Penalty pain again for Queens

Doon­hamers out of cup af­ter spot-kick shoot-out

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - SPORT -

class with a lovely chip from around 20 yards which clipped the cross­bar.

That was the start of Queens find­ing their feet, al­though it was the feet of McFad­den that got in the way of fin­ish­ing a great move. The at­tack­ing mid­fielder carved an open­ing and prob­a­bly should have had a go him­self but tried a back­heel flick to find team-mate Stephen Dob­bie and in­stead be­came tan­gled.

It was not a great first half for the Doon­hamers but they came out fight­ing af­ter the break and, with Dob­bie and McFad­den com­bin­ing, the lat­ter’s left foot shot curled just wide.

Mid­way through the sec­ond half, Rooney was inches from find­ing the break­through, this time on the end of a McFad­den corner. The big de­fender’s header was goal-bound but Hol­land cleared off the line.

Five min­utes later, the right back’s pow­er­ful shot flew ag­o­nis­ingly over as the 90 min­utes ended goal­less.

Clean through one on one with the home keeper, Dob­bie looked cer­tain to add to his tally but dragged the ball wide in­stead.

Gary Nay­smith changed things around and re­ally pushed for the win­ner. Just into the sec­ond pe­riod of ex­tra time it was the turn of the im­pres­sive McFad­den to turn the ball wide of the post when he looked odds on to score.

Then, with two min­utes re­main­ing, the for­mer Mother­well man was in­censed his claim for a penalty was de­nied when his shot ap­peared to hit the hand of a de­fender inside the box.

Queens had dom­i­nated ex­tra time but could not find a win­ner and the tie was to be set­tled on penalty kicks.

The first four tak­ers, Mullen and Ryan Brobbel for New Saints and Derek Lyle and Dob­bie for Queens all missed.

With the next six scor­ing, Chris Seargeant, Alex Dar­ling­ton and Wes Fletcher for the home side, Kyle Ja­cobs, McFad­den and Cal­lum Fordyce for Queens, it was into sud­den death and time for the home keeper, Paul Har­ri­son to shine.

He stepped for­ward to con­vert his own penalty be­fore sav­ing from Andy Stir­ling to send his side through to the semi-fi­nals. Dykes in the thick of it

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