Queen of the South twice pegged back St Mirren to ensure their Scottish Cup fourth round tie goes to a replay.

On-loan Newcastle midfielder Conor Newton half-volleyed the Buddies in front, but home pressure paid off when Iain Russell equalised.

St Mirren regained the lead when Steven Thompson finished a flowing move.

Michael Paton's cool finish brought the Doonhamers level again to stop Saints getting revenge for a Scottish League Cup exit at Palmerston in August.

It was an altogether more confident St Mirren side arriving in Dumfries this time, but Danny Lennon's men failed to close out a game they twice led in.

Therefore Jim McIntyre's Queen of the South will have a chance to make it a League Cup and Scottish Cup double over Saints in a Paisley replay.

Queens' Gavin Reilly had reason to feel luck was not on his side early on.

After pressuring Marc McAusland into a slip, Reilly was aggrieved when referee Kevin Clancy failed to spot the ball touching former Doonhamers defender's hand.

Steven Thompson's sixth goal of the season had given St Mirren a 2-1 lead

Steven Thompson's sixth goal of the season had given St Mirren a 2-1 lead

It got worse for the hosts when St Mirren's opener took an unfortunate nick off Russell on its way into Zander Clark's net.

Newton showed great technique to half-volley home from the corner of the box following a headed half-clearance by Queen of the South's Kevin Holt.

However, the hosts responded well to that early blow, with Holt, Michael Paton and Russell all testing Saints' goalkeeper Marian Kello.

But after making string of three competent saves, the Slovakian fumbled for Queen of the South's equaliser.

Kello failed to collect a free-kick from the left and the ball fell to Iain Russell to fire in off the post via a deflection off Buddies' defender Darren McGregor.

St Mirren had a great chance to get back in front at the start of the second half.

Marc McAusland shouldered the ball towards goal from a corner but Zander Clark made a low save before Jason Naismith sliced the rebound wide.

The Buddies did notch their second when Thompson slid in for his sixth of the season. A clinical finish which came about thanks to brilliant link up down the left between John McGinn, Thomas Reilly and Sean Kelly.

Holt squandered a levelling opportunity for Queen of the South by taking a fresh-air swipe at the low cross when a goal seemed certain.

Next time there was no mistake, though.

A clever chipped cross from Derek Lyle preceded a perfect headed knock-down by Paul Burns, leaving a composed Paton to side-foot it high into the net.

Queens of the South manager Jim McIntyre : "I thought my side were excellent. It was a difficult start losing the early goal and St Mirren had us rattled.

"But, after 20 minutes, we started to make some passes and looked a real threat.

"As for the replay, we've got a chance. It will be difficult again - they are a Premiership side - and we will need to be at our maximum once again, but that it what we will aim to do."

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon : "Gowser picked up a knock in training but decided he couldn't go on after a quarter of an hour and asked to be subbed.

"We actually missed the wee man when he came off, but I have to respect his honesty as he put the team first.

"He would not have been his usual busy self if he had stayed on, but it was an important point in the match.

"I'm a wee bit disappointed that we got ourselves in front twice but didn't hold on to it for a prolonged period of time.

"That is all down to an energetic Queen of the South side.

"It was a proper cup tie. It wasn't great football played by either side, but both sets of fans were thoroughly entertained."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (2)

Queen of the South

  • 01 Clark
  • 02 Mitchell Booked
  • 03 Holt
  • 08 McShane
  • 05 Durnan
  • 06 Higgins
  • 07 Burns
  • 04 McKenna
  • 09 Reilly (Lyle - 67' )
  • 10 Paton
  • 11 Russell Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Atkinson
  • 14 Lyle
  • 15 Carmichael
  • 16 Dowie
  • 17 Dzierzawski
  • 18 McGuffie
  • 19 Slattery

St Mirren

  • 28 Kello
  • 22 Naismith Booked
  • 18 Kelly
  • 06 Goodwin
  • 04 McGregor
  • 14 McAusland
  • 24 Newton
  • 11 McLean
  • 09 Thompson
  • 10 McGowan (Reilly - 21' )
  • 07 McGinn Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 van Zanten
  • 05 Mair
  • 08 Harkins
  • 16 Caprice
  • 17 Reilly
  • 27 Grainger
  • 30 Dilo
Ref: Kevin Clancy
Att: 2,176

Match Stats

Shots

8 7

On target

5 3

Corners

7 3

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Queen of the South 2, St Mirren 2.

90:00 +2:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Queen of the South 2, St Mirren 2.

90:00 +1:23 Booking

Booking Chris Mitchell (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:14

Foul by Chris Mitchell (Queen of the South).

90:00 +1:14

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:42

Attempt saved. Darren McGregor (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

84:08

Foul by Mark Durnan (Queen of the South).

84:08

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:11

Mark Durnan (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:11

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

79:45

Foul by Mark Durnan (Queen of the South).

79:45

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:22

Attempt missed. Michael Paton (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

77:59

Attempt missed. Paul Burns (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

77:08

Foul by Michael Paton (Queen of the South).

77:08

Conor Newton (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:36

Chris Higgins (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:36

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

76:00

Stephen McKenna (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:56

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

73:05 Booking

Booking John McGinn (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

73:00

Paul Burns (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:48

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

71:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queen of the South 2, St Mirren 2. Michael Paton (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

68:42

Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

68:00

Thomas Reilly (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:58

Foul by Chris Higgins (Queen of the South).

66:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queen of the South. Derek Lyle replaces Gavin Reilly.

66:32

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

60:43 Booking

Booking Jason Naismith (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

59:58

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:36

Foul by Jason Naismith (St Mirren).

53:57

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

52:14

Foul by Chris Mitchell (Queen of the South).

52:14

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queen of the South 1, St Mirren 2. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sean Kelly.

49:03

Foul by Kevin Holt (Queen of the South).

49:03

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:42

Attempt missed. James Goodwin (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

48:00

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:57

Foul by Mark Durnan (Queen of the South).

47:01

Attempt missed. Thomas Reilly (St Mirren) left footed shot from very close range misses to the left.

46:16

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Iain Russell.

45:00

Second Half begins Queen of the South 1, St Mirren 1.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Queen of the South 1, St Mirren 1.

43:08

Foul by Mark Durnan (Queen of the South).

43:08

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:01

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:01

Foul by Conor Newton (St Mirren).

35:03

Foul by Michael Paton (Queen of the South).

35:03

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queen of the South 1, St Mirren 1. Iain Russell (Queen of the South) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

33:35

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:35

Foul by Jason Naismith (St Mirren).

32:30

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

31:55

Attempt missed. Iain Russell (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

31:19

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

30:15

Attempt saved. Iain Russell (Queen of the South) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

29:28 Booking

Booking Iain Russell (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

29:21

Conor Newton (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:21

Foul by Iain Russell (Queen of the South).

28:57

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Steven Thompson.

28:06

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

27:01

Attempt saved. Michael Paton (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

25:24

Attempt saved. Kevin Holt (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

24:00

Kevin Holt (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:58

Foul by Thomas Reilly (St Mirren).

23:38

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

20:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Thomas Reilly replaces Paul McGowan because of an injury.

19:42

Marc McAusland (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:42

Foul by Kevin Holt (Queen of the South).

18:34

Foul by Jason Naismith (St Mirren).

18:34

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:48

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by James Goodwin.

11:20

Jason Naismith (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:20

Foul by Chris Higgins (Queen of the South).

8:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queen of the South 0, St Mirren 1. Conor Newton (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

8:09

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

7:37

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Chris Mitchell.

6:23

Foul by Darren McGregor (St Mirren).

6:23

Chris Higgins (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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