Match Report

Hit by further injuries and illness Manger Marvin Bartley had to make four enforced changes to the side that faced Cove. Harry Cochrane, Jordan Houston, Kyle Doherty, and Daniel Church all missed out. Which meant, Kyle McClelland returned from injury in defence while, Lee Connelly joined Gavin Reilly up front. There were also starts for Oscar MacIntyre and Alex Ferguson.

With the visitors top of the table it was going to be a tough afternoon, but Queens made the first attempt to get into the box and after just two minutes there was a claim for handball, but referee Craig Napier waved play on.

However, with just 11 minutes on the clock, the table toppers took the lead. Winning a free kick just outside the box, Ethan Ross delivered into the 6-yard box and Tom Lang rose above the rest to head post Gordon Botterill.

Three minutes later, Calvin Miller was given too much space on the left and he drove the ball across the face of goal. Falkirk were enjoying the pressure and a ball in from the right this time was headed just past the post but Ross MacIver.

A minute later Layton Bisland played a long ball forward looking for MacIver, but Botterill collected.

For a second time, Queens claimed for handball outside the box when Nicky Hogarth appeared to be out of the area when he picked up the ball but again nothing was given.

Queens were now fired up and looking for the equaliser and midway through the first half, a good move ended with Josh Todd hitting a left foot shot but Hogarth came out to block from close range. Minutes later Queens did find the leveller, Ferguson showed great skill on the wing to hold off the challenge from Liam Henderson before cutting the ball across for Reilly who beat Hogarth from inside the six-yard box.

It was an entertaining game being played in cup tie style and at the other end, Ross played in a corner for Henderson to get on the end off. His attempt was deflected for another corner and this time the defender headed over.

With just over half an hour played, youngsters Ferguson and MacIntyre who were both giving an outstanding performance combined to set up Kieran McKechnie. Unfortunately, it didn’t come to anything and seconds later, Reilly wasn’t far away as he headed towards goal, but it was just inches past the post.

At the other end Henderson had a header at the back post blocked and as Queens broke up field, MacIntyre crossed from the left, but it had too much power on it for anyone to connect.

Reilly who had been booked for a challenge on Miller had to leave the field after suffering a leg injury in the tackle. His replacement Jake Hutchinson with his first touch of the game crossed from the right looking for Connelly but the ball was saved by Hogarth.

Three minutes before the break, MacIntyre and Todd linked up well with the latter getting the ball across to force a corner. McKechnie provided the delivery as Efe Ambrose headed wide.

And in added on time, McKechnie played a free kick into the box that was missed by McClelland but fell for Todd and as he played it back across, Hutchinson was just off target.


HALF TIME: Queens 1 Falkirk 1


The visitors made a quick start to the second half, winning a corner in the opening thirty seconds, it was played short by Ross and as he got it back, he whipped the ball into the area, but Lang’s header was turned out for a second set piece that came to nothing.

As Falkirk looked to regain the advantage, Queens were resolute in defence and Ambrose headed clear before, Botterill had a scary moment with a back pass.

Queens weathered that early pressure after the break and on the hour mark MacIntyre took the ball on his chest before playing a neat back heel pass down the touchline for Todd. The former captain was being pulled around by Finn Yates, but he managed to break free and the ref who looked like he was going to book Yates and give a free kick played the advantage, Todd got the ball in, but his cross was blocked for a corner.

The home side had really regained their composure and were taking the game to John McGlynn’s side, Connelly was just inches away from giving Queens the lead, but his effort was turned away by Hogarth at the bottom corner.

With fifteen minutes remaining, Botterill made a terrific save when at full stretch he got both hands to the ball to stop Aidan Nesbitt’s shot.

As play moved back to the other end, McClelland headed Lewis Gibson’s free kick wide of the upright. Queens were battling hard and as Cammy Logan showed grit and determination, he set up Hutchinson, but it was turned out for a corner.

In the closing stages, Harvey Walker played the ball down the channel for Hutchinson to chase, again the big striker’s effort was turned out for a corner. Lewis Gibson’s in swinging delivery was headed clear at the near post. Before Walker again used his pace to win another corner, but Queens couldn’t make it count.

There were to be no further goals and both sides had to settle for a point.


