Match Report

Following last weekend’s victory over Peterhead it was no surprise that manager Wullie Gibson stuck with much the same side for the trip to Falkirk, making one enforced change as Calvin McGrory started in place of the injured Iain Wilson.  The Gaffer also names himself amongst the subs for this one. 


The home side showed their intent as early as four minutes when Aidan Nesbitt tried to play in Juan Alegria, but his shot was blocked.  Just two minutes later Nesbitt himself almost opened the scoring as he got on the end of Finn Yeats’ cut back but could only watch as his header crashed back off the crossbar. 


Queens were struggling to get a foothold in the game and chances were very limited.  The ball did fall to Ruari Paton inside the box but as he turned to shoot the defenders blocked. And as the game flowed back up the other end, Stuart Morrison slipped and rolled his ankle as he tried to challenge Callum Morrison and as he was left on the deck, his namesake cut inside to curl a right foot shot into the top corner from 20 yards. 


With Queens down to 10 men waited to replace Morrison, The Bairns did have the ball in the net again this time Alegria with the finish, but the flag was up for offside. 


Morrison looked a constant threat as he roved around the pitch and Currie had to get down low to save his left foot shot.  Queens were getting opened up as Falkirk passed their way up the park and were fortunate as Alegria completely misjudged his attempt at connecting with the ball. 


Queens continued to struggle, Calvin McGrory did find Connor Murray out wide with a free kick but as he played it back into the six-yard box, Gavin Reilly’s overhead kick failed to trouble. They did have another chance midway through the first half, but Euan East headed over as the corner was floated in. 


And with just under half an hour played a mix up between East and Paul McKay in the visitor’s defence allowed Alegria in through the middle to slot past Currie to extend Falkirk’s lead. 


The home side were using the space on a wide-open pitch and with Morrison everywhere, Ciaran McKenna’s clearance just cleared his own upright.  In the closing minutes of the first half, McGrory again found Murray with a set-piece but this time his delivery back into the box had too much power. 


HALF TIME:  Falkirk 2 Queens 0 


In need of changing things, Lee Connelly and Harry Cochrane were brought off the bench after the break and Queens did seem to have more urgency about their play although the first chance of the second half fell to the hosts as Craig McGuffie’s left foot shot was just over. 


There was definitely an improvement and more desire in the Queens side and as Connelly did well on the right, Paton dived to meet his cross, but his brave header was saved. 


They were thrown a lifeline on the hour mark when East was pushed inside the box and referee Barry Cook pointed to the spot.  It was Paton who stepped up and with confidence dispatched the ball low to the keeper’s right-hand side to reduce the deficit. 


John McGlynn made a triple substitution and the home side stepped it up again.  Nesbitt a thorn in the side of Queens forced a few corners but couldn’t make them count.  


With much more determination in their play Queens now looked a threat and as Connelly twisted and turned to make space 20 yards from goal, Nicky Hogarth made a great save to turn his effort out for a corner.  Connelly played it short to McGrory who found East on the other side and as he knocked it back across the face of goal, Paton was inside the six-yard box but couldn’t get enough on it to steer it over the line.   


With 20 minutes remaining, Paton was proving to be a nightmare to play against and as he continued to push for an equaliser his next effort found the side-netting. 


The game had opened up and Falkirk too looked a threat and Queens had to defend strongly to keep themselves in with a chance of taking something from the game and ten minutes from time East threw his body on the line to deny Liam Henderson.   


But in the final minutes the game was out of Queens reach as the lively Nesbitt crossed from the right perfectly for Ola Lawal to head back Currie.  Things went from bad to worse for Queens as frustration kicked in and Paul McKay was shown a straight red card for a challenge with seven minutes left of the 90. 


