Queen Of The South maintained their fantastic Championship form in 2021 with a thrilling 3-2 win over Dundee.

Queens got a penalty with the game just 50 seconds old when Niyah Joseph was fouled inside the penalty area by Lee Ashcroft. Ayo Obileye stepped up and slotted into the bottom left hand corner beyond Jack Hamilton.

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Obileye put one away. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Allan Johnston’s side doubled their lead on 38 minutes as cross by Willie Gibson was met at the back post by Rhys Breen, who guided home a fine header off the post and into the bottom left corner which was a deserved reward for Queens.

Dundee pulled a goal back 6 minutes after the restart with Jason Cummings beating Rohan Ferguson to the ball before clipping the shot into the net despite the best efforts of Gregor Buchanan to elude the hosts scoring.

Dee boss James McPake brought Danny Mullen on at half time & he gave Dundee a different lease of energy with the forward missing an open goal opportunity from six yards before Cummings got his 1st goal in a Dundee shirt.

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Cummings got a goal. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Dundee thought they had an equaliser on 62 minutes with a goalmouth scramble ending up with Mullen putting the ball in the net after an initial effort was blocked by Ferguson but a stramash in the lead-up to the goal resulted in a free kick to the visitors.

Johnston’s men made it 3-1  with 12 minutes to spare via the influential veteran Gibson. He was a constant threat all afternoon for the visitors always looking to cause a danger and he pulled out an absolute cracker with an audacious 25 yard effort flying into the top left hand corner past Hamilton to seal all three points for Queen Of The South.

 

In what was turning into an enthralling match, Dundee pulled another one back on 82 minutes with Paul McMullan finding Jordan Marshall at the back post who headed into the net to give McPake’s side some hope but it was to be Queens who gained another impressive win to move above Dundee in the promotion play-off spots. Here are three things we learned.

Queens form

2021 has been kind to Queen Of The South and another good performance from the visitors merited a deserved three points. Dundee reduced the deficit twice in the game but Johnston’s side showed enough character & mentality to keep going & stick together as a team despite the threat Dundee showed in the latter stages of the game.

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Big Queens win. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Like a fine wine

Gibson’s 25 yard strike was pivotal towards the outcome for QOTS and his defensive awareness can’t be undermined as well assisting Buchanan & Obileye. Gibson was good at going forward at every opportunity, showing a desire to do the dirty work at the back whenever Dundee won possession back.

Blowing off cobwebs

After an enforced hibernation, the squad were refresh & ready to go however looked rusty in the opening exchanges. It’s another setback for Dundee’s promotion ambitions through with the saving grace being that there is an opportunity to rectify events against Ayr United on Tuesday.

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