Saturday 28th February 2015

DUMBARTON claimed a vital point in a hard fought 0-0 draw against Queen of the South at the Rock this afternoon.

Both teams struggled on a damp and heavy pitch in the first half, with Queens having more possession but not being able to make their usual passing game count.

There was a let off for Sons early on, when an Ian McShane header hit the inside of the post and skimmed across the goalmouth without crossing the line.

Danny Rogers also saved a dangerous effort from Mark Millar. But otherwise sparse pickings at either end meant that the opening period ended relatively even and goalless.

After the break Sons came more into the game and began to push forward, looking for opportunities to grab an advantage.

Dumbarton’s Archie Campbell fired wide after going clean through on goal.

However when neither side could find a breakthrough, the visitors started to pile on the pressure with wave after wave of attack.

There was drama at the end when Queen of the South’s Derek Lyle was red carded for a clash with Campbell.

On loan striker Chris Duggan (pictured), making his home debut, broke forward in the dying minutes to set up a chance, then right at the death Andy Graham almost stole the match for Dumbarton, poking the ball just wide from the first of two corners in a frantic climax.

Sons remain in seventh in the SPFL Championship after today’s results. Alloa lost narrowly to Hibernian, while Cowdenbeath were thumped by Hearts.

Full match report and match photos now online. Sons TV to follow.

Simon Barrow

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