Scottish League One - Play-offs - 1st Leg
Arbroath2Queen's Park2

Arbroath 2-2 Queen's Park

Simon Murray (right) celebrates scoring for Arbroath
Simon Murray (right) is on loan from Dundee United

Simon Murray bagged a brace as 10-man Arbroath came from two goals down to earn a draw with Queen's Park in their League One semi-final first leg.

Bryan Wharton climbed highest to head home Sean Burns' corner before Kieran McWalter was dismissed for a two-footed challenge on Burns.

Burns' cross was then turned home at the far post by Shaun Fraser.

But Murray rifled home from close range after the break and fired the equaliser after a mazy run by Bobby Linn.

Bryan Wharton (centre) celebrates scoring Queen's Park's opener
Bryan Wharton (centre) scored Queen's Park's opening goal at Gayfield

Gus MacPherson's Queen's Park have now only recorded one win in their last eight outings despite finishing second in League Two.

However, the draw at least ended the Spiders' run of 10 consecutive defeats in the play-offs and extended their unbeaten run at Gayfield to four games.

Arbroath had gone into the match seemingly revitalised after they hammered Berwick Rangers 5-0 in their first match under Todd Lumsden following the sacking of Allan Moore.

Their title challenge had faltered after seven games without a victory and only one win in 18, but that victory ensured a third-place finish for Lumsden's side.

Line-ups

Arbroath

  • 1McCallum
  • 2Little
  • 4NicollBooked at 29mins
  • 5Gordon
  • 3LowdonSubstituted forJohnstoneat 45'minutes
  • 7Linn
  • 6Whatley
  • 10CarreiroSubstituted forMcBrideat 45'minutes
  • 11Stewart
  • 8McWalterBooked at 23mins
  • 9MurraySubstituted forBuchanat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Buchan
  • 14Smith
  • 15Grant
  • 16Johnstone
  • 17McBride
  • 18Lindsay
  • 21Wilson

Queen's Park

  • 1Muir
  • 2Mitchell
  • 5Quinn
  • 6Wharton
  • 3Burns
  • 4Berry
  • 8Slattery
  • 7Woods
  • 10FraserBooked at 47minsSubstituted forMcPhersonat 66'minutes
  • 11Rooney
  • 9Carter

Substitutes

  • 12McPherson
  • 14McElroy
  • 15McVey
  • 16MacGregor
  • 17Gibson
  • 18Moore
  • 20George
Referee:
Craig Charleston
Attendance:
837

Match Stats

Home TeamArbroathAway TeamQueen's Park
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Arbroath 2, Queen's Park 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arbroath 2, Queen's Park 2.

Mark Whatley (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul Woods (Queen's Park).

Substitution

Substitution, Arbroath. Kevin Buchan replaces Simon Murray.

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by William Muir.

Attempt saved. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Bobby Linn (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Shaun Rooney (Queen's Park).

Foul by Liam Gordon (Arbroath).

Ross McPherson (Queen's Park) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen's Park. Ross McPherson replaces Shaun Fraser.

Goal!

Goal! Arbroath 2, Queen's Park 2. Simon Murray (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bobby Linn.

Corner, Queen's Park. Conceded by Craig Johnstone.

Bobby Linn (Arbroath) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt saved. Simon Murray (Arbroath) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Bryan Wharton.

Attempt blocked. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Shaun Rooney.

Mark Whatley (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Shaun Fraser (Queen's Park).

Attempt missed. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Shaun Fraser (Queen's Park) is shown the yellow card.

Craig Johnstone (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Shaun Fraser (Queen's Park).

Second Half

Second Half begins Arbroath 1, Queen's Park 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Arbroath. Scott McBride replaces Dylan Carreiro.

Substitution

Substitution, Arbroath. Craig Johnstone replaces Jordan Lowdon.

Half Time

First Half ends, Arbroath 1, Queen's Park 2.

Goal!

Goal! Arbroath 1, Queen's Park 2. Simon Murray (Arbroath) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Bobby Linn.

Attempt saved. Sean Burns (Queen's Park) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Dylan Carreiro (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Vincent Berry (Queen's Park).

Goal!

Goal! Arbroath 0, Queen's Park 2. Shaun Fraser (Queen's Park) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Bobby Linn (Arbroath).

Vincent Berry (Queen's Park) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card.

Vincent Berry (Queen's Park) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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