Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 1-1 Queen of the South

Falkirk missed out on the chance to go above Queen of the South after being held to a draw despite the visitors having a man sent off.

A Rory Loy penalty, after he had been fouled by Mark Durnan gave the Bairns a first-half lead.

Iain Russell equalised with a shot from the edge of the box in the second half.

The Bairns were awarded a second penalty and Queens defender Durnan was sent off for handball but Loy struck the bar on this occasion.

Queens remain fourth, two points clear of Peter Houston's side, but are now three behind Hibernian.

Falkirk were the better side in the first half and almost took an early lead when Blair Alston struck from six yards, his shot blocked by Ian McShane.

When the breakthrough came it did so with a dose of controversy.

Loy had his shirt tugged by Durnan at the edge of the box and referee Crawford Allan ruled the infringement to have been inside the area and pointed to the spot.

The striker fired the spot-kick low into the corner.

The best Queen of the South could muster was a shot from Derek Lyle, which flew over the bar. A free-kick from Lewis Kidd also whistled narrowly over the frame of the goal.

Falkirk almost went two in front when former Queens striker John Baird rolled a shot on target past Queens keeper James Atkinson but Durnan produced a superb goal-line clearance via the post to keep the score at 1-0.

And shortly after that, Queens equalised. Following a corner the ball fell to Russell at the edge of the box and he fired a shot low into the net through a ruck of players.

There was more controversy, again involving Durnan when Loy's shot was blocked on the line by the defender and Loy protested vigorously to the referee that the Queens player had handled.

After a long discussion with his assistant, referee Allan decided it was handball, awarded Falkirk a penalty and sent Durnan off.

However, Loy's second spot-kick hit the bar on its way over and the score remained at one apiece.

McShane went close for Queens, his shot deflected wide of the post.

At the other end Falkirk striker Taylor Morgan had a goal-bound shot stopped by a stunning save from James Atkinson.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2Duffie
  • 5McCracken
  • 14GrantBooked at 59mins
  • 19LeahyBooked at 40mins
  • 10Sibbald
  • 11KerrBooked at 50mins
  • 6VaulksSubstituted forCooperat 70'minutes
  • 8Alston
  • 33Loy
  • 35BairdSubstituted forMorganat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Taiwo
  • 9Smith
  • 12Bowman
  • 15Dick
  • 17Maybury
  • 20Cooper
  • 36Morgan

Queen of Sth

  • 20Atkinson
  • 4Dowie
  • 5DurnanBooked at 64mins
  • 6HigginsBooked at 25mins
  • 3Holt
  • 17Carmichael
  • 18McShane
  • 12KiddSubstituted forMillarat 57'minutes
  • 11RussellSubstituted forPatonat 58'minutes
  • 10Reilly
  • 19LyleBooked at 17minsSubstituted forHooperat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Clark
  • 8Millar
  • 15Paton
  • 16Dzierzawski
  • 22Hooper
  • 24Smith
  • 28Pickard
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
3,478

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 1, Queen of the South 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 1, Queen of the South 1.

Attempt missed. Peter Grant (Falkirk) header from very close range misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Chris Higgins.

Attempt blocked. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Alex Cooper (Falkirk).

Michael Paton (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Mark Kerr (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Kevin Holt (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

(Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Paton (Queen of the South).

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Kieran Duffie.

Attempt saved. Alex Cooper (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Kieran Duffie.

Attempt missed. Ian McShane (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Michael Paton (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Blair Alston (Falkirk).

Mark Millar (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Taylor Morgan (Falkirk).

Chris Higgins (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Alex Cooper (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Taylor Morgan replaces John Baird.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Kieran Duffie.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Alex Cooper replaces Will Vaulks.

Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Scott Hooper replaces Derek Lyle.

Penalty missed! Still Falkirk 1, Queen of the South 1. Rory Loy (Falkirk) hits the bar with a right footed shot.

Dismissal

Mark Durnan (Queen of the South) is shown the red card.

Attempt blocked. Rory Loy (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. John Baird (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Peter Grant (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Peter Grant (Falkirk).

Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rory Loy (Falkirk).

Chris Higgins (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Michael Paton replaces Iain Russell.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Mark Millar replaces Lewis Kidd.

Goal!

Goal! Falkirk 1, Queen of the South 1. Iain Russell (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Attempt blocked. Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

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1Hearts20173052104254
2Rangers20132542202241
3Hibernian21106542222036
4Queen of Sth2096535251033
5Falkirk218762827131
6Raith Rovers208392337-1427
7Dumbarton2164112246-2422
8Cowdenbeath2143141948-2915
9Alloa2034131631-1513
10Livingston2034131831-138
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