A sneaky final goal by Sean Burns in extra time gave a point apiece for Arbroath and Queens Park today at Gayfield putting Arbroath safely into the play-offs.
The home side looked a little shaky to begin with and the Spiders set the tone with an early shot by Shaun Rooney.
Goalkeeper Marc McCallum gathered it safely and Arbroath settled in to pace of the match.
A tackle in the 10th minute resulted in Queens Park losing key player Shaun Rooney as he was carried off, replaced by Conor McVey.
Possession was avidly fought by both until Simon Murray sprinted towards the Spiders box. He slips it past ‘keeper William Muir for a joyful opener for the Lichties.
Well positioned and with the boost they needed, Arbroath took the reigns and dashings of their former competence began to show through.
By the half time whistle the score had not changed.
It was a rather uneventful second half with neither ‘keeper bothered until Murray started to push hard into the box. His efforts remained fruitless and Queens Park were determined to bring it back.
The long awaited Maroons defence, sought all season, finally appeared staving off John Carter and Ross McPherson.
It eventually broke in the 92nd minute evening out the score.
“A draw was a fair result,” said stand-in manager, Todd Lumsden. “We defended resolutely and we can’t ask any more of the players. They did brilliantly.”
The first leg of the play-offs is scheduled for May 9.