Queen of the South secured an important first away win since October with a comfortable victory at Cowdenbeath.

The hosts threatened first at Central Park as Kane Hemmings' half-volley was saved by Doonhamers goalkeeper Zander Clark.

Paul Burns stabbed in from a yard out after Grant Adam failed to hold on to Iain Russell's low cross.

And Russell went on to get a goal of his own after combining with Derek Lyle to double Queens' lead.

Seventh-place Queen of the South have now made it three Championship games unbeaten and increase the gap between them and ninth-place Cowdenbeath to seven points.

The Blue Brazil will rue not getting a goal from Hemmings' early effort and a subsequent weak header, as the visitors controlled the game in large parts thereafter.

Michael Paton lobbed wide before Burns did put them in front with his first goal of the season.

Hemmings, clearly Cowdenbeath's most dangerous player, rounded 'keeper Clark in the second half but there were no takers for his cross and Queen of the South cleared their lines.

Nice combination play by Lyle and Russell allowed the latter to finish from inside the box and ensure the three points went back to Dumfries.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Cowdenbeath

  • 17 Adam
  • 14 Brett (Russell - 32' )
  • 03 Adamson
  • 20 Miller
  • 05 Armstrong
  • 04 O'Brien (Morton - 61' )
  • 18 Milne
  • 06 Wedderburn
  • 21 Hemmings
  • 09 Stewart (Robertson - 5' )
  • 08 Stevenson

Substitutes

  • 01 Flynn
  • 10 Russell
  • 11 Morton
  • 12 Anthony
  • 19 Pyper
  • 22 Robertson
  • 31 Finnie

Queen of the South

  • 01 Clark
  • 02 Mitchell
  • 03 Holt Booked
  • 04 McKenna Booked
  • 05 Durnan
  • 06 Dowie
  • 07 Burns
  • 08 Dzierzawski
  • 10 Paton Booked
  • 09 Lyle Booked (Reilly - 83' )
  • 11 Russell (Carmichael - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Atkinson
  • 14 Reilly
  • 15 Carmichael
  • 16 McShane
  • 17 McGuffie
  • 18 Slattery
  • 19 Higgins
Ref: Stevie O'Reilly
Att: 556

Match Stats

Shots

6 7

On target

3 3

Corners

0 4

Fouls

5 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cowdenbeath 0, Queen of the South 2.

90:00 +2:55 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cowdenbeath 0, Queen of the South 2.

85:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queen of the South. Daniel Carmichael replaces Iain Russell.

83:37

Attempt saved. Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

82:15 Substitution

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

81:34

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Jamie Stevenson.

80:37

Jamie Stevenson (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:37

Foul by Stephen McKenna (Queen of the South).

68:56 Booking

Booking Stephen McKenna (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

68:43

Kyle Miller (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:43

Foul by Stephen McKenna (Queen of the South).

66:17

Foul by Andrew Russell (Cowdenbeath).

66:17

Kevin Holt (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:35

Attempt missed. Michael Paton (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

64:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cowdenbeath 0, Queen of the South 2. Iain Russell (Queen of the South) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Derek Lyle.

62:39

Attempt saved. Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

60:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Jordan Morton replaces Thomas O'Brien.

59:18

Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:18

Foul by Kevin Dzierzawski (Queen of the South).

58:33

Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn (Cowdenbeath).

58:33

Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:40

Attempt missed. Stephen McKenna (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

55:49

Nathaniel Wedderburn (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:49

Foul by Michael Paton (Queen of the South).

54:53 Booking

Booking Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

54:43

Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:43

Foul by Derek Lyle (Queen of the South).

51:42 Booking

Booking Michael Paton (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

51:25

Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:25

Foul by Michael Paton (Queen of the South).

50:26

Foul by Jamie Stevenson (Cowdenbeath).

50:26

Chris Mitchell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Cowdenbeath 0, Queen of the South 1.

45:00 +1:18 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cowdenbeath 0, Queen of the South 1.

45:00 +0:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cowdenbeath 0, Queen of the South 1. Paul Burns (Queen of the South) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Iain Russell.

44:46

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

42:07

Jamie Stevenson (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:07

Foul by Stephen McKenna (Queen of the South).

39:55

Attempt missed. Jamie Stevenson (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

36:06

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Jon Robertson.

35:25

John Armstrong (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:25

Foul by Derek Lyle (Queen of the South).

34:35

Jamie Stevenson (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:35

Foul by Iain Russell (Queen of the South).

32:40

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Nathaniel Wedderburn.

31:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Andrew Russell replaces Dean Brett because of an injury.

30:38

Attempt missed. Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

29:49

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Thomas O'Brien.

29:26

Foul by Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath).

29:26

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

28:37

Attempt missed. Kenny Adamson (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

18:32

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

15:58

Attempt missed. Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

14:34 Booking

Booking Kevin Holt (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

14:30

Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:30

Foul by Kevin Holt (Queen of the South).

11:19

Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:19

Foul by Kevin Holt (Queen of the South).

10:41

Foul by Kyle Miller (Cowdenbeath).

10:41

Paul Burns (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:22

Attempt saved. Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

4:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Jon Robertson replaces Greg Stewart because of an injury.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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