Scottish Championship round-up: Rangers held at Alloa
By Peter Gilbert
Last Updated: 13/02/16 6:27pm
Rangers dropped two points in their march towards the Scottish Championship title after they were held to a surprise 1-1 draw by relegation battlers Alloa Athletic.
Jason Marr opened the scoring for Alloa but the hosts' hopes of securing their first-ever league victory over Rangers were dashed when Michael O'Halloran levelled with seven minutes remaining.
Martyn Waghorn, Danny Wilson and James Tavernier were all kept out by former Rangers keeper Scott Gallacher, while Harry Forrester and Jason Holt hit the woodwork in the first half for the dominant visitors.
Rangers had a shout for a penalty when Lee Wallace's cross hit Steven Hetherington's arm but the referee waved away the appeals.
Andy Halliday almost breached the home defence shortly before the break when he found Holt in the box, but Colin Hamilton made a super last-ditch tackle.
Holt and Forrester came close to breaking the deadlock following the restart while Dougie Hill had Alloa's first shot on target on the hour mark.
From the resulting corner Alloa took the lead against the run of play when Marr nodded home from just outside the six-yard box on 61.
Gallacher denied Forrester, Billy King , Wilson and O'Halloran, but the latter levelled with a left-footed shot following a corner to score his first goal since moving from St Johnson.
Rangers pushed forward in search of a winner but Gallacher kept out two late efforts from Tavernier to secure a precious point for the rock-bottom Wasps.
Falkirk's hopes of catching second-placed Hibernian suffered a blow after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Raith Rovers at home.
Blair Alston opened the scoring on 14 but Falkirk's lead last only two minutes before James Craigen levelled.
David McCracken restored Falkirk's lead with a header shortly afterwards but Mark Stewart found the target against his former club on 68 to secure a point for Raith, who had Kyle Benedictus sent off on 83.
Greenock Morton defeated Dumbarton 2-0 to secure their first win in the leave since November.
Joe McKee and Declan McManus both hit the woodwork while Thomas O'Ware forced Jamie Ewings into action as the hosts made a bright start.
Dumbarton counterpart Andy McNeil kept out Gregor Buchanan to keep the scores level but Denny Johnstone opened the scoring on 64.
McKee then doubled Morton's lead two minutes from time before Buchanan came close to snatching a consolation strike from 35 yards out.
Queen of the South claimed a 1-0 win over St Mirren to move into the Scottish Championship play-off places.
Derek Lyle and Ryan Conroy were all kept out by Buddies goalkeeper Jamie Lanfield.
St Miren responded through Sean Kelly, Stephen Mallan and Calum Gallagher but James Atkinson stood firm.
However, Alex Harris found the winner on 65 and was denied a second by the post.
David Clarkson hit the cross bar for the visitors, who had Stevie Mallan sent off in injury time after he picked up two bookings.