game.
The South should have went ahead on 13 minutes though through the skipper, Stephen Dobbie. A long through from Rhys McCabe was knocked over to the back post, but Dobbie snatched at the effort, firing well over the bar from close range.
Dobbie had a chance at the back post
Connor Shields was causing issues going in behind the Hibs defence, pouncing on mistakes and making dangerous runs.
A Dobbie flick on was met by Shields who was unfortunate to see his shot blocked by the retreating Paul Hanlon.
The Hibees began to grow back into the game on 20 minutes with Rohan Ferguson called into action to deny the ever dangerous Boyle from 10-yards.
A quiet period followed, although Hibs? Premiership quality was beginning to show through with them seeing more and more of the ball as the half went on.
It took 43 minutes for them to finally breach the Queens backline, and in fortunate circumstances too. A corner was headed down by Gibson, falling to Nisbet although it did seem to come off the strikers hand, he laid off to his strike partner Christian Doidge to knock away neatly into the bottom corner.
Doidge fires home the first
Despite the complaints from the home side the goal counted.
McCabe sees his free kick beat the keeper but crash off the bar on the stroke of half time
HT: Queens 0-1 Hibs
A very even first-half came to a close with a sucker punch for the South through Doidge.
And the second period got underway with the Premiership team dominating.
Queens weren?t playing badly, but Hibs were showing their qualities and very much running the show.
A myriad of long shots didn?t challenge Ferguson, but Hibs were almost made to pay for their wastefulness facing goal through Shields. A delightful ball through to Queens? talisman was latched onto, but Shields pulled the trigger a touch too early giving Macey time to get his huge build down to the right hand side to keep his team in the lead.
Just two minutes later, at 68, Hibs doubled their lead. After Dobbie went down claiming for a penalty in the box, Hibs mounted a dangerous counter-attack ending in a one-on-one between Christian Doidge and Ferguson, with the Welsh striker firing home with ease.
Second for Hibs
Things went from bad to worse just two minutes later for the hosts as well after more dangerous attacking play made it three for Hibs. A smart run through the middle from Martin Boyle allowed the Aussie striker to fire into Ferguson?s far corner leaving the ?keeper with no chance.
Queens were left with a mountain to climb, and then some, against Premiership opposition who were playing some exceptional football. After Jones was introduced for Niyah Joseph earlier, Dobbie and Shields were sacrificed for Dapo Mebude and a timely return to action for Joe McKee, who has been out of action since the 16th of January.
Queens kept their heads up though and continued to probe away at Hibs and were rewarded for their hard work on 81 minutes through a sublime goal by James Maxwell. The Rangers youngster went on a sublime run, waltzing through the Hibs side before finishing immaculately past Macey in the bottom corner.
Maxwell directs the ball past Macey for a consolation goal
It was too little too late for the Doonhamers though. Kevin Nisbet missed a glorious chance to bag a fourth for the visitors before Willie Collum ended proceedings.
FT: Queens 1-3 Hibs
A tough day at Palmerston but Queens certainly didn?t disgrace themselves. Chances were missed, before Maxwell?s consolation wasn?t enough for Queens to salvage anything.
Finlay Jack

