Queen’s Park v Alloa Athletic

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Only two teams have never beaten Alloa in this year’s League 1, and Queen’s Park have endured an exceptionally bad time of recent meetings with no wins in their last 18 games against the Wasps. It was all change from Brian Rice’s team after he shuffled the deck again to assess his playing options. Sammon, Riley-Snow, Howie and O’Donnell start as Church, Boyd, Scougall and Cawley all fall to the bench from last week’s defeat against Airdrie.

It was a nervous start as Alloa were instantly opened by Luca Connell but the finish from Connor Smith was not up to the task of beating the impressive PJ Morrison in the Alloa goal. Jack Thomson was next to tee up a QP strike as his cross was almost converted by McHugh, but the rattled bar saved Alloa this time.

Euan Henderson sliced a 20 yard effort wide after Sena won the battle for the ball on the half hour mark and sent another looping effort safely into Ferrie’s hands but on the 35 minute mark Alloa should have taken the lead. Again Sena and Henderson combining but Sena’s poked effort from 8 yards was swiftly swatted aside when the Alloa striker looked to have rolled the combative midfielder in for the opener. A subsequent corner then exposed the weak defending of the Spiders but neither Sena or Howie could connect with a finish to make the breakthrough.

Charlie Fox was spared any blushes as he rattled a ball of his sitting midfielder. This gaffe almost freed Henderson who charged through on goal past the helpless Queen’s Park defenders only to try to place an effort into the bottom corner but the tameness of the shot gave Ferrie ample time to get a hand to divert.

Bob McHugh almost grabbed the opener as QP made a rare penetrating break, but again the striker cannoned his driven shot off the bar to allow the sides a goalless tally at half time.

That would soon change. 4 minutes into the second half Mark Durnan stabbed home from an exquisite in-swinging corner from Adam King that eliminated goalkeeper and defence of the Spiders for his 4th goal of the season.

Both teams probed for next goal but it was Connor Smith who sent two notable strikes at Morrison, and the Alloa keeper denied his opponent with strong hands. Substitute Steven Boyd skint Fox with an agile spin forcing a foul and the first booking of the game for the centre back but King’s free kick was simple for Ferrie.

Alloa were the architects of their own demise as Sena’s light dink proved too short for Taggart. Queen’s Park broke quickly, Darcy and McBride combined and Bolton loanee Ronan Darcy smashed a wild strike into the top corner to grab an equaliser from what previously looked like an uninspired and increasingly languid Queen’s strikeforce. Alloa would try to grab the late winner again at Firhill but Cawley saw a promising drive blocked and Boyd’s last kick of the game was not potent enough to pass Ferrie.

Queen’s Park

12Calum Ferrie Goalkeeper
3Tommy Robson 47 Defender
5Peter Grant Defender
7Louis Longridge 28 Forward
9Bob McHugh Forward
10Liam Brown 29 Midfielder
19Charlie Fox Defender 78'
22Jack Thomson Midfielder
24Michael Doyle 15 Defender
27Connor Smith 49 Midfielder
48Luca Connell Midfielder 94'
2Jake Davidson Defender
8Darren Lyon Midfielder
15Max Gillies 24 Midfielder
17Jacques Heraghty Goalkeeper
18Calum Biggar Defender
28Luis Longstaff 7 Midfielder
29Connor McBride 10 Forward
47Cameron Bruce 3 Midfielder
49Ronan Darcy 27 Midfielder 84'

Alloa Athletic

1PJ Morrison Goalkeeper
2Scott Taggart Defender
4Craig Howie Defender
5Andy Graham Defender
6Mark Durnan Defender 49'
20Cameron O’Donnell 3 Midfielder
28Blaise Riley-Snow 11 Midfielder
16Adam King 12 Midfielder
19Mouhamed Niang Defender
18Conor Sammon 9 Forward
22Euan Henderson 7 Forward
21Keir Burt Goalkeeper
7Kevin Cawley 22 Midfielder
12Stefan Scougall 16 Midfielder
11Steven Boyd 28 Forward
17Jordan Armstrong Defender
15Ross MacIver Forward
3Daniel Church 20 Defender
9Ben Armour 18 Forward


Firhill Stadium
The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill, 80, Firhill Road, Firhill, Springbank, Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland, G20 7AL, United Kingdom