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Summary

  1. Scottish Cup quarter-final
  2. Craig Sibbald gives Falkirk victory
  3. Bairns first side into the semi-finals
  4. Falkirk beat Queens for first time this term

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for your company tonight and please join us again tomorrow for the second of the Scottish Cup quarter-finals as Inverness Caledonian Thistle host Raith Rovers. Having beaten Rangers in the last round, can Rovers cause another upset by beating the Premiership outfit to make it two Championship side's in the final four?

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

Having knocked out the holders, St Johnstone, in the previous round, Queens have exited themselves as Falkirk made it four Scottish Cup visits to Palmerston through the years without a defeat.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

BBC Two Scotland pundits Alan Stubbs and Pat Bonner agreed that Falkirk deserved their victory and that Queens did not do enough after the break to warrant a draw.

FULL-TIME

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

More joy for Falkirk as the final whistle blows and they are the first side into the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

We hear that Falkirk midfielder Luke Leahy is sitting up after his head knock, which is good news.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

Time is running out for Queen of the South.

YELLOW CARD

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Queens' Lewis Kidd is booked for a late challenge as Craig Sibbald looks to break.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

Man of the match and goalscorer Craig Sibbald does a bit of timewasting juggling similar to Charlton Athletic's Tony Watt in midweek - a video that went viral.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

We have seven minutes of stoppage time to play and all the action is down at the Falkirk end at the moment. The Bairns are holding on by their fingertips.

PENALTY APPEAL

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Queens fans cry out for a penalty as a shot is blocked as the ball bobbles about inside a crowded Falkirk penalty box.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

Former Partick Thistle defender Aaron Muirhead replaces Luke Leahy, who is being taken out of the field of play on a stretcher.

OUCH

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

There is concern for Falkirk midfielder Luke Leahy as he looks out for the count after his head connects with team-mate Peter Grant's boot as they both try to clear.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

Falkirk are immediately forced into another change, with Rory Loy taking a rap on the ankle and being replaced with Taylor Morgan, the striker on loan from Norwegian club Ostersunds and with previous experience with Chicago Fire and Toronto.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

Falkirk squander a good chance on the break as Blair Alston fails to find Rory Loy in the box and that is the midfielder's last bit of action as he is replaced with defender Liam Dick as manager Peter Houston looks to protect their lead.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

Aidan Smith, a 17-year-old striker, is given a chance to be an instant hero on his Queens debut as he replaces top scorer Gavin Reilly. A lot to expect from the young lad.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

Former Falkirk defender Chris Mitchell, who spent time at Bradford City, replaces the injured Mark Durnan as Queens are forced into another change.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

Substitute Danny Carmichael displays some wing wizardry before firing a cross that is headed clear but only into the path of Queens' Iain Russell. However, the striker drills the ball into the ground and the sting is taken out of it as it spins into the arms of goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

The action is swinging swiftly from one end to the other as two equally matches sides slug it out for a coveted semi-final spot. Most efforts have been blocked or placed off target, but this time Falkirk's Blair Alston finds the target but straight into the arms of goalkeeper Zander Clark.

BBC Two Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

"The game is opening up nicely with Queens having to go for it."

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

Queens are forced into a change in midfield, with Paul Burns going off injured and Danny Carmichael coming on.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

It's Gavin Reilly's turn to squander a chance for Queens as he rises to meet a driven cross, but the striker's header is flies several yards over from 14 yards.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

Iain Russell kicks fresh air as he takes a wild swipe at the ball after it falls kindly for the Queens striker 12 yards from goal following a corner. Things are heating up in Dumfries.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

Just as I was bemoaning the lack of excitement, Falkirk miss a chance to extend their lead as Peter Grant bulldozes past a couple of defenders to power a header towards goal following a corner - but can't direct it on target.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

BBC Two Scotland pundit Craig Paterson has just suggested that the occasion and the prospect of a place in the Scottish Cup semi-finals is getting to the players. The tedium is getting to the rest of us.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

Queens are using the wind well and enjoying the territorial advantage, but so far they have not created any chances after the break and have just wasted another corner.

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

Queens, of course, knocked holders St Johnstone out of the competition 2-0 at Palmerston in the previous round. Falkirk had an easier passage, beating League One outfit Brechin City 2-1.

BBC Two Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

"Manager James Fowler will have told his side they now have the wind, so push Falkirk back and get as many balls flying into the box as they can."

KICK-OFF

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk

Queens kick off the second half looking to come from behind if they are to beat Falkirk in the Scottish Cup at Palmerston for the first time in four meetings.

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Craig Sibbald (left) celebrates his goal
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Midfielder Craig Sibbald (left) has now found the net six times for Falkirk this season
Craig Sibbald directs his header into the net to put Falkirk into the lead
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Craig Sibbald directed his header into the net to put Falkirk into the lead

BBC Two Scotland pundit Pat Bonner

"The goal came slightly against the balance of play. Craig Sibbald reacted quicker than the defenders and, in these conditions, it only takes a little nick to take it in. Falkirk will be delighted to be ahead because, with the wind, sometimes the ball runs away from you."

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs on BBC Two Scotland

"Conditions are playing a huge part on the game. It is difficult to control the ball in the wind. Queen of the South will maybe feel slightly aggrieved to go in at half-time behind."

Falkirk midfielder Craig Sibbald's sixth goal of the season separates the sides at Palmerston Park. A lead that's just about deserved on the balance of play.

HALF-TIME

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Falkirk manager Peter Houston tries a policeman's hat on for size
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Falkirk manager Peter Houston tries a policeman's hat on for size after the wind threw it on to the field of play

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Falkirk goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald does well to block after Queens striker Gavin Reilly gathers a through ball deep inside the penalty box and tries his luck from an acute angle.

GOAL

Queen of the South 0-1 Falkirk (Craig Sibbald)

Falkirk make their growing dominance of possession tell as Craig Sibbald dives long to re-direct inside the far post a ball that had been volleyed powerfully into the penalty box by Luke Leahy. Definitely a case of wind assistance there.

Falkirk's Tom Taiwo and Paul Burns fly into a challenge
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Tom Taiwo (left) had an early chance for Falkirk and Palmerston Park

Queen of the South 0-0 Falkirk

Queens are fortunate not to concede a penalty when Andy Dowie barges into the back of Rory Loy as the striker tries to gather from a throw-in.