Match Report

Queens made a huge stride towards play-off football with a 3-0 statement win over Dumbarton.

Goals from Iain Russell, Derek Lyle and a wonderstrike from Kevin Holt lifted the Doonhamers three points above their opponents with two games remaining.

Queens destroyed the Sons 3-1 when the two teams faced off back in March but this time around a lot more was on the line as the two sides faced each other on level points and gunning for promotion.

Heading in to the match, McIntyre`s men had lost two games in four days against Falkirk and Raith and they set out to ensure they didn`t get beat three games in a row for the first team this season.

Queens set up in an attack minded 4-3-3 with Michael Paton and Iain Russell supporting Derek Lyle up front, however it was the home side who had most of the early pressure.

Dumbarton had corner after corner and a few efforts on goal in the opening 15 minutes but Queens stubbornly defended and prevented an early disaster at the Bet Butler Stadium.

Then, from a seemingly innocuous Zander Clark punt up the field, a defensive mix-up seen Iain Russell one-on-one with Dumbarton `keeper Jamie Ewings and the Queens forward headed the ball over him and launched Queens in to the lead on 17 minutes. It turned out to be Queens` only effort on goal in a first half which was controlled by the Sons.

Russell heads goalward

First goal delight for Russell


The home side thought they had found an equaliser after 25 minutes through Colin Nish as the tall forward had the ball in the back of the net but the flag was up for offside - much to the delight of the Queens fans in attendance. 

The Palmerston side also had a few more let-offs in the first half as chances fell to Linton, Kane and Kirkpatrick but they all failed to really test Zander Clark. 

The half time whistle was a good sign for Queens as they could take a vital lead going in at the break and look to add to that in the second period - and cause Dumbarton more problems.

And they did just that on 52 minutes as Derek Lyle rounded the Ewings in the Dumbarton goal and tapped the ball home for Queens second of the afternoon but, in reality, that goal is only half the story. Moments before, Zander Clark was in a one-on-one situation with Sons stiker Chris Kane who looked destined to put the home side level from eight yards out. However, Clark closed down the angle superbly and denied the forward a surefire equaliser before Andy Dowie through himself in front of goal to deny Dumbarton a goal. Then, a quick out ball to Iain Russell was made and he then found Derek Lyle who slotted home.

Zander makes the save that turned the game


The goal may go down as Lyle`s but the assist is well and truly down to Clark, who turned the game from a potential 1-1 scoreline in to a two goal lead and from there Queens never looked back.

Less than 15 minutes after the second Queens added the games third and final goal through a beautifully struck volley from Kevin Holt. The ball dropped to the left back 25 yards out and he caught the ball sweetly on the volley and found the top corner expertly and give Ewings no chance to even get a fingertip on the ball.

Great skill from Holt as he flicked the ball up and volleyed it home


Queens made a couple of changes in the following five minutes, most notably the reintroduction of Derek Young after a long period on the sidelines.

From there, Queens started to slowly close out the game with Russell helping create a few more half-chances and the Queens winger was on top form all day causing problems for the Sons back four.

Dumbarton tried to find a way back in to the game and once again Kane and Prunty had chances which they should have done better with but Queens played out the game in a professional manner and sealed a huge three points with a three goal victory.

Queens have the upper hand in the battle for the fourth place play-off spot and next week they welcome Livingston to Palmerston Park knowing that if they match - or even better - Dumbarton`s result they will be gunning for a spot in the Premiership.

Dumbarton host league leaders Hamilton next Saturday as the play-off battle looks set to go down to the wire.

  • Check the Queens website tomorrow to hear Jim McIntyre`s thoughts on a vital win for his side.

  • Clark

  • Mitchell

  • Durnan

  • Dowie

  • Holt

  • Burns

  • Kerr


  • McShane


  • Paton

  • Lyle

  • Russell


  • Atkinson

  • Carmichael


  • McKenna


  • Young


  • Dzierzawski

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14:15 Today`s team news for Queens V Dumbarton on the way...
14:17 Queens Starting 11: Clark, Mitchell, Holt, Dowie, Durnan, Burns, Russell, McShane, Kerr, Paton, Lyle
14:21 Queens substitutes: Atkinson, Carmichael, McKenna, Young, Dzierzawski, Higgins, Kidd
14:29 Dumbarton Starting 11: Ewings, McGinn, Linton, Graham, Gilhaney, McLaughlin, Megginson, Kane, Night, Turner, Kirkpatrick
5 min Dumbarton apply some early pressure with a dangerous corner but Queens deal with it.
8 min Queens look to have set up in an attack-minded 4-3-3 this afternoon.
11 min No real chances in the opening ten minutes with both sides looking cagey in such an important match.
12 min Kirkpatrick comes close for the home side from a corner - taken by himself!
16 min Linton`s free kick evades the whole of the box and goes inches by the post - huge let-off for Queens.
16 min GOAL QUEENS! Russell the scorer - Dumbarton 0:1 QOS - Dumbarton 0:1 QOS
17 min Russell makes the most of a mix-up at the back for Dumbarton and heads the ball home!
21 min Queens are looking a lot sharper after scoring the opener with Russell causing more problems for the Sons.
24 min Colin Nish has the ball in the back of the net for the home side but the flag is up for offside!
26 min Megginson blasts the ball past the post after beating Holt and Dowie, Dumbarton are pushing hard for the equaliser.
29 min Some handy link up play between Nish and Kane earns Dumbarton another corner but once again Queens clear their lines.
42 min Another corner for the home side and more pressure Queens have to deal with.
44 min Less than 5 minutes left in the first half and Queens still maintain their one goal lead despite a lot of pressure from the Sons.
Half Time HALF TIME - Dumbarton 0:1 QOS
Half Time Iain Russell`s goal separates the two sides at the half way stage.
50 min Chris Kane has the first decent chance of the second half. The Dumbarton forward should have done better.
51 min GOAL QUEENS! Lyle the scorer - Dumbarton 0:2 QOS - Dumbarton 0:2 QOS
52 min A fantastic save from Zander Clark and Queens go down the other end and double their lead through Derek Lyle!
58 min Yellow Card : Durnan
62 min Iain Russell continues to cause problems for the Dumbarton defenders, standout for the Doonhamers today.
64 min Dumbarton bring on Scott Agnew to replace Jordan Kirkpatrick.
65 min GOAL QUEENS! Holt the scorer - Dumbarton 0:2 QOS - Dumbarton 0:2 QOS
66 min GOAL QUEENS! Holt the scorer - Dumbarton 0:3 QOS - Dumbarton 0:3 QOS
66 min Holt scores a wondergoal as he volleys from 25 yards out to make it 3-0 to Queens!
68 min Zander Clark makes another great save from McLaughlin as The Sons look for a way back in to the game
69 min Substitution : Young on for McShane
70 min Substitution : Carmichael on for Lyle
76 min Yellow Card : Paton
81 min 10 minutes to go at the Bet Butler Stadium as Queens look to close the game out with a 3-0 lead.
86 min Substitution : McKenna on for Kerr
90+2 min A free kick for Queens in.the dying seconds goes to waste.
16:48 FULL TIME - Dumbarton 0:3 QOS
16:49 3 goals and 3 points for Queens with a vital win in this year`s play-off race.
16:50 Match report and reaction on the website to follow...