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Calamity at Clyde as Queens crash out; Two-goal lead not enough for the Doonhamers as BullyWee fight back.

CLYDE ............................................................................................ ............................................................................................ 3 QUEEN OF THE SOUTH ............................... .2 Stephen Temlett Queen of the South crashed out of the Challenge Cup after blowing a two-goal away at League One Clyde.

They got off to the best possible start with a goal in the fourth minute. Stephen Dobbie floated in a corner and as Darren Brownlie stuck out a foot to send it goalwards, Connor Murray nipped in front of the keeper and got the slightest of touches to make sure it crossed the line.

Dobbie, who scored four the last time the two sides met, almost extended the lead in the tenth minute. Faissal El Bakhtaoui laid the ball back into the striker's path but as he tried to curl a left-foot shot into the top corner, he lifted it just too high and the ball cleared the bar.

Two minutes later, the talisman pounced on a poor clearance by David Mitchell but the keeper redeemed himself with a good save.

The keeper then tipped a Dobbie effort wide and managed to block as the same player chased down a poor passback from Raymond Grant later in the first half.

But as the first half ended, it was Clyde who came closest to scoring. Jack Leighfield started in goals for his first start of the season and saved a long-range effort from Mark Lamont before David Goodwillie hit the side netting after outpacing Kevin Holt. Into the second half and Queens doubled their advantage within two minutes of the restart. Dobbie was bundled over inside the box by Craig Howie and the frontman converted the spot-kick.

From that point, it should have been a case of killing off the tie and putting it beyond doubt.

But The Bully Wee weren't for giving in and as they pushed to get back into the tie, they pulled one back with a stunning strike.

A wonderful overhead kick from the edge of the box by McStay came with just over an hour played.

Clyde had their tails up and the League One side were really going for it, with Queens on the ropes. Goodwillie did well inside the box but the clearance went only as far as Johnston and his effort was well blocked by Murray. Ally Love pounced on the second ball but was booked for diving.

But with 15 minutes left, Danny Lennon's men turned the game on its head with two goals in as many minutes. They were thrown a lifeline as Brownlie was booked for a pull of Goodwillie's jersey inside the box and from the resulting penalty, the striker sent Leighfield the wrong way to pull them level.

Queens had crumbled and as a long freekick was played forward, Leighfield was left stranded and McNiff headed into the empty net.

Line-ups Clyde Mitchell, Lyon (Wallace 84), McNiff, Howie, Rumsby, Grant, Smith (Johnston 46), McStay, Goodwillie, Lamont & Love (Cuddihy 70). Substitutes not used: McGee, Duffie. Queen of the South Leighfield, Mercer, Holt, Kilday, Brownlie, Pybus, Murray, Dobbie, Paton (Hamilton 82), El Bakhtaoui, Lyon. Subs not used: Burns, Irving, Kidd, Oliver, McCarthy. Referee: Colin Steven Attendance: 667

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Stunner McCrorie can't get near Chris McStay's overhead kick which sparked the comeback for Clyde

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Publication:Dumfries and Galloway Standard (Dumfriesshire, Scotland)
Date:Sep 10, 2019
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