Paul Ronald slapped Fifers full back Kevin McBride in the face and referee Stevie O'Reilly had no choice but to send the veteran off for violent conduct. Fife were now in the ascendancy and O'Reilly was twice denied by smart stops by David Crawford.
Queen's created few chances in the second period, Dunn sending a free kick from 20 yards narrowly wide and Richard Sinclair heading over from 10 yards. Fife won the game late on when Sinclair and Jablonski both got their heads to a Blackadder corner and the ball rolled past David Crawford to give EF the win. Subs Weatherston and Carroll both had late chances to level for Queen's but couldn't convert.
QUEEN'S PARK: David Crawford, Paul Paton, Stephen Canning (David Weatherston), Damiano Agostini, Richard Sinclair, Mick Dunlop, Stuart Kettlewell, Paul Cairney, Robert Dunn, Paul Ronald, Mark Ferry (Frankie Carroll)
SUBS NOT USED: Mark Cairns, Stevie Reilly, Richard Bowers
BOOKED: Paul Cairney, Stuart Kettlewell
SENT OFF: Paul Ronald
REFEREE: Stevie O'Reilly
MAN OF THE MATCH: Paul Cairney