Queen of the South 2
Dundee 0
League (First Division)

Queen of South 

2 - 0


League (First Division)
Saturday, November 18th, 2006
Palmerston Park
Attendance: 1,861
3:00 PM Kick-off

John O'Neill (pen) (32)
John O'Neill (48)

Team Managers
Ian McCall Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. Colin Scott
2. Jim Lauchlan
3. Jim Thomson
4. Dermot McCaffrey
5. Warren Moon
6. Eric Paton
7. Neil Scally
8. Wullie Gibson
9. John O'Neill
10. Graham Weir
11. Andy Barrowman
Ludovic Roy .1
Danny Griffin .2
Bobby Mann .3
Greg Strong .4
Paul Dixon .5
Ross Harris .6
Scott Robertson .7
Alex Rae .8
Gavin Swankie .9
Derek Lyle .10
Brian McGinty .11

12. Barry John Corr
14. Andy Thomson
15. Stephen Swift
16. Scott MacKenzie
17. Sean O'Connor
Callum Reidford .12
Jon Boggan .14
Gary Smith .15
Andy McLaren .16
Bryan Deasley .17

Stephen Swift for Warren Moon (68)
Scott MacKenzie for Eric Paton (76)
Sean O'Connor for Graham Weir (80)
Gary Smith for Greg Strong (51)
Andy McLaren for Brian McGinty (55)
Bryan Deasley for Ross Harris (75)

Neil Scally (41)
Graham Weir (75)
Neil Scally (87)
Danny Griffin (20)
Ludovic Roy (31)
Andy McLaren (82)

Red Cards
Neil Scally (87) None.

Match Officials

Crawford Allan (Referee)

Match Report

Alex Rae was annoyed by defeat at Dumfries which came via mistakes for both goals.

"If I'm being honest I think they deserved to win" said the manager.

"We made two mistakes and they punished us. It was really disappointing. We came here thinking we could have got something out of the game and it wasn't to be. We seem to be able to raise it against the Livingston, St Johnstone and Gretna, teams like that, then when it comes to teams you would expect to do well against, we don't seem to do it.

"They looked hungrier than we were and, in saying that, I don't think they carved us open too often. Ludo didn't have anything to do, it was mistakes for both goals.

"I thought we got into a lot of good areas in the wide but the delivery never beat the first man at any point and I don't think the movement of the front boys was particularly great either It's not really a good combination."

Queen of the South earned their win through a brace of goals from John O'Neill, and then worked hard to restrict Dundee's chances Something they did very successfully, helped by a lack of cutting edge from the Dens attack. It had looked as if it would pan out differently in the early stages of the game as the white-shirted Dee pushed forward from the kick off, and the home side had keeper Colin Scott to thank for keeping them level as early as the fifth minute when Paul Dixon chested a ball into the path of Alex Rae and the player boss fired in a fine low shot which looked destined for the bottom corner of the net until Scott got down to superbly tip the ball round the post.

Scott Robertson too was keen to try her luck, twice firing in long range efforts but the keeper dealt with both comfortably.

Queens came into the match after that spell of being on the back foot but were looking just as unlikely to create chances until a slip by Greg Strong in 33 minutes allowed Graham Weir a clear run at goal, Ludovic Roy came to dive at the striker's feet but Weir tumbled over his challenge and referee Allan pointed to the spot.

Former Doonhammer Derek Lyle gave Roy some advice on where John O'Neill was likely to place the kick but he got it wrong and O'Neill sidefooted home with the keeper rooted to the spot.

Queens suddenly looked a much more confident side and Dundee were now the team on the backfoot, but Rae's men broke to win a free kick on the box four minutes from the break. The manager fired in the set-piece but it was stopped by the defensive wall and Gavin Swankie's follow up went just over the bar.

The half time interval couldn't come soon enough for Dundee but the second period brought a further blow just three minutes in when a slack header from Rae allowed Weir to regain possession for the home side, he slid a neat pass to O'Neill and the striker's finish as Roy raced to close him down was clinical.

Dundee introduced new boy Gary Smith for Greg Strong and Andy McLaren for Brian McGinty and with time running out Bryan Deasley for Ross Harris, the two attacking substitutes at last being strikers in the right place when balls arrived in the box as they both had opportunities to reduce the deficit - Deasley firing an angled drive into the side netting and McLaren miscuing when he had an opportunity to net from eight yards.

McLaren picked up a yellow card (joining Roy and Griffin in the book) for a retaliatory foul and was involved when Queen of the South's Neil Scally was dismissed with three minutes to go, wrestling the ball from the home player after he had tried to delay a throw in-the referee viewed that the fault for the incident lay with Scally and handed him a second yellow card.

Dundee ended the game with almost the whole team pushing forward but they never looked like reducing the home side's margin of victory and defeat left them ten points away from the top of the table.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at November 18th, 2006)

2006-07 All Time
Ludovic Roy (GK)29 10 - 10 -
Paul Dixon19 15 - 542
Bobby Mann32 111885
Greg Strong31 151151
Danny Griffin29 13 - 13 -
Ross Harris22 141141
Alex Rae37 142142
Scott Robertson21 15 - 682
Derek Lyle25 8585
Brian McGinty29 5151
Gavin Swankie22 165195
Gary Smith (sub)35 1 - 1 -
Andy McLaren (sub) - 102102
Bryan Deasley (sub)18 9 - 283

League Table (as at November 18th, 2006)

No league table has been added for this season.