Match Report

A SUBLIME free-kick from Dom Thomas boosted Queens` play-off chances at Dumbarton.

There was major doubts if the match would take place due to the heavy rainfall during the week and the lasting impact of the Beast of the East but miraculously the Dumbarton groundsmen did a tremendous job to get the pitch in a reasonable condition.
Naysmith admires the work of the Dumbarton groundstaff
Gary Naysmith made three changes from our goalless draw against Dunfermline. The most notable return was Derek Lyle, his first start since November, to partner ex-Sons hitman Stephen Dobbie up front. Right back Scott Mercer and Joe Thomson replaced Shaun Rooney and captain John Rankin.
In the Dumbarton`s ranks were three former Doonhamers. Popular forward Iain Russell, midfielder Kyle Hutton and stopper Andy Dowie all started for the Irn-Bru Cup finalists. 
The visitors started the brighter and had the first shot on goal in the opening minutes of play. Dobbie did well to outsmart his marker on the edge of the box but his shot took a deflection off a Sons defender and was stopped comfortably by Scott Gallacher.
Naysmith`s men looked to have settled well into the tough conditions as they created another opportunity to test Gallacher. Dobbie`s  superb diagonal went over the head of the defence into the path of Lyndon Dykes but as the wide man controlled the ball he lost his footing on the soft surface and couldn`t get his attempt away.
Only seconds later Queens had another chance to take the lead this time through the returning Lyle but again his effort was collected by the keeper. Gallacher was soon in action again as he stabbed away a long range Dobbie strike. 
Next up to trouble Gallacher was from Mercer when his cross-come-shot from the right was tipped out for a corner
Mercers effort is touched away by Gallacher
On 11 minutes on the clock Queens did the ball in the back of the net but as fans were celebrating, referee Finnie ruled out Kyle Jacobs` close range goal. The midfielder was deemed to have handled the ball in the area.
Jacobs received a booking for his punched goal
Stevie Aitken`s side finally got into the match through ex-Hibs man Danny Handling but his 25-yard effort flashed wide of Jack Leighfield`s right-hand post.
On 26 minutes the great chances for Dumbarton continued but thankfully Leighfield made a superb save from Kevin Nisbet. The rebound fell to ex-Stranraer left back Liam Dick and his shot from six yards was cleared off the line by Darren Brownlie.
Leighfield makes a great save
The hosts continued to pepper the Queens box but were wasteful with another opportunity following a breakaway that saw three Sons attackers against two defenders. Handling was the one who ballooned a chance from close range.
The half time whistle came at the right time for the visitors and they used it to their advantage by getting out of the blocks quickly. Thomas was fouled just outside the area and lined up to take the free-kick.
The on-loan Kilmarnock winger hit a powerful free-kick and found its way into the bottom corner of the net to the delight of the travelling Doonhamers.
Thomas strikes the free kick......... Gallacher and ............
It could`ve been two goals in a matter of minutes for the visitors when Dobbie chipped Gallacher from the edge of the box but his effort bounced off the bar and out of play.
On 65 minutes Dumbarton had a golden chance to equalise when Handling`s free-kick hit the wall and the referee pointed to the spot. The ref deemed Dobbie to have handled the ball and booked the stand-in Queens captain.
Penalty awarded as the ball hits Dobbies arm from the free kick
A penalty kick that Nisbit will have nightmares about.
It was Nisbet who took the responsibility of taking the penalty kick but he hit his attempt over the bar and on the left hand side. It really was one of the worst spot-kicks all of time. 
The Sons continued to press and Leighfield made a few superb saves to deny Dumbarton`s advances.
The game continued to move end to end  but neither side was able to add to the score sheet, in spite of another strong but unheeded Sons penalty shout near the end.
In added time substitute Nikolay Todorov was through on goal but his tame effort was saved by the keeper.
Queens held on to their victory and are now right back in play-off contention. Queens host Dundee United on Tuesday night.

  • Leighfield

  • Mercer

  • Fordyce

  • Brownlie

  • Marshall

  • Thomas

  • Thomson

  • Jacobs

  • Dykes


  • Lyle


  • Dobbie


  • Lyle

  • Cameron


  • Rankin


  • Todorov


  • Murray

  • Fergusson

  • Beerman

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14:30 Qos Team : 3.Marshall 4.Fordyce 5.Brownlie 9.Lyle 10.Thomas 11.Dobbie 12.Thomson 14.Jacobs 20.Leighfield 24.Mercer 25.Dykes
14:30 Qos Subs : 6.Cameron 8.Rankin 15.Todorov 17.Murray 18.Fergusson 23.Beerman 34.Lyle
2 min Dobbie’s shot is deflected into the hands of the keeper.
5 min Dobbie plays a superb ball to Lyndon. But he can’t get his shot away
6 min Lyle nearly scores for Queens and straight after Dobbie has a long range attempt saved by the keeper
10 min Mercer’s cross has to be palmed out by the keeper
10 min Yellow Card : Jacobs
11 min Jacobs booked for we presume a handball.
12 min The ball was in the back of the net but referee Finnie disallows the goal and books Jacobs.
13 min Handling tries his luck from distance but flashes wide of the post
15 min Dumbarton win a corner
18 min Great chance for the hosts but Leighfield makes two good stops.
26 min Great chances for Dumbarton as Leighfield makes a superb save from Nisbet. Dick hits a shot which is cleared off the line by Brownlie
26 min Great skill from Dobbie as he finds Thomas in the box but his shot is saved.
28 min Handling misses a great chance for Sons. Still0-0
Half Time HALF TIME - Dumbarton 0:0 QOS
47 min Thomas fouled just outside the box. Defo Dobbie range
47 min GOAL QUEENS. Thomas the scorer - Dumbarton 0:1 QOS
48 min Well thomas took the free kick and smashed his Low effort into the back of the net. WOOOOO
49 min Dobbie this time dinks a shot onto the bar.
62 min Thomson fires over a long range shot
65 min Yellow Card : Brownlie
66 min Referee has gave a penalty
66 min Dobbie booked for handball
68 min Nisbet misses the penalty. Honestly one of the worst pens I’ve ever seen.
73 min Substitution : Todorov on for Lyle
73 min Yellow Card : Dykes
74 min Dowies shot is well saved by Leighfield
80 min Substitution : Rankin on for Dykes
83 min Leighfield makes a superb save to deny FRoxylias
89 min Substitution : Cameron on for Thomas
90+2 min Todorov is through on goal but is saved by the keeper. Dumbarton now attacking
16:50 FULL TIME - Dumbarton 0:1 QOS