Queen’s Park were on the wrong end of a 5-0 score as table-topping Dundee United left Hampden with all three points.

Spiders’ Head Coach Callum Davidson sprung a surprise in his starting line-up with Liam McLeish handed his first ever start with Cillian Sheridan moving to the bench. Alex Bannon returned to the first XI with Tommy Robson joining Sheridan as a substitute with Charlie Fox back amongst the replacements after a four-month injury absence.

Sean Welsh was again the QP skipper in the absence of the injured Dom Thomas with the visitors kicking off the game at the second attempt.

United started sharply and Danny Wilson had to produce a timely tackle to stop Louis Moult on two minutes with Calum Ferrie pushing away a Glenn Middleton drive in the following minute.

Queen’s ventured forward on five minutes and top goalscorer Ruari Paton worked his way into a shooting position however Jack Walton was well-positioned to save.

United raced to the other end and the swirling wind allowed the ball to sit-up nicely for Kai Fotheringham who sent a header against the bar that dropped to Moult who had the simple task to tap-in however Ferrie produced an unlikely, but fine stop, as he stuck up a hand to save.

On seven minutes Ferrie was called into action again as he pushed away a driven Middleton cross with the loose ball finding its way to Fotheringham who fell to the ground as Josh Scott tackled him.

Referee Williams pointed to the penalty spot however Ferrie excelled again as he saved Moult’s effort from 12 yards.

When Queen’s moved the ball forward McLeish was keeping the visiting back-line busy with his pace however United won a corner on 20 minutes after what looked like a foul on Welsh went unpunished.

That flag-kick was dealt with McKinstry kicking another one clear in the following minute.

Queen’s won a corner on 27 minutes when Ross Graham headed behind with Jack Turner in close attendance only for Stuart McKinstry’s dead ball to be cleared with Jack Thomson winning the ball back in his own half as Fotheringham darted forward.

Five minutes later Paton and Welsh exchanged passes twenty yards from the visiting goal with Paton having an effort blocked by a sea of defenders.

Ten minutes from the break Turner broke free on the left and after his cut-back to McLeish had been blocked the midfielder sent a shot into the side-netting.

Two minutes from the break Thomson slid in to deny Tony Watt at the expense of a corner, however Watt got the better of the home defence twenty seconds from half-time as United took the lead.

Watt skipped past Bannon and Scott and darted into the box where he pulled the ball back to Fotheringham who side-footed home from 10 yards.

Half time –Queen’s Park 0 Dundee United 1

Wilson was quick off the mark at the start of the second half as he thwarted a visiting attack at the edge of his own box.

United struck again on 54 minutes with Moult running onto a long punt forward from Ross Graham and lobbing Ferrie from 18 yards.

Five minutes later United added a third when Graham nodded in a corner from Miller Thomson.

There was confusion on 65 minutes when the Tayside men scored again after a collision between Jack Thomson and Fotheringham resulted in the ball flashing low past Ferrie with celebrations initially delayed as referee Williams looked to have given a foul.

United grabbed a fifth five minutes later when Craig Sibbald’s drive after a corner was cleared took a deflection on its way into the home goal.

Paton tried to grab a consolation for the hosts with six minutes left when he turned and shot with Walton again well placed to save.

Queen’s came even closer in the last minute when Graham sliced a clearance over his own goal however a home goal never came.

Queen’s Park – Calum Ferrie, Jack Thomson, Danny Wilson, Alex Bannon, Louis Longridge, Jack Turner (Mackenzie Carse 53), Sean Welsh (Will Tizzard 85), Josh Scott (Cameron Bruce 53), Stuart McKinstry (Cillian Sheridan 53), Liam McLeish (Zach Mauchin 62), Ruari Paton.
Unused substitutes – Jack Wills (G/k), Tommy Robson, Charlie Fox, Scott Williamson.

Dundee United– Jack Walton, Sam McClelland, Ross Graham, Louis Moult (Alex Greive 67), Craig Sibbald, Glenn Middleton (David Wotherspoon 77), Kai Fotheringham (Jordan Tillson 71), Ross Docherty (Chris Mochrie 77), Miller Thomson, Tony Watt (Matthew Cudjoe 77), Scott McMann.
Unused substitutes – Jack Newman, Liam Grimshaw, Rory MacLeod, Sam Cleall-Harding.

Referee – Duncan Williams

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