Match Report

Despite creating a host of chances at a blustery Palmerston, Queen of the South weren?t able to find the back of the net in what was the South?s first draw of the season.
Allan Johnston named an unchanged side from last week, although Calvin McGrory, Niyah Joseph and Josh Rae returned to the bench.
The South started in a 3-4-1-2 formation but quickly switched to a back four after the Greenock side lined-up in similar fashion, Roberto Nditi stepped out into midfield.
The opening minutes of the game were sloppy and it was clear it would take a piece of individual quality to break the deadlock, quality that almost arrived on 14 minutes.
As the Doonhamers won a free-kick on the edge of the area, only one man was going to strike it, and the skipper Wullie Gibson dually stepped-up, cannoning an effort off the inside of the post. Lee Connelly got the rebound but it was well blocked by Alan Lithgow.
Connellys effort blocked
Queens missed another chance after 20 minutes when Alex Cooper delivered a wicked low cross into the area. Innes Cameron ran off of Brian McLean but somehow miscued his shot from literally inches out in a chance that looked easier to score than miss.
Connelly managed to get through one-on-one with Jack Hamilton on 23 minutes, but in searching for the perfect finish hit his effort too hard, sending it over the bar from a good angle.
Queens then hit the woodwork again as Ruben Junior glanced his a header from 12 yards onto the outside of the post, although Hamilton looked like he may have had it covered.
On the stroke of half-time though the visitors missed a glorious chance to go up against the run of play. A simple goalkick from Hamilton was met by a knock-on from Gavin Reilly. Robbie Muirhead got in-behind the Queens defence all too easily, but in attempting to chip Sol Brynn, fired his shot off the underside of the bar.
Off the bar
HT: Queens 0-0 Morton
Not a boring half of football by any stretch of the imagination, but a half that Queens will feel they really should have ended at least a goal to the good.
The second 45 played much like the first with the South seeing most of the chances, albeit they were few and far between.
A short corner from Connelly was met by Harry Cochrane, who passed back to Connelly, only for the Queens number 10 to force Hamilton into a magnificent save with a looping effort that looked destined for the top corner.
A break in play for a nasty looking head injury on McLean (thankfully he was okay to continue), along with various subs, just stopped the flow a little bit.
But with just 12 minutes left, Gibson released a venomous strike from more than 30 yards out, forcing Jack Hamilton to almost fumble the ball over the line, although the former Hearts man collected it in the nick of time.
The keeper just keeps the ball safe
Queens were then denied what looked like a stonewall penalty on 82 minutes as Lithgow brought Junior down in the bow. Referee Andrew Dallas claimed that it was a shoulder challenge, but on second viewing it was clear that he caught him with his waist after diving in needlessly.
Ex-Doonhamer Gary Oliver was brought on in search for a goal, but it was a cameo I?m sure he?d hope to forget, tripping over the ball a couple times before being booked for hacking down Nditi.
Substitute Ben Liddle was also in Dallas? book for a soft foul on Reece Lyon.
FT: Queens 0-0 Morton
A disappointing day in Dumfries, although much like last week, the performance level was good. Still, there?s no point creating chances if you can?t put them in the back of the net.
There?s little time to recuperate for the South as they?re back in action on Tuesday night at the Fountain of Youth Stadium, or New Douglas Park as most people would know it, to take on Hamilton Accies.

Finlay Jack 

  • Brynn

  • Johnston

  • McKay

  • Debayo

  • Cooper


  • Cochrane

  • Nditi

  • Gibson

  • Soares Junior


  • Cameron



  • Rae

  • Paton


  • Todd

  • Roy


  • Liddle


  • McGrory

  • Joseph

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First half begins
7%27 Morton with a free kick in a crossing position |0-0
7%27 The cross is met with a Morton head but is ruled offside | 0-0
12%27 Nditi wins us a free kick in a dangerous position | 0-0
14%27 CLOSE!! Wullie goes low but his effort cannons off the post, the rebound falls to Connelly but Morton clear their lines, best chance of the game so far! | 0-0
17%27 Morton have seen more of the ball in the opening 15 and look comfortable in possession so far, Queens still with the best chance of the game though | 0-0
20%27 CLOSE AGAIN! Cooper delivers a brilliant ball and big Innes can’t quite find the back of the net from 6 yards! | 0-0
23%27 Another chance for Queens, Junior plays Connelly through who skips away from his man and can’t quite find the top corner from a right angle | 0-0
43%27 Junior has an effort from distance after some nice play with Wullie but his effort is wide | 0-0
44%27 Morton go close as Muirhead gets behind the Queens defence and tries to chip Brynn but his effort hits the bar | 0-0
45%27 Free kick Morton 20 yards out | 0-0
46%27 The effort cannons of the well and that brings us to half time. | 0-0
First half ends
Second half begins
52%27 Corner Queens | 0-0
54%27 SAVE! Connelly almost adds another superb goal to his highlight real but Hamilton pushes the ball over the bar! | 0-0
61%27 Stop in play as McLean receives treatment for a head knock | 0-0
63%27 McLean is up and looks as though he’s able to carry on | 0-0
69%27 SUBSTITUTION Morton: Reilly OFF REPLACED BY Knowles
72%27 Queens have been the better side this half with plenty of dangerous deliveries into the box still nothing to show for it yet | 0-0
78%27 Wow Wullie unleashes a wicked shot from 40 yards and looks as though Hamilton fumbles into the net but he has a hold just before it crosses the line | 0-0
82%27 Junior looks to have been brought down in the box but the referee gives no penalty | 0-0
84%27 SUBSTITUTION Morton: Muirhead OFF REPLACED BY McGrattan
89%27 Oliver (Morton) is booked
90%27 Liddle (QOS) is booked
92%27 Paton has an effort from distance but it’s just wide of the post | 0-0
95%27 Corner Queens | 0-0
The game ends
Full Time 2 points dropped here as Queens played well but just couldn’t break the deadlock | 0-0