Friday 14th September 2012
ANOTHER determined performance by Dumbarton went unrewarded this afternoon, as ex-SPL Dunfermline Athletic claimed a 2-0 victory at the Rock.
Sons almost took the lead in the first half, when Alan Lithgow’s powerful header clattered against the corner of the upright. Other near chances were created by a hard working front line.
But it was the Pars who went into the break 1-0 up, when a slip allowed Josh Falkingham to put in a lethal cross, straightforwardly converted at close range on 41 minutes by Andy Kirk.
Minutes later a fine save from Stephen Grindlay, the first of several throughout the game, spared Sons further blushes.
Dumbarton came out fighting again in the second half, but on 52 minutes went two behind as Stephen Husband wriggled through the defence to drive the ball home, after first being denied by Grindlay’s outstretched leg.
Sons continued to push forward and defend solidly against skilful, well-organised opponents. Garry Fleming and Jim Lister saw goal efforts fly over the bar. Mark Lamont came close in the final minutes. But in the end Dunfermline proved too strong, in spite of a spirited display from the home side.
Full match report and photos now online.