Queen of the South 1 - 2 DumbartonLeague - Championship
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, 3:00 PM at Palmerston Park
Referee: Gavin Duncan
|Queen of the South||Dumbarton|
|Derek Lyle (80)||
Ryan Stevenson (31)
Garry Fleming (pen.) (42)
|Jim Thomson||Stevie Aitken|
Derek Lyle for Grant Anderson (63)
Owen Moxon for Mark Millar (66)
Craig Pettigrew for Garry Fleming (78)
Donald McCallum for Ryan Stevenson (84)
Ross Lyden for Andy Stirling (90)
|Mark Millar (43)||
Darren Barr (23)
Appearances & Goals To Date
|Alan Martin (GK)||17 apps||-|
|Darren Barr||49 apps||3 goals|
|Gregor Buchanan||56 apps||2 goals|
|Daniel Harvie||15 apps||-|
|David Smith||21 apps||1 goal|
|Ryan Stevenson||19 apps||3 goals|
|Andy Stirling||20 apps||1 goal|
|Garry Fleming||161 apps||31 goals|
|Joe Thomson||14 apps||1 goal|
|Josh Todd||21 apps||-|
|Robert Thomson||21 apps||4 goals|
|Craig Pettigrew (sub)||17 apps||-|
|Donald McCallum (sub)||31 apps||4 goals|
|Ross Lyden (sub)||1 app (debut)||-|
|Youngest Player:||Daniel Harvie (18 years 147 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Ryan Stevenson (32 years 109 days)|
|Average Player Age:||25 years 269 days|
|Domestic Players:||10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)|
|Youngest Player:||Ross Lyden (16 years 238 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Mark Brown (35 years 287 days)|
|Average Player Age:||25 years 61 days|
|Domestic Players:||15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)|
First Team Debuts
|Ross Lyden||(Signed August 1st, 2016)|
A week is a long time in politics as it is in football.
Sons victory at Palmerston moved Stevie Aitken's team up a place to eighth in the Ladbrokes Championship.
Arguably Dumbarton scored against the run of play when Ryan Stevenson fired a spectacular left-footed shot into the top corner from 25 yards. It was a stunning strike and surely a contender as goal of the season.
Garry Fleming then converted a penalty for the visitors after Jamie Hamill pushed Robert Thomson right in front of ref Gavin Duncan
Derek Lyle netted with 10 mins to go and gave Queens hope but Sons hung on to grab three precious points.
The home side started the game with intent and it wasn't long before Alan Martin was tested in the Sons goal.
Mark Millar pulled a shot wide before Stephen Dobbie had an attempt saved by Martin.
On 23 minutes Sons skipper Darren Barr received a yellow card when he brought down Dykes who was bearing down on goal.
Six minutes later Alan Martin saved bravely to deny Queen's Anderson who found himself one on one with the big Sons stopper.
Then came the fireworks from Stevenson.
Collecting the ball in midfield he ambled towards goal before unleashing an unstoppable left-foot drive which sailed past 'keeper Robinson.
Martin then produced another wonder stop in 36 minutes before Garry Fleming's shot from distance just went wide.
Sons doubled their lead in 42 mins when Robert Thomson was pushed by Hamill in the Queens box. Penalty.
Fleming stepped up and blasted home with a high shot, scoring his 30th goal for Dumbarton.
The second half got underway with the home side having plenty possession but no cutting edge.
Resolute defending, led by captain Darren Barr ably assisted by Buchanan, Smith and Harvie kept Queens at bay.
But the Doonhamers persistence paid off in 80 minutes when the ever busy and impressive Dobbie guided a cross which found sub Lyle at the back post and in turn he helped the ball past Martin and into the net.
A nervy last ten minutes for Sons was to follow and there were a few scares as Queens pressed for the equaliser.
But Dumbarton hung on to record a second successive away league victory.
Match report by Alan Findlay
Photography by Donald Fullarton