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Queen’s Park 3-5 Dundee: Gary Bowyer’s men promoted to Scottish Premiership


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Dundee edged an astonishing eight-goal title decider against Queen’s Park to clinch promotion straight back to the Scottish Premiership.

Second-half strikes from Lyall Cameron and Luke McCowan got Gary Bowyer’s men over the line, but only after a scarcely-believable match in which both sides traded blows in a breathless encounter.

McCowan’s wonderful individual effort clinched the title at the first attempt for Dundee, while Queen’s will have to go through the play-offs to secure a third straight promotion.

But up until Dundee’s fifth goal, these sides delivered an epic conclusion to a Championship season which went to the final day with nine of the 10 teams not knowing what division they would be playing in next season.

Queen’s Park, having at one point looked like going up, finish third and will face Partick Thistle at Firhill on Tuesday in the first leg of the play-off quarter-final.

The drama started when Alex Jakubiak gave Dundee a third-minute lead, but centre-back Charlie Fox levelled with one of the goals of the season, before Connor Shields smashed Queen’s ahead two minutes later.

Lee Ashcroft clobbered in an equaliser for Dundee, before a strange 17-minute spell without a goal.

But the drama restarted in earnest when Dundee’s Zach Robinson scrappily forced the ball in, only for Fox to plant a header past Adam Legzdins to make it 3-3 in first-half stoppage time.

Queen’s Park – seeking the victory needed to end a 65-year top-flight absence – went close to edging in front again after the break, but Dundee goalkeeper Adam Legzdins pushed away Shields’ powerful effort.

And then Cameron, the homegrown hero, latched on to Jakubiak’s flick to finish neatly past Calum Ferrie to put Dundee in the driving seat once more.

At that point there was still 35 minutes left, but as both sides started to feel the effects of a frantic match, Dundee retreated slightly, knowing they only needed a draw to get back to the top flight.

But in the end they had the more clinical tough anyway, as McCowan bobbed and weaved his way into the box before curling a wonderful effort into the corner to spark jubilant scenes among the Dundee fans behind the goal.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Queen’s Park

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ferrie
  • 2Oakley
  • 4Kilday
  • 5Fox
  • 3Robson
  • 8ThomsonSubstituted forDavidsonat 77′minutes
  • 42Boateng
  • 11ThomasSubstituted forHealyat 76′minutes
  • 21Savoury
  • 10McPakeSubstituted forJarrettat 64′minutes
  • 29Shields

Substitutes

  • 7Longridge
  • 9Henderson
  • 12Davidson
  • 14Moore
  • 17Heraghty
  • 22Healy
  • 25Bannon
  • 27Jarrett
  • 66Eze

Dundee

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Legzdins
  • 15Mulligan
  • 5Sweeney
  • 14AshcroftBooked at 63mins
  • 3MarshallSubstituted forKerrat 83′minutes
  • 17McCowan
  • 34Maguire
  • 25Cameron
  • 11HannantSubstituted forWilliamsonat 45′minutes
  • 7JakubiakBooked at 75minsSubstituted forByrneat 89′minutes
  • 16RobinsonSubstituted forThomasat 76′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kerr
  • 8Byrne
  • 9Thomas
  • 18McMullan
  • 21Lawlor
  • 22Williamson
  • 28Fisher
  • 31Clampin
  • 42Reedy

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