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Fixtures : 2018-2019 : Queen of the South

Sat, 20th Apr 2019 Kick Off: 15:00

Queen of the South 2 Dunfermline 1

Saturday, 20th Apr 2019

Ladbrokes Championship: Williamson, L Longridge and Durnan start. Iain Wilson (45) 1-0: Josh Todd (52) 2-0: Jackson Longridge (90+5) 2-1.

Queen of the South recorded their fifth home win of this Championship season with a 2-1 win over Dunfermline on Easter Saturday.

The first trip to Palmerston Park this season was dominated by the weather with supporters warned about the risk of travelling in conditions that included freezing rain. This time the only weather warning was to apply plenty of sunscreen and keep hydrated as summer arrived in Scotland and 21C a stark contrast to the last time.

Stevie Crawford made three changes to his starting eleven. Tom Beadling, Danny Devine and James Vincent dropped out making way for Ryan Williamson, Mark Durnan and Louis Longridge.

Following their defeat at Alloa the previous week, Queen of the South made two changes, Connor Murray for Darren Brownlie and Deniz Mehmet preferred in goals instead of Jack Leighfield. The home side needed a win since victories for Partick Thistle and Falkirk elsewhere could send the Doonhamers to the bottom of the league.

The visitors kicked off attacking the goal at the home end but it was their keeper Ryan Scully who was first to hold the ball after just 30 seconds. Within another Connor Murray sent a shot wide left.

Queens continued to press in the opening minutes with Jackson Longridge clearing crosses into the Pars box from the left in both third and fourth minutes. Dunfermline’s first shot on target came in eight minutes when James Craigen launched a good effort from 25 yards out, the Queens keeper held however.

Scully had to take care to catch a shot lobbed in from 40 yards out on the right touch line by Michael Doyle and next Williamson hooked away a tricky ball searching for Josh Todd at the far post.

Dunfermline still we’re not causing their hosts enough danger, a Ryan Blair free kick overhit and out beyond the right upright. The home support rose to welcome a goal in 26 minutes after Murray powered a header on target from a Jordan Marshall cross but Scully dived to his left to turn the ball around his post.

At the other end Mehmet pushed away a good ball on from L Longridge and Craigen blasted the follow up wide. The Pars put together a patient build up before Faissal El Bakhtaoui crashed a 20 yard attempt narrowly over the Queens crossbar.

Anderson tried one from 25 yards but his shot spun behind off Barry Maguire and Blair’s 33rd minute corner from the right did not alter things. The home manager Gary Naysmith could be heard shouting to his team ‘to lift it’ but when treatment was required to Scott Mercer, a water break resulted and the momentum had to be rediscovered.

It was the Fifers who would create the next chance eight minutes from the break, Anderson picked out El Bakhtaoui on the right and he in turn passed for Matty Todd to drive a shot on target from the edge of the box but that was blocked by the defence.

An Anderson cross was flicked away by Mercer before it could reach L Longridge and then Todd went on a soaring run up the right but ran out of ground before he could get in the cross. Stirling won a 44th minute corner off Lee Ashcroft. Murray’s delivery in from the right was never fully cleared, he got a second bite at it and then Stirling. WILSON latched on to the chance and drove in the opener beating Scully down to his right. 1-0

It had not been Dunfermline’s best first half, Queen of the South had shown more urgency and their fans would feel that they deserved their half time lead.

Half time: Queen of the South 1 Dunfermline 0

When the second half resumed Scully had to drop forward to gather a Lyndon Dykes cross from the left side of the penalty box. Next Dykes got the better of his marker and slipped the ball to Todd on his right and he whistled a shot narrowly wide off a Pars man.

Darren Brownlie replaced Scott Mercer in 49 minutes and play continued to be in the Fifers half. Queens possession paid off when three minutes later, TODD broke into the left side of the Pars box to drive a low shot in at the far post. 2-0

LaceMyles Hippolyte was introduced in place of a Faissal El Bakhtaoui in 54 minutes but Queens were dominating at this stage and J Longridge was yellow carded for a rather desperate stop on Stirling on the edge of the Pars penalty box. From the free kick a corner followed where J Longridge cleared the danger.

