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Scottish Cup as it happened

Queen of the South 4-3 Aberdeen


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By David Sharp

1444: Well that's that for today. I'm away to lie down in a darkened room and listen to some soothing dolphin music. Thanks to everyone for joining me for what can only be described as an absolute stonker of a match. They'll certainly be dancing on the streets of Dumfries tonight!

1440: "What a day for Queen of the South!!!! I hope they win it now."
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Last word goes to the winner of season 2007/08's "Best 606 Moniker Award".

1437: "I have never been more angry, frustrated and let down as today. Aberdeen were awful. I'm not anti-Jimmy but he needs to take a right good look at himself."
Gordon, via text

1433: BBC Radio Scotland's Richard Gordon has just informed us that there were four goals scored in eight minutes at Hampden today, five in twelve minutes. Has there ever been such an avalanche of goals?

1430: "Didn't Robert Duvall make a movie about this?"
Al, via text.

A Shot at Glory? A very underrated film according to one of my colleagues here. Rangers coach "Super" Ally McCoist allegedly puts in a brooding, De Niro-esque performance. Think Raging Bull - especially towards the end when De Niro famously stacked on the beef as Jake LaMotta's world unravelled. Also, nice coincidence here Al - apparently some of the match scenes were filmed on location at Queen of the South's Palmerston Park home. Spooky or what?!

1429: "Football, is there any wonder we love this mad game. What a football match. Superb advert for Scottish football."
Sam Ross, Stirling via text

1421: "Queens WILL be in Europe. It will be changed for next year. SPL applied too late to change it for this year."

Thanks for confirming that for us Mr-Souta. But as I said earlier, Rangers aren't there yet. After today's sensational 'cupset' perhaps Partick Thistle can spring another surprise tomorrow?

1414: " Queens won't be in Europe - in Scotland the place goes to 4th in the league, not the cup runners up, if the winners are in Europe. They'd have to win the competition outright." GlasgowJambo1987

I'm afraid you've jumped the gun a bit there Mr Jambo - you are correct, but that rule only comes into place next season. The fourth placed team in the SPL next season bags a Uefa Cup spot. But this season that's not the case. Rangers have already secured a Champions League place. If they reach the final to play Queens then the Dumfries side will be in Europe whether they win the cup or not. But, of course, Rangers still have a long way to go before they get to the Palmertson Park won't be playing host to the aristocracy of Europe just yet...but you never know...I'm sure I could have explained that in a less roundabout fashion! Sorry for waffling!

1409: Incredible stuff! Queen of the South have made it through to their first ever Scottish Cup final. And if Rangers beat Partick Thistle on Sunday then St Johnstone in the semi-final, the Doonhamers will be in next season's Uefa Cup.

1408: FULL-TIME Queen of the South 4-3 Aberdeen Phew!

1406: Bedlam in the Queens box but Aberdeen can't force the ball home. The ball is bouncing all over the shop. It's pinball but with no wizardry from the Dons.

1405: Diamond half-volley saved by MacDonald. He clutches the ball to his chest and hugs it like he never wants to let it go.

1404: Queens somehow find the energy to launch a counter attack. They're wading through waist-deep water now in cement boots. But the Dons look equally spent.

1403: Four minutes of added time.

1402: Queens look dead on their feet. They must feel like that guy who ran the London marathon in a deep-sea diving suit.

1401: How much time will ref Kenny Clark add on?

1400: Three minutes of normal time to go. Queens are camped in their own half as Aberdeen search frantically for an equaliser - but Queens have won a valuable time-wasting free-kick.

1359: "I am watching the text from Yemen home of Queen of Sheba (QoS in Bible) but being an Aberdeen Supporter who lives in Thailand cannot believe what I am seeing. Come on Aberdeen!"

1357: Aberdeen are desperate now. Aluko hits the turf after a darting run into the box but Thomson definitely got his foot to the ball. No penalty.

1354: Jim Thomson is down getting magic-sponge treatment. Nice of Jim to allow everyone a well-deserved breather.

1353: Last 10 minutes. The nerves are jangling for Queens. Will they wilt or can they hold on? Aberdeen seem fresher but only marginally...

1348: Aberdeen are about to make a change. Derek Young is coming on. Don't know who for yet.

1344: Zander Diamond hits the Queens bar with a header and then wellies the rebound off the post. How unlucky can you be?

