Match Report

Football can be a cruel game sometimes, Saturday in Falkirk truly showed that after Queens` season came to an end.

The Doonhamers fell 3-1 to Falkirk in the Premiership play-off second leg after extra time.
A Blair Alston strike in the closing minutes of the game sealed the victory for Gary Holt`s Falkirk, after Rory Loy and Craig Sibbald had overturned Bob McHugh`s first half strike.
After Tuesday`s dramatic 2-1 victory over the Bairns, Jim McIntyre`s side were anything but qualified for the second round of the play-offs with Hamilton awaiting the winner.
Three changes were made to the starting 11 with goalscoring hero Bob McHugh spearheading the Queens attack once again at the Falkirk Stadium for the sixth meeting of the two sides this season.
Going in to the two-legged tie, Falkirk had won three of the previous meetings but the form book goes out the window for the big games, as was demonstrated on Tuesday night.
And with the chance to play Premiership football next season, there could be no bigger incentive and that was clear to bumper crowd of 4427,  1033 of which were Queens fans.
The game started at a frantic pace and within ten minutes the Falkirk fans and Rory Loy had a penalty shout waved away by Referee Calum Murray but the danger wasn`t over for Queens.  From the resulting two corners which followed Mark Beck and Will Vaulks both had great chances from six yards out but they were wasteful.
Bob McHugh continued from where he left off on Tuesday night as he looked lively, with an overhead kick after 15 minutes being Queens` first real chance, but the ball agonisingly went past the post.
However, the early stages were mainly controlled by the home side and Gary Holt`s men came close again through Vaulks, this time as his header took a cruel deflection but Clark dealt with it.
The Queens stopper was called in to action again after 25 minutes as he saved a corner from Mark Millar, which almost curled in directly from the delivery.  At the other end, Michael McGovern hadn`t made a save for Falkirk in the opening half hour.
The Northern Irishman was almost called in to action as Danny Carmichael ran forty yards and looked to be one on one with McGovern but as he cut back Johnny Flynn made a fantastic challenge, and denying Queens the opening goal of the game.
Momentum started to build though for McIntyre`s men and Ian McShane hit a piledriver of a free-kick which narrowly missed the top corner as Queens started to gain the upper hand.
And on 35 minutes again it was Tuesday`s hero Bob McHugh who firmly put Queens in control with a fantastic strike.  The Motherwell loanee chested the ball before turning from 12 yards out and rifling the ball home - giving McGovern no chance and McHugh his fourth goal in three games.
McHugh swivels, shoots and scores
Calum Murray blew his whistle for half time and Queens went in at the break knowing that they lead 3-1 on aggregate with 45 minutes to play.
Falkirk`s intentions were clear in the second half as they had earned a corner within 45 seconds of the restart but the Bairns couldn`t test Zander Clark. The Queens` keeper was called in to action five minutes later as Alston fired the ball towards the bottom corner but Clark was equal to it.
