Last updated : 20 March 2005 By Duke Of Galloway

Quote from Queen's manager Scott " I felt it was two points dropped"

Queens celebrate
McNiven's goal
Queens and Hamilton shared the spoils in a tense,bad tempered affair which the Doonhamers should have returned home with full points. The Doonhamers went for the jugular from the start and with the Hamilton defence all at sea,McNiven volleyed home a beauty from a Thomson cross to send the sizeable away support into raptures on 2 minutes. Hamilton were shell shocked and Queens had them on toast but couldn't ram home their advantage although Bowey was unlucky to be offside after putting the ball in the net. The Accies gradually however weathered the storm and Keogh should have done better than hit the outside of the post with Barnard beaten. Queens were still the likely team with the home team having to use dubious tactics to stop Bowey who was causing problems on the left. As half-time approached it was fairly obvious Queens were quite content to hold on to their lead.

Half-Time Hamilton 0 Queens 1

Hamilton came out fighting in the second half but the Queens defence with Thomson and Barnard outstanding were giving nothing away. There were some ugly incidents as Hamilton became more frustrated and Ferguson and Lyle were very lucky to escape with only a yellow card each. Hamilton were certainly coming more into it as Queens were quite content to sit back and soak up the pressure. This tactic very nearly paid off until the 80 minute when Keogh had a great header saved by Barnard. The ball was drifting safely wide when Thomson seemed to stumble and collide with Corcoran who went down like a ton bricks. The referee who was in a good position immediately pointed to the spot and Cramb blasted the resultant penalty past Barnard. From where I was sitting it looked as if Thomson made minimum contact with Corcoran but the referee saw it from a different angle. Queens had to hang on grimly for the final few minutes and there was a sigh of relief as McPhee sent a header well over the top. Most Queens fans will be pleased with a point but it could easily have been three. Once again Barnard had a magnficent game between the posts and gave tremendous support to his defence. Mc Niven showed his natural scoring ability and skipper Bowey lead by example with McColligan also having a good match. The match on 2nd April is a chance to put some more daylight between us and our Maryhill rivals and Queens should be in a confident mood although Jim Thomson will be missing through suspension. A final note about our magnificent support at Hamilton. They were trully magnificent and the Hamilton support must know the words of the Railway song of by heart now !

McNiven puts Queens one up

Steve Bowey drives Queens on

Barnard has no chance with penalty