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UNBEATEN RUN IS OVER

DUMBARTON, unbeaten throughout January and February, finally tasted defeat on the first day of March at Palmerston Park, Dumfries.
02/03/2014
DUMBARTON, unbeaten throughout January and February, finally tasted defeat on the first day of March in front of a 1,604-strong crowd at well kept Palmerston Park, Dumfries.

Queen of the South leapfrogged their visitors into fourth place in the SPFL Championship with a 3-1 victory in what was a very competitive match.

In the first half Sons seemed to have their minds on next Saturday's William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final at Aberdeen, and rarely threatened. However Chris Kane had a good header which was well saved and big defender Mark McLaughlin blasted over from close range.

Mark Durnan headed home from a free kick to open the scoring after 30 minutes, and just before the interval Gavin Reilly netted no.2 from close range.

The game was much more competitive in a second half which produced a goal for each side. Yet with a little more luck in front of goal Sons — and in particular striker Kane — could have scored several times.

In 65 minutes Robert McHugh made it three for the Doonhamers with a fine shot past comeback keeper Jamie Ewings, but six minutes later on loan Celtic defender Michael Miller pulled one back for Sons with a long range effort which was deflected into the net.

Chances came and went for the visitors after that, and it was a relieved home side who heard the final whistle after prolonged spells of Dumbarton attacks.

The picture shows Mark McLaughlin lining up a shot.