A second Pars substitution saw Kallum Higginbotham replace Matthew Todd in 62 minutes. The home side then created a great opportunity at the midpoint of the second half, Todd feeding Marshall the ball for the left back to cut back across the Pars box but there was no connection and only Dykes ended up in the net.

An Andy Stirling run in 72 minutes ended up with a shot from 20 yards that Scully held. It seemed a long time since the Pars had got in a shot but two minutes later L Longridge swung a ball in from the left that gave Anderson two bites at a chance but Mehmet forced the ball behind. Queens defended the corner and in next to no time Todd hit a shot that deflected for a corner off Higginbotham.

In 77 minutes Lewis McCann came on for Louis Longridge but immediately Scully was called upon to take the ball from Dykes feet on the edge of the box. At the other end Anderson sent a header over the crossbar.

McCann forced a useful ball to Williamson on the top of the Queens box and his lay off to Hippolyte was switched on for Anderson but the touch was too strong.

The Pars were to get a consolation goal in the fifth minute of added time when J LONGRIDGE headed in from a Ryan Blair corner from the right. Hippolyte flicked the ball to the back post where the full back was on hand to head home. 2-1

The result was a huge relief to everyone in Dumfries, it lifted Queens to seventh place, four ahead of Falkirk at the foot and three behind the Pars. There are two fixtures remaining and although the Pars in fifth have 41 points a win over sixth placed Morton in the next match would go a long way to ensuring they finish fifth.

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH: Deniz Dogan Mehmet: Scott Mercer (Darren Brownlie 49), Michael Doyle, Barry Maguire (Callum Fordyce 81), Jordan Marshall: Andy Stirling, Kyle Jacobs (c), Iain Wilson, Josh Todd: Connor Murray (Nicky Low 83), Lyndon Dykes.
SUBS NOT USED: Ian McGrath, Ross Irving, Jack Leighfield (GK).
SCORERS: Wilson (45), Todd (52)
YELLOW CARD: Murray (45+1)

DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully: Ryan Williamson, Mark Durnan, Lee Ashcroft (c), Jackson Longridge: Matthew Todd (Kallum Higginbotham 62), Louis Longridge (Lewis McCann 77) James Craigen, Ryan Blair: Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Myles Hippolyte 54), Bruce Anderson.
SUBS NOT USED: Paul Allan, Aidan Connolly, Stuart Morrison, Cammy Gill (GK)
SCORERS: J Longridge (90+5)
YELLOW CARD: J Longridge (60), Williamson (71)

REFEREE: Steven Reid
WEATHER: Sunny 21C
ATTENDANCE 1704

NEXT MATCH: Ladbrokes Championship (home) v Morton, Saturday 27th April 2019, kick off 3.00pm at East End Park


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Preview Queen of the South

Saturday, 20th Apr 2019

Ladbrokes Championship: (away) Saturday 20th April 2019, kick off 3.00pm at Palmerston Park

This really is a crazy old league and no club is better placed to testify that than the Pars next opponents Queen of the South. A Stephen Dobbie inspired Queens were looking likely candidates for a play off place in mid January when they defeated Dundee in the Scottish Cup. Then a run of seven successive defeats saw them sink into the relegation struggle.

An excellent out of the blue win at Tannadice at the end of March eased the pressure but even after two draws they now find themselves really threatened. They will treat this as a must win game but is definitely a match where Stevie Crawford and his players want the three points too.

Even though remaining fixtures pitch teams against each other, any of the bottom six teams could still be relegated. An away win would take Dunfermline to 44 points and mean QOS could only reach 42 but a home win would take the Dumfries side to within three of the Pars.

Milestones away to Queen of the South
Last League win | 06/05/17 | 1-0 | Championship
Last League defeat | 02/10/10 | 0-2 | Division One
Best League win | 02/05/09 & 14/04/82 | 3-0 | Division One
Worst League defeat | 13/12/75 | 2-5 | Division One
Last Goalless Draw | 15/12/18 | 0-0 | Championship
First Fixture | 24/04/26 | 1-2 | Division Two (old)
Highest Aggregate | 13/12/75 | 2-5 | Division One

Last meeting at Palmerston
Queen of the South 0 Dunfermline 0
Ladbrokes Championship: 15 December 2018


Only 727 fans braved the weather warnings and watched the last encounter at Palmerston. Despite the horrid weather the Pars created the better chances and felt unlucky to leave with just the one point.

