Queen of the South 1-0 East Fife

Queen of the South moved seven points clear at the top of the Scottish Second Division with a narrow win against East Fife at Palmerston.

Derek Lyle headed the only goal of the match in the fourth minute, converting Chris Mitchell's cross.

The visitors were denied by goalkeeper Lee Robinson, who blocked Paul Willis's shot from the edge of the area.

Gavin Reilly, Nicky Clark and Lyle all threatened a second for Queens but one goal proved to be enough.

Queen of South: Robinson, McGuffie, Black, Higgins, Mitchell, McKenna, Burns, Carmichael, Clark (Gibson 68), Lyle (Johnston 88), Reilly. Subs Not Used: Atkinson, Orsi, Slattery.

Booked: Reilly.

Goals: Lyle 4.

East Fife: Antell, Durie, Campbell, Forster, McCormack (Johnstone 42), Willis, Muir, Pollock (Scott Smith 68), Sloan (Wardlaw 85), Robert Barr, Paul McManus. Subs Not Used: Collier, Jamieson.

Booked: Muir.

Att: 1,577

Ref: George Salmond