Sunday 1st August 2021

IT wasn’t Conner Duthie’s first goal for Dumbarton. But it didn’t mean any less.

With 11 minutes to go at Broadwood yesterday, Sam Muir’s cross found the forward at the far corner of the area.

And at one stroke, a 2-0 win over Clyde with just the slightest element of uncertainty became a 3-0 victory free of any doubt at all.

The scenes of celebration told you everything. After only 90 minutes, Sons’ league season was off and running in convincing fashion.

Conner hadn’t arrived in the game until the 43rd minute, when he was brought on for the injured Joe McKee.

But he was just glad to get on the pitch and was able to contribute as he did to a fine result.

Speaking to, Conner said: “The most important thing today was the three points, but it’s always a nice bonus to get yourself on the scoresheet.

“Last season I didn’t play very much, but I’ve got a chance here and to contribute in that way to getting the victory is very pleasing.

“I think we deserved to win it. We battered Clyde in the first half and in the second we came out and stuck to our shape really well.

“Everybody worked really hard and it’s turned out to be a really good day for us.

“To be fair, it was very important with the way we’ve been training that the team started as it did.

“Everybody has worked really hard and the gaffer has brought in a few players, and we all want to start games.

“But even if you don’t, you can come on and make an impact. Everybody deserves to do that and I’m delighted with the impact I made.

“We had a few boys out of action during the cup section who have now come back, and we look a really good squad.

“We’ve got some good options and a few boys can play in multiple positions. We’re all fighting for positions but it’s a good group of players and there are no hard feelings, as we know we all work really hard.”

Attention now switches to Saturday’s first home cinch League One outing of the season, against Airdrieonians.

Conner is aware of the familiar company he’ll be in out on the pitch in that game, but is confident of another result if the standard of performance is maintained.

But with McKee set to be fit to return, has he given manager Stevie Farrell a selection headache ahead of facing the Diamonds?

He added: “I’m not too sure about that prospect as we’ve all been doing really well. We’ll all go in on Tuesday and Thursday and train really hard and show what we can do.

“Then the gaffer will pick the best team on the day.

“Airdrie are a good football team and have brought in a few boys who were with us last season along with some other good signings.

“But from pre-season and today, we haven’t exactly always dominated games but we are working really hard and have good players who can pass the ball going forward.

“Working hard is what it’s all about and hopefully we’ve got many more wins to come, including hopefully Saturday.”

Andy Galloway

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