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Queen of the South 1-2 Alloa Athletic: Visitors out of relegation zone after late winner

By Jane LewisBBC Scotland at Palmerston Park
Jordan Kirkpatrick celebrates an Alloa Athletic goal
Jordan Kirkpatrick's goal earned Alloa Athletic their first league win in five matches

Jordan Kirkpatrick's injury-time winner allowed Alloa Athletic to climb out of the Scottish Championship relegation zone by beating Queen of the South.

The substitute's header, three minutes into time added on, came against the run of play with the hosts pressing desperately at the other end.

Jim Goodwin's men, who now sit eighth, opened through Andy Graham but Kyle Jacobs levelled for dominant Queens.

Alloa's first Dumfries win for 16 years ends a run of four league defeats.

While Gary Naysmith's men fall behind Dunfermline Athletic into fifth place.

Queen of the South goalkeeper Alan Martin produced a fabulous stop to deny Dario Zanatta but was powerless to prevent Graham converting Ian Flanagan's corner minutes later.

The home side's superior possession paid off early in the second half when Jacobs pounced after Neil Parry had saved Callum Fordyce's effort.

After equalising, the Palmerston Park outfit threw everything at Alloa. Top scorer Stephen Dobbie surged forward at every opportunity but could not add to his astonishing haul of 38 goals in 34 games.

The veteran striker did have the ball in the net at one point but the offside flag was raised. Lyndon Dykes and Nicky Low also came close before Kirkpatrick delivered the sucker-punch, nodding home a lovely ball from Zanatta.

'We were hanging on, but I'm delighted' - reaction

Alloa Athletic manager Jim Goodwin: "We're delighted with the result. With five minutes to go, I'd have been delighted with a point, we were hanging on.

"Queens were the better team by a country mile but we've played a lot better than we did today and lost so you've got to take it when you can get it."

Queen of the South manager Gary Naismith: "I'm a bit shell-shocked to be honest. Until their goal in the 93rd minute, I actually don't know if Alloa got into our half. But for us to lose the game in that manner it's disappointing.

"We needed a result today and I would have been disappointed getting one point with our performance. To get zero is really disappointing."

Line-ups

Queen of Sth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Martin
  • 2MercerBooked at 80mins
  • 4FordyceSubstituted forAirdat 64'minutes
  • 21Wilson
  • 3Marshall
  • 7Stirling
  • 8Jacobs
  • 14LowSubstituted forMcGrathat 86'minutes
  • 6Doyle
  • 11Dobbie
  • 25DykesBooked at 51mins

Substitutes

  • 5Brownlie
  • 9Aird
  • 12McGrath
  • 17Murray
  • 20Leighfield

Alloa

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Parry
  • 2Taggart
  • 4Roscoe
  • 5Graham
  • 3Dick
  • 7Cawley
  • 11FlanniganSubstituted forRobertsonat 87'minutes
  • 10TroutenSubstituted forKirkpatrickat 72'minutes
  • 6HetheringtonBooked at 87mins
  • 19Zanatta
  • 23ShieldsSubstituted forHamiltonat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Robertson
  • 9Hamilton
  • 12Aitchison
  • 14Brown
  • 15Kirkpatrick
  • 17Peggie
  • 31Henry
Referee:
Alan Newlands
Attendance:
1,116

Match Stats

Home TeamQueen of SthAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queen of the South 1, Alloa Athletic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queen of the South 1, Alloa Athletic 2.

  3. Post update

    Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jack Hamilton (Alloa Athletic).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Queen of the South 1, Alloa Athletic 2. Jordan Kirkpatrick (Alloa Athletic) header from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Fraser Aird (Queen of the South).

  7. Post update

    (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Jon Robertson replaces Iain Flannigan.

  12. Booking

    Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Andy Stirling (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. Ian McGrath replaces Nicky Low.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fraser Aird (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  18. Post update

    Andy Stirling (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dario Zanatta (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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