The 21-year-old stopper could do nothing about Rory Loy`s equaliser, which came on 53 minutes.  Flynn rounded Dowie and cut the ball back to the Dumfries-born striker who calmly slotted home and reduced the deficit to 3-2 on aggregate.
Falkirk continued to push Queens in search of the game`s third goal and half chances fell to Millar and McGrandles but with twenty minutes to go Queens still lead the Bairns on aggregate.
All of that changed on 70 minutes, however, as Craig Sibbald headed home off the post. As Andy Dowie lay on the edge of the box injured, Falkirk played around the defender and Sibbald met the end of a cross and found the back of the net.
Zander barged into and Dowie down injured but play raged on and Falkirk scored their controversial second 
Queens went down the other end after the game restarted and hit the post, only for it to bounce back in to play.  Danny Carmichael, who played superbly for the Doonhamers, swung the ball in from a free-kick and it evaded all of the players in the box and rattled the woodwork.  The ball then fell to Mark Kerr but the midfielder could only blast his shot in to the chest of McGovern.
The game was being played at a frantic pace and McHugh and Carmichael were linking up wonderfully, each supplying chances for each other but neither could find the target.  Derek Young also volleyed wide with the last attack of the game but failure to hit the target was the story for both sides in the closing stages as the game finished 2-1, ensuring extra time.
Man of the Match Danny Carmichael shapes a shot but it goes just over
The extra thirty minutes of football sparked in to life after 10 minutes as Rory Loy should have been Falkirk`s match-winner as he was one-on-one with Clark but the 21-year-old stopper made a miraculous dive and denied the Bairns striker a sure-fire goal.  Carmichael went down the other end and tried an audacious chip but it never troubled McGovern.
The second period started much the same as the first ended, with Queens on top.  Russell and McShane tried to keep up the onslaught and find that elusive second goal.  But it was arguably the hosts who should`ve bagged the next goal with ten minutes to go as a combination of Loy, Shepherd and Sibbald all tried to knock the ball home but it was blocked by Mark Durnan.
Sibbald and McGrandles forced great saves out of Clark in the second period but the heartbreak came for Queens with three minutes to go in the game.
Substitute Scott Shepherd ran in to the box and drilled the ball in to the near post where Blair Alston was waiting to tap in.  The timing of the goal meant that Queens didn`t have a chance to claw back in to the game and force a penalty shoot-out.
Alston slides the ball past Clark for the third
Albeit a disappointing way to end the season, Queens fought hard and, for a team in their first season back in the second tier, a squad who had to adjust to a new manager, the season can be deemed a success.
Falkirk will now face Hamilton with the winner playing Premiership strugglers Hibs who may join Edinburgh rivals Hearts in next season`s Championship.
With two Edinburgh giants potentially in the league, as well as Rangers, next season is set to be a blockbuster, and we can`t wait for it to start.
Iain Russell dissapointed at the end
Captain Higgins at the end
A last goodbye from Zander?
A family affair as Derek Young goes to console his son at the end 

