Did ball cross the line or not?
Debate rages over Dobbie’s strike
After a week oN Queens returned to action with a controversial draw against Morton.
Stephen Dobbie once again found the back of the net but Jim Duffy’s side fought back to equalise in the second half through Gary Oliver.
But the big talking point was towards the end of the game when Dobbie thought he’d scored from his own half but the ball didn’t cross the line.
The break has worked wonders for the Doonhamers with Jordan Marshall and Kyle Jacobs returning to the squad after injury lay-offs.
Dobbie had a shot from inside the box blocked for a corner after five minutes but the Doonhamers could not capitalise from the set-piece.
Queens gave away a free-kick just outside the box a min-ute later and Gary Harkins cracked the crossbar. Keeper Jack Leighfield was rooted to the spot for some reason but the follow-up header from Frank Ross was tame and did not trouble the goalie nearly as much as the free-kick.
Harkins created the next chance for the visitors when his free-kick was played into the box. The ball fell to Bob McHugh but he could not get it out from his feet and the chance was lost.
After that Queens began to dominate and with 23 minutes gone they carved out their best chance.
Some lovely build-up play saw Dobbie get the ball on the left and he pulled it back for Lyndon Dykes who sclaffed his effort well wide.
But nine minutes later Dykes and Dobbie swapped roles for the opening goal. As the Doonhamers piled forward, the Australian passed to Dobbie who drove into the box, dodged a challenge then casually slotted the ball into the goal.
So after a fairly even first half it was Queens who went in at the break on top.
Queens sat in at the start of the second half and were made to pay the price. They invited pressure and, with 10 minutes gone, Morton were level.
It was a nice goal with Harkins pulling the strings to play through Gary Oliver who slotted home in a style similar to Dobbie’s strike in the first period.
Harkins was putting his stamp on the game but Queens gave him too much space and were made to regret it.
With 72 minutes gone the game sparked into life in controversial fashion. Queens broke and as Dobbie approached the halfway line he pulled the trigger after spotting Derek Gaston off his line.
The keeper scrambled to keep the ball from going in but Dobbie, below, gaffer Gary Naysmith and the entire Queens support thought it was a goal. There was no conclusive evidence to say the ball had crossed the line.
The result meant Queens missed the chance to leapfrog Morton but still remain within touching distance of the play-offs. Referee: Kevin Clancy. Attendance: 1,489.
Big moment Morton keeper Gaston after Dobbie’s long-range shot.
Incredible strike Dobbie celebrates after his long range effort but the referee ruled against him.