Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

QoS (1) v Dumbarton (0)

Saturday 7th November 2015, Kick Off 3pm

Ladbrokes Championship

THE potential was always there. The finish wasn't, and while Sons lost the game, the performance was encouraging.

On a day when Dumbarton's fans had to travel the long road to Dumfries under their own steam, they were nearly rewarded.

At the end of the 90 minutes, Sons trailed to Paul Heffernan's goal for Queen of the South. The free header five minutes into the second half was a soft one to concede, but over the bigger picture, a draw would have been fair.

It was nearly earned when Kevin Cawley's low drive from the edge of the area, in the last minute of the 90, hit the post.

It was almost salvaged when Willie Gibson's injury time shot wriggled out of keeper Robbie Thomson's grasp only for the goalie to claw it back and save.

Sons were justifiably disappointed that the breaks didn't come their way; it was a good effort against a full-time team.

Four minutes was all it took for them to make an impression — and perhaps feel they should have been in front.

Gregor Buchanan's header from Calum Waters' free kick was saved at point blank range. The ball came back into the area, but the keeper got in the way of Eamonn Brophy's effort.

Later, the ball broke for Grant Gallagher in a goalmouth scramble only for his shot to roll wide. Queens responded with Derek Lyle's header which was straight at Mark Brown.

Ten minutes from half time came a spell where both teams were sharing chances one minute after the other, rendering it incredible that the scoresheet remained blank.

After Jamie Lindsay sliced an effort wide at the end of an impressive counter attacking move, Heffernan's header was saved by Brown, who then kept out Lyle again.

Then think Gallagher and you think Gazza at Euro 96. He flicked the ball skilfully over two defenders but the finish wasn't there as he shot over.

The succession of opportunities wasn't finished, but it was when Brophy beat the Queens defence on the edge of the area only for his shot to go narrowly wide.

As well as those chances were created, none of them hit the net. More often than not, there's a price to pay for that.

And five minutes into the second half a free header afforded to Heffernan six yards out to meet a cross from the right put Sons behind.

Steven Ross was then unmarked to head for goal on 62 minutes but his header only found the terracing behind the goal. Brophy's shot from distance also tested the keeper but he was up to it.

After Garry Fleming shot over, Queens could have sealed it with seven minutes remaining. Aidan Smith's vicious shot struck the crossbar, with Lyle shooting over from the rebound.

When that happens at 1-0, the game sometimes has '1-1, injury time equaliser' written all over it. Unfortunately for Sons, someone forgot the marker pen.

Their luck was summed up through Cawley's low drive at the end of ordinary time, and then Gibson's effort.

However, their overall performance did restore some confidence and they will be keen for the next fortnight to pass before Raith Rovers are their next opposition.

Queen of the South: Thomson; Kidd, Brownlie, Higgins, Millar, Lyle (Pickard 80), Russell (Conroy 67), Hutton, Heffernan (Smith 74), Marshall, Oliver. Subs: Atkinson; Harris, Jacobs, Coogans.

Dumbarton: M Brown; Docherty (Gibson 78), Buchanan, Gallagher, Barr, Waters, Routledge, Lindsay (Cawley 78), S Brown, Ross (Fleming 67), Brophy. Subs: Ewings; Kirkpatrick, McCallum, Hopkins.

Referee: Alan Muir.

Crowd: 1,465.

Andy Galloway