Freak goal and poor finishing leaves Queens deep in relegation trouble
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