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21.02.2004 @ 15:00 Palmerston Park, Dumfries Attendance: 2021
Queen of the South 2 - 1 Inverness CT
Referee: B Winter League-match

O'Connor (9)
Bowey (29)
Paul Ritchie (77)
Starting Lineup
O'Connor (Burke 46)
McAlpine (McMullan 73)
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Bobby Mann
Stuart Golabek
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Liam Keogh
Darran Thomson
Paul Ritchie
Michael Fraser
Stuart McCaffrey
Charlie Christie
David MacRae
Craig MacMillan
Burke -> O'Connor (46)
McMullan -> McAlpine (73)
Craig MacMillan -> Ross Tokely (66)
Yellow cards
None None.
Red cards
None None.
Match report
Disappointment at Dumfries for the second time this season. The injury-hit visitors started strongly but it was Queens who took the lead in nine minutes. An Eric Paton cross from the right was met by Joe McAlpine but his shot was cleared off the line by Bobby Mann. Sean OConnor was on hand to take advantage and score from close range. Russell Duncan set up Darran Thomson with a precision pass into the area but on loan Kilmarnock keeper Craig Samson came out quickly to block. OConnor was the architect of Queens second goal in 29 minutes with good ball control on the right then a neat touch into the path of Steve Bowey. Bowey connected 12 yards out and hit a low ball past Mark Brown. Before the break both Barry Wilson and Paul Ritchie headed over. Into the second half and Emilio Jaconelli could have made it 3-0 but he failed to connect with an Alex Burke cross despite a spectacular dive. Caley Thistles only goal came after a 22 yard Mann free kick in 77 minutes it deflected off the wall and Paul Ritchie scored from six yards. Jaconelli tried again in 79 minutes but his shot was touched onto the post by Mark Brown. A long Grant Munro clearance found substitute Craig McMillan with a sight of goal he played a good first touch but Samson came out to smother before he could shoot. Queens pressed for a third near the end and Jaconelli hit the post. Clyde beat Raith Rovers to regain top spot by a clear three points with a game in hand.