AN Andy Dowie goal five minutes from time spared the blushes of Queen’s goalkeeper Calum Antell, whose horrific first-half blunder appeared to have gifted Cowdenbeath all three points.
Scorers: Queen of the South: Dowie 85; Cowdenbeath: Stewart 11
Queens, with just one win in their last seven games, were desperate to turn around their fortunes, but so too were Cowdenbeath, after suffering three successive league defeats.
Something it seemed had to give.
The Blue Brazil might have taken the lead after just seven minutes when Greg Stewart clipped the ball through to Kane Hemmings, but goalkeeper Antell brilliantly turned the ball over after the striker drilled the ball into the ground and it looked to be lobbing into the net.
Four minutes later, Antell turned sinner when Stewart cut in from the right and fired a low 16-yard shot on target, which the ‘keeper should have saved easily, but let slip through his grasp and trickle over the line.
The Doonhamers, who have now gone five matches at home without a win, almost scored in 21 minutes when Ian McShane’s in-swinging corner from the left was headed against the crossbar by striker Derek Lyle, unmarked at the far post.
Four minutes later another McShane corner, this time from the right hand side, picked out Ryan McGuffie just six yards out, but he somehow sliced the ball wide of the target.
Queens finally levelled the match in 85 minutes when Dowie, left, leapt high above the ‘Beath defence to connect with a McShane corner and power a header past goalkeeper Thomas Flynn.