Queen’s Park 2 Dundee 2

Queen’s Park led twice against visitors Dundee however they had to settle for a 2-2 draw on a night where the loss of a late goal denied top spot to the Spiders.

Not surprisingly Head Coach Owen Coyle named the same starting XI that secured a 4-0 win at Partick Thistle last weekend for the third game of the season against the Dark Blues.

Both sides showed their support to Show Racism The Red Card before Dundee kicked off shooting towards their own fans situated in the terracing end of Ochilview.

After Stephen Eze had showed a sublime touch to flick the ball back to goalkeeper Calum Ferrie, the game’s first chance was created on three minutes when Dom Thomas, who was again operating on the right wing, cut his way towards the Dundee box before curling just over.

On seven minutes Eze was judged to have fouled Zach Robinson 30 yards and Paul McMullan’s dead ball did find Lee Ashcroft his header drifted wide.

Queen’s took the game back to the other end and Josh McPake almost found the far corner with a low curling effort from the left.

On 11 minutes captain Simon Murray set up Thomas on the right and the wide-man produced a delightful cross however there were no takers.

Eze was penalised for a second time with quarter of an hour gone however the hosts handled the danger before breaking up the park where Murray just failed to get a touch on another teasing Thomas cross.

On 21 minutes Dundee broke forward when Robinson released Zak Rudden and the striker tried to slip the ball past Ferrie, who had advanced out of his 18-yard box, only to see it hit the goalkeeper’s green shirt with referee Barry Cook not interested in appeals for handball against the shot-stopper.

Four minutes later persistence from Thomas allowed him to rob Jordan Marshall and slip a pass to Joe Thomson who forced a fine stop from Ian Lawlor with his 25-yard shot.

With half an hour gone Queen’s grabbed the opener in a scruffy fashion after a tidy build-up. Neat play from Tommy Robson saw the defender pick out Murray who slipped a pass to Pat Jarrett. Cammy Kerr intervened however the visiting skipper sent his clearance against JARRETT and the ball spun over Lawlor and into the net from six yards.

Jordan McGhee flattened Malachi Boateng on 36 minutes and picked up the first yellow card of the evening with no threat posed from the resulting free-kick.

Jarrett came close to grabbing a second goal five minutes from the break when he reached a Thomas cross however his header flashed wide.

Right on half-time McMullan swung over a free-kick from a dangerous position however Ferrie ensured that his goal remained intact by punching clear.

Alex Bannon almost got the second half off to a flying start as he dribbled his way from the right wing into the Dundee box with Lawlor having to extend an arm to keep out the full back’s chipped parting shot.

Dundee created a chance shortly afterwards when Derick Osei was allowed to gather despite looking to be an offside position. The substitute crossed and when the ball dropped to Rudden, he powered a shot towards the home goal with Ferrie grateful for the sea of black and white jerseys that got in the way.

The Dens Park men did draw level on 52 minutes with their goal having a touch of good fortune attached to it. McMullan whipped in a free-kick from 45 yards out that seemed to be overhit however Ferrie looked to be caught out by the flight and the ball sailed high into the net.

Within 90 seconds Queen’s however were back in front with ROBSON breaking down the left and then swapping passes with Murray before firing low into the far corner from the edge of the Dundee box.

Just before the hour mark Josh McPake worked his way across the 18-yard line before cracking in a shot that Lawlor rose to save with the home goal surviving a scare seconds later as Kerr flashed a shot just past.

There was another scare when Osei broke clear to pick up a pass from the recently introduced Cillian Sheridan and everyone in the home support was pleased to see his shot hit the base of a post and bounce wide.

As Dundee tried to pile on pressure the bar came to Queen’s rescue on 64 minutes when McMullan fired for goal from 10 yards following a scramble.

Ferrie showed a very safe pair of hands with 20 minutes left when he got down and hold a drive from Luke McCowan.

Thomas showed that the hosts were still a forward force in the game on 78 minutes when he had a shot deflected wide for a corner with Bannon and McPake forcing further flag kicks shortly afterwards.

With three minutes left Dundee levelled for a second time when a free kick on the left reached Ashcroft and his shot was deflected to Osei at the back post who thumped home despite loud appeals for offside.

The disappointment felt at the award of the goal was seen by the yellow cards shown to Lee Kilday and Thomas, who was dismissed after picking up an earlier caution.

The ten men saw things out with Jonny Kenny heading a late Dundee corner back into the arms of Ferrie.

Queen’s Park: Calum Ferrie, Alex Bannon (David Boateng 82′), Stephen Eze, Lee Kilday, Tommy Robson, Jack Thomson, Malachi Boateng, Dom Thomas, Pat Jarrett (Grant Savoury 69′), Josh McPake (Louis Longridge 82′), Simon Murray (Johnny Kenny 74′).  Subs not used: Jason Naismith, Jake Davidson, Cameron Bruce, Jacques Heraghty (G/k), Scott Williamson.

Dundee: Ian Lawlor, Cammy Kerr, Jordan Marshall, Sean Sweeney, Jordan McGhee, Lee Ashcroft, Zach Robinson (Derick Osei 34′), Paul McMullan, Zak Rudden (Cillian Sheridan 62′), Lyall Cameron (Luke McCowan 62′), Joe Grayson (Max Anderson 73′). Subs not used: Adam Legzdins (G/k), Alex Jakubiak, Shaun Byrne, Finlay Robertson, Ben Williamson

Referee: Barry Cook

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