Match Report


Queens remarkable unbeaten start to the season finally ended this evening as SPL side Dundee United became the first team to beat Allan Johnston`s table topping side as they sneaked a 1-0 win in a Scottish Communities 3rd round cup tie at a cold and blustery Palmerston Park. However,while it was the visitors who progressed to the next round, all the plaudits will go to Queens who put up a spirited display and were unfortunate not to take something from a game in which they more than matched their higher league opponents for much of the encounter, and completely dominated for a large part of the 2nd period.

Following Saturday`s comfortable win, Queens made two changes to the team that started at Brechin with Derek Young coming in for Paul Burns, and Gavin Reilly starting ahead of Derek Lyle. The visitors showed every respect to Queens by naming a strong squad, and apart from the injured Gary Mackay-Steven, Dundee United began with pretty much a full strength team.
The visitors settled quickly into the game, with their neat direct passing causing early problems for Queens and a slack pass from Mark Durnan allowed the first half chance of the match go to Brian McLean but his low drive was comfortably held by Lee Robinson. The pace of Danny Carmichael, which has caused many problems already this season, was soon to the fore as he escaped down the right flank but his cross was slightly over hit and drifted out of play. Minutes later and Carmichael was again involved, this time it was all his own work as he drifted past two defenders before being crowded out by the recovering McLean. With the wind playing a major role in the game, the quality of the football on show was actually very good as both teams attempted to play a passing game, although Queens did resort to the long ball down the flanks on several occasions in an attempt to stretch the United defence. On 18 minutes Queens won their first corner of the game, but Willie Gibson`s inswinging effort was too strong for anyone in a blue shirt and the ball floated harmlessly out of play much to the annoyance of most of the 2374 fans who were watching on.
Chris Higgins strides away from Russell
In a 10 minute spell that was littered with a few needlessly awarded free-kicks, the play became a bit disjointed and after being spoken to by the referee for a couple of late challenges, Stephen McKenna was given his final chance by the official. The game was pretty even at that stage, but on 28 minutes the visitors took the lead. Gardyne managed to break clear down the left and his driven cross found Russell in space and although Lee Robinson produced a stunning reflex save, the ball fell straight back to Russell who reacted quickly to smash it high into the net. It was a blow to Queens to lose a goal almost out of nowhere, but  they had a chance to equalise almost straight away, but Nicky Clark`s effort was deflected which made it easier for Cierzniak to save.
Russell pokes the rebound past Robinson
After 36 minutes McKenna was eventually yellow carded, after apparently forgetting to take notice of the referee`s final warning, and probably for the first time in the game, the visitors began to stamp their authority on the proceedings. Queens had their best chance to score right on the stroke of half-time when Gibson`s driven free-kick was met by Clark at the far post and although the ball seemed to arrive at him at pace, he was still able to direct his header goalwards but `keeper Cierzniak palmed the ball over for a corner. The resulting kick was cleared convincingly by central defender Gavin Gunning, who seemed to be in the right place at the right time on every occasion that Queens were able to get crosses in. So at the end of a fairly even first 45 minutes, it was the SPL side who took a slight advantage into the half-time interval.
Queens made a change at the break with Paul Burns, making his first appearance back at Palmerston since re-joining the club,on in place of Stephen McKenna, and whatever was said by manager Allan Johnston, it certainly fired Queens up as almost from the re-start they laid seige to the visiting defence.
Inside the opening few minutes Gibson should have done much better from a free-kick that he hit wildly over, and a cross from Chris Mitchell was headed over by Burns as Queens quickened the tempo and put United under severe pressure. Queens were using the flanks well with Gibson and Holt combining well down the left, and Mitchell,Burns and the very effective Carmichael causing all sorts of problems down the right. A neat pass from Carmichael threatened to send Burns clear, but just as it looked like Queens were in, the resolute visiting defence slammed the door shut and another chance had gone. It really was all Queens at that stage, but try as they did, they were just not able to find a way through, as a tremendous burst of pace from Burns set up a chance for Clark who`s well hit shot was pushed behind for another corner. Burns was involved in the next bit of action after he cheekily nutmegged Willo Flood, only for the former Celtic man to show his dislike to the situation with a rash challenge that earned him a booking.
Gibson received double attention everytime he had the ball
With 10 minutes to go, the visitors went close for the first time in the half, as a shot from Armstrong wasn`t too far off target,but back up the other end it was Queens who should have scored. A Gibson free-kick was knocked back by Burns into the box where Clark turned and shot beating everyone but agonisingly for Queens, beating the far post as well.
Clark looks to get a shot away
Gavin Reilly was replaced by Derek Lyle with 7 minutes to go, and although Queens continued to create some half chances, the ball just would not fall kindly enough for them. It was the visitors who had the last chance of an highly entertaining game when Holt was short with a backpass and goalscorer Russell looked to have finished the tie off after rounding Robinson, but Holt redeemed the situation and blocked the United striker`s effort.
So it wasn`t to be for Queens on this occasion, as the SPL side were taken right to the wire and at no time during the 90 minutes were Queens ever outplayed, their effort and desire to compete against one of the better sides in the country was there for all to see, and but for a little bit of luck, it could have been another night that produced a cup upset.       It`s taken 12 games for a team to finally end Queens` great start to the season, and they can all be very proud of what they have achieved so far, and after a performance like tonight`s, especially in the 2nd half, Queens look to be in for an enjoyable future.

