Late penalty double bill at Palmerston
Queens grab point in added time drama
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH ............... 1 FALKIRK .......................................... 1 It was a late, late show at Palmerston on Tuesday night.
Both sides were awarded a penalty in injury time as the fans witnessed a crazy end to an important game.
A flurry of hail before kick off made for icy conditions with a few players struggling to get to grips with the surface early on.
Falkirk should have taken the lead after 24 minutes. Mark Waddington got the ball across to Aaron Jarvis who was yards from goal. Jarvis’ first shot wasn’t well hit and was saved by Jack Leighfield. He should have netted the rebound but Andy Stirling cleared the ball off the line.
It was a wake-up call for Queens at the back which they seemed to heed as they weren’t as soft a touch for the rest of the game.
Ian McShane came very close to putting the Bairns ahead a minute before the break when his free kick flashed just wide.
After 65 minutes, Deimantas Petravicius found himself in on goal but he took too long to shoot and when he did Jordan Mashall dived to block.
And with 15 minutes to go Iain Wilson, who came on for Ian McGrath, let rip from 25 yards out and forced Harry Burgoyne into a great diving save.
Queens were inches from winning three points five minutes from time.
The ball fell to Dobbie and the exBlackpool frontman whipped his shot at goal. The ball deflected off the shin of William Edjenguele, off the crossbar and it bounced over the goalline.
Then disaster struck in the 92nd minute.
A controversial free kick from Falkirk was fired into the box and the ball hit Lyndon Dykes’ arm as he tried to clear.
The referee pointed to the spot and Davis Keillor-Dunn scored the penalty. He ran into the away fans, some of whom had spilled onto the pitch, and removed his shirt and found himself sent off.
But right from the restart the improbable happened. Queens charged forward, Dykes got the ball in the box and was brought down by Edjenguele and Barry Cook pointed to the spot again.
In the 96th minute and with the penultimate kick of the ball Stephen Dobbie scored to raise the roof off Palmerston.