Match Report

Manager Marvin Bartley made four changes to the side that drew with Clyde as he welcomed high flying Falkirk to Palmerston. Goalkeeper Kevin Dabrowski returned along with Paul McKay, Lee Connelly and Iain Wilson. Their return to the starting eleven meant, Gordon Botterill, Harry Cochrane, Connor Murray and Lewis Gibson all dropped to the bench.

The Bairns sit second in the league and travelled to Dumfries on a high following their Scottish Cup quarter final victory over Ayr, but Queens weren’t phased and took the game to them from the start, although it was the visitors who did have the first real attempt on goal when Kai Kennedy fired a free kick just wide of Dabrowski’s right hand post.

Queens were in the visitors faces and as Connelly pounced on a poor clearance from Leon McCann his right foot shot from distance was just wide. Two minutes later Connelly was again involved, this time linking up well with Euan East to work their way up the field and as the ball came out wide to Ruari Paton, the Irishman’s cross was headed out by Kieran McKechnie.

At the other end as a corner came in Dabrowksi saved from Stephen McGinn. But it was Queens on the front foot and as McKechnie won a free kick 25 yards out, Paton got his deliver on target, but it was down the middle and an easy save for Brian Kinnear.

The home side continued the pressure and Connelly had another attempt from distance, this time a left footed effort that wasn’t far away. Then with just over half an hour played, Paton did well to hold it up for McKechnie who arrived in support to win a corner. As the deliver came in from Connelly it was headed back across by East for Paton who headed over.

Ten minutes before the interval McKechnie in the middle hit a right foot shot from 20 yards that the keeper got down to save, before Queens opened the scoring. Paton and Josh Todd played some great football to set up McKechnie inside the box, he fired a shot off the inside of the post but as it came back out it took a deflection off Coll Donaldson into the net.

HALF TIME: Queens 1 Falkirk 0

Falkirk boss, John McGlynn made a trio of substitutions at half time as they tried to get a grip on the game, but the first chance of the second half came from the hosts. Paton made a break and as he slipped to McKechnie, Kinnear got down low to save.

As expected, the Bairns started to put Queens under a bit of pressure, but Gary Oliver was offside at the near post as a corner came in and Dabrowksi made a good save to stop Callumn Morrison’s powerful strike.

Falkirk couldn’t break Queens down and the home side continued to look for a second. Sub, Harry Cochrane tired to hook the ball over the defence for McKechnie but his initial ball was returned and his second attempted was headed clear by Donaldson.

As the minutes ticked down, Cammy Logan played a good ball to McKechnie who cut inside before finding Stephen Hendrie on the other side of the park, his first-time shot was wide. And the Falkirk wall did its job to block Paton’s free kick.

The visitors tried everything they could to get a point, but Finn Yeats was booked in added on time as he tried for a penalty.

A terrific all-round performance from Queens played at a high tempo saw them claim an important win with seven games remaining.

FULL TIME: Queens 1 Falkirk 0

  • Dabrowski

  • Brydon

  • McKay

  • East

  • Logan


  • Todd

  • Wilson


  • Hendrie

  • Connelly


  • McKechnie


  • Paton


  • Botterill

  • McKay

  • Cochrane


  • Murray


  • McKenna

  • Irving


  • Gibson


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Pre-match Queens: 25.Dabrowski 16.East 5.P Mckay 35.Brydon 17.Hendrie 8.Todd 4.Wilson 23.Logan 10.Connelly 18.McKechnie 7.Paton Bench: 42.Botterill 2.D McKay 6.Cochrane 11.Murray 12.McKenna 15.McGrory 20.Irving 21.McMahon 27.Gibson
Pre-match Falkirk: 1.Kinnear 3.Rowe 4.McGinn 5.Henderson 6.Donaldson 7.Morrison 15.McCann 18.Oliver 22.McKay 23.Kucheravyi 73.Kennedy Bench: 1.Morrison 9.Allan 10.Nesbitt 11.McGuffie 14.Yeats 16.Wright 19.Burrell 21.Lawal 26.Mackie
Pre-match There are 4 changes to the home side, Dabrowski returns between the sticks and Iain Wilson, Paul Mckay and Lee Connelly replace Cochrane, Murray and Gibson.
First half begins |0-0
7%27 Kai Kennedy hits an early free kick just wide. |0-0
11%27 Connelly drags a shot from distance wide. |0-0
13%27 McKechnie gets on the end of a Paton cross and heads just wide. |0-0
24%27 Paton lines up a free kick from 25 yards |0-0
24%27 He hits it down the throat of the keeper. |0-0
32%27 Paton heads over from a yard out. |0-0
34%27 Paton (QOS) is booked |0-0
40%27 GOAL QUEENS! After an excellent counter Paton finds McKechnie at the far side, he fires an effort of the far post and the ball fumbles in off Donaldson but we’ll give Kieran the goal ! |1-0
First half ends |1-0
Half Time Queens go down the tunnel a goal to the good and deservedly so. |1-0
Second half begins |1-0
46%27 SUBSTITUTION Falkirk: McGinn OFF REPLACED BY Yeats |1-0
46%27 SUBSTITUTION Falkirk: Henderson OFF REPLACED BY Nesbitt |1-0
46%27 SUBSTITUTION Falkirk: McCann OFF REPLACED BY Mackie |1-0
51%27 Queens counter quickly and Paton lays in McKechnie but his effort is saved low. |1-0
55%27 Logan (QOS) is booked |1-0
70%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Wilson OFF REPLACED BY Cochrane |1-0
70%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Connelly OFF REPLACED BY Gibson |1-0
72%27 SUBSTITUTION Falkirk: Oliver OFF REPLACED BY Allan |1-0
72%27 SUBSTITUTION Falkirk: Kennedy OFF REPLACED BY Burrell |1-0
77%27 Burrell (Falkirk) is booked for sliding in on Dabrowski. |1-0
84%27 Hendrie latches on to a loose ball and pings an effory inches wide. |1-0
85%27 McKay (Falkirk) is booked for kicking McKechnie off the park. |1-0
93%27 Yeats (Falkirk) is booked for taking a tumble in the box. |1-0
The game ends |1-0
Full Time Queens get over the line to take all 3 points. |1-0