A late extra-time winner brought jubilation for Falkirk and agony for Queen of the South as the Bairns took one step closer to the Premiership.

The visitors hit the front through Bob McHugh, but Falkirk made it 2-1 on the day thanks to efforts from Rory Loy and Craig Sibbald

And as penalties seemed imminent, Blair Alston bagged the winner for Falkirk.

The Bairns now face Hamilton Academical over two legs in the play-off semi-final.

The winner of that tie will face Hibernian in the final.

Jim McIntyre's Queens held a 2-1 advantage from the first leg but their goalkeeper Zander Clark was under pressure from the off as Loy and Connor McGrandles looked lively for Bairns.

The Palmerston side grew into the game and after a free-kick from Iain McShane, Falkirk goalkeeper Michael McGovern produced a brilliant fingertip save.

And McHugh got his third goal of the tie out of nothing. A cross into the box cannoned off Will Vaulks and on-loan Motherwell player McHugh was on hand to fire home on the volley.

Johnny Flynn should have levelled before the break but blasted over from a good position.

Rory Loy scores for Falkirk against Queen of the South

Loy (number 33) rattled home Falkirk's equaliser after the break

Falkirk kept the pressure on after the interval and restored parity on the day through Loy's sweeping strike after dogged work by Flynn.

And the Bairns got the crucial second when Sibbald netted with the deftest of touches.

He took advantage of an inviting delivery and, despite Queens' protests that there had been a foul on their goalkeeper, Sibbald played on and glanced a header into the corner.

The aggregate score was now level and Queens' Daniel Carmichael rattled an effort off the post before McHugh headed over from just yards out.

In extra-time, Loy had his head in his hands when, after a fine passage of play, he rounded Clark only to take one touch too many and allowed the goalkeeper time to get back and block.

Carmichael then went close with a right-foot effort and it looked like spot-kicks would be needed to separate the sides.

But up popped Alston to fire home from Scott Shepherd's assist to send the home fans into a frenzy.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Falkirk

  • 01 McGovern
  • 06 Vaulks
  • 03 Kingsley (Dick - 94' )
  • 35 Millar Booked (Durojaiye - 97' )
  • 34 McCracken
  • 05 Flynn
  • 08 Alston
  • 11 McGrandles
  • 33 Loy
  • 07 Beck (Shepherd - 109' )
  • 10 Sibbald

Substitutes

  • 04 Durojaiye
  • 12 Bowman
  • 15 Dick
  • 18 Small
  • 19 Leahy
  • 30 Bia Bi
  • 31 Shepherd

Queen of the South

  • 01 Clark Booked
  • 02 Dowie (Young - 73' )
  • 03 Holt Booked
  • 08 McShane
  • 05 Durnan
  • 06 Higgins
  • 10 Kidd Booked (Dzierzawski - 119' )
  • 04 Kerr
  • 09 McHugh (Lyle - 94' )
  • 07 Carmichael
  • 11 Russell

Substitutes

  • 12 Atkinson
  • 14 Lyle
  • 15 Young
  • 16 Dzierzawski
  • 17 Hooper
  • 18 Slattery
  • 19 Smith
Ref: Calum Murray
Att: 4,427

Match Stats

Shots

12 13

On target

9 4

Corners

16 5

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Falkirk 3, Queen of the South 1.

120:00 +2:03

Second Half Extra Time ends, Falkirk 3, Queen of the South 1.

120:00 +0:40

Attempt saved. Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

118:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queen of the South. Kevin Dzierzawski replaces Lewis Kidd.

117:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Falkirk 3, Queen of the South 1. Blair Alston (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Shepherd.

116:37

Attempt saved. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

115:47

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Zander Clark.

115:36

Attempt saved. Conor McGrandles (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

114:06

Foul by Will Vaulks (Falkirk).

114:06

Mark Durnan (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

113:45

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Chris Higgins.

113:18

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Chris Higgins.

111:00

Scott Shepherd (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

110:58

Foul by Kevin Holt (Queen of the South).

110:06

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Chris Higgins.

108:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Falkirk. Scott Shepherd replaces Mark Beck.

108:00

Attempt saved. Iain Russell (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

106:47

David McCracken (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

106:47

Foul by Mark Durnan (Queen of the South).

106:09

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Will Vaulks.

105:00

Second Half Extra Time begins Falkirk 2, Queen of the South 1.

