Scottish Championship
Queen of SthQueen of the South0HibernianHibernian0

Queen of the South 0-0 Hibernian

By Chick YoungBBC Scotland at Palmerston Park
Queen of the South's Dale Hilson (left) with Lewis Stevenson
Queen of the South's Dale Hilson (left) with Lewis Stevenson

Queen of the South clung on to their leadership of the Championship with a goalless draw against pursuers Hibs in the wind and rain of Dumfries.

In truth it was a game which promised so much but delivered only in fits and starts.

Neil Lennon's side had to survive most of the second half with 10 men after the ordering off of Lewis Stevenson for a second yellow card.

That lifted Hibs, but they could not find a crucial winner.

Palmerston, a ground caught in a time-warp but nevertheless a precious memory of different days of Scottish football, was packed with 1,500 Hibs fans squeezing into a crowd of 3,703.

Hibs, with Marvin Bartley playing after last week's red card had been downgraded to yellow, appreciated the rain which added a zip to the synthetic surface.

And they did move the ball with pace throughout the first half. The trouble was that they couldn't really pressure Lee Robinson in the Queens goal although much the same could be said of the home team and their efforts to get near Ofir Marciano at the other end.

The lack of goalmouth thrills belied the fact that the league leadership was at stake and only John McGinn of the key players on show threatened to light up an afternoon on which the rain continued to whip down pitch, powered by a wind in favour of the home team.

Hibernian's Lewis Stevenson (right) is shown a red card
Hibernian's Lewis Stevenson (right) is shown a red card

It was no 45 minutes to file under "classic". Both set of fans could have united in a chorus of "all we are saying is give us a goal."

It was actually hard, at times, to believe that the league leadership was as stake, but at last the game came alive early in the second half - if for all the wrong reasons.

Stevenson received a second yellow for a tug on Dale Hilson in a foot race down the touchline.

Then as the game erupted and Jason Cummings was replaced by Jordon Foster, he too was booked for a verbal assault on referee Steve McLean.

But the reduction to 10 men did seem to lift Hibs and McGinn - the outstanding player on the park - forced Robinson into a spectacular save with a dipping, swerving effort from 25 yards. Goalmouth action at long last.

But that, out-with a minor scare for both goalies, was more or less that.

And Queens remain proudly at the top of the division.

Line-ups

Queen of Sth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Robinson
  • 5Brownlie
  • 4Dowie
  • 6Higgins
  • 2Hamill
  • 25Dykes
  • 8MillarBooked at 11mins
  • 14JacobsSubstituted forPickardat 63'minutes
  • 10Hilson
  • 9LyleSubstituted forAndersonat 77'minutes
  • 11Dobbie

Substitutes

  • 7Anderson
  • 12Rigg
  • 16Hooper
  • 17Pickard
  • 19Moxon
  • 20Atkinson
  • 35Brotherston

Hibernian

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Marciano
  • 2Gray
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16StevensonBooked at 55mins
  • 6Bartley
  • 7McGinn
  • 17BoyleSubstituted forKeatingsat 84'minutes
  • 10McGeouchSubstituted forFyvieat 72'minutes
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forForsterat 58'minutes
  • 29Graham

Substitutes

  • 8Fyvie
  • 9Holt
  • 19Keatings
  • 22Shinnie
  • 23Forster
  • 31Laidlaw
  • 33Harris
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
3,703

Match Stats

Home TeamQueen of SthAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away12
Fouls
Home15
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queen of the South 0, Hibernian 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queen of the South 0, Hibernian 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Grant Anderson (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

  5. Post update

    Foul by David Gray (Hibernian).

  6. Post update

    Dale Hilson (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Andy Dowie.

  8. Post update

    Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Chris Higgins (Queen of the South).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by John McGinn.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Marvin Bartley.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Chris Higgins.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dale Hilson (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. James Keatings replaces Martin Boyle.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jamie Hamill.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Andy Dowie.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jake Pickard.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Higgins (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Mark Millar.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. Grant Anderson replaces Derek Lyle.