Dumbarton 0 - 1 Queen of the South 

League - Championship
Saturday, December 7th, 2013, 3:00 PM at Bet Butler Stadium
Attendance: 824
Referee: Brian Colvin
Dumbarton v Queen of the South, Dec 7th 2013, Bet Butler Stadium
Dumbarton  Queen of the South

Goalscorers
None. Iain Russell (15)

Team Managers
Ian Murray Jim McIntyre

Starting Eleven
Jamie Ewings
Andy Graham
Scott Linton
Aaron Barry
Paul McGinn
Hugh Murray
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Chris Turner
Mark Gilhaney
Kevin Smith
Mitch Megginson
Zander Clark
Chris Mitchell
Kevin Holt
Ian McShane
Mark Durnan
Chris Higgins
Stephen McKenna
Paul Burns
Derek Lyle
Michael Paton
Iain Russell

Bench
Stephen Grindlay
Scott Smith
Nicky Phinn
Ally McKerracher
Colin Nish
Bryan Prunty
Steven McDougall
Jim Atkinson
Kevin Dzierzawski
Patrick Slattery
Gavin Reilly
Andy Dowie
Ryan McGuffie
Dan Orsi

Substitutions
Bryan Prunty for Mitch Megginson (60)
Colin Nish for Kevin Smith (63)
Steven McDougall for Jordan Kirkpatrick (73)
Kevin Dzierzawski for Michael Paton (21)
Gavin Reilly for Derek Lyle (75)

Bookings
Bryan Prunty (71)
Paul McGinn (83)
Chris Mitchell (39)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 47 apps -
Scott Linton 15 apps1 goal
Aaron Barry 19 apps -
Paul McGinn 34 apps2 goals
Andy Graham 55 apps4 goals
Jordan Kirkpatrick 13 apps2 goals
Chris Turner 48 apps7 goals
Mark Gilhaney 126 apps25 goals
Hugh Murray 11 apps -
Mitch Megginson 20 apps6 goals
Kevin Smith 13 apps2 goals
Steven McDougall (sub) 44 apps6 goals
Bryan Prunty (sub) 100 apps36 goals
Colin Nish (sub) 15 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Barry (21 years 18 days)
Oldest Player:Hugh Murray (34 years 342 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 97 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ally McKerracher (17 years 168 days)
Oldest Player:Hugh Murray (34 years 342 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 171 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Bryan Prunty played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.

DUMBARTON lost out to Queen of the South in a tough, physical, sometimes stolid game at the Bet Butler Stadium.

Overall, the Sons enjoyed more possession throughout the match, but for some significant periods — especially in the first half — they were stretched and outpaced by the visitors.

Speaking immediately after the game, gaffer Ian Murray commented: “We are frustrated more than anything. It was a poor game and a poor goal that won it.

“We huffed and puffed and gave it our best shot but we didn't create enough.

“I thought it was a very, very scrappy game from the first minute to the last.

“It is hard to be too critical of the players because they have given us everything so far.”

Players and officials gathered in the centre circle before kick-off to share in a minute's applause to celebrate life of Nelson Mandela — a gesture shared in other football grounds across the country.

Kevin Smith replaced Bryan Prunty up front for this game. Otherwise the side was the same as the one that had drawn 1-1 against Alloa Athletic in midweek.

Both sides had early half-chances when the game got underway.

Burns saw a header go over the bar for the Doonhamers.

Then Sons' Jordan Kirkpatrick cleared off the line from Durnan after Lyle headed a corner back across the area. Queen of the South were enjoying too much time.

At the other end, Kirkpatrick struck his effort wide and into the fencing behind the goal.

On 15 minutes, Queens went ahead, and it was ex-Son Iain Russell who played the largest part in inflicting the damage.

He fired a shot towards the net. Dumbarton captain Andy Graham was unable to do anything other than deflect it past 'keeper Jamie Ewings for what turned out to be the only goal of the game.

Sons pressed back. Kevin Smith almost created an unusual equalizing chance as he beat Queens goalie Clark to the ball. He lobbed the 'keeper, but Clark got back to the ball just in time.

The Doonhamers were still looking confident, and at times dominant. Durnan headed wide from a corner. Sons were still appealing for a foul against Chris Turner, giving their opponents too much time once more.

Jamie Ewings showed his worth when he pushed a Mitchell free-kick round the post, before a McKenna drive from range went just wide. He also got down well to save from Lyle.

At half-time the Doonhamers were still a goal in front, and could have been even further ahead but for sharp reactions from the Sons 'keeper.

After the break, Dumbarton began to show a little more endeavour. Scott Linton had a shot from distance deflected high and into Clark's hands.

There were few clear opportunities for either side — as much a comment on lack of inventiveness up front as on defensive prowess, it might be said.

On the hour Sons boss Murray decided to freshen things up, bringing on Bryan Prunty to replace Mitch Megginson, who had actually looked quite sharp up front.

A few minutes later the gaffer decided to take Kevin Smith off, giving Colin Nish a chance to show what he had to offer.

A free-kick from Jordan Kirkpatrick missed everyone and bounced into the hands of the Doonhamers' 'keeper.

Prunty then flicked a good Nish cross towards goal, but to no avail.

The game developed a slightly angry edge when Prunty and Russell clashed a couple of times.

But though he clearly felt that he was more sinned against than sinning, it was the current Dumbarton striker, rather than the ex-Son, who ended up in the referee's book.

Steven McDougall came on to replace the busy Kirkpatrick on 73 minutes, in the final substitution of the game for Dumbarton.

Perhaps Sons' best chance of the game came 12 minutes from the end, when Prunty hit the ball just wide of the Queens post from the edge of the area after a neat Nish flick.

However, the visitors held on to claim all three points. Indeed they almost snatched a second goal when Ewings was caught off his line in time added on.

It was a disappointing and rather dull afternoon for the men from the Rock.

Match report by Simon Barrow

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Programme cover / Team sheet