Penalty pain again for Queens
Doonhamers out of cup after spot-kick shoot-out
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