‘It’s amazing’ – Queen’s Park advanced to the Championship after a play-off win over Airdrie

Queen’s Park players celebrate promotion to the Championship after play-off win over Airdrie. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

The sides went into the game 1-1 after the play-off first leg, but it was the Spiders who emerged victorious to move up one by one since they gave up amateur status and played full-time two years ago.

Airdrie drew the first blood as Rhys McCabe rolled in a superb free-kick from 25 yards to delight the home crowd. Queen’s weren’t long behind as Connor Smith capitalized on loose possession before equalizing.

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Both teams were pushing for a winner in regulation time, but neither could find one and the game went into 30 minutes of overtime.

Simon Murray is fouled by Airdries Dylan Easton for the penalty kick at Queen’s Park. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

Eight minutes from time the all-important winner came when Murray was stomped to the ground by Dylan Easton in the penalty area. The former Hibs forward stepped up and smashed the ball past goalkeeper Max Currie to seal promotion and sentence Airdrie to another League One season.

New manager Owen Coyle sat in the Queen’s dugout before officially taking over next month, but it was interim boss John Potter, appointed in January after Laurie Ellis was sacked, reflecting on the club’s historic achievement.

“It’s amazing,” Potter said. “It’s a great team effort by staff and players. There’s been a lot of change at the club this year and they’ve had to hang it up at times, but we’ve managed to do that and perform when it really mattered.

“I thought we were the better team today. We deserved to win and are happy about the promotion.”

As for staying with Queen, Potter added: “We’ll see. We sit down and talk. I loved my time here. There are good players and good people at the club and of course the coach is there too. We’ll see what happens in the next while.”

Queen captain Michael Doyle admitted he was “overwhelmed” after the final whistle, adding: “We finished fourth so we had to fight the hardest to get here. [Airdrie] Finished 21 points ahead of us, that just goes to show how good they’ve been all season. But when I went into it, I said to the guys, if you can take it with panache, that’s all it takes.

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Matthew Hallett

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