A double from stand-in skipper Garry Fleming was enough for Dumbarton to prevail in a tight clash with their Championship rivals, Fleming scoring on either side of a Derek Lyle goal to earn the home side a deserved place in tomorrow’s fifth-round draw.
Home manager Stevie Aitken, whose side conceded six goals to Rangers seven days earlier, said: “It’s amazing what a difference a week can make.”
Home pressure was eventually rewarded though the goal had its origins in the opposite half of the field where Iain Russell slipped on the greasy surface. The Queen’s man appealed for a foul while Grant Gallagher fed Fleming who ran through unchallenged to slot his shot behind Robbie Thomson.
Queens looked a rejuvenated outfit on the restart and they almost levelled when a Gary Oliver snapshot was deflected inches wide. However, they were gifted the equaliser from the resulting corner, home keeper Mark Brown allowing Lyle’s header to squirm through his grasp.
Sons restored their lead five minutes later when Kevin Cawley slipped a pass to Fleming who stabbed the ball low into Thomson’s right-hand corner.
Russell shot wide as the Palmerston men tried to restore parity for a second time while home keeper Mark Brown made one notable last-minute stop from Mark Millar to help send Sons through.