Queen of the South

Queen of the South

Simon Murray stays grounded to rescue Dundee United

They say pursuing promotion brings pressure. Simon Murray, the Dundee United striker, is one for thriving rather than wilting amid the so-called strain.

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Simon Murray celebrates drawing the scores level at 3-3 with a minute left.  Picture: Sammy Turner/SNS

Dundee United 3 - 3 Queen of the South: Tangerine dream hit

Coming back from two goals down with less than 15 minutes to go is not to be scoffed at but when the dust settled on this one there was no escaping that Dundee United’s pursuit of the Championship automatic promotion spot suffered another serious dent in this thoroughly unpredictable 90 minutes. Yes, it could have been worse, and yes they showed real guts for not giving up with defeat staring them in the face, but the fact is they now trail Hibs by six points. Mind the gap, as the saying goes.

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St Mirren's John Sutton comes close with a header for the home side during Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Queen of the South. Picture: SNS

Future looks bleak for John Sutton and St Mirren

It would not have seemed 
possible four years ago, when Danny Lennon’s St Mirren side beat Celtic in the semi-finals of the League Cup and then went on to prevail against Hearts in the final, but the Buddies are staring down the barrel of 
relegation to Scottish football’s third tier.

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Gary Naismith was delighted with his first three points

St Mirren 0 - 3 Queen of the South: Jack Ross addresses fan

Queen of the South recorded their first league win since 17 September to keep alive their faint hopes of qualifying for the play-offs. St Mirren, by contrast, are surely doomed for the drop.

West Ham United were said to be interested in the Celtic striker. Picture: SNS

Rumour Mill: No West Ham bid for Dembele | Rangers to wait on Toral deal | Hearts star to MK Dons

West Ham United have not made a £20million offer for Moussa Dembele, contrary to reports; transfer target Jon Toral tells Rangers they’ll have to wait for his signature, and Robbie Neilson is planning to raid his old club Hearts for attacker Robbie Muirhead.

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Alan Forrest in action for Ayr Utd

Queen of the South 0 - 0 Ayr United: Two sides draw ugly

It was a clash between the two most out-of-form sides in the Championship, Queens having gone 12 games without a win since they were top of the table back in mid-September, and United not having tasted victory in their last eight. Indeed, United’s last success was against their Dumfries hosts the last time they met in October.

Queen of the South's Derek Lyle, left, celebrates equalising for his side at the Falkirk Stadium. Picture: Michael Gillen

Falkirk 2 - 2 Queen of the South: Derek Lyle rescues a point

Falkirk and Queen of the South may have shared the spoils yesterday, but there was no doubt who was the more content manager following a pulsating contest.

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Ian Cathro will begin his career as next manager of Hearts. Picture: SNS

Five most intriguing storylines this Scottish football weekend

Here’s what to look out for this weekend in the SPFL.

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Ryan Stevenson scored a fine goal for Dumbarton. Picture: SNS

Queen of South 1 - 2 Dumbarton: Ryan Stevenson nets 30-yarder

Dumbarton manager Stevie Aitken believes his part-time squad aren’t getting the credit they deserve.

  Hibernian's Fraser Fyvie (right) in action

Neil Lennon hails ‘powerful, intense, hungry’ performance

Queen of the South must have skulked out of Leith grateful for small mercies. This was a match that illustrated why Hibernian are setting the pace at the top of the table and seem unlikely to be caught.

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Brian Graham celebrates scoring Hibs' opening goal versus Queen of the South. Picture: SNS

Hibernian 4 - 0 Queen of the South: Hibs go three points clear

Hibs produced arguably their most complete performance of the season so far as they romped to an easy win over Queen of the South.

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Stephen Dobbie was on target twice

Queen of the South 2 - 0 Alloa: Stephen Dobbie nets a double

Queen of the South marched into the semi-finals of the Irn-Bru Cup with a double from striker Stephen Dobbie.

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Gavin Skelton was in charge at Palmerston on a permanent basis for only five months. Picture: Michael Gillen

Queen of the South and manager Gavin Skelton part company

Queen of the South announced last night that they have parted company with manager Gavin Skelton by mutual consent after just five months in charge.

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Rudi Skacel: Stepped off the bench to set up Raiths late winner

Raith Rovers 1 - 0 Queen of the South: Rudi Skacel shines

Rudi Skacel only needed two minutes to exhibit a rare moment of quality in a Raith Rovers performance devoid of flair after setting up Mark Stewart to score an injury-time winner against Queen of the South

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Paul Cairney netted the game's only goal. Picture: Michael Gillen

Ayr 1 - 0 Queen of the South: Ex-Hibs man shoots down Queens

Paul Cairney’s second-half strike gave in-form Ayr the points and sent stuttering Queens down to third in the table. United, on an impressive run of just one defeat in eight games, were quickly on the back foot as the visitors set out to erase the memory of their 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Morton.

Morton's Ross Forbes was on target in Dumfries. Picture: SNS

Queen of South 0 - 5 Morton: League leaders left stunned

Morton sent out a powerful warning message to Aberdeen that they may not get things their own way at Hampden next Saturday when the sides meet in their Betfred Cup semi-final by thrashing Championship leaders Queen of the South 5-0 at Palmerston.

Dan Carmichael scored his only goal for Hibs in a win over Alloa. Picture: Greg Macvean

Dan Carmichael re-signs for Queen of the South after Hibs exit

Dan Carmichael has made a return to Queen of the South six weeks after leaving Hibernian via mutual consent.

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Hibernian's Lewis Stevenson, right, is sent off at Palmerston Park. Picture: SNS.

Ofir Marciano counts blessings as Queen of the South hold Hibs

Watching Ofir Marciano withstand the whipping wind and driving rain of Dumfries as he helped the ten men of Hibernian claim an attritional draw, “blessed” was not the first word that sprung to mind. This was the type of afternoon to be endured rather than enjoyed.

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A disconsolate Lewis Stevenson walks off after picking up an early second half red card at Palmerston Park

Queen of the South 0 - 0 Hibs: Ten man Hibs make their point in Dumfries

Hibs were reduced to ten men for the second week running as Lewis Stevenson saw red in this table-topping clash with Queen of the South.

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