Five-star show destroys United
Dobbie scores four as Queens impress
Queen of the South blew away Ayr United in the south west derby on Saturday.
Once again Stephen Dobbie grabbed the headlines with four goals but it was a total team performance from Gary Naysmith’s side.
The striker is now on 18 goals for the season and the calendar has only just turned to September.
Although he was correctly in the spotlight, Dobbie owed a lot of his success on Saturday to his team mates.
Lyndon Dykes, who got a hard time last season, threw himself about and was a hassle all day while Gary Harkins continues to stroll through games. Andy Stirling looks a completely different player from 12 months ago and another clean sheet will do wonders for the defence.
The first half was one of the best at Palmerston in years. It was made even more remarkable given Queens took 10 minutes to really get into the game. But when they did, they absolutely destroyed Ayr United. With 12 minutes on the clock, Queens took the lead through the division’s top scorer.
Dykes knocked down the ball to Dobbie who was able to work himself into a position to shoot and fired into the top corner. Ross Doohan got a hand to it but it was not enough to keep out the effort.
It was just the second league goal the Honest Men had conceded all this season.
Just a few minutes later Ayr conceded their third of the campaign and second of the afternoon.
Dan Harvie brought down Andy Stirling after 20 minutes and referee Colin Steven took a second before pointing to the spot. Dobbie stepped up and fired the ball into the bottom right hand corner.
Remarkably it was 3-0 and Dobbie’s 10-minute hat-trick was sealed when he was played in by Dykes and rounded Doohan before popping the ball into the net to send Palmerston crazy.
The only real effort Ayr United had at goal in the first half was a Lawrence Shankland half volley which was fired right at Alan Martin.
Queens assistant manager Dougie Anderson was sent to the stands for protesting the referee’s decision to stop the game when the Doonhamers were on the attack.
After half an hour Queens had another chance to go even further in front. Dykes was brought down in the box by Michael Rose and the referee again pointed to the spot. However, this time Doohan guessed correctly and this time saved Dobbie’s spot kick.
It was hard to see how things could possibly get any better but somehow they did when it became 4-0 after 37 minutes.
This time it was Gary Harkins and the midfielder, who had received pelters from the visiting fans, silenced the away support by curling a shot from outside the box right into the top corner from 20 yards out.
As soon as the ball left his foot there was only one place it was ending up.
A scrap involving former Queens man Mark Kerr and Michael Doyle threatened to boil over but eventually the stramash came to an end.
In the second half the plan was simple for boss Gary Naysmith: just see out the second 45 minutes and make the afternoon as easy as possible.
Ayr United tried their best to get back into the game, but whenever they were in front of goal they lacked composure to threaten Alan Martin’s goal.
Dobbie bagged his fourth of the game with five minutes to go once again after some neat play from Dykes.