105:49

First Half Extra Time ends, Falkirk 2, Queen of the South 1.

104:37

Attempt missed. Ian McShane (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

101:20

Attempt missed. Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

100:57

Attempt saved. Mark Beck (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

100:30 Booking

Booking Lewis Kidd (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

100:11

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

100:11

Foul by Lewis Kidd (Queen of the South).

96:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Falkirk. Olumide Durojaiye replaces Mark Millar.

93:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queen of the South. Derek Lyle replaces Robert McHugh.

93:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Falkirk. Liam Dick replaces Stephen Kingsley.

92:39

Attempt missed. Derek Young (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:08

Attempt saved. Mark Millar (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00

First Half Extra Time begins Falkirk 2, Queen of the South 1.

90:00 +2:23 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Falkirk 2, Queen of the South 1.

90:00 +2:10

Attempt missed. Derek Young (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

90:00 +1:38

Foul by Will Vaulks (Falkirk).

90:00 +1:38

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:36

Foul by Conor McGrandles (Falkirk).

90:00 +0:36

Kevin Holt (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:19

Foul by David McCracken (Falkirk).

86:19

Mark Durnan (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:36

Rory Loy (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:36

Foul by Chris Higgins (Queen of the South).

85:09

Attempt missed. Mark Kerr (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

84:46

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Stephen Kingsley.

79:08

Attempt missed. Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

76:52

Attempt missed. Robert McHugh (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

72:56

Mark Kerr (Queen of the South) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.

72:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queen of the South. Derek Young replaces Andy Dowie.

72:06

Foul by Will Vaulks (Falkirk).

72:06

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:51 Booking

Booking Zander Clark (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

69:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Falkirk 2, Queen of the South 1. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rory Loy.

69:00

Mark Beck (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:41

Foul by Mark Durnan (Queen of the South).

68:19

Foul by Blair Alston (Falkirk).

68:19

Kevin Holt (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:13

Attempt missed. Conor McGrandles (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

66:05

Attempt missed. Mark Millar (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

63:09 Booking

Booking Mark Millar (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

63:00

Ian McShane (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:56

Foul by Mark Millar (Falkirk).

59:03

Delay in match Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk) because of an injury.

58:27

Mark Millar (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:27

Foul by Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South).

57:16

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by David McCracken.

55:30

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Andy Dowie.

53:30

Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:30

Foul by Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South).

52:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Falkirk 1, Queen of the South 1. Rory Loy (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor McGrandles.

52:00

Blair Alston (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:57

Foul by Ian McShane (Queen of the South).

51:27

Will Vaulks (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:27

Foul by Iain Russell (Queen of the South).

51:08

Foul by Mark Millar (Falkirk).

51:08

Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:28

Attempt saved. Blair Alston (Falkirk) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:24

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Mark Kerr.

45:00

Second Half begins Falkirk 0, Queen of the South 1.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Falkirk 0, Queen of the South 1.

41:19

Foul by David McCracken (Falkirk).

41:19

Andy Dowie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:36

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Mark Kerr.

40:14

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

39:32

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Chris Higgins.

38:50

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

38:05

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Chris Higgins.

35:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Falkirk 0, Queen of the South 1. Robert McHugh (Queen of the South) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

33:10 Booking

Booking Kevin Holt (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

33:03

Conor McGrandles (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:03

Foul by Kevin Holt (Queen of the South).

31:03

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

30:50

Attempt saved. Ian McShane (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

30:06

Foul by David McCracken (Falkirk).

30:06

Robert McHugh (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:37

Foul by Will Vaulks (Falkirk).

28:37

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:03

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Zander Clark.

23:16

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Chris Higgins.

22:29

Blair Alston (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:29

Foul by Ian McShane (Queen of the South).

18:54

Attempt saved. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:19

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Andy Dowie.

15:50

Mark Beck (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:50

Foul by Mark Durnan (Queen of the South).

14:32

Attempt missed. Robert McHugh (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

13:43

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Stephen Kingsley.

11:35

Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is too high.

11:16

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

10:45

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Mark Kerr.

10:15

Foul by Kevin Holt (Queen of the South).

10:15

Conor McGrandles (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:00

Foul by Chris Higgins (Queen of the South).

6:00

Rory Loy (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:13

Foul by Robert McHugh (Queen of the South).

2:13

Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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