FULL TIME: Queens 1 Falkirk 1

  • Botterill

  • Logan

  • Ambrose

  • McClelland

  • MacIntyre

  • McKay

  • McKechnie


  • Ferguson


  • Todd

  • Connelly


  • Reilly


  • Stone

  • Church

  • McGuffie


  • Hutchinson


  • Johnstone

  • Gibson


  • Walker


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Pre-match Queens: 1.Botterill 5.McKay 7.McKechnie 8.Todd 9.Reilly 10.Connelly 15.McLelland 17.Ferguson 19.MacIntyre 23.Logan 24.Ambrose
Pre-match Queens Subs : 31.Stone 3.Church 11.McGuffie 14.Hutchinson 27.Gibson 28.Johnstone 30.Walker
Pre-match Falkirk: 31.Hogarth 2.Lang 3.McCann 5.Henderson 6.Donaldson 11.Agyeman 14.Yeats 17.MacIver 20.Bisland 23.Ross 29.Miller
Pre-match Falkirk Subs : 1.Long 8.Spencer 9.Allan 10.Nesbitt 18.Oliver 21.Lawal 26.Mackie
Pre-match Four changes to the starting line up for Queens : Jordan Houston, Daniel Church, Harry Cochrane and Kyle Doherty all out.
Pre-match So, Lee Connelly, Alex Ferguson and Oscar MacIntyre start along with Kyle McLelland who returns from injury.
First half begins |0-0
3%27 Queens claim for a handball at the edge of the box, the referee plays on. |0-0
5%27 With Harry Cochrane injured, Paul McKay takes the captains armband. |0-0
11%27 Goal Falkirk. Lang the scorer |0-1
12%27 Free kick played in by Ethan Ross headed past Botterill by Lang to give Falkirk the lead. |0-1
14%27 Chance for Falkirk by Calvin Miller. Left foot drive across the face of the goal. |0-1
18%27 Another chance for Falkirk. Ross MacIver heads it just past the post. |0-1
20%27 Nicky Hogarth appears to pick up the ball outside the box, nothing given. |0-1
22%27 Chance for Queens. Josh Todd outside the 18 yard box, left foot shot saved by Hogarth. |0-1
23%27 GOAL QUEENS! Reilly the scorer |1-1
25%27 Ferguson skips his marker on the right, plays the ball across the face of the goal for Reilly to score. |1-1
30%27 A corner Falkirk, Ethan Ross. The ball finds Henderson at the back post, deflected for another corner. Henderson heads it over this time. |1-1
32%27 Good play by Ferguson out to MacIntyre played back across and knocked out by McKechnie. |1-1
32%27 Another chance for Queens, Reilly heads out just past the post. |1-1
34%27 Reilly (QOS) is booked |1-1
39%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Reilly OFF REPLACED BY Hutchinson |1-1
42%27 Good play by MacIntyre and Todd gives Queens a corner. |1-1
43%27 Ambrose heads the ball wide. |1-1
47%27 Chance for Queens. Mckechnie free kick missed by McLelland and picked up by Todd then knocked wide by Hutchinson. |1-1
First half ends |1-1
Second half begins |1-1
46%27 SUBSTITUTION Falkirk: Bisland OFF REPLACED BY Spencer |1-1
49%27 Quick start to the second half by Falkirk. Short corner whipped in by Ross, Lang’s header turned out for another corner but comes to nothing. |1-1
61%27 Chance for Queens. Lee Connelly through on goal, inches away from scoring. |1-1
63%27 SUBSTITUTION Falkirk: Ross OFF REPLACED BY Nesbitt |1-1
63%27 SUBSTITUTION Falkirk: Agyeman OFF REPLACED BY Lawal |1-1
76%27 What a save by Botterill. Full stretch to turn away the shot by Nesbitt. |1-1
77%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Connelly OFF REPLACED BY Walker |1-1
77%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Ferguson OFF REPLACED BY McGuffie |1-1
78%27 Chance for Queens. A free kick headed just wide by McLelland. |1-1
81%27 SUBSTITUTION Falkirk: MacIver OFF REPLACED BY Allan |1-1
88%27 Walker uses his pace to win a corner. |1-1
89%27 Gibson plays it in, Hogarth collects it. |1-1
95%27 Queens take a point against the league leaders with it finishing 1-1. Thank you for your support. |1-1
The game ends |1-1