Dumbarton 4 - 2 Queen of the South 

League - Championship
Tuesday, April 12th, 2016, 7:45 PM at CID Stadium
Attendance: 573
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Dumbarton v Queen of the South, Apr 12th 2016, CID Stadium
Dumbarton  Queen of the South

Christian Nade  (4)
Tom Walsh (48)
Christian Nade  (50)
Garry Fleming (pen.) (86)
Iain Russell (28)
Alex Harris (43)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken James Fowler

Starting Eleven
Jamie Ewings
Mark Docherty
Steven Saunders
Frazer Wright
Gregor Buchanan
Jon Routledge
Tom Walsh
Garry Fleming
Jamie Lindsay
Christian Nade
Kevin Cawley
Robbie Thomson
Andy Dowie
Darren Brownlie
Chris Higgins
Alex Harris
Mark Millar
Iain Russell
Kyle Jacobs
Callum Tapping
Jake Pickard
Dale Hilson

Mark Brown
Darren Barr
Calum Waters
Scott Taggart
Grant Gallagher
Donald McCallum
Paul Heffernan
Lewis Kidd
Ryan Conroy
Andy Murdoch
Owen Moxon
Gary Oliver
Aidan Smith
James Atkinson

Grant Gallagher for Kevin Cawley (65)
Paul Heffernan for Christian Nade (77)
Scott Taggart for Jamie Lindsay (81)
Gary Oliver for Alex Harris (71)
Lewis Kidd for Kyle Jacobs (76)
Andy Murdoch for Callum Tapping (84)

Kevin Cawley (43)
Callum Tapping (38)
Chris Higgins (41)
Dale Hilson (84)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 74 apps -
Frazer Wright 28 apps -
Gregor Buchanan 33 apps1 goal
Mark Docherty 35 apps2 goals
Steven Saunders 23 apps3 goals
Jamie Lindsay 25 apps -
Jon Routledge 35 apps -
Tom Walsh 12 apps1 goal
Garry Fleming 139 apps26 goals
Christian Nade 11 apps6 goals
Kevin Cawley 36 apps3 goals
Grant Gallagher (sub) 34 apps4 goals
Scott Taggart (sub) 53 apps2 goals
Paul Heffernan (sub) 4 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Tom Walsh (19 years 280 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 120 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 145 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Donald McCallum (19 years 202 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 120 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 104 days
Domestic Players:15 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Tom Walsh scored his first goal for the Club.

DIG in or dig a big hole for yourself.

That was what was facing Dumbarton at half time, trailing 2-1 to Queen of the South.

And in the second half, they dug in as in really dug in. This vital game in hand over Livingston did not just end in victory; it was won out of the park.

Christian Nade opened the scoring, but Iain Russell and Alex Harris put the Doonhamers in front. At that point, the gap between Sons and Livi would stay at two points with only one game more to play.

They had to deliver. So they did. Tom Walsh got his first goal for the club, Nade headed his second of the game, and Garry Fleming sealed it from the spot.

In real style, Dumbarton ended the evening with clear daylight between themselves and second-bottom spot.

They are now five points ahead. By the time the BBC Alba cameras stop rolling on Saturday, it could be eight points with victory over Raith Rovers.

Should that be the case, Sons will seal a place in next season's Championship with a third consecutive home win against St Mirren on Saturday, April 23.

They may only need to win one of those two games if Queens can stop Livingston winning at Palmerston while Dumbarton play the Buddies.

But when you have lost only once at home in 12 outings, why not aim to do the job yourself?

With Sons' home record, they were confident going into this game, despite not having beaten Queens at home in the league for 24 years.

And the perfect start was made after five minutes when Nade intercepted a slack goal kick and ran in to slide the ball home.

However, the visitors, although playing for nothing, fought back. Jamie Ewings stopped Mark Millar's free kick from creeping in at the far post, before Dale Hilson was put through only for the keeper to save at close range.

On 25 minutes Fleming had almost an identical chance to Hilson, but had the same result, as the keeper blocked his effort.

And two minutes later Queens were level. A free kick was only headed to the edge of the area where Russell was waiting to thrash home.

Then right on half time, with the match becoming a scrap, a big blow came Sons' way.

Harris saw off the challenge of the defence on the edge of the area and fired home his third goal against Sons in two games.

The response in the second half now had to be good. Within five minutes of it, Sons delivered one emphatically.

Two minutes was all they needed to level after the restart. A visiting defender's attempted clearance instead broke to Walsh, who cut into the area and bent home an outrageous finish.

Then on 50 minutes Nade connected with Mark Docherty's corner and, via a couple of minor deflections, found the net.

Docherty's set pieces were to be a recurring theme in the second half. Two free kicks which he delivered into the area were met by Steven Saunders, but neither could find the target.

Walsh and Saunders were kept out by the visiting keeper in quick succession, the latter from another Docherty delivery, as Sons looked to get it done and dusted.

They were almost handed another setback when Callum Tapping got a sight of goal, but Ewings was equal to his effort.

And with five minutes remaining, Gregor Buchanan clashed with Jake Pickard in the area as the Sons defender went for an overhead kick. Penalty it was.

Had Nade still been on the pitch, and on a hat-trick, the discussion between him and Fleming over who was taking the kick may have been a sight to see.

But with the Frenchman now watching from the bench, the stage was free for Sons' regular penalty taker to bury the spot kick.

The points were safe. With Morton having done them a favour by beating Livi on Saturday, Dumbarton's part of the bargain was delivered.

The 2016/17 Championship Sons' fifth consecutive season in the second tier is not clinched yet, but is in sight. It deserves to be after a fightback like this.

Match report by Andy Galloway


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