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Airdrieonians 1-2 Queen's Park (agg 2-3): Spiders make history to reach Championship

Queen's Park's Simon Murray scores
Simon Murray scored the winning goal in both the semi-final and final

Queen’s Park have reached the Scottish Championship for the first time after coming from behind to beat Airdrieonians in their play-off final.

The Glasgow side have now won successive promotions in their second full season since ditching their long-held amateur status.

Rhys McCabe’s superb early curling free-kick was cancelled out by a Connor Smith strike early on.

And Simon Murray slotted an extra-time penalty for a 3-2 aggregate win.

  • Reaction & as it happened

It will be the first time Queen’s Park have played in Scotland’s second tier since it was re-organised into three divisions in 1975.

Airdrie’s absence from the second tier stretches to a ninth year after their second play-off final defeat in a row, having lost out a year ago to Greenock Morton.

Ian Murray’s side had gone into the final as strong favourites after a superb comeback win over Montrose in the semi-final and having suffered just one defeat in 18 games.

Pipped to the title by Cove Rangers, they finished 21 points and two places ahead of fourth-top Queen’s Park and had defeated the visitors four times in seven meetings this season, losing only once.

Having come from behind to secure a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Firhill, they started the brighter in front of their home fans and took the lead through McCabe, the midfielder adding to his first-leg penalty.

However, Queen’s Park, who had also won away from home to relegate Dunfermline Athletic in their semi-final, struck back when on-loan Hearts midfielder Connor Smith fired under unsighted goalkeeper Max Currie after the home side failed to clear their penalty box.

Currie saved from Luca Connell and Louis Longridge in normal time – then Murray at the start of extra time.

However, although the visitors looked to have wasted a swift break by Jack Thomson with the midfielder’s misplaced pass, Murray was pushed to the ground by Dylan Easton and the former Dundee and Hibernian striker rose to fire home the winning goal.

Murray, who had scored the opening goal in the first leg and the late winner against Dunfermline, was denied twice more by Currie before the final whistle signalled celebrations among the visiting support as they ended the season unbeaten in five games under Owen Coyle, who does not officially take charge until this summer.

  • Line-ups
  • Match Stats
  • Live Text

Line-ups

Airdrieonians

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Currie
  • 16Watson
  • 7McCabe
  • 6Fordyce
  • 3PatersonBooked at 106mins
  • 8AgnewBooked at 79minsSubstituted forKerrat 113′minutes
  • 13AfolabiSubstituted forMcGillat 77′minutes
  • 21Frizzell
  • 10EastonBooked at 79mins
  • 11SmithSubstituted forMcGillat 99′minutes
  • 9GallagherSubstituted forAllanat 90+2′minutesBooked at 115mins

Substitutes

  • 4Kerr
  • 14Allan
  • 15McDonald
  • 18Cantley
  • 19Walker
  • 20MacDonald
  • 23McGill
  • 24McGill
  • 25Devenny

Queen’s Park

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Ferrie
  • 24Doyle
  • 5GrantSubstituted forKildayat 98′minutes
  • 19Fox
  • 3Robson
  • 10Brown
  • 8LyonSubstituted forThomsonat 78′minutes
  • 7LongridgeSubstituted forMcHughat 68′minutes
  • 48ConnellSubstituted forQuitongoat 90′minutes
  • 27Smith
  • 23Murray

Substitutes

  • 2Davidson
  • 4Kilday
  • 9McHugh
  • 11Quitongo
  • 17Heraghty
  • 22Thomson
  • 28Longstaff
  • 29McBride
  • 49Darcy
Referee:
Steven McLean

Match Stats

Home TeamAirdrieoniansAway TeamQueen’s Park
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away13
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Airdrieonians 1, Queen’s Park 2.

  2. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Airdrieonians 1, Queen’s Park 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Queen’s Park. Conceded by Rhys McCabe.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Craig Watson (Airdrieonians).

  5. Post update

    Jack Thomson (Queen’s Park) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Brody Paterson (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jai Quitongo (Queen’s Park).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Queen’s Park. Conceded by Dylan Easton.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Queen’s Park. Conceded by Max Currie.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Simon Murray (Queen’s Park) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  11. Booking

    Jordan Allan (Airdrieonians) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Allan (Airdrieonians).

  13. Post update

    Jack Thomson (Queen’s Park) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Airdrieonians. Josh Kerr replaces Scott Agnew.

  15. Post update

    Goal! Airdrieonians 1, Queen’s Park 2. Simon Murray (Queen’s Park) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  16. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Dylan Easton (Airdrieonians) after a foul in the penalty area.

  17. Post update

    Penalty Queen’s Park. Simon Murray draws a foul in the penalty area.

  18. Post update

    Scott Agnew (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Robson (Queen’s Park).

  20. Post update

    Craig Watson (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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