Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

QOS (1) v Dumbarton (2)

Saturday 3rd December 2016, Kick Off 3pm

Ladbrokes Championship

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.

Queen of the South : Robinson, Hamill, Dowie, Brownlie, Marshall, Anderson (Lyle, 63), Millar (Moxon, 66), Pickard, Carmichael, Dobbie, Dykes. Subs - (unused) Higgins, Hooper, Atkinson, Bell, Brotherston

Dumbarton : Martin, Smith, Buchanan, Barr, Harvie, Todd, Stirling (Lyden, 93), J Thomson, Stevenson (McCallum, 85), Fleming (Pettigrew, 79), R Thomson. Subs - (unused) Brown, Crawford

Referee : Gavin Duncan. Attendance : 1261

Alan Findlay