Queen’s Park v Alloa Athletic

3 - 4
Full Time

KO KO 1 14 35 42 45 45 49 54 68 71 71 75 86 88 90 92 FT

Highlights

Alloa faced an unbeaten, top of the table Queen’s Park on an uncustomarily Super Sunday.

Alloa named emergency keeper Wright to replace the suspended Hutton. Robertson was preferred at left back and Howie started in midfield as Alloa shuffled around injuries. Sammon also leads the line as Henderson drops to the bench from last week’s loss to Peterhead.

Alloa’s talisman took no time to warm up as Kevin Cawley fired the Wasps ahead after an incisive move down the right within 35 seconds. Alloa were impressive at the back and methodical in attack but they left a gaping hole for Bob McHugh to rifle into the bottom corner in the 35th minute.

After the break Alloa started brightly, but this time Queen’s Park punished them with another precision through ball freeing McHugh, who finished coolly to send the Spiders into the lead. Alloa would not wait long to react to the setback as minutes later Craig Howie converted Scougall’s corner with a header to draw the Wasps level.

The game almost turned into tennis with both sides creating an end to end spectacle – if the pitch resembled a well used, damp and severely cut up Centre court. Both had golden opportunities – Trouten leaning back as he blazed a Taggart cutback over and Alloa putting everything on the line to deny Queen’s Park before Murray could only rattle an effort high into the sky.

Queen’s Park almost made the breakthrough with Luca Connell smashing the post from range but it thankfully bounced off Wright’s post and away from danger. Connell would get what was assumed to be the winner on the 89th minute as Alloa were punished from their own corner. Longridge sprinting past everyone – rounding the keeper in the process and squaring past the penalty spot for the youngster to smash home.

But up steps another youngster; on-loan Hearts forward Euan Henderson. After an advanced throw-in was aimed to Durnan – the skipper flicked a headed layoff to Henderson – He converted low into the bottom corner and Alloa were level. But this game still had plenty to offer and a minute later Charlie Gilmour lobbed one in behind for the pacy striker to punish. Staying on his feet despite a heavy Queen’s Park challenge and up against Muir for the winner, Henderson slotted the ball into bottom corner to complete a euphoric comeback and give Alloa all three points after one of the best contests of a game of football you’ll see in years.

Queen’s Park

1Willie Muir Goalkeeper
3Tommy Robson Defender
4Lee Kilday Defender
7Louis Longridge Midfielder
9Bob McHugh Forward 35', 49'
10Liam Brown 14 Midfielder
19Charlie Fox Midfielder
21Grant Gillespie 48 Midfielder 45'
22Jack Thomson Midfielder
24Michael Doyle Defender 42'
27Connor Smith 23 Forward
2Jake Davidson Defender
14Lewis Moore 10 Midfielder
16Callum Yeats Defender
23Simon Murray 27 Forward
28Luis Longstaff Midfielder
48Luca Connell 21 Midfielder 88'
12Calum Ferrie Goalkeeper

Alloa Athletic

1Kieran Wright Goalkeeper
2Scott Taggart Defender
23Fernandy Mendy Defender
6Mark Durnan Defender
8Jon Robertson Midfielder
15Charlie Gilmour Midfielder 14'
4Craig Howie Defender 54'
12Stefan Scougall 10 Midfielder
11Steven Boyd Forward 86'
7Kevin Cawley Midfielder 1'
18Conor Sammon 22 Forward
21Keir Burt Goalkeeper
3Daniel Church Defender
20Cameron O’Donnell Midfielder
10Alan Trouten 12 Midfielder
16Adam King Midfielder
14Mark Lamont Midfielder
22Euan Henderson 18 Forward 90', 92'