Scottish Championship
Queen of SthQueen of the South5AyrAyr United0

Queen of the South 5-0 Ayr United

By Jane LewisBBC Scotland at Palmerston Park
Stephen Dobbie
Stephen Dobbie has scored 18 goals already this season

Stephen Dobbie scored four goals - and missed a penalty - as Queen of the South thumped Championship leaders Ayr.

Dobbie bagged a hat-trick in 10 blistering first-half minutes, one from the spot.

The veteran striker had a second penalty saved but Gary Harkins added a fourth for Queens before the interval.

And after Daniel Harvie's dismissal, Dobbie netted again with six minutes remaining, sending Gary Naysmith's men third in the table.

Dobbie's remarkable display continued his searing start to the season. He has scored 18 goals in just 10 games in all competitions so far, with eight coming in the league.

He has five more goals in the Championship than his nearest rival in the top-scorer charts, Ayr's Lawrence Shankland.

The crushing defeat, Ayr's first of the season, knocked the Honest Men off the league summit - they are one of four teams on seven points, two shy of new leaders Ross County.

The 35-year-old opened the scoring after just 12 minutes, collecting possession after colleague Lyndon Dykes tumbled and scoring.

Harvie fouled Andrew Stirling eight minutes later, allowing Dobbie to double his tally from the penalty spot.

And the former Hibernian forward sealed his treble just two minutes later, rounding goalkeeper Ross Doohan and calmly finishing.

Dobbie was denied an incredible fourth 14 minutes before the break, Doohan this time saving his effort from 12 yards.

But there was nothing the Ayr stopper could do to keep out Harkins' brilliant, powerful shot.

Harvie was shown a second yellow card for dissent with 11 minutes remaining, and Dobbie combined neatly with Dykes to complete the scoring.

'It's going to be some league' - reaction

Queen of the South manager Gary Naysmith: "If teams are going to play like that in the Championship, it's going to be some league.

"We were excellent going forward and Stephen (Dobbie) is going to get the headlines and the forward players will get the goals, but just as big for us was the defence and keeping Lawrence Shankland and Michael Moffat quiet, or limiting them to half-chances

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "We were very poor and they were pretty good, I don't think we handled the big boy (Lyndon) Dykes all day, and Stephen Dobbie scored the goals so will get all the praise.

"It's been an incredible, outstanding start and this result doesn't change that. It was a bad day at the office for all of us. All their good players played well and all our good players didn't."

Line-ups

Queen of Sth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Martin
  • 2Mercer
  • 6DoyleBooked at 40mins
  • 12Semple
  • 3Marshall
  • 7StirlingBooked at 68mins
  • 8Jacobs
  • 14HarkinsSubstituted forIvisonat 90+1'minutes
  • 10ToddBooked at 15mins
  • 11DobbieSubstituted forMurrayat 90'minutes
  • 25Dykes

Substitutes

  • 16Watson
  • 17Murray
  • 19Bell
  • 20Leighfield
  • 24Harvey
  • 26Ivison

Ayr

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Doohan
  • 6GegganBooked at 79mins
  • 5RoseBooked at 31minsSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutes
  • 16Adams
  • 3HarvieBooked at 79mins
  • 10Forrest
  • 4KerrBooked at 40minsSubstituted forBellat 45'minutes
  • 18MurdochBooked at 64mins
  • 8Crawford
  • 7MoffatSubstituted forMcDaidat 69'minutes
  • 17Shankland

Substitutes

  • 9Moore
  • 11McDaid
  • 12McGuffie
  • 14Ferguson
  • 15Bell
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 27Smith
Referee:
Colin Steven
Attendance:
2,498

Match Stats

Home TeamQueen of SthAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queen of the South 5, Ayr United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queen of the South 5, Ayr United 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. Robbie Ivison replaces Gary Harkins.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. Connor Murray replaces Stephen Dobbie.

  5. Post update

    Gary Harkins (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Geggan (Ayr United).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Declan McDaid (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Josh Todd (Queen of the South).

  9. Post update

    Andy Murdoch (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Queen of the South 5, Ayr United 0. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lyndon Dykes.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Andy Stirling (Queen of the South).

  12. Post update

    Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Dismissal

    Daniel Harvie (Ayr United) is shown the red card.

  14. Booking

    Andrew Geggan (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Andy Stirling (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Geggan (Ayr United).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South).

  18. Post update

    Jamie Adams (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Andy Stirling (Queen of the South).

  20. Post update

    Andy Murdoch (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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