Saturday 29th December 2012

DUMBARTON survived a late Falkirk revival to claim an incredible 4-3 away victory this afternoon.

The game only went ahead following a 1pm pitch inspection, after changing weather conditions and forecasts of rain.

Sons created a raft of chances with a good first half performance, but found themselves behind when the home side took the lead through Lyle Taylor on 43 minutes. Shortly afterwards, a neat Jim Lister header from six yards out levelled proceedings at 1-1.

In a hectic second half the tide rapidly turned Sons’ way. First, Scott Agnew sent the Bairns ‘keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot after Garry Fleming was fouled in the area.

Then as Falkirk went down to ten men, Agnew made it 3-1 at the end of a fine move involving Gilhaney, Lister and Fleming. Next, Lister headed Sons 4-1 in front to the delight of the visiting supporters.

But after James Creaney was sent off for a trip on Taylor, Falkirk stormed back. The Bairns striker added two goals to complete his hat-trick and bring the score to 4-3.

Despite a nervy ending, punctuated by the briefest of time-added-on debuts for new signing Mark McCusker, Dumbarton held their nerve to claim only the second win of the season. The result is a huge boost for the team and new manager Ian Murray in the final outing of an eventful 2012.

Full match report and match photos now online.

Simon Barrow

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