Match Report

Queens earned a point at second placed Falkirk in an entertaining 2-2 draw. A brace from Stephen Dobbie was enough to set up a fifth placed encounter with Dunfermline next week.

Gary Naysmith made three changes from last week`s 2-1 home defeat to Dumbarton.  Scott Mercer, Lyndon Dykes and Dan Carmichael came into the starting eleven in place for Connor Murray, Dale Hilson and Connor McManus.
Falkirk boss Peter Houston came into the match to cement their second position in the Championship.  The Bairns side was littered with former Queen of the South players.  Goalkeeper Robbie Thomson, Lewis Kidd, Mark Kerr and John Baird started with Bob McHugh on the bench.
Fancy dress final away day
The hosts started the brightest and won a free-kick, a couple of yards from the penalty box when centre-back Darren Brownlie fouled Nathan Austin on 3 minutes.
Ex-Queens striker Baird fired a free kick towards goal that was deflected out for Falkirk`s first corner of the match. Luke Leahy rose highest at the back post to direct the ball towards goal, but his header ended on top of Lee Robinson`s net. 
Brownlie stays down to deflect the effort from Baird wide
The Bairns continued to pressure the Queens defence early doors and after a succession of corners they had another chance to take the advantage but Craig Sibbald`s set piece into the box was too heavy for Baird and Peter Grant.
Queens battled the storm and were rewarded on 9 minutes. A quick throw-in from Carmichael went over the head of right-back Kidd to Dykes and the forward burst into the penalty box and cut back to Stephen Dobbie, who travelled at least 50 yards to get in the position and finished past Thomson for his 25th goal of the season.
Goal maker and goal taker celebrate
Houston`s men immediately set out looking for an equaliser with a number of attacks on the Queens goal. The home side drew level on 31 minutes when Austin headed home from close range after the ball broke back to him from a Mercer clearance. 
Austin beats his former team mate Mercer to equalise
Lee Robinson pulled off a terrific full-stretch save to deny left-back Luke Leahy`s headed effort on the stroke of half time.
Robinson keeps the ball out of the goal
Austin follows up with a knee into Robinson
After the restart it did take a while for both teams to settle with little chances to note. Both sides made changes on the hour mark. Winger Dom Thomas replaced Joe Thomson whilst Falkirk made a double substitution with McHugh and Fraser Aird replacing Lewis Kidd and John Baird.
Striker Austin claimed for a penalty moments later but referee Crawford Allan wasn`t interested.
The Doonhamers made their second change of the afternoon, with right-back Mercer replaced by Callum Tapping. The midfielder has been floored with an injury for the majority of the season. Kyle Jacobs reverted to right-back position for the remainder of the match.
Tapping avoids a nasty challenge
The match needed something to spark it into life and on 71 minutes when referee Allan pointed to spot after he deemed Robinson brought down Austin. The decision infuriated the travelling support and players, all claiming no contact was made.
Dumfries born defender Aaron Muirhead hammered home the penalty and celebrated in front of the 199 Queens fans.
Muirhead beats Robinson from the spot
But it was the Queens support who`d be celebrating seven minutes later when Thomas was given time and space to measure a cross from the left side and Dobbie got in between Leahy and Grant to place a great header into the left corner. The goal took his league goalscoring total to 19- level with Hibernian`s Jason Cummings.
A flying Thomson cant deny Dobbie his second
Dobbie thanks Thomas for the perfect setup
The former Blackpool hitman could`ve grabbed a hat-trick on 86 minutes but he dragged his shot wide. 
Two minutes from the end McHugh had the ball in the net but the assistant referee`s flag went up. It was a tight call with Peter Houston claiming in his post-match press conference that he was level.
Queens earned a point at Falkirk for the second time this season, with the same 2-2 scoreline.
Naysmith`s men will face Allan Johnston`s Dunfermline side next week for a battle for fifth place in the Championship.

  • Robinson

  • Mercer


  • Brownlie

  • Higgins

  • Marshall

  • Thomson


  • Rankin

  • Jacobs

  • Carmichael

  • Dobbie

  • Dykes


  • Atkinson

  • Dowie

  • Hilson

  • McManus

  • Tapping


  • Thomas


  • Murray

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14:47 Qos Team : 1.Robinson 3.Marshall 5.Brownlie 6.Higgins 8.Rankin 11.Dobbie 14.Jacobs 15.Thomson 24.Mercer 25.Dykes 39.Carmichael
14:47 Qos Subs : 4.Dowie 10.Hilson 17.McManus 22.Tapping 23.Thomas 27.Murray
14:48 Falkirk xi; Thomson, Kidd, Leahy, Muirhead, Taiwo, Kerr, Baird, Sibbald, Grant, Austin, Craigen.
14:49 Falkirk subs; Rogers, McCracken, McKee, Miller, McHugh, Shepherd, Aird.
15:00 The players are out and we`re moments from kick-off.
2 min Brownlie fouls the attacking Austin and gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position.
3 min Baird`s low free-kick is deflects out for a corner.
3 min Yellow Card : Brownlie
4 min Falkirk are causing problems for the Queens defenders and win another corner.
9 min GOAL QUEENS. Dobbie the scorer - Falkirk 0:1 QOS
10 min Queens break away with Dykes and he squares to Dobbie who scores his 25th goal of the season.
19 min Falkirk are pushing forward for an equaliser and win a flurry of corners but just can`t hit the back of the net.
31 min Goal Falkirk. Austin the scorer - Falkirk 1:1 QOS
32 min And we`re level here at Falkirk Stadium after Austin heads in the equaliser.
33 min Yellow Card : Higgins
38 min Robinson makes a superb save to deny Leahy.
54 min Carmichael whips in a corner and Thomson collects. Still 1-1.
60 min Substitution : McHugh on for Baird
60 min Substitution : Thomas on for Thomson
61 min Substitution : Aird on for Kidd
64 min Substitution : Tapping on for Mercer
69 min Penalty to Falkirk.
69 min Robinson brings down Austin in the box and the referee points to the spot. Queens fans and players are not happy with the decision.
70 min Goal Falkirk. Muirhead the scorer - Falkirk 2:1 QOS
73 min Muirhead hammers home the penalty to give the Bairns the lead.
77 min GOAL QUEENS. Dobbie the scorer - Falkirk 2:2 QOS
79 min Dobbie gets his second of the afternoon with a great finish.
86 min Substitution : McHugh on for puts the ball in the back of the net but the assistant had his flag up. Still 2-2.
89 min Yellow Card : Muirhead
16:50 FULL TIME - Falkirk 2:2 QOS
16:51 Queens draw 2-2 away to Falkirk for the second time this season.