Queen's Park vs Dumbarton - Preview

Last updated : 18 August 2006 By Andyboy
Queen's Park will play against Gerry McCabe's Dumbarton side at Hampden Park tomorrow, as the Spiders look to extend their impressive winning streak, to four games.

Relegated Dumbarton have made a solid start to the 2006/07 campaign. An opening day draw at Montrose was followed by a 3-0 win over Second Division Stirling Albion in the CIS Cup 1st Round. That was followed by a 2-0 win over East Stirlingshire on the 12th of August and then an extra time defeat by Morton in the Challenge Cup 1st Round.

New boss McCabe replaced former Spider Paul Martin, who led pisspoor Sons to relegation last season, in close season, as Martin was driven out of the Strathclyde Homes Stadium by unhappy supporters.

This will be the first time the sides have met since the last day of the 2001/02 season. The sides were level at 1-1 when Jonny Whelan had a last minute penalty saved at Dumbarton by Sons keeper Craig Wight, and that penalty miss led to Dumbarton being promoted to the Second Division and Queen's finishing bottom of the Scottish Football League structure, for the first time in their long history.

Other former Queen's players on Sons books are defenders Jamie Smith and Danny Ferry along with forward John Gemmell.

Richard Sinclair and Mark Ferry serve their one match suspensions against Dumbarton while Stephen Reilly is out with a knee injury. Frankie Carroll and former Sons hitman Robert Dunn are doubtful with a virus but Alan Trouten and Mick Dunlop are both available again after being involved in Tuesday's 5-0 away win at East Stirlingshire in the Challenge Cup.

Former Spiders Danny Ferry (broken leg) and John Gemmell (ligaments) are out for Dumbarton while Angolan forward Jose Quitongo is set to make his debut as a signed Sons player.

Saturday 12th August - Elgin City 1 - 2 Queen's Park - Third Division
Tuesday 15th August - East Stirling 0 - 5 Queen's Park - Challenge Cup

Saturday 12th August - Dumbarton 2 - 0 East Stirling - Third Division
Tuesday 15th August - Dumbarton 1 - 2 Morton (aet) - Challenge Cup

XI: Mark Cairns, Paul Paton, Mick Dunlop, Jonny Whelan, Damiano Agostini, Alan Trouten, Stuart Kettlewell, Tony Quinn, Paul Ronald, David Weatherston, Steven Canning

SUBS: David Crawford (gk), Andy McGinty, Shaun Molloy, Michael Keenan, Richard Bowers