Queen of the South 4 - 2 Dundee Utd

League - Championship
Saturday, April 1st, 2017, 3:00 PM at Palmerston Park
Attendance: 1,514
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Queen of the South Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Derek Lyle (19)
Stephen Dobbie (43)
Lyndon Dykes (81)
Paul Dixon o.g. (89)
Thomas Mikkelsen (27)
Thomas Mikkelsen (55)

Team Managers
Gary Naysmith Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Lee Robinson
Jordan Marshall
Darren Brownlie
Chris Higgins
Kyle Jacobs
John Rankin
Joseph Thomson
Dom Thomas
Daniel Carmichael
Derek Lyle
Stephen Dobbie
Cammy Bell
Stewart Murdoch
Paul Dixon
Mark Durnan
William Edjenguélé
Ali Coote
Charlie Telfer
Tony Andreu
Willo Flood
Thomas Mikkelsen
Simon Murray

Bench
Andy Dowie
Dale Hilson
Connor McManus
Jim Atkinson
Scott Mercer
Lyndon Dykes
Connor Murray
Luis Zwick
Jamie Robson
Lewis Toshney
Coll Donaldson
Blair Spittal
Nick van der Velden
Alex Nicholls

Substitutions
Lyndon Dykes for Derek Lyle (49)
Connor Murray for Daniel Carmichael (65)
Dale Hilson for Dom Thomas (75)
Blair Spittal for Ali Coote (65)
Luis Zwick for Cammy Bell (74)
Alex Nicholls for Thomas Mikkelsen (80)

Bookings
None. Willo Flood (44)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cammy Bell (GK) 37 apps -
Stewart Murdoch 21 apps1 goal
Paul Dixon 219 apps5 goals
Mark Durnan 66 apps8 goals
William Edjenguélé 31 apps2 goals
Ali Coote 15 apps -
Charlie Telfer 63 apps6 goals
Tony Andreu 30 apps17 goals
Willo Flood 187 apps7 goals
Thomas Mikkelsen 14 apps5 goals
Simon Murray 64 apps20 goals
Luis Zwick (sub) (GK) 23 apps -
Alex Nicholls (sub) 9 apps -
Blair Spittal (sub) 96 apps9 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ali Coote (18 years 299 days)
Oldest Player:Willo Flood (31 years 364 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 327 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ali Coote (18 years 299 days)
Oldest Player:Nick van der Velden (35 years 115 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 59 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Manager Ray McKinnon made two changes from the side that defeated Ayr United in midweek as the side looked to make it a hat-trick of wins at Palmerston. Paul Dixon came in for Jamie Robson, while Ali Coote replaced Alex Nicholls who, like Robson, dropped to the bench. Also on the bench were Lewis Toshney and Bair Spittal returning from suspension and Injury respectively. Making way for them were Van der Struijk and Wato Kuate.

After heavy showers, the game kicked off in bright sunshine, but it was the Doonhamers who made the better start. On four minutes, Stephen Dobbie flighted a 20-yarder destined for the top corner which Cammy Bell was forced to palm away for a corner. And six minutes later, Dobbie sent a similar shot following neat footwork by Thomas and set up the chance from the edge of the box, but fortunately it slipped inches past. The Tangerines finally made an impact in attack, Charlie Telfer drilling in a low drive from 25 yards which Lee Robinson was at full stretch to turn away for a corner. But when a goal did come it was, unsurprisingly, at the other end with Dobbie the creator. His precision pass found ex-Dundee striker Derek Lyle who clipped the ball into the far corner from ten yards. United’s forays into Queens’ half had been all too rare but on 27 minutes, they were level. Ali Coote charged down a clearance from which Thomas Mikkelsen raced through and evaded the keeper who had advanced out of his box and skilfully steered the ball home from an acute angle for his fourth goal. For the first time, United dictated play but without in any way threatening the goal until five minutes from the break when Durnan’s glancing header from a Willo Flood free-kick went just past. But with two minutes of the half left, disaster struck. From a United attack, Willo Flood lost possession to Thomas, leaving Queens in a two on one situation and Thomas timed his pass to Stephen Dobbie to perfection and he duly angled home the hosts’ second from 10 yards. And before the restart, Flood was booked for dissent to bring a decidedly unhappy half to an end.

Three minutes into the second half, the hosts were forced to withdraw the injured Lyle with Lyndon Dykes deputising. Almost inevitably, Dobbie had the first goal attempt of the half firing just over. However, on 55 minutes, United were back on level terms with their first real incursion upfield. Paul Dixon strode forward and unleashed a 30-yarder which Robinson could only beat away and Thomas Mikkelsen swooped to crash home the loose ball. But Queens were back buzzing at the other end and came desperately close to regain the lead after 62 minutes. Dobbie found space on the left and drilled in a shot which Bell saved and William Edjenguele saved the day as two Queens strikers attempted to net the rebound with Flood eventually mopping up the danger. An injury to Cammy Bell enforced his substitution with just over 15 minutes left and with ten minutes left Alex Nicholls replaced two-goal scorer Mikkelsen. With eight minutes left, however, it was Queens who scored the winner, substitute Lyndon Dykes firing an angled drive past sub keeper Luis Zwick. And two minutes from time, Dykes headed down and an unlucky Paul Dixon, under pressure from Dale Hilson, netted the fourth.

Match report written by Peter Rundo



Photography by DUFC Official

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 31 16 12 3 47 21 26 60
2. Falkirk 31 14 9 8 50 34 16 51
3. Morton 30 13 10 7 39 29 10 49
4. UNITED 30 13 8 9 42 36 6 47
5. Queen of the South 31 10 9 12 41 44 -3 39
6. Dunfermline 30 8 12 10 38 39 -1 36
7. Dumbarton 31 8 10 13 41 49 -8 34
8. Raith Rovers 31 8 9 14 29 42 -13 33
9. Ayr United 31 7 10 14 31 53 -22 31
10. St Mirren 30 7 9 14 37 48 -11 30
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