Saturday 30th January 2016

DUMBARTON secured a vital three points with a hard fought 1-0 win over Livingston in a poignant afternoon at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium.

Before the match began there was a moving one minute’s silence to remember Sons chief executive Gilbert Lawrie, who passed away the week before last.

Both sides struggled to get on top of the wind in the opening minutes of a competitive first half.

When the game serried down Dumbarton had far more of the chances, but could not find the decisive touch in the final third.

Sons had the wind behind their backs for the second half. It was Livingston who exercised all the early pressure though.

Then on 56 minutes Dumbarton took the lead. Mark Docherty’s inswinging corner flew over the away defence and keeper into the top far corner of the net.

The heavens opened briefly on the hour, but both sides continued to battle through the elements.

Dumbarton goalie Jamie Ewings made a series of crucial saves as Livi piled on the pressure with 20 minutes to go.

It should have been a second goal for Sons when Garry Fleming’s shot was fumbled and Tom Walsh had the goal to aim at but shot straight at McCallum.

Dumbarton survived a final onslaught from Livingston to claim all three Championship points ahead of next weekend’s Scottish Cup visit from Premiership side Dundee.

Full match report and match photos now online. Sons TV to follow.

Simon Barrow

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