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Alloa Athletic 2-2 Queen of the South

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland

Liam Buchanan earned Alloa a precious point with his 15th goal of the season.

Ben Gordon's emphatic header lit up a poor first-half but Queens' Derek Lyle levelled from the spot after Danny Carmichael was tripped.

The visitors took the lead two minutes later when Mark Millar finished superbly from Carmichael's cross.

Buchanan's low shot squeezed in at the near post before Queens goalscorer Millar received a red card for head-butting Michael Doyle.

It means the fourth-placed Doonhamers have not yet secured their promotion play-off spot - finding themselves five points ahead of Scottish Cup finalists Falkirk with two games to play.

Alloa still occupy the relegation play-off position in ninth but moved one point closer to Cowdenbeath, who they face on the final day at the Indodrill stadium.

So Wasps boss Danny Lennon could potentially relegate the team where he cut his teeth in management, and it was another Blue Brazil old boy Buchanan who struck to secure the point.

The striker used all his experience to shoot past goalkeeper Zander Clark after a neat pass by Iain Flannigan, who had also delivered the corner for Gordon's header just before half-time which gave Alloa the lead in Clackmannanshire.

But the club from the 'Wee County' were undone after the break by a menacing Carmichael, who twice caused panic in the home defence by scampering down the right-hand side.

On-loan Dundee defender Benedictus felled him to allow Lyle the opportunity to bag a 19th of the season from the penalty spot.

Then a pinpoint cross created the chance of a perfect control and left-foot strike by former Bairn Millar, who got his marching orders later from referee Stephen Finnie for pushing his head into Doyle's.

That was after Buchanan's equaliser, which ensured Queens definitely cannot relax yet, and neither can the Wasps.

Line-ups

Alloa

  • 1Gibson
  • 17DoyleBooked at 89mins
  • 4Gordon
  • 14BenedictusBooked at 50mins
  • 5MeggattBooked at 11minsSubstituted forAsgharat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Cawley
  • 10HolmesBooked at 16mins
  • 8McCord
  • 16FlanniganSubstituted forFergusonat 77'minutes
  • 9SpenceSubstituted forChopraat 63'minutes
  • 19Buchanan

Substitutes

  • 2Tiffoney
  • 20Asghar
  • 21McDowall
  • 25Chopra
  • 26Layne
  • 28Rutherford
  • 30Ferguson

Queen of Sth

  • 1Clark
  • 14McKenna
  • 4Dowie
  • 5DurnanBooked at 41mins
  • 3Holt
  • 6Higgins
  • 8MillarBooked at 88mins
  • 15PatonSubstituted forRussellat 76'minutes
  • 17Carmichael
  • 10ReillySubstituted forPickardat 90+1'minutes
  • 19LyleSubstituted forSmithat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Russell
  • 20Atkinson
  • 22Hooper
  • 23Smith
  • 24Smith
  • 28Pickard
  • 29Dickinson
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
822

Match Stats

Home TeamAlloaAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Alloa Athletic 2, Queen of the South 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 2, Queen of the South 2.

  3. Booking

    Adam Asghar (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Kevin Holt.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aidan Smith (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic).

  7. Post update

    Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Chris Higgins.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. Jake Pickard replaces Gavin Reilly.

  10. Booking

    Michael Doyle (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Dismissal

    Mark Millar (Queen of the South) is shown the red card for fighting.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. Aidan Smith replaces Derek Lyle.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Michael Chopra (Alloa Athletic).

  14. Post update

    Kevin Holt (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark Millar (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Buchanan (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Adam Asghar replaces Daryll Meggatt because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Alloa Athletic. David Ferguson replaces Iain Flannigan.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts34283392236987
2Rangers34198765353065
3Hibernian33187860303061
4Queen of Sth34169956391757
5Falkirk341410104643352
6Raith Rovers34126164059-1942
7Dumbarton3496193375-4233
8Cowdenbeath3474233081-5125
9Alloa3459203052-2224
10Livingston3368193550-1521
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