Queen of the South 0-0 Alloa Athletic

Queen of the South and Alloa Athletic both squandered chances as the promoted sides shared a goalless draw.

Alloa had the better of the early exchanges, with Ryan McCord and Andrew Kirk forcing saves from goalkeeper Calum Antell in the space of a minute.

McCord came close again after 18 minutes with a right-foot shot that whistled past the right-hand post.

The home side came into the game and Michael Paton and Derek Lyle missing their best opportunities.

Paton fired wide from the centre of the penalty area after 31 minutes.

Kirk forced a save from Antell with a vicious right-foot strike that the Queen of the South goalkeeper managed to parry away.

Stephen Simmons and Declan McManus had chances to put Alloa ahead, but both players skewed their shots wide.

A tense second half followed, with Lyle heading over the bar from the middle of the box after 55 minutes.

Daryll Meggatt could have won it for the visitors 71 minutes in, but his header from just six yards out was comfortably caught by Antell.

Queen of the South : Antell, Mitchell, Dowie (Holt 46), Durnan, Higgins, McGuffie (Reilly 64), McKenna, Young, Carmichael, Lyle, Paton (Russell 52). Subs Not Used: Slattery, Atkinson, McShane, Orsi.

Booked : Lyle, Higgins.

Alloa : Bain, Michael Doyle, Gordon, Meggatt, Creaney, Holmes, Simmons, Cawley, McCord, Kirk (Salmon 59), McManus (Ferns 68), Ferns (Young 80). Subs Not Used: Marr, Tiffoney, McDowall.

Att : 1,607

Ref : Euan Anderson