1343: Incredibly Ryan McCann picks up the first booking of the match for a foul on Sone Aluko. In the midst of this harem-scarem goal-fest it's amazing no-one has been booked until now. At least McCann won't miss the final if his team can hold on. It's only his first caution of the competition.

1342: Can Aberdeen come back for the fourth time today? Are Queens heading into their first ever Scottish Cup final? We're into the final 20 minutes now...

1339: There's barely been enough time to draw breath between the never-ending flurry of goals at Hampden. The 24,000 crowd at the national stadium are enthralled by this madcap carnival of football. Is this a case of phenomenal cavalier-style attacking play or catastrophically bad defending? Who knows? Who cares? It's football, Jim, but not as we know it.

1338: "10-10 draw anybody?" Name On The Trophy

1336: "What a great advert for Scottish football!" DoctorTurk

1332: GOAL Queen of the South 4-3 Aberdeen John Stewart for Queens. He blasts the ball high past Soutar after some superb play down the right flank. I think Jim Thomson nodded Ryan McCann's floated cross into Stewart's path.

1331: GOAL Queen of the South 3-3 Aberdeen This is nuts! Considine ghosts in at the back post and gets on the end of Miller's flick-on from Nicholson's cross to bring the Dons level once more. What a game!

1328: GOAL Queen of the South 3-2 Aberdeen Sean O'Connor has put Queens in front for the third time. He broke clear and turned inside Diamond after Considine had misjudged Steve Tosh's hopeful long ball. This is like watching a school match - not in terms of quality, it's obviously much better than that - just in the way that there seem to be goalscoring opportunities every two minutes. The oft-used cliche "end-to-end action" is in this case extremely apt.

1324: "Queens are rampant", "Aberdeen are all over the place" "Dons level despite being outplayed" - what game you watching mate? It's been pretty much one-way traffic since QOS have scored and Aberdeen are level on merit. C'mon The Dandies!"

My apologies. Aberdeen were under the cosh when I wrote that but they did come back into it and dominated the last 20 minutes of the first half.

1323: GOAL Queen of the South 2-2 Aberdeen. Barry Nicholson equalises. Maguire whips in a great cross which Lee Miller meets with a bullet header. MacDonald leaps like a salmon to claw the ball away but only into the path of a grateful Nicholson who strokes it into an empty net.

1322: At the other end a finger-tip save from MacDonald denies Chris Maguire.

1321: GOAL Queen of the South 2-1 Aberdeen Paul Burns taps the ball home from close range after his first effort comes off Severin. A terrific run down the left wing from John Stewart who streaked past Zander Diamond like the Roadrunner with Wyle E. Coyote on his tail. "Meep meep!" His slide-rule cross is met by Burns. Amazing stuff!

1319: "In the bible Luke 11:31 states 'The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them.' In the biblical quote the "queen of the south" is considered to be the Queen of Sheba. Queen of the South is similarly quoted under Matthew 12:42."

Thanks for that - you're a gentleman and a biblical scholar.

1318: SECOND-HALF Kenny Clark toots his wee whistle and we're away again!

1314: According to BBC Radio Scotland's intrepid pitchside reporter Chick Young there will be no changes for either team at the break.

1302: HALF-TIME: A ripsnorter of a half comes to a close. What a performance from the Doonhamers. Aberdeen can count themselves very lucky to go in for their half-time oranges on level terms. Talking of oranges, the perma-tanned Dons boss Jimmy Calderwood will have a few choice words for his under-performing stars.

1301: It's chucking it down at Hampden now and the pitch is getting quite slick. Aberdeen's Chris Maguire has lost a boot. It's always a tad embarrassing when that happens. Maguire pulling his boot back on is the final action of the first 45 minutes. Kind of sums things up for the less-than-dandy Dons. A one-booted display.

1300: "Would be nice if the only team mentioned in the bible got to the final (wonder if the almighty's had a flutter on Q of S?)"

What is the story behind the biblical reference?

1257: A big blow for Queens. Top-scorer Dobbie has hobbled off with an injury. Former Dons man John Stewart replaces him. That's a shame, Dobbie had been a real handful for the Dons defence in the first half hour.

1253: "Dumfries is like a ghost town today. I'm looking out the window and theres no one about! I think half the population is at Hampden.

1251: Goalkeeper MacDonald has had nothing to do so far apart from picking the ball out of his own net. But the Dons are level despite being outplayed.