  • Robinson

  • Mitchell

  • Durnan

  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • Carmichael

  • Young

  • Gibson

  • Reilly


  • Clark


  • Atkinson

  • Lyle


  • McGuffie

  • Burns


  • Orsi

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19:21 Evening folks and welcome to Palmerston for the League Cup 3rd Round tie between Queen of the South and Dundee United.
19:22 Palmerston is starting to fill up nicely. Here are the team lines:
19:23 Queens: 1 Robinson 2 Mitchell 3 Holt 4 Durnan 5 Higgins 6 Young 7 Gibson 8 McKenna 9 Reilly 10 Clark 11 Carmichael
19:24 Subs: 14 Lyle 15 McGuffie 16 Burns 17 Orsi 12 Atkinson (gk)
19:26 Dundee Utd: 1 Cierzniak 2 Dillon 12 Watson 4 McLean 5 Gunning 6 Flood 7 Russell 8 Rankin 9 Daly 10 Ryan 15 Gardyne
19:28 Subs: 14 Millar 16 Armstrong 18 Dow 19 Vignal 13 Banks (gk)
19:28 And tonight`s whistler is Euan Norris, assisted by flagwavers George Drummond and Ross Haswell. David Somers is the 4th Official.
19:33 Tonight`s visitors haven`t been in form of late. Saturday`s 3-0 loss to Hearts came after two 0-0`s and a 3-1 defeat at Kilmarnock.
19:35 And although Queens are the in-form team, history is against them as they haven`t beaten Dundee Utd since the 1962/63 season.
19:39 The last 7 meetings have been won by the Tangerines with the last being a 3-0 victory at Palmerston in February 2005.
19:42 Peter Houston has described his side as underdogs for tonight`s game given the form of the two sides. We`ll see if that`s just mind-games.
19:47 The teams are out and we`re almost ready to go...
2 min Queens have lined-up 4-4-2 and have just defended a Utd free-kick with no problems.
7 min Great tackle Mark Durnan. Jon Daly is fed the ball inside the Queens area and tries to take it past Durnan who tackles strongly.
8 min The SPL side have settled a lot quicker than Queens and Brian McLean has an effort from outside the area dealt with by Lee Robinson.
13 min Best moment for Queens so far as Carmichael bursts into the Utd box with defenders trailing in his wake but miscontrols and the chance goes.
16 min Nice play by Gibson. Willie Gibson runs past the full-back and plays a low cross across the 6-yard box but Gunning cuts out the danger.
23 min Neither team has been able to get a real hold on the match so far and the game has been broken up by a number of free-kicks.
24 min Stephen McKenna gets a talking to from the ref as he pulls back one Dundee Utd player before rugby-tackling the next one.
28 min Goal Dundee Utd. Russell the scorer
29 min Out of nowhere Gardyne gets free down the Utd left and finds Russell in the box. His first effort is well saved but he buries the rebound.
30 min Queens nearly hit back immediately as Nicky Clark looks to turn inside the Utd box but his effort is deflected and the `keeper saves.
32 min Here comes the rain and the wind has started up too as it catches Gibson`s corner which flies over everyone in the goalmouth.
33 min Great effort from Daly. Dundee Utd captain Jon Daly controls the ball on the edge of the Queens area and curls it just over the bar.
36 min Gibson does well on the left wing to find space for a cross and puts a dangerous ball into the 6-yard-box but it`s defended well by Utd.
36 min Gibson does well on the left wing to find space for a cross and puts a dangerous ball into the 6-yard-box but it`s defended well by Utd.
36 min Yellow Card : Stephen McKenna goes in the book for persistent fouling.