  • Clark

  • Dowie


  • Durnan

  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • Kerr

  • McShane

  • Kidd


  • Carmichael

  • Russell

  • McHugh


  • Atkinson

  • Lyle


  • Young


  • Dzierzawski


  • Hooper

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14:00 Good afternoon from Falkirk, team news for today`s play-off second leg on the way...
14:21 Queens Starting 11: Clark, Dowie, Holt, Kerr, Durnan, Higgins, Carmichael, McShane, McHugh, Kidd, Russell
14:22 Queens Substitutes: Atkinson, Lyle, Young, Dzierzawski, Hooper, Slattery, Smith
14:23 Falkirk Starting 11: McGovern, Kingsley, Flynn, Vaulks, Beck, Alston, Sibbald, McGrandles, Loy, McCracken, Millar
14:23 Falkirk Substitutes: Bowman, Durojaiye, Dick, Small, Leahy, Botti, Shepherd
14:29 Half an hour to go until kick-off in Falkirk, Queens have made three changes to the team which beat Falkirk on Tuesday night.
14:56 Five minutes to go until kick-off, a great Queens following in the stadium already, here`s hoping for a great result too.
15:00 The teams are out on the park and we are ready to go. Huge 90 minutes ahead...
15:01 If you couldn`t make it today, here`s the link you need for all the action -
3 min A huge crowd here today at the Falkirk Stadium, a great atmosphere from both sides.
4 min Bob McHugh cuts inside but his shot is well blocked by Flynn of Falkirk.
7 min Clark jumps on top of a dangerous Kingsley cross and quashes any danger.
10 min Rory Loy swings in another cross but Iain Russell deals with the danger.
11 min Penalty shout from Rory Loy and the Falkirk fans is waved away by Referee Calum Murray.
12 min Vaulks heads over from six yards out - Falkirk doing all the pressing right now.
14 min Carmichael crosses to Iain Russell who slices his shot but Queens still win a corner.
19 min Vaulks forces Clark in to a save as his header takes a wicked deflection.
22 min Rory Loy unleashes a shot from the edge of the box but Kevin Holt makes a great challenge to relieve Queens of any pressure.
23 min Another free-kick for Falkirk in a dangerous position as Mark Millar stands over the ball.
23 min Higgins knocks the ball behind for a corner - the home side are in control right now.
24 min Clark makes another great save - this time from a Mark Millar corner.
29 min Free kick to Queens after Iain Russell is pushed off the ball.
31 min McShane`s free kick goes inches by the post! Close for Queens!
31 min McShane`s free kick goes inches by the post. Close for Queens.
33 min Yellow Card : Holt
36 min GOAL QUEENS. McHugh the scorer - Falkirk 0:1 QOS
36 min MCHUGH DOES IT AGAIN! The striker turns on the penalty spot and rifles the ball home!
41 min Flynn misses from two yards out for Falkirk. Queens are living dangerously after scoring the opener.
43 min Five minutes to go in the first half at Falkirk, Queens are looking to preserve their overall two goal lead.
Half Time HALF TIME - Falkirk 0:1 QOS
Half Time The Queens players come back out on to the park to a brilliant reception from the away fans.
46 min Falkirk have came flying out the traps, corner to the Bairns.
50 min Alston testing Clark with a driven shot to his bottom corner - but the `keeper is equal to it.
53 min Goal Falkirk. Loy the scorer - Falkirk 1:1 QOS
53 min Falkirk are back in the tie as Rory Loy slots home from six yards out.
64 min Yellow Card : Millar
64 min Mark Millar goes in to the book for a rash challenge on Ian McShane.
67 min Millar blasts over the bar from just outside the box.
71 min Goal Falkirk. Sibbald the scorer - Falkirk 2:1 QOS
72 min Yellow Card : Clark
73 min Substitution : Young on for Dowie
73 min Queens hit the post through Carmichael`s free kick.
78 min McHugh heads over the bar after a wonderful Carmichael cross - Queens are pressing for a second.
80 min Carmichael curls the ball over the post from inside the box. Chances keep falling for Queens.
85 min Queens earn another corner - five minutes to go in Falkirk.
90+1 min Two minutes added time at Falkirk.
90+2 min Free kick to Queens in a dangerous area...surely the last chance of the game.
90+3 min Young volleys from outside the box and it goes inches by the post.
16:51 FULL TIME - Falkirk 2:1 QOS
16:52 Extra time to come at Falkirk - all for the chance to play Hamilton in the next round of the play-offs.
16:55 First period of extra time about to start, one last push needed here. #montheQueens
3 min Derek Young blasts over from twelve yards out.
3 min Substitution : Lyle on for McHugh
6 min Today`s Attendance is 4427, including over 1000 Queens fans. Thank you for all your support - a fantastic set of fans.
11 min Rory Loy goes one-on-one with Clark and the `keeper makes a great diving stop to deny Falkirk their third.
11 min Yellow Card : Kidd
12 min Carmichael tries an audacious chip which goes narrowly past the post.
Half Time HALF TIME - Falkirk 2:1 QOS
Half Time Fifteen minutes of football left at Falkirk - if there isn`t a goal in that time then we have a penalty shoot-out on our hands.
46 min Corner to Queens, heaping pressure on.
55 min Five minutes left here in Falkirk, and we are still level on aggregate.
57 min Goal Falkirk. Alston the scorer - Falkirk 3:1 QOS
58 min Substitution : Dzierzawski on for Kidd
60 min Two minutes added time at Falkirk as Derek Lyle misses a great opportunity.
17:30 FULL TIME - Falkirk 3:1 QOS
17:31 Heartbreaking stuff here in Falkirk. Congratulations to Falkirk and thank you - the fans - for your continued support all season.
17:32 As for Queens, it`s Championship football again next season - and what a year we have ahead...
17:33 Match report, interviews and all the reaction to follow in the coming days.