Queen’s Park’s return to Hampden ended in disappointment as two second half goals saw Dunfermline triumph 2-0.

Head Coach Robin Veldman listed the same outfield starting line-up as last Saturday in Wales with Callan McKenna returning from Scotland under-21 duty and handed the goalkeeper’s starting jersey with Calum Ferrie on the substitutes’ bench.

The Pars kicked off and within a minute they were threatening through Lewis McCann as he advanced on goal with Jack Thomson doing well to close down the danger and when Josh Edwards swung over the loose ball McCann rose however, he was unable to get a header on target.

Queen’s first attack came on four minutes with Louis Longridge on the right and he picked out Aaron Healy at the back post with a chipped cross however the youngster was robbed as he looked to shoot.

The pace of Barry Hepburn helped the hosts win the game’s first corner five minutes later with Dom Thomas’ dead-ball clutched by Harrison Sharp.

McKenna was involved for the first time when Edwards sped away on the left and crossed with the Scotland under-19 shot-stopper rising well and claiming the ball.

On 17 minutes Dom Thomas looked to release Hepburn with a precise rolled pass however Euan Otoo covered cooly and as the Spiders continued to press Thomas looked to curl a shot into the far corner. It rolled just past after being placed out of Sharp’s reach.

Charlie Fox blocked two efforts from Michael O’Halloran in quick succession at the expense of a corner that McKenna turned over his bar.

The visitors came close to opening the scoring on 24 minutes when McCann hit the by-line and sent the ball across the face of the home goal to the back post where Craig Wighton passed it back into the middle with Ben Summers seeing his close-range shot deflected over.

Fox’s gentle push on Wighton was penalised on 29 minutes some 30 yards from goal with McKenna having to dive to his right to push away McCann’s effort from the free kick.

The away support appealed loudly for a penalty three minutes later when Jack Spong and Sam Fisher got intertwined at a corner however Referee Lambie saw nothing untoward.

O’Halloran sent Summers scampering up the right wing ten minutes from half-time and when McCann combined with his driven cross it looked like the Queen’s goal was in danger however the ball flashed wide.

Veldman’s side looked to create danger of their own shortly afterwards as Thomas switched the ball from his right foot to his left before seeing his shot that was destined for the far corner deflected past for a fruitless corner.

Queen’s best opening of the first half came on 39 minutes when Hepburn robbed Otoo on the right and darted goalward before sending over a low ball that the visiting Chris Hamilton turned inches past his own goal.

Half-time: Queen’s Park 0 Dunfermline Athletic 0

The Spiders restarted brightly with skipper Thomas charging through the middle of the pitch before sliding a pass to Healy who sent a shot whizzing over the bar.

McKenna, who had not long shown his passing ability with a couple of one-twos, had to race from his goal to deny Wighton on 50 minutes with the play quickly shifting to the other end as Healy won a corner.

The play switched to the other end again sixty seconds later as Dunfermline grabbed a goal when Summers released McCann on the left and he steadied himself before finding the net via the far post after McKenna had got a hand to his effort.

Hepburn looked to draw his side level instantly however his drive was blocked with Jack Turner racing back to block Summers shortly afterwards.

Substitute Ben McPherson made a positive early impression as he galloped up the pitch and after he was crowded out Tommy Robson fired for goal with Sharp smothering his effort on the six-yard line.

Midway through the second half Dunfermline extended their lead with a fine goal as McCann stepped up and sent a free-kick from 25 yards over the home wall and high into the net over McKenna.

Sharp pushed away a Thomas drive as Queen’s looked to rally with Hamilton sending a 30-yard shot wide of McKenna’s goal as Dunfermline looked to make the three points safe.

Robson showed great skill eight minutes from time to set up a cross into the Dunfermline box however there were no takers despite a scramble.

In the final minute Fox almost grabbed a consolation with a header however the ball flashed wide.

Queen’s Park – Callan McKenna, Louis Longridge, Jack Thomson, Charlie Fox, Tommy Robson, Jack Spong, Jack Turner (Patrick Jarrett 80), Barry Hepburn (Ben McPherson 61), Dom Thomas, Aaron Healy, Ruari Paton.
Unused substitutes – Calum Ferrie, Alex Bannon, Cameron Bruce, Lewis Reid, Alex Fairlie, Ricky Waugh, Liam McLeish.

Dunfermline Athletic – Harrison Sharp, Aaron Comrie, Josh Edwards, Chris Hamilton, Ewan Otoo, Joe Chalmers, Crag Wighton (Alex Jakubiak 61), Lewis McCann, Sam Fisher, Ben Summers (Owen Moffat 73), Michael O’Halloran.
Unused substitutes – Max Little (GK), Miller Fenton, Taylor Sutherland, Liam Hoggan, Ewan McLeod.

Referee – Scott Lambie

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