QUEEN of the South were brought down to earth just eight days after playing Rangers off the park as part-time Cowdenbeath recorded their fourth league win of the season to climb out of the drop zone.
They did it the hard way and had to defend for their lives after Callum Gallagher, the on-loan Rangers forward, gave them a first-half lead. Derek Lyle thought he had rescued a point for Queens, but the visitors had other ideas with Sean Higgins on target in injury time.
“Nobody gave us any chance, but the players worked their socks off and I’m thrilled to bits with them,” said Cowdenbeath manager Jimmy Nicholl. “We showed everything.”
Queens goalkeeper Zander Clark enjoyed a busy first half as Cowdenbeath, industrious and well organised, yet inventive and sharp in the final third, created some good opportunities, but the visitors also had their own custodian, Robbie Thomson, to thank for the match remaining goalless as he twice denied John Baird in the space of four minutes.
Cowdenbeath went ahead in four minutes from the interval when a through ball found Gallagher, who held off defender Chris Higgins to fire a crisp, low drive into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season.
Queens dominated following the interval, and thought they had clinched a point when Lyle headed home Kevin Dzierzawski’s corner in the 86th minute. But Higgins earned the visitors a vital win when he fired home Kyle Miller’s long-range pass.
Nicholl said: “We played good, controlled football and some of our defending was great. You sometimes get as much satisfaction out of that as winning three or four-nil.”
Queens player/manager James Fowler said: “To lose the goal so late, after getting back into the game, has summed up our day’s work.”