Last updated : 15 April 2007 By Duke of Galloway

Queens as usual are doing things the hard way in their quest for survival in the 1st Division as they were held to a draw at sunny Palmy by an enterprising Livingston team who perhaps deserved a draw but once again the Doonhamers had their chances to win confortably. The match kicked off in glorious Spring weather and there seemed to be a huge party going on judging by the noise coming from the hospitality box.

Queens could have been a couple of goals up in the opening minutes but bad finishing and a sound Livingston goalkeeper in Stewart kept the score blank. Livingston were having a real go themselves and started asking questions of the Queens back four in which Laughlan seemed a bit off the pace. The game looked to be heading all square as we approached half-time but O'connor had other ideas as he was first to a Murray cross to head over the advancing Stewart to give Queens a slightly flattering half-time lead.

Queens went for another goal straight after the break but were shocked when Craig took advantage of some Queens defensive slackness to equalise on 55 minutes. Palmy was stunned and the crowd fearing the worst became very subdued. Livingston sensed victory and were unlucky when they hit woodwork as the home defence took their eye off the ball. Queens eventually rallied and forced several corners with O'Neill and Dobbie going close. O'Connor had bad luck when after a great run his shot just slipped past and O'Neill mishit his shot when in a great position. McCall brought on Burns,Weir and Barrowman to try and win the points but it was not to be and it looks like it will go straight to the wire with the last game of the season against Airdrie being the clincher.

Queens alarming lack of punch in front of goal is very worrying and if this continues we will be lucky to survive in this league. We really must take something from next week's game at Perth as the prospect of a tense survival encounter with Airdrie at Palmy on the last game of the season will not be something to relish.

Duke's man of the match - Neil Scally - what a powerhouse of a player.

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