Queen of the South 0
Dundee 1
League (First Division)

Queen of South 

0 - 1


League (First Division)
Saturday, December 27th, 2008
Palmerston Park
Attendance: 2,616
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Colin McMenamin (30)

Team Managers
Gordon Chisholm Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Bryn Halliwell
2. Jim Thomson
3. Steve Kinniburgh
4. Jamie McQuilken
5. Tom Parratt
6. Craig Reid
7. Neil MacFarlane
8. Stephen Simmons
9. Michael McGowan
10. Stephen Dobbie
11. Sean O'Connor
Robert Douglas .1
David Cowan .2
Jim Laughlan .3
Craig McKeown .4
Eddie Malone .5
Frédéric Daquin .6
Eric Paton .7
Andrew Shinnie .8
Chris Pozniak .9
David O'Brien .10
Colin McMenamin .11

12. Andrew Aitken
14. Neil Scally
15. Scott Robertson
16. Stewart Kean
17. David Weatherston
Ludovic Roy .12
Darren Williams .14
Paul McHale .15
Mark Gilhaney .16
Bryan Deasley .17

Scott Robertson for Stephen Kinniburgh (46)
Stewart Kean for Michael McGowan (46)
David Weatherston for Sean O'Connor (70)
Paul McHale for Frédéric Daquin (76)
Mark Gilhaney for Colin McMenamin (89)

Craig Reid (12) David Cowan (52)
Craig McKeown (77)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Eddie Smith (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee lined up with four changes from the side which stumbled to a 0-0 draw at home to Partick Thistle the previous week. Along with the change in personnel came a change in formation as Jocky Scott set his side out with a 4-5-1 formation.

Eric Paton returned to the side as captain but took up a defensive midfield role rather than his usual right back position. Colin McMenamin came into the starting eleven as the lone striker and David Cowan and Freddie Daquin took up their places on the right hand side of the team. Top scorer Mickael Antonie-Curier missed out due to flu and Bryan Deasley, Darren Williams and Paul McHale all dropped to the bench.

Trips to Dumfries have given little reward to Dundee in the past couple of seasons, the only win coming in a meaningless end of season affair in the 2005/06. Although, with Queen of the South's recent poor form The Dark Blues haven't had a better chance to come away with all three points since the win when Bobby Mann and Barry Smith were in temporary charge of the team.

The Dees got the first shot away of the day and it was the man who would have his finest game in the Dark Blue since arriving on loan from Rangers who got it. Andrew Shinnie playing in his preferred role of central midfield sent a wayward effort over the bar. Another man who was heavily involved in the first half Freddie Daquin won a corner shortly after and that was to be the start of a fine afternoon for the French winger also.

From the corner Eddie Malone's bicycle kick was easily taken by Queens keeper Halliwell. Daquin then got down the right again this time hanging a high ball to the back post which was just over the head of David O'Brien coming in from the left.

The home sides performance was well below the standard we have come to see on the trips south to Dumfries but the deadly strike force of Sean O'Connor and Stephen Dobbie did almost combine to put Queens ahead but good work from Jim Lauchlan cut them out. Seconds later and Shinnie and Daquin combined again with the winger firing a first time shot over the bar.

It was those two again who carved out Dundee's next chance and as the pressure mounted Halliwell was called into action again. Shinnie turned on the edge of the box before slipping the ball through to Daquin who drove a shot at goal which the Queens keeper had to push away.

From the resulting corner Shinnie took and received the

ball back before hitting a low shot to the front post which Halliwell had to be alert to push away again. Queens defender Jim Thomson was making his 350th appearance for the club and almost turn it into a disaster when he headed a Shinnie corner just wide of his own post.

Queens did have another chance when a slack Pozniak pass was cut out by McGowan who drilled a low shot just wide and four minutes later Dundee's superb first half performance was rewarded with a goal that gave them the lead.

Daquin got down the right again and crossed early to the back post where O'Brien waited. The left winger hit a low ball to the back post and lone striker Colin McMenamin bundled home for his first goal of the season.

A free kick was rewarded to the home side shortly after and Dobbie rolled it wide of Douglas' post never trouble the Dundee number one. A minute later Dobbie did call Douglas into action. O'Connor headed down a long ball forward into Dobbie's feet on the edge of the box and the man who so many times before has got on the score sheet against Dundee hit a low shot that Douglas' got down to save.

David O'Brien had the last chance of the half with a side footed effort which Halliwell held and Dundee went in with a lead at the break. Gordon Chisholm changed things at half time bringing on Kean and Robertson.

Queens best chance came shortly after the break. Dobbie was played in behind the defence and Douglas had to rush from goal to block the strikers run. The ball however fell to Dobbie's strike partner O'Connor who place his shot past Douglas but only as far as the covering Lauchlan who headed it away from danger.

They kept up their pressure but didn't trouble Douglas much more, Tom Parratt fired a shot just wide before Shinnie almost wrapped up all three points from The Dees.

O'Brien intercepted a ball in the midfield and played in the on loan midfielder who burst into the Queens half he took a great touch before poking the ball past Halliwell and just wide of the post. The home side had some more pressure but couldn't take advantage of various corners. and free kicks.

Eddie Malone came close from a corner but his header was blocked and soon after Dundee made a change with Paul McHale replacing Freddie Daquin.

Jamie McQuilken had the opportunity to level the scores with a free kick on the edge of the box but the left back places the ball well wide. Douglas was then called back into action and made a save that would ensure Dundee left Dumfries with all three points.

McQuilken crossed from the left and Simmons headed down at goal. Douglas was at full stretch as he pushed the ball away which was heading into the bottom corner. Dundee made another change with McMenamin being replaced by Mark Gilhaney.

Queen had one more chance but it was never troubling Douglas as substitute Robertson fired well over the bar.

The referee blew the final whistle and Dundee's players celebrated a long awaited win in Dumfries.

Match report written by Tommy Young - Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at December 27th, 2008)

2008-09 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)36 19 - 152 -
David Cowan26 10 - 24 -
Jim Laughlan31 3 - 3 -
Eddie Malone23 20 - 481
Craig McKeown23 14 - 14 -
Eric Paton30 183183
Chris Pozniak27 191191
David O'Brien24 17 - 412
Andrew Shinnie19 4 - 4 -
Frédéric Daquin30 16 - 533
Colin McMenamin27 131257
Paul McHale (sub)27 141574
Mark Gilhaney (sub)24 15 - 15 -

League Table (as at December 27th, 2008)

No league table has been added for this season.