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Doonhamers dazzled by cup triumph

By Giancarlo Rinaldi
South of Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Queen of the South supporters
More than 9,000 Queen of the South fans travelled to Hampden

Being a Queen of the South supporter is not normally something to shout about.

On Saturday at Hampden Park, however, the Doonhamers who made the trip to Glasgow were left hoarse with joy.

More than 9,000 supporters - about one third of the Dumfries population - travelled to their Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Aberdeen.

The 4-3 victory was so astonishing that most fans were still as bemused as they were elated by the time they got back to work on Monday morning.

The Palmerston Park side are one win away from securing the most important trophy in their history.

And, if Rangers beat St Johnstone in the other semi-final, they will be guaranteed European football next year.

Queens played a tremendous game, one of the best games of football I've seen
Elaine Murray MSP

The build-up to the final - on 24 May - is likely to be the only topic up for discussion in Dumfries for weeks to come.

"Reaching the cup final is just an unbelievable achievement for a club that only became full-time this season," said Dumfries and Galloway Labour MP Russell Brown.

"The feel-good factor and confidence that Queens have injected into Dumfries have given the town a massive lift."

He has tabled an early day motion in the the Commons to mark the club's achievements.

Dumfriesshire Tory MP David Mundell also joined the praise for the team.

"Saturday afternoon will live forever in the memories of every Queens' fan who was privileged to be at Hampden," he said.

Steve Tosh
Steve Tosh was one of the goalscorers in Saturday's game

"Not only did the team achieve a glorious victory and a historic cup final place, it was the manner in which they did it which made the occasion so special with the pundits agreeing afterwards it was one of the best semi-finals ever."

Dumfries Labour MSP Elaine Murray has also submitted a motion to the Scottish Parliament congratulating the team.

"Queens played a tremendous game, one of the best games of football I've seen," she said.

"It was thrilling and nerve-racking - I think I was more nervous in the second half than I am when the votes are counted at the election.

"Fans on the train home were still almost unable to believe it was true."

It is a mix of incredulity and delight which has washed across the streets of Dumfries since the final whistle blew on Saturday afternoon.

The feelings in the town were perhaps best summed up by one supporter overheard leaving Hampden with a huge grin on his face.

"Ah'll hae tae buy aw the Sunday papers the morn," he said.

"Just tae check if that really happened."

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