Queen of the South 2
Dundee 1
League (First Division)

Queen of South 

2 - 1


League (First Division)
Wednesday, December 26th, 2007
Palmerston Park
Attendance: 1,980
3:00 PM Kick-off

Paul Burns (43)
David Worrell (o.g.) (62)
Milan Palenik (20)

Team Managers
Gordon Chisholm Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. Jamie MacDonald
2. Andy Aitken
3. Jim Thomson
4. Jamie McQuilken
5. Paul Burns
6. Brian Gilmour
7. Neil MacFarlane
8. Eric Paton
9. Steve Tosh
10. Stephen Dobbie
11. Sean O'Connor
Craig Samson .1
David Worrell .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
Milan Palenik .4
Eddie Malone .5
Paul McHale .6
Scott Robertson .7
Kevin McDonald .8
Gavin Swankie .9
Derek Lyle .10
Jani Šturm .11

12. Stephen Grindlay
14. David Nixon
15. Jamie Mole
16. John O'Neill
17. Scott Robertson
Ludovic Roy .12
Paul Dixon .14
Frédéric Daquin .15
Jan Zemlik .16
Robert Davidson .17

John O'Neill for Sean O'Connor (83)
Scott Robertson for Brian Gilmour (87)
Paul Dixon for Gavin Swankie (65)
Robert Davidson for Jani Šturm (73)
Jan Zemlik for Gary Mackenzie (81)

Jim Thomson (7) David Worrell (18)
Paul McHale (61)

Red Cards
None. Derek Lyle (7)

Match Officials

David Somers (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee's four match winning run came to an end at Palmerston Park assisted in large part by an early red card for Derek Lyle. The striker was dismissed after just seven minutes of the game for a kick at Queen of the South defender Jim Thomson.

Dundee's ten men battled on to take the lead but lost an equaliser as half time approached and despite enjoying the bulk of the attacking moves were more and more vulnerable to the home side's quick breaks as the second half wore on, the winner came from an own goal from the luckless David Worrell, ironic given that he made important and brave blocks either side of his moment 'horribilis'.

The incident which signaled to those who had made a lengthy festive season journey to Dumfries that it might be a long afternoon came when Lyle and former team-mate Jim Thomson challenged for the ball, Lyle won the tussle and swept the ball left to Gavin Swankie only for the referee's whistle to signal an infringment.

The Dundee support were mildly irritated, it appeared that an attacking move had been stopped by whistle David Somers failure to play advantage, but there was a shock in store for the 99% of the crowd who had missed a kick by Lyle at Thomson as the ball headed away from the pair.

Mr Somers hadn't though, he was only yards away and had a clear view of the offence, and Del' was off for a very early bath and the prospect of a multi-match ban.

The Dark Blues had begun the game well and for a while after Lyle's departure they continued to look the more likely side, so much so that some pressure in twenty minute's led to them taking the lead. Kevin McDonald fired in a shot which took a big deflection off a defender and left Scotland Under 21 keeper Jamie MacDonald thankful to see it loop just the wrong side of the upright.

His relief turned to despair moments later though, Gavin Swankie's corner was met by the head of Gary Mackenzie and his knockdown was fired into the net by fellow defender Milan Palenik - the Czech racing away to celebrate his third goal of the season.

At this point it didn't look as if the man advantage enjoyed by Queens mattered, and Dundee continued to dominate play for a good time after taking the lead, though without making any real further chances.

Gradually though the home side worked their way back into the ascendancy and there was a real scare in 35 minutes when Neil McFarlane's cross found the head of Brian Gilmour with Craig Samson having to be at his spectacular best as he clawed the former Clyde man's effort away. Sean O'Connor was on hand to pounce on the loose ball but he failed to net from just six yards out.

The home side were as desperate to get level by the break as Dundee were to keep them out, and with two minutes remaining of the half Gordon Chisholm's men got the goal that their pressure deserved. A free kick was cleared from inside the six yard box, but not well enough, and Paul Burns was on hand to rattle a low shot through a crowd of players and into the bottom corner of the net.

Jani Sturm had been required to plough a lone furrow up front after Lyle had left the action and the Slovenian had done well to bring team-mates into play, he let rip with a thirty yarder early in the second period, but his effort was a yard too high.

Dundee were pushing forward but the homesters were looking more and more dangerous on the break and in 62 minutes the Doonhamers were ahead.

They found space down the right via Stephen Dobbie's pass to scorer Burns and his cross was turned into his own net by Worrell.

Dundee immediately withdrew Swankie and sent on Paul Dixon on the left of midfield, while later Bob Davidson and Jan Zemlik were introduced as Dundee chased a leveler.

As the red shirted Dark Blues committed men forward gaps appeared for the Queens strikers to exploit and in 79 minutes O'Connor was only denied by a brave and committed block from Worrell.

The Dee were pressing but struggled to create clear cut chances, a Zemlik header which looped just over and a McHale 25 yard free kick which had keeper MacDonald scrambling as he failed to hold it being as close as they came and the final whistle was greeted with joy by a home team and support who had seen their relegation worries eased somewhat.

They were grateful that Dundee had been disadvantaged by Lyle's dismissal and took advantage, the traveling Dees though had only the minor consolation that leaders Hamilton's had failed to beat Clyde making the damage from this defeat not quite as bad as it might have been.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at December 26th, 2007)

2007-08 All Time
Craig Samson (GK)23 18 - 18 -
Eddie Malone22 7 - 7 -
Milan Palenik - 183183
David Worrell29 19 - 19 -
Gary Mackenzie22 19 - 43 -
Kevin McDonald19 2078712
Paul McHale26 191312
Scott Robertson22 2151079
Jani Šturm25 172172
Gavin Swankie24 2026011
Derek Lyle26 1754720
Paul Dixon (sub)21 21 - 972
Jan Zemlik (sub)30 162162
Robert Davidson (sub)21 1873310

League Table (as at December 26th, 2007)

No league table has been added for this season.