Scottish Championship
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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

  • 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

  • 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

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

Full Time

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

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.

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

Foul by David Gray (Hibernian).

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

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Andy Dowie.

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

Foul by Chris Higgins (Queen of the South).

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

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

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Chris Higgins.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. James Keatings replaces Martin Boyle.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jamie Hamill.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Andy Dowie.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jake Pickard.

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

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Mark Millar.

Substitution

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

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jamie Hamill.

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dale Hilson (Queen of the South).

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lee Robinson.

Attempt saved. John McGinn (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Fraser Fyvie replaces Dylan McGeouch.

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

Attempt saved. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Jake Pickard replaces Kyle Jacobs.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

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

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Andy Dowie.

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Millar (Queen of the South).

Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Derek Lyle (Queen of the South).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Jordan Forster replaces Jason Cummings.

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

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Queen of Sth75201441017
2Hibernian7511124816
3Falkirk7412106413
4Raith Rovers74121310313
5Dundee Utd7322129311
6Ayr7214614-87
7Dunfermline72051116-56
8Morton7133712-56
9Dumbarton7124811-35
10St Mirren7034815-73
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