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5 QoS 0 AYR UTD KENNY MACDONALD AT PALMERSTON GOALSCORING hero Stephen Dobbie fired in a fabulous four but still took stick from Gary Harkins over a missed penalty.

The Doonhamers destroyer continued his sensational form to bag a 10-minute first-half hat-trick before the half hour and could have doubled his tally against the hapless Honest Men.

But Dobbie agonised at a first-half spot-kick save by Ayr keeper Ross Doohan and revealed Harkins, who curled in the other goal in a five-star show, told him he was never to take another.

The Queens skipper has now grabbed 18 goals this season and he began dismantling the Honest Men in 12 minutes by rifling a shot into the top right.

He cracked home a penalty for No.2 in 19 minutes then completed his treble three minutes later by rounding the keeper and guiding the ball into the middle of the net from eight yards.

Dobbie was handed another penalty in 31 minutes only for keeper Doohan to pull off a superb one-handed save. Harkins cut into the box on the right and curled a peach of a rising effort away from the despairing keeper and into the top left.

In the second half Dobbie slotted in his fourth from close range after great play from Lyndon Dykes.

Ayr's misery was complete when Dan Harvie picked up a stupid second booking for aiming the ball at Andy Stirling while the player was lining up a free-kick.

And Queens assistant boss Dougie Anderson was sent to the stand for protests at a first-half decision to halt the game while the Palmerston side were on the attack.

Dobbie said: "After my (penalty) miss, Gary came up and said that was me off the penalties but I just told him if we get another one I'm taking it!" On his first goal celebration the Queens talisman said: "My boys play the video game Fortnite and bet me after I scored I had to do the 'Fortnite Dance' so that's what that was about.

"It was a great performance from the boys and I'm the one on the end of the chances at the minute.

"Sometimes strikers go through those patches where you are even sclaffing the ball and it's going in the corner. Like that one when the goalie kicked it against the back of my head and it nearly flew in.

"So long may it continue because the boys are playing magnificently."

Ayr boss Ian McCall said: "We got humped! We could've scored two or three goals but Queens could have scored eight or nine.

"Listen, the start of the season has been thrilling and that game doesn't change that."

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 3, 2018
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