Try as they might Queen’s Park could not find a goal and had to settle for a goalless draw against visitors Greenock Morton.

The Queen’s line-up showed one change from last Saturday’s outing at Dundee United with Will Tizzard starting in defence and Charlie Fox moving to the substitutes’ bench.

The Hampden pitch looked in great condition before kick-off despite the constant rainfall in the preceding 12 hours with a special presentation to Louis Longridge happening before kick-off to mark his 100 games for the club.

The game’s first chance came on three minutes when Morton attacked however a clever flick from goalkeeper Calum Ferrie with his right foot ended the danger.

Queen’s first opening came two minutes later when Dom Thomas whipped in a free-kick that just eluded Tizzard at the far post.

The Greenock side earned a corner on ten minutes which Tommy Robson cleared after it had bounced around the home box.

Four minutes later Jack Spong and Thomas combined with the skipper sending over a wicked cross that was nodded behind with Barry Hepburn waiting to pounce.

Shortly afterwards Longridge hit a delightful cross-field path to Thomas who first timed a pass to Jack Thomson who won Queen’s another corner.

On 18 minutes Queen’s came within a few inches of a goal when Ben McPherson picked out Ruari Paton with a cross from the right that the striker took on his chest before sending a shot against a post.

Midway through the half the visiting Calum Waters was yellow carded for a crunching challenge on McPherson on the half-way line.

Ferrie raced from his line to clear on 28 minutes as Robbie Crawford threatened to sneak through with the hosts going close again in the following minute.

McPherson took the ball for a run before finding Hepburn who crossed for Paton and he teed up Thomson whose first team shot was pushed over by a leaping Jamie MacDonald. Thomson fed a pass to Hepburn on 38 minutes on the right wing with the wide-man seeing his shot blocked.

The dancing feet of Thomas took him past two defenders just as the first half drew to a close however his cut-back was intercepted just as it entered the danger area.

Half time – Queen’s Park 0 Greenock Morton 0

Two minutes into the restart Thomson, Longridge and Hepburn combined on the right and released McPherson with the full back’s low cross scooped up by an alert MacDonald.

Thomas threatened on the left in The Spiders next attack with his low ball cleared by Waters after evading two of his colleagues.

A foul on Hepburn on 58 minutes provided Thomas with the chance to swing over a free-kick on 58 minutes however MacDonald came off his line to collect.

A minute later Ferrie was called into action to save a Robbie Muirhead shot after the Cappielow striker had cut in from the right.

Just after the hour mark Thomson sent an ambitious effort towards MacDonald’s goal from a tight angle with the ball travelling close to the far post before slipping wide.

Muirhead was off-target by the same margin on 64 minutes directly from a 19-yard free-kick with the hosts appealing unsuccessfully for a penalty two minutes later for handball when a Longridge drive was blocked by a grounded visiting defender.

Queen’s had two let-offs on 68 minutes in the space of a few seconds as Muirhead’s scrambled close-range shot came back off the woodwork and then Tommy Robson headed Grant Gillespie’s reply off the line.

Paton saw an 18-yard shot saved by MacDonald before Hepburn forced the visiting shot-stopper into another block after moving to the left wing and impressing with his pace.

With four minutes to go Queen’s were awarded a free-kick 20 yards out after a handball however Paton’s shot and his follow-up came back off the visiting defensive wall.

As the game entered injury time Paton looked to be pushed over as he chased the ball in the penalty area however again referee Napier was unimpressed and Queen’s had to settle for a point.

Queen’s Park – Calum Ferrie, Ben McPherson, Alex Bannon, Will Tizzard, Tommy Robson, Jack Spong, Jack Thomson (Jack Turner 69), Louis Longridge, Dom Thomas, Ruari Paton, Barry Hepburn (Lucas McCormick 80).
Unused substitutes – Samuel Kane (G/k), Charlie Fox, Aaron Healy, Cameron Bruce, Lewis Reid, Patrick Jarrett, Liam McLeish.

Greenock Morton – Jamie MacDonald, Jack Baird, Calum Waters, Cameron Blues, Robbie Muirhead (Stephen Boyd 71), Robbie Crawford, Alan Power, Grant Gillespie (Lewis McGrattan 71), George Oakley, Tyler French, Iain Wilson
Unused substitutes – Ryan Mullen (G/k), Jack Bearne

Referee – Craig Napier.

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