Freak goal and poor fin­ish­ing leaves Queens deep in rel­e­ga­tion trou­ble

The Galloway News - - MOTORS -

AL­LOA ATH­LETIC ....................................... 1 QUEEN OF THE SOUTH ............................. 0 Stephen Tem­lett The in­abil­ity to de­fend a rou­tine cor­ner and take ad­van­tage of a host of chances has left Queens fac­ing a do- or- die scrap at the bot­tom of the Cham­pi­onship.

A freak goal from Steven Hether­ing­ton gave Al­loa a cru­cial win to lift them three points above Queens who are only above the rel­e­ga­tion play-off spot due to a su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence over Falkirk.

With Partick This­tle bot­tom, just a point be­hind and with a game in hand, the Doon­hamers must find a way to re­place the goal threat of the in­jured Stephen Dob­bie as well as keep­ing the back door shut in their three re­main­ing games

In-form Al­loa posed the first threat in the 13th minute when Iain Flan­ni­gan floated a cor­ner into the box and Liam Dick’s back heel flick went just wide.

Then it was Jack Aitchi­son’s turn to have a go, his fierce shot rat­tling the post be­fore the re­bound was thumped clear by Kyle Ja­cobs.

Af­ter sur­viv­ing the early on­slaught, Queens grew into the game and in the fi­nal 10 min­utes of the first half should have been out of sight.

Firstly, Lyn­don Dykes got the break of the ball but as he charged through one on one with the keeper, he fired his ef­fort off Neil Parry in the Al­loa goal.

A minute later, an­other chance fell his way af­ter a good de­liv­ery from Josh Todd but again the shot was poor and Parry saved. Scott Mercer caught the re­bound but he also failed to test Parry.

With the game goal­less at the break, Queens came out pos­i­tively af­ter the restart and within a minute had a great chance to go ahead. Jordan Mar­shall ran down the left be­fore cut­ting into the box and aim­ing for the bot­tom cor­ner. He kept it low but Parry did well to turn it out for a cor­ner.

Queens looked like they could play all day and never score and they were made to regret those missed op­por­tu­ni­ties af­ter 73 min­utes as Al­loa scored a bizarre goal.

Hether­ing­ton played in a cor­ner and, with Jack Leigh­field blocked, the ball was held up in the strong wind. Andy Gra­ham was at the front post and as Dar­ren Brown­lie, who was be­hind him de­cided to duck, the ball took a bounce in­side the box and found its way into the net.

Dykes had fur­ther chances but headed and then shot over and Parry again saved from the Aus­tralian.

Deep in in­jury time, Fraser Aird’s free­kick was headed on to Andy Stir­ling at the back post but he couldn’t turn the ball past Parry and hit the side net­ting with the fi­nal kick of the game.

Up for it But Dykes can’t get to the ball as Al­loa clear

Stretch to stop Leigh­field pulls off a great save to keep Queens in the game

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