  • Ferguson

  • Obileye

  • Buchanan

  • Breen

  • Gibson

  • Dickson

  • McCabe

  • Joseph


  • Maxwell

  • Shields

  • Dobbie



  • Leighfield

  • McKee


  • Fitzpatrick

  • Goss

  • Jones


  • Mebude

  • East

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Pre-match Good evening and welcome to Palmerston as Hibs visit Dumfries in Scottish Cup action. The South will be looking to make it an Edinburgh double after defeating Hearts last time out 3-2!
Pre-match Following Edinburgh City’s loss at Forfar and Hearts losing to Highland League side Brora Rangers, Hibs are the only Edinburgh side left in the competition. Let’s hope that changes tonight...
Pre-match 2️⃣0️⃣ Ferguson 3️⃣ Maxwell 4️⃣ Buchanan 5️⃣ Obileye 1️⃣0️⃣ Shields 1️⃣1️⃣ Dobbie 1️⃣2️⃣ McCabe 1️⃣7️⃣ Joseph 1️⃣9️⃣ Breen 2️⃣6️⃣ Dickson 3️⃣3️⃣ Gibson
Pre-match Queens subs: 2️⃣0️⃣ Leighfield 0️⃣6️⃣ McKee 0️⃣7️⃣ Fitzpatrick 0️⃣9️⃣ Goss 1️⃣5️⃣ McGrory 1️⃣6️⃣ East 2️⃣1️⃣ McMahon 2️⃣5️⃣ Jones 2️⃣9️⃣ Mebude
Pre-match Hibs: 33.Macey 6.McGinn 4.Hanlon 5.Porteous 9.Doidge 10.Boyle 11.Newell 13.Gogic 15.Nisbet 25.Doig 36.Irvine
Pre-match Hibs subs: 21.Dabrowski 2.Gray 7.Magennis 8.Wright 16.Stevenson 20.Hallberg 24.McGregor 27.Cadden 43.Bradley
Pre-match So it’s an unchanged side from the team that defeated the other Edinburgh side last week. Isaiah Jones returns to the bench in the major team news though!
Pre-match And a special mention to Wullie Gibson, who is today making his 550th professional appearance! A tremendous moment for a tremendous guy!
Pre-match It’s Sunshine on Palmerston this evening and kick-off is almost upon us! Can the mighty South pull of a shock this evening?
First half begins
4%27 It’s a 3-5-2 formation for both sides this evening as the King of Queens continues next to Connor Shields. (0-0)
7%27 Gibson does terrifically to block a Newell shot. (0-0)
12%27 An even start to proceedings here at Palmerston, Newell and Buchanan the only players to have efforts on goal. (0-0)
13%27 CHANCE! Dobbie fires over at the back post on his left foot. A good chance for the South! (0-0)
15%27 Shields breaks through but McGinn does well to block his effort before Macey collects. (0-0)
18%27 SAVE! Ferguson makes a brilliant save to deny Boyle before Gibson knocks it out for a corner. (0-0)
35%27 Much of the game being played out in the middle third as Hibs grow into the game here. (0-0)
39%27 A short break in play as Buchanan doesn’t clear the ball, but clears Porteous instead. (0-0)
43%27 Goal Hibs. Doidge puts Hibs ahead.
46%27 BAR! Rhys McCabe comes SO close to equalising, striking the bar from a free-kick. (0-1)
First half ends
Half Time Queens go into the break 1-0 down. The score line doesn’t pain a fair picture though with Queens going close through Dobbie and McCabe. (0-1)
Second half begins
50%27 Nisbet volleys from the edge of the area but it goes well over the bar into someone’s garden. (0-1)
51%27 Australian international Boyle has a go next, and he hits it better than Nisbet, but it’s still about 5 metres wide. (0-1)
58%27 Hibs have Queens under the cosh here at Palmerston but the South are staying in it so far. (0-1)
60%27 Irvine tests Ferguson from the range but the keeper saves well. (0-1)
62%27 Newell’s effort goes narrowly wide of the post. (0-1)
66%27 Macey makes a brilliant save from Shields after Dobbie plays a sublime ball through. (0-1)
68%27 Goal Hibs. Doidge doubles Hibs’ lead after Queens are denied a penalty. (0-2)
70%27 Goal Hibs. Boyle makes it 3.
73%27 Jones has a tame effort easily saved by Macey. (0-3)
75%27 SUBSTITUTION Hibs: Irvine OFF REPLACED BY Magennis
81%27 GOAL QUEENS! MAXWELL!!!! Jamesy boy walks through the Hibs defence and pulls one back for the South! (1-3)
82%27 BLOCK! Gibson clears a Doidge header off the line! (1-3)
85%27 Hanlon (Hibs) is booked
88%27 Nisbet misses a glorious chance for Hibs from 12-yards out. (1-3)
The game ends
Full Time Queens simply outclassed by Premiership opposition at Palmerston. Best of luck to Hibs in the rest of the competition.
Full Time We couldn’t beat Hibs, but at least we beat Hearts last week. Five cup finals left for the South now as we push for promotion play-offs.