Match Report

After Wullie Gibson’s departure in midweek, Grant Murray took charge of the side for this Friday night league one match. He made one change to the side that started against Kelty Hearts, there was no Gavin Reilly who was replaced by Calvin McGrory. There was to be another change but Connor Murray who was dropped to the bench found himself restored to the starting eleven after Lee Connelly pulled out in the warm-up.

It was pretty much all Falkirk in the opening quarter of the game with the home side on the attack and Queens finding it hard to get out of their own box. Paul McKay, Stephen Hendrie and Ciaran McKenna all making clearances.

They eventually broke through the defence after sixteen minutes when Dave McKay missed a clearance as the ball came in from the right and Juan Alegria was standing unmarked at the edge of the six-yard box to hook the ball past Max Currie to open the scoring.

A minute later Queens had their first real attack, Ruari Paton and Josh Todd linking up, but the captain couldn’t get the final ball into the box. As the hosts broke Alegria played a back-heel pass into the path of Kia Kennedy, as he played the ball across, Hendrie sliced his clearance but managed to get it away for a corner.

The game turned on its head midway through the first half, as Queens scored twice in the space of a minute. The first came as Paton was brought down at the edge of the box by Brad McKay. The striker got up to take free kick himself and hit a sweet right foot effort into the top corner to pull Queens level. From the restart Iain Wilson had them ahead with a powerful low drive into the bottom corner from 30 yards.

Boosted by the goals, Queens were enjoying a good spell and as Paton nicked the ball following a mistake by Stephen McGinn, he played the ball to Todd on his left, but his shot was blocked.

A minute before the break, Paton was inches away from extending the lead, another free kick in caused a scramble in the box and as it dropped to Paton, the frontman’s snapshot flew wide of the upright.

Queens were then hit with a sucker punch right on half time as a mistake just inside their own half, allowed Kennedy to get the ball across for Callum Morrison on the right, he was in behind Hendrie to hit a decent right foot shot across Currie into the net.

HALF TIME: Falkirk 2 Queens 2

In the early stages of the second half, it was the home side who looked dangerous. Currie spilled the ball, but Hendrie cleared for a corner. As the ball came back in it was headed over and Hendrie again had to make a clearance from McKay. Under presser from McKay, Currie again fumbled as he went to catch the ball, this time referee Dan McFarlane blew for foul in his favour.

Falkirk were forcing a string of corners, but Queens were keeping them out and as they made their first real attack after the break, Wilson dipped the ball over the defence for Todd, but his header was saved by PJ Morrison.

As the freezing rain fell, Morrison warmed up the home fans with a good run forward, he picked out Alegria at the far post, but Dave McKay put him under enough pressure to make sure he couldn’t get a proper shot on target, and he fired the ball high and wide.

Morrison continued to cause problems as he was given too much space on the right and it was his ball into the box that got The Bairns back in front. Delivering the ball to the front post for substitute Rumarn Burrell who knocked the ball home from close range.

As Queens tried to rescue it Wilson and Paton both tried to find a way through, but the home defence cleared and as Falkirk made their way up the field, Currie blocked from Burrell but as Kennedy floated in the corner, Liam Henderson rose to head home a fourth.

And with five minutes remaining, Morrison who had been a constant threat waltzed his way into the box to slide the ball under Currie to make it five.