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH: Alan Martin: Scott Mercer, Jordan Marshall, Callum Fordyce, Michael Doyle, Callum Semple, Kyle Jacobs, Gary Harkins (Connor Murray 80), Josh Todd, Adam Frizzell (David Norman 60), Lyndon Dykes.
SUBS NOT USED: Andy Stirling, Daniel Irving, Jack Leighfield (GK).
YELLOW CARD: Dykes (80)

DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: James Vincent: Kallum Higginbotham, Tom Beadling, Joe Thomson: Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Myles Hippolyte 67), Aidan Keena.
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis McCann, James Craigen, Mark Durnan, Stuart Morrison, Cammy Gill (GK)

Dunfermline have won four of the last twelve meetings, QOS have won three and five have been drawn. The Pars are undefeated in the last five matches between the sides at Palmerston Park.

Last Twelve League Matches v Queen of the South
Date | H/A | F-A | WDL | League
02/03/19 | (H) | 1-0 | W | Championship
15/12/18 | (A) | 0-0 | D | Championship
20/10/18 | (H) | 0-1 | L | Championship
31/03/18 | (H) | 3-1 | W | Championship
24/02/18 | (A) | 0-0 | D | Championship
09/12/17 | (H) | 2-5 | L | Championship
14/10/17 | (A) | 0-0 | D | Championship
06/05/17 | (A) | 1-0 | W | Championship
07/03/17 | (H) | 1-1 | D | Championship
17/12/16 | (A) | 2-2 | D | Championship
27/08/16 | (H) | 0-1 | L | Championship
16/04/11 | (H) | 6-1 | W | First Division

Form Last Six Matches
Dunfermline have taken four points from their last six league games, Queen of the South five.

DUNFERMLINE
Falkirk (H) L 0-1
Ross County (A) L 0-1
Partick Thistle (A) D 2-2
Ayr United (H) L 0-1
Dundee United (H) L 0-1
Alloa Athletic (A) W 1-0

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH
Alloa Athletic (A) L 0-1
Ayr United A) L 0-1
Morton (H) D 1-1
Falkirk (H) D 1-1
Dundee United (A) W 2-1
Inverness Caley Th (H) L 0-2

Recent Form
Since Dunfermline’s run of five winning games, they have lost four of their next five games by 1-0. At Firhill they went two up against Partick Thistle. Only for the battling Jags to claw it back to a draw.

Queen of the South have won just one of their last twelve league matches and of the other eleven, actually lost nine of them. Such lack of form has seen them slip down the Championship table to 8th where they currently lie just one point off the bottom.

DUNFERMLINE
League Position: 5th
League Points: 41
Goal Difference: -4
Away League Record: P16 W6 D5 L5 GF19 GA19
Last Six League Match Form: WLLDLL

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH
League Position: 8th
League Points: 35
Goal Difference: -1
Home League Record: P16 W4 D7 L5 GF24 GA18
Last Six League Match Form: LWDDLL

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Falkirk):
Ryan Scully: James Craigen, Danny Devine, Lee Ashcroft (c), Jackson Longridge: Tom Beadling (Kallum Higginbotham 38): Matthew Todd (Robbie Muirhead 87), James Vincent, Ryan Blair: Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Myles Hippolyte 76), Bruce Anderson.
SUBS NOT USED: Aidan Connolly, Stuart Morrison, Mark Durnan, Cammy Gill (GK)

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH (v Alloa Athletic): Jack Leighfield: Scott Mercer (Fraser Aird 79), Jordan Marshall, Darren Brownlie, Michael Doyle, Barry Maguire, Andy Stirling, Kyle Jacobs (Ian McGrath 84), Josh Todd, Ian Wilson, Lyndon Dykes
SUBS NOT USED: Callum Fordyce, Ewan Gourlay, Robbie Ivison, Connor Murray, Deniz Dogan Mehmet (GK).

Referee will be Steven Reid who officiated the Pars home match against Queen of the South in October.

Other Championship Fixtures
Ayr United v Ross County (Friday)
Falkirk v Morton
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Dundee United
Partick Thistle v Alloa Athletic

Admission Prices
Adults - £18
OAP/Concessions - £10
Students and age 16-21 - £10
Under 16 - £5
Pre School kids - free



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