Wednesday 13th April 2016

TOM WALSH sat in the stand at Ibrox not knowing how to react.

His employers had just clinched the Championship title. But it was against the team he currently plays for.

But seven days after Dumbarton’s visit to Rangers, the forward knew where his loyalties lay as Sons faced Queen of the South.

And just as he’ll remember seeing the Gers win the league, he’s now got his first goal for Dumbarton to celebrate.

With Sons trailing 2-1 to Queens, he pounced on a slack clearance to bend home an emphatic finish.

Dumbarton went on to win 4-2 – a result which puts them five points clear of Livingston with a game in hand.

Tom said of last Tuesday’s game: “It was a strange one!

“The Dumbarton boys did really well on the night and I was happy for them to come away with their heads held high. It was mixed emotions for me personally.

“But I’m delighted with my first goal against Queen of the South. It’s a bit of a relief as it’s been some time in coming, but I am now off the mark.

“To score just after half time was important after going in behind. We got the goals that followed and it turned out a really good night for us.

“We could have been better in the first half as a team after taking the lead, but we really upped it and deserved to win the game.”

Last night’s victory was Tom’s first start for Sons since they lost to Livingston on the first Saturday in March.

Every game since had seen him start on the bench, but he was glad to take his chance against Queens.

Sons now switch their attention to Saturday’s game against Raith Rovers as a place in the 2016/17 Championship moves closer.

Tom added: “It’s been a bit frustrating recently as I want to play in every game, but I’ve kept my head down and done my best to get back in the team.

“I came on at half time in Dumfries and we were all frustrated after that. We didn’t do ourselves justice at all and we knew we had to put that right.

“We’re absolutely confident ahead of Saturday. We know that two more wins will finish the job of clinching survival and hopefully we can get one of them against Raith.

“We’ll be buzzing for it.”

Andy Galloway

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