Saturday 9th January 2016

DUMBARTON are in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup after beating Queen of the South 2-1 in a thrilling tie at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium.

On an otherwise forbidding afternoon the spectators were treated to a fast and furious first forty-five minutes.

Sons defended tightly and created a number of decent chances throughout the half.

On 17 minutes Dumbarton deservedly went ahead when Garry Fleming found himself one-on-one with Queens’ keeper, slotting the ball home after good build-up work from Steven Saunders.

Kevin Cawley also came close with a hammer-blow of a header, while Jon Routledge fired wide just short of half time.

Sons came out firing on all cylinders after the break, with an early effort blocked well by goalie Robbie Thomson.

But it was Queen of the South who began to dominate and who scored next, drawing level at 1-1 on 52 minutes. The goal came through Derek Lyle on the back of a scrambled corner.

Five minutes later Dumbarton were in front again, as Cawley fed Fleming to fire home from close range for his and his team’s second.

It was tense at the end, as Queens threw everything into finding another goal. But Sons showed determination and resolve to secure their path into the fifth round of the Cup.

The two teams meet again next Saturday in the SPFL Ladbrokes Championship, when Queen of the South return for the second match in the sides’ double-header.

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

Simon Barrow

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