39 min Good play by Carmichael again as he gets a cross in. It`s defended well before Russell threatens at the other end but Durnan clears the ball
43 min Queens are struggling to put passes together at the moment as Dundee Utd start to control the game.
45+1 min Chance for Clark! Best chance so far for Queens comes to Clark whose header is tipped over by the keeper.
Half Time HALF TIME - QOS 0:1 Dundee Utd
Half Time There`s not been a lot in it but Dundee Utd have looked the better side in the first half. Queens have some work to do to get back into it.
Half Time The half-time whistle could have come at a better time as Queens were building some pressure on the Dundee Utd goal.
46 min Substitution : Burns on for McKenna
47 min Queens start on the front foot as Gibson strikes a free-kick from 30 yards well over the bar.
50 min Paul Burns came on at half-time for his 1st start at Palmerston since his return. Think the manager was worried about McKenna seeing red.
51 min Queens looking brighter as Carmichael puts in a dangerous cross before Gibson has his cross tipped over.
52 min Much better from the home side as Gibson feeds Burns in the area who in turn plays in Reilly but a defender gets across to block.
54 min Dundee Utd are really having to scramble the ball clear at the moment as Queens again get the ball into dangerous positions inside their box
58 min Good play again from Carmichael. Queens attack down the right and Carmichael puts in a good cross. Burns rises to meet it but can`t control.
62 min The SPL-side are struggling to put together any kind of coherent attacking move. Queens have to get themselves a goal while they`re on top.
64 min Yellow Card : Dundee Utd`s Willo Flood takes out Kevin Holt and is cautioned.
66 min Sub for Dundee Utd. 16 Armstrong on for 10 Ryan
69 min Nearly. Carmichael floats a lovely ball over the head of Dillon and Burns sprints onto it but he can`t control and the chance goes begging.
71 min Great strike from Clark! A storming run by Paul Burns drives through the Utd half and he feeds it to Clark whose shot is well saved.
75 min Scramble in the Utd box! The ball falls to Clark and then Reilly on the 6-yard line but nobody can get it under control and it`s cleared.
76 min Willo Flood was very lucky to stay on the pitch as he fouls Paul Burns after the wee man nutmegged the Utd player.
77 min Lots of half-chances for Queens but the ball just won`t fall for them at the moment. Most of this half has been played in the visitors half.
78 min Dundee Utd manage their first effort this half as Armstrong curls one a yard over Robinson`s bar.
80 min Dundee Utd have just subbed Willo Flood as he risks a second yellow. Mark Millar replaces him.
83 min So close Nicky Clark! A Gibson freekick is knocked back by Burns to Clark on the penalty spot but he fires inches wide.
83 min Substitution : Lyle on for Reilly
89 min Chance for Dundee Utd! A short back pass by Holt Gives Russell a chance. He goes round Robinson but his effort on goal is blocked by Holt.
90+2 min Queens are still going but Dundee Utd are using every trick to slow the game down.
21:35 FULL TIME - QOS 0:1 Dundee Utd
21:35 Queens hammered at the door in the second half but couldn`t break through the stubborn Dundee Utd defence.
21:36 The home side put on an excellent second half performance against one of the strongest teams in the country but couldn`t find the equaliser.