Saturday 2nd October 2021

DUMBARTON’S long journey north proved fruitless as they suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Peterhead.

Sons were without the unwell Joe McKee but otherwise on normal lines when they arrived at the attractive, well kept but windy Balmoor Stadium, looking to return to winning ways after last week’s draw and gain a third successive away win.

They did not get off to a good start, going 1-0 down in the third minute with Ryan Conroy scoring his first goal of the season after a Hamish Ritchie assist. The black-shirted Sons fought back, and five minutes later a Callum Wilson shot was saved by keeper Brett Long. He then saved a Ross MacLean effort.

Stevie Farrell’s men began to dominate and create chances. The best came when Kalvin Orsi set up Carlo Pignatiello, but his shot was tipped behind by Long. Half-time arrived with the Blue Toon still 1-0 ahead.

The second period began just like the first, with Jim McInally’s men scoring after three minutes through Ritchie. Yet again Sons found themselves having to make a comeback from a 2-0 deficit — but five minutes later they lost a third goal when Jason Brown netted.

In the 60th minute Andy Geggan and David Hopkirk replaced Wilson and Conner Duthie. Gregor Buchanan was yellow-carded soon after, then Ryan Schiavone replaced Orsi.

Any doubt about the outcome was ended in the 79th minute when Josh Mulligan produced a great finish which went in off the post, and in the 80th minute Scott Brown netted a penalty to make it 5-0.

Donald Fullarton

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