1250: GOAL Queen of the South 1-1 Aberdeen Andrew Considine nods the equaliser, climbing above Jim Thomson. Scott Severin headed Barry Ncholson's half-cleared free-kick back into the danger area for Considine to restore parity - and haul the Dons back into this scintillating semi-final.

1248: Aberdeen have a free-kick within shooting distance. Sone Aluko tees the ball up but rifles a skidding daisy-cutter well-wide.

1247: Queens are rampant and Burns embarks on a mazy 30-yard run but when the ball breaks for Dobbie the striker is engulfed by a swarm of Dons defenders and someone hoofs it clear. Aberdeen are all over the place.

1244: Lee Miller's header after nearly half an hour of play represents Aberdeen's first attempt on goal but Jamie MacDonald gathers his feeble effort.

1243: Some neat interplay on the edge of the Aberdeen box from Queens and Dobbie slips the ball through to Paul Burns but he's well offside. He cheekily tucks the ball into the net anyway - that old "sorry ref I didn't hear the whistle" chestnut. Fortunate to escape a yellow card. Nice to see ref Kenny Clark isn't in a card-happy mood.

1240: "What a chance for Queens to defend this lead and get themselves in a Scottish Cup final!"
BBC Scotland co-commentator Craig Paterson.

1237: GOAL Queen of the South 1-0 Aberdeen

Steve Tosh gives the First Division side a sensational lead! A long free-kick from Ryan McCann is spilled by Dons keeper Derek 'Soapy' Soutar - Andy Aitken rolls the ball back for Tosh to sidefoot it high into the net from just inside the box.

1230: Former Rangers and Hibs striker Stephen Dobbie, the First Division's top scorer this season with 19 goals, has had a few half-chances. Dobbie was a highly-rated youngster but has still to fulfill his early potential. Perhaps today will be the day.

1220: "Got a tenner on my local lads to win today. Come on the Doonhamers!

Nice one! The odds before kick-off were 4/1 for a Queen of the South win, 4/7 Aberdeen to triumph and 5/2 for the draw.

1219: The First Division side have started strongly. No nerves from them. By contrast, some Aberdeen players appear to have jelly legs.

1215: And off we go! Queen of the South get the game underway.

1213: And the players emerge from the tunnel to great cheers from both sets of fans - the crowd is around 23,000. Not bad at all. Apparently a special Harry Potter-style "Hampden Express" train left Dumfries at 730 this morning from platform 9 and three quarters, packed to the gunnels with high-spirited Queens supporters. The Dumfries pubs were open from dawn where I assume liquid breakfasts were imbibed for the journey north.

1212: Does this game go to extra time or a replay if its a draw?
Bertie Kenard, via text

The game will be played to the death - extra time and penalties. No replay. This is the first time this has happened in a Scottish Cup semi-final.

1208: No wonder they're so excited - it's 58 years since Queen of the South's last Scottish Cup semi-final appearance! Surprisingly, considering their 1980s pedigree under Sir Alex Ferguson, Aberdeen last ran down the tunnel at Hampden for the 2000 Scottish Cup final. Unfortunately for them they were trounced 4-0 by Rangers.

1207: "The Queen of the South players are very excited - some of them won't shut up!"
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds who also moonlights as a Doonhamers coach

1201: Team news in full:

Queen of the South: MacDonald, McCann, Thomson, Aitken, Harris, Burns, Tosh, MacFarlane, McQuilken, O'Connor, Dobbie. Subs: Grindlay, Stewart, O'Neill, Paton, Gilmour.

Aberdeen: Soutar, Maybury, Diamond, Considine, McNamara, Nicholson, Severin, Foster, Aluko, Maguire, Miller. Subs: Langfield, Mackie, Duff, Touzani, Young.

1147: Welcome to our coverage of the first Scottish Cup semi-final. The action at Hampden Park gets underway at 1215 BST.

First Division Queen of the South are expected to bring 10,000 fans from Dumfries, while there should be a healthy contingent of Dons followers at the national stadium.

We would like to hear your views during the game, so, if you are a fan in exile or simply can't make it to the south side of Glasgow, send us your messages of support and thoughts on the game.

BBC Sport will provide live coverage on BBC Radio Scotland 810 MW and online.

see also
Queen of the South 4-3 Aberdeen
12 Apr 08 |  Scottish Cups
Scottish Cup photo special
12 Apr 08 |  Scottish Cups

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