Dumbarton 0 - 0 Queen of the South 

League - Championship
Saturday, October 1st, 2016, 3:00 PM at Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Attendance: 840
Referee: Mat Northcroft
Dumbarton v Queen of the South, Oct 1st 2016, Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Dumbarton  Queen of the South

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Gavin Skelton

Starting Eleven
Alan Martin
Darren Barr
Mark Docherty
Daniel Harvie
Craig Pettigrew
Josh Todd
David Smith
Sam Stanton
Ryan Stevenson
Joe Thomson
Robert Thomson
Lee Robinson
Andrew Downe
Darren Brownlie
Jamie Hamill
Chris Higgins
Grant Anderson
Mark Miller
Kyle Jacobs
Lyndon Dykes
Steven Rigg
Stephen Dobbie

Bench
Jamie Ewings
Garry Fleming
Donald McCallum
Andy Stirling
Jordan Marshall
Scott Hooper
Jake Pickard
Owen Moxon
Jack Leighfield
Dean Brotherston

Substitutions
Andy Stirling for Sam Stanton (73)
Garry Fleming for Joe Thomson (83)
Dean Brotherston for Grant Anderson (72)
Jake Pickard for Steven Rigg (81)

Bookings
Mark Docherty (70)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Martin (GK) 9 apps -
Darren Barr 42 apps3 goals
Mark Docherty 50 apps5 goals
Daniel Harvie 8 apps -
Craig Pettigrew 13 apps -
Josh Todd 13 apps -
David Smith 13 apps1 goal
Sam Stanton 4 apps -
Ryan Stevenson 12 apps2 goals
Joe Thomson 8 apps -
Robert Thomson 13 apps3 goals
Andy Stirling (sub) 12 apps1 goal
Garry Fleming (sub) 153 apps28 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 84 days)
Oldest Player:Ryan Stevenson (32 years 46 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 147 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 84 days)
Oldest Player:Jamie Ewings (32 years 66 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 308 days
Domestic Players:14 (93.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Mark Docherty played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

Eight league games into it, and none involving Dumbarton have had more than one goal separating the teams.

There have also been a total of 19 goals, for and against, in Sons' eight fixtures. Twelve of them have been scored or conceded in Fife.

And there have been four goals in as many matches at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium.

It all shows how closely contested this season's Championship is shaping up to be. As did this goalless stalemate with Queen of the South.

Neither keeper was beaten and, in truth, nor did they look like conceding that often. But it was engrossing, interesting, and a contest where every break of the ball had to be earned.

For Sons, the point was one they would have taken before kickoff, facing the league leaders off the back of last week's 3-2 defeat at Raith Rovers.

With a far tighter defensive display, they probably won the first half on points. After the restart they had more to deal with from the visitors, but saw it off.

They've bounced back from Kirkcaldy. Now all roads lead back to Dumbarton in a fortnight's time for the first of four fixtures which are the most important of the season for Sons and Ayr United. The ones against each other.

The first half was a slow burner, with the first clear chance coming on 22 minutes. It fell to Queens' Steven Rigg, a late replacement for the injured Derek Lyle, but he fired wide when well placed.

Sons soon turned things up and were the stronger side for the rest of the half, starting when Robert Thomson's narrow angled shot was beaten away by the keeper at close range.

Then Daniel Harvie's corner saw the ball flicked across goal and on to the post, with Darren Barr unable to put the loose ball away.

Craig Pettigrew was next to test the keeper, but that probably wasn't the plan. His cross from the right swung towards goal and was punched clear.

Early in the second half, a Sons corner almost resulted in a goal - for Queens. The visitors cleared and broke upfield, only for Alan Martin to save Rigg's header at close range.

Stephen Dobbie, back at the home of his former club 10 years after he wore the black and gold, had a subdued afternoon, but did go close with a 20 yard shot which rolled narrowly wide.

A dangerous free kick by Jamie Hamill was also just off target before Thomson headed over from Harvie's cross.

With 13 minutes left another chance fell to Rigg, but his header from six yards was wide.

The rest of the afternoon was not short of effort, but lacking in any sign that either side would snatch two late points.

So it proved. Now for the biggest game of the season so far, in two weeks' time.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

None.

Programme cover / Team sheet