Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 1-1 Queen of the South

By Jonathan SutherlandBBC Scotland at the Falkirk Stadium

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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Chris Higgins.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Alex Cooper (Falkirk).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Michael Paton (Queen of the South).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Blair Alston (Falkirk).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Taylor Morgan (Falkirk).

  20. Post update

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