Queens strike in the nick of time Line-up
INVERNESS CT ................. 1 QUEEN OF SOUTH ........... 2
White, his close-range header was guided back by Scott Mercer into the hands of Martin.
Midway through the first half Queens had a decent shout for a penalty turned down.
A long ball forward from debutant Nicky Low was chased down perfectly by Todd. The striker went down under a challenge from inside the box when he was but referee Barry Cook adjudged it to be a fair tackle.
Brad McKay then blasted over for the home side before the lively Todd had another low shot blocked before the home side had a couple of decent chances as the clock ticked down towards the interval.
Martin saved easily from Polworth and Joe Chalmers and did well to block when Doran’s shot sneaked through.
Queens’ goal was almost breached three minutes before the break when Walsh beat Martin to a header but his effort came back off the underside of the crossbar and was scrambled clear by Semple.
It was more of the same after the interval as Todd broke forward from the restart and as the ball came back out, Doyle’s rightfooted shot was blocked.
At the other end Coll Donaldson was millimetres away from finding the net with a header from a Chalmers corner.
Todd again broke forward and saw his shot knocked clear by Mark Ridgers but neither Lyndon Dykes nor Doyle, who had made a late burst, could get to the rebound before it was cleared.
The deadlock was finally broken in 69 minutes when the ball fell kindly into the path of Walsh just inside the box and he blasted a right-footed volley low into the bottom corner beyond Martin.
However, Queens weren’t to be outdone and scored two goals in the space of a minute to take the lead.
Jordan Marshall’s persistence down the left paid off as he delivered the ball across goal for Scott Mercer to blast past Ridgers from close range.
And before John Robertson’s side could react, talisman Dobbie produced some of his quality as he twisted and turned to drill the ball into the bottom corner for his 30th goal of the season.
All three points see Queens move up to fifth in the table and a point adrift of the playoffs.
Ridgers, Tremarco (McHattie 87), Chalmers, Donaldson, McCart, Polworth (MacGregor 87), Doran (Austin 63), Walsh, Welsh, White, McKay.
Subs not used: Hoban, Trafford, Nicolson.
Martin, Mercer, Marshall, Fordyce, Doyle (Stirling 73), Jacobs, Todd, Dobbie (Maguire 87), Semple, Low (Frizzell 82), Dykes.
Subs not used: Leighfield, Murray, Bell.
Referee: Barry Cook, Attendance: 2,225
Goodbye Callum Semple is leaving for parent club Sheffield United