Queen of the South 1 - 1 Dunfermline AthleticAuthor: Neil Farrell Date: Saturday, 15th Mar 2008
Good perfomances from the back four and Gallagher and a cracking free-kick from Scott Morrison is all you could take from this game which ended in a fair result. Neither team deserved to win - or lose a lacklustre game on a heavy pitch. Roll on next season...
There was just one change from the eleven that started the game against Hamilton Academical on Tuesday night. Greg Shields started his first game since the away leg in Sweden in place of Scott Thomson who went of injured with a thigh injury.
Queen of the South kicked off the game, but it was the Pars who had the first opportunity to score. Stephen Glass blasted the ball over the bar from a free-kick 30 yards out.
On 8 minutes the next opportunity fell to the Dumfries side Ryan McCann and Stephen Dobbie had some nice passing to get through the Pars defence with the former firing the ball in on target. Paul Gallagher well placed to tip the ball round the post to concede a corner. The corner was played in and only half cleared to Neil McFarlane who played the ball into the box where ROBERT HARRIS drilled it high into the net from 6 yards. 1-0.
A minute later Sean O’Connor turned the Pars defence before firing in a shot that was over the bar.
For the second game in a row both Calum Woods and Nick Phinn were linking up very well on the right-hand side with lots of energetic running between the two of them. The two of them are almost at full fitness and with the coming games are only going to get stronger. Phinn set up Woods to fire a dangerous ball into the box which Pars fans favourite Stephen Tosh was forced to header over his own crossbar. Calum Woods was again in on the action with his trademark thunderbolt which was gathered by Queen of the South keeper Jamie McDonald.
Woods again fired in another cross into the danger area with Alex Burke having a go at goal, but his effort was blocked. The Pars finally did equalise on the 26th minute with a sublime free-kick. Stephen Simmons was crudely chopped down by right-back Ryan McCann on the edge of the box and was rightly yellow carded by Referee Crawford Allan. SCOTT MORRISON (left)fired in a dipping shot into the top right corner to leave Jamie McDonald helpless. 1-1.
The Woods/Phinn partnership almost gave the Pars the lead on 33 minutes. It saw Woods, again, terrorising the Dumfries side defence and feeding the ball to Phinn who unfortunately pulled his shot wide. Phinn again looking for the goal with another effort, this time fed from Mark Burchill who cut the ball back to him from the left side.
Queen of the South themselves had a good opportunity on 38 minutes. A free-kick found Stephen Dobbie who fed the ball into the box to Sean O’Connor. His shot was turned away to the right by Gallagher. The Pars had some good passing play before the interval, but the final pass was just not there in the final third.
4 minutes after the break a Stephen Glass free-kick found absolutely no-one in the box. Nick Phinn continued his energetic running with the ball, breaking into the box before finally being thwarted by Robert Harris.