THe season of goodwill may be drawing to a close but two belated presents from Cowdenbeath duo Grant Adam and John Armstrong gift-wrapped a timely 2-0 victory for Queen of the South at Central Park.
Following an overnight deluge of rain in Fife, this encounter appropriately proved to be a damp squib during an instantly forgettable first 45 minutes, with one snap shot from Kane Hemmings – well saved by Zander Clark – the only notable chance.
However, in first-half injury time Adam committed the latest error in what has been a challenging term for the young goalkeeper, as he fumbled a simple low shot from Iain Russell to allow a grateful Paul Burns to flick home the opening goal from two yards.
The second half was delayed in somewhat comical fashion as a slight issue with the netting that Burns had rippled before the break had to be fixed. With no step-ladder forthcoming, the broad shoulders of Queens defender Mark Durnan were utilised by a stadium official to administer some running repairs.
Not that it mattered. Shooting into the face of a whipping wind and near-horizontal rain, the hosts never looked likely to test the sturdiness of the patchwork netting, barring one late Lewis Milne drive which, again, forced a fine save from the promising on-loan St Johnstone keeper Clark.
And the victory was made safe on 64 minutes as Derek Lyle robbed a dallying Armstrong and hared towards goal before displaying an admirable lack of greed to square the ball to Russell to roll into an empty net.