FULL TIME: Falkirk 5 Queens 2

  • Currie

  • McKechnie


  • McKay

  • McKay

  • Hendrie

  • Gibson


  • Wilson

  • McGrory

  • Murray


  • Todd

  • Paton


  • Henderson

  • McKechnie


  • Ruth


  • Quitongo

  • Irving

  • McMahon

  • Bange

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Pre-match Queens: 1.Currie 17.Hendrie 5.P.Mckay 2.D.Mckay 12.Mckenna 8.Todd 15.McGrory 4.Wilson 27.Gibson 10.Connelly 7.Paton
Pre-match 43 .Henderson 3.Quitongo 18.McKechnie 28.Johnstone 21.McMahon 20.Irving 11.Murray 19.Ruth 22.Bange
Pre-match Falkirk: 1.Morrison 4.McGinn 7.Morrison 9.Alegria 10.Nesbitt 14.Yeats 15.McCann 18.Oliver 22.McKay 26.Mackie 73.Kennedy
Pre-match Falkirk bench: 31.Hogarth 12.Martin 5.Henderson 11.McGuffie 16.Ross 19.Burrell 28.Carroll
Pre-match 2 changes to last weeks team, Connelly and McGrory come into the team for Connor Murray and Gavin Reilly, the later of the two missing out through illness.
Pre-match There`s a late change to the Queens team with Connelly being replaced by Murray
First half begins |0-0
7%27 McCann causing bother down the falkirk left handside as he links up with Kennedy to win a corner. |0-0
9%27 Algeria gets in behind but fired straight at Currie. |0-0
11%27 Algeria gets in behind again and his cutback is cleared for a corner by Hendrie. |0-0
16%27 Goal Falkirk. Alegria the scorer |1-0
16%27 Dave McKay miss hits a cross in and Algeria is there to poke home. |1-0
21%27 Brad McKay takes down Paton in a dangerous position on the left side of the box. |1-0
21%27 GOAL QUEENS! Paton the scorer |1-1
22%27 WHAT A STRIKE. Paton places his free kick perfectly into the top left corner. |1-1
23%27 GOAL QUEENS! Wilson the scorer |1-2
23%27 WHAT IS HAPPENING. Wilson puts Queens in front just seconds later |1-2
24%27 It was a wonderful effort from 30 yards into the bottom right corner! |1-2
25%27 Brad Mckay has a free header from 6 yards out but his effort is over the bar. |1-2
32%27 After a busy 10 minute spell the game has calmed down as both teams look to gain control. |1-2
35%27 McCann (Falkirk) is booked for hauling down Gibson. |1-2
36%27 McGrory delivers a dangerous ball in but Mckenna can’t get his head round to get his effort on target. |1-2
44%27 Paton gets a strike away from 12 yards after a scramble in the box, his effort is inches wide. |1-2
45%27 Goal Falkirk. Morrison the scorer |2-2
45%27 Morrison is played in behind Hendrie and finishes well past Currie. |2-2
First half ends |2-2
Half Time Queens go in level at the break and can’t have too many complaints after a slow first 20 minutes. |2-2
Second half begins |2-2
57%27 Gibson (QOS) is booked for multiple fouls. |2-2
60%27 Todd has a header at the back post which the Falkirk Keeper barely tips out for a corner. |2-2
62%27 Wilson drives forward and picks out Murray on the left side who cuts inside but his effort is deflected into the keepers hands. |2-2
66%27 Alegria somehow misses into an open net from a yard out. |2-2
68%27 SUBSTITUTION Falkirk: Oliver OFF REPLACED BY Burrell |2-2
68%27 SUBSTITUTION Falkirk: Alegria OFF REPLACED BY Henderson |2-2
79%27 Goal Falkirk. Burrell the scorer |3-2
80%27 Burrell flicks in Morrisons cross at the near post. |3-2
81%27 Kennedy (Falkirk) is booked |3-2
82%27 Confusion at the back allows Burrell in one on one but his effort is saved. |3-2
82%27 Currie (QOS) is booked |3-2
82%27 Goal Falkirk. Henderson the scorer |4-2
83%27 Henderson heads home from a corner. |4-2
85%27 Goal Falkirk. Morrison the scorer |5-2
87%27 SUBSTITUTION Falkirk: Kennedy OFF REPLACED BY McGuffie |5-2
The game ends |5-2
Full Time Queens put on a poor show second half and Falkirk took full advantage to take home 3 points. |5-2