FULL TIME:  Falkirk 3 Queens 1

  • Currie

  • McKenna

  • Morrison


  • McKay

  • East

  • McKechnie


  • McGrory


  • Todd

  • Murray


  • Reilly


  • Paton
    1 (p)


  • Ritchie

  • Hendrie


  • Cochrane


  • McKay


  • Ruth


  • Connelly


  • Quitongo

Additional Subs: 21 Dom McMahon 33 Wullie Gibson
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Pre-match Welcome to the Falkirk stadium for today`s game. We`ll bring you limited updates and team news shortly
Pre-match Just one change for Queens today as McGrory replaces the injured Wilson
Pre-match Queens lineup : 1.Currie 5.McKay 7.Paton 8.Todd 9.Reilly 11.Murray 12.McKenna 14.Morrison 15.McGrory 16. East 18.McKechnie
Pre-match Falkirk lineup : 31.Hogarth 4.McGinn 6.Donaldson 7.Morrison 9.Alegria 10.Nesbitt 11.McGuffie 14.Yeats 15.McCann 18.Oliver 26.Mackie
Pre-match Queens subs: 13.Ritchie 2.McKay 3.Quitongo 6.Cochrane 10.Connelly 17.Hendrie 19.Ruth 21.McMahon 33.Gibson
Pre-match Falkirk subs: 12.Martin 5.Henderson 8.Hetherington 16.Ross 19.Burrell 20.Sneddon 21.Lawal 28.Carroll
First half begins |0-0
8%27 Falkirk almost take the lead but the short range header hits the bar |0-0
12%27 Goal Falkirk. Morrison the scorer |1-0
13%27 Queens fall behind again, this time from a stunning strike by Morrison after Alegria out muscled Stewart to win a long ball forward |1-0
15%27 Alegria has the ball in the net while Queens are down to 10 men but he`s well offside |1-0
16%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Morrison injured himself in the challenge for the goal and goes OFF REPLACED BY Hendrie |1-0
26%27 Chance Queens! McKenna heads a corner just over from inside the six yard box |1-0
29%27 Goal Falkirk. Alegria the scorer |2-0
30%27 Falkirk make it two after Queens give away cheap possession from their own throw in and Alegria is stronger than the defender to fire home |2-0
32%27 East (QOS) is booked for hauling down Alegria |2-0
36%27 McKechnie (QOS) is booked for pulling back Morrison |2-0
First half ends |2-0
Half Time The home side have a deserved lead at half time, courtesy of two stunning strikes. |2-0
Half Time SUBSTITUTION QOS: McKechnie OFF REPLACED BY Connelly |2-0
Half Time SUBSTITUTION QOS: Reilly OFF REPLACED BY Cochrane |2-0
Second half begins |2-0
46%27 Two changes at half time, Connelly replaces Reilly up front and Cochrane comes on for McKechnie with Todd moving to the right of midfield |2-0
58%27 Chance for Queens as Paton does well to get between two defenders but he cant get enough power on the header to trouble the keeper. |2-0
60%27 Penalty Queens! East is tripped in the box |2-0
60%27 GOAL QUEENS! Paton the scorer as he sends the keeper the wrong way from the spot |2-1
61%27 SUBSTITUTION Falkirk: Oliver OFF REPLACED BY Hetherington |2-1
62%27 SUBSTITUTION Falkirk: Alegria OFF REPLACED BY Burrell |2-1
62%27 SUBSTITUTION Falkirk: McGuffie OFF REPLACED BY Lawal |2-1
68%27 So nearly an equaliser but Hogarth saves from Connellys shot then the ball is cleared off the line from the corenrt |2-1
70%27 Paton turns inside the box but his mis hit shot can only find the side netting |2-1
71%27 SUBSTITUTION Falkirk: Mackie OFF REPLACED BY Henderson |2-1
82%27 Goal Falkirk. Lawal the scorer |3-1
83%27 Lawal somehow finds himself with a free header 7 yards from goal and he bullets it past Currie to restore the home sides two goal lead |3-1
84%27 McKay (QOS) SENT OFF for what the referee deemed to be preventing a clear goal scoring opportunity |3-1
90%27 McGinn (Falkirk) is booked |3-1
91%27 SUBSTITUTION Falkirk: McGinn OFF REPLACED BY Carroll |3-1
The game ends |3-1
Full Time A deserved win for Falkirk. Queens threatened a comeback in the second half but couldn`t force an equaliser before conceding a soft third |3-1