Queen of the South 1 - 0 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, August 19th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Palmerston Park
Attendance: 1,348
Referee: Gavin Duncan
Queen of the South v Dumbarton, Aug 19th 2017, Palmerston Park
Queen of the South Dumbarton 

Callum Fordyce (44) None.

Team Managers
Gary Naysmith Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Alan Martin
Shaun Rooney
Callum Fordyce
Darren Brownlie
Jordan Marshall
Danny Carmichael
Kyle Jacobs
John Rankin
Chris Kane
Derek Lyle
Stephen Dobbie
Scott Gallacher
Andy Dowie
Dougie Hill
Sam Wardrop
Chris McLaughlin
David Smith
Tom Walsh
Kyle Hutton
David Wilson
Stuart Carswell
Mark Stewart

Calum Tapping
Andy Stirling
Jason Kerr
Connor Murray
Scott Mercer
Lyndon Dykes
Jamie Ewings
Calum Gallagher
Danny Handling
Chris Johnston
Christian Nade
Ally Roy

Andy Stirling for Chris Kane (61)
Connor Murray for Danny Carmichael (73)
Lyndon Dykes for Derek Lyle (73)
Christian Nade for Tom Walsh (61)
Ally Roy for David Smith (61)
Calum Gallagher for David Wilson (69)

Shaun Rooney (88) Sam Wardrop (65)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 8 apps -
Andy Dowie 8 apps -
Dougie Hill 6 apps -
Sam Wardrop 4 apps -
Chris McLaughlin 8 apps -
David Smith 50 apps1 goal
Tom Walsh 22 apps1 goal
Kyle Hutton 5 apps -
David Wilson 8 apps -
Stuart Carswell 19 apps -
Mark Stewart 8 apps1 goal
Calum Gallagher (sub) 14 apps1 goal
Ally Roy (sub) 8 apps1 goal
Christian Nade (sub) 35 apps12 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Chris McLaughlin (19 years 155 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 156 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 255 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Chris McLaughlin (19 years 155 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 156 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 288 days
Domestic Players:16 (94.12 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

David Smith played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

COME the end of April, this game, as a spectacle, won't be remembered.

Exciting it wasn't. But it could be important.

A share of the points would not have been entirely unfair. But an opportunist piece of attacking play by Queen of the South's Callum Fordyce made the difference.

At a ground where they won twice last season, Dumbarton battled alright, but were punished for a lack of end product.

In 90 minutes, they went from being unbeaten to winless in this season's Championship.

At such an early stage in the season there is definitely no panic after the first league defeat. But the warning signs for the games to come were obvious.

The old saying that goals win games has rarely been more true.

Sons sustained their first blow before kick off, when Craig Barr withdrew from the warm-up. Dougie Hill was restored at centre half, with Kyle Prior replacing him among the substitutes.

You couldn't accuse the first half of being all-action. Huffing and puffing and hard work were there in plentiful supply; clear chances weren't.

The first incident resembling a goal for either side came on 29 minutes when Stephen Dobbie made space at a narrow angle only for Scott Gallacher to smartly turn his shot wide.

Sons then forced their first opening five minutes from half time when neat play by David Wilson and Mark Stewart played in Tom Walsh.

But Alan Martin was equal to the forward's effort.

The game was meandering towards a blank half time scoreline. All Dumbarton had to do was see a corner clear.

They couldn't, as Fordyce rose highest to head home Jordan Marshall's delivery from the right.

All was not lost for Sons. Their second Palmerston success last season was secured from behind, and they had the wind advantage after the restart.

Only they didn't. The elements dictated that in the second half, the wind no longer blew towards the empty terracing to the left of the Sons support.

However, they did start strongly, with David Smith cutting in from the left, only for his shot to fail to unduly trouble Martin.

Then Marshall headed off the line from Dowie. It looked as if an equaliser was coming if Sons could keep the pressure on.

But they couldn't as Queens ramped things up. Indeed, it was another goal line clearance, by Chris McLaughlin from John Rankin, that prevented a second goal.

Gallacher then denied Dobbie at close range for the second time in the game after the striker was played through on goal.

Substitute Connor Murray also forced a save from Gallacher, while his fellow replacement Lyndon Dykes broke through only for his shot to roll past.

In that time, a Hill header which missed the target from a McLaughlin free kick was all Dumbarton could drum up. The late first half/early second half momentum had gone.

And so had at least a point.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton

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