Monday 17th May 2021

A FINE second half fightback has given Dumbarton a 3-1 advantage from tonight’s playoff final first leg against Edinburgh City.

Thursday’s second leg will see Sons face the League Two runners-up on their own pitch with a two-goal advantage in their bid to remain in League One.

The first half at Ainslie Park was cagey, and for most of it the only test for either keeper was given to him by his own team-mate.

A Ross Forbes (pictured) cross was flicked towards his own net by City’s Liam Henderson, but home keeper Callum Antell was alert to save.

The half looked set to end goalless, but the hosts led a minute from half time when Robbie McIntyre arrowed a shot into the corner.

Sons were up against it but responded emphatically, with Forbes doing the legwork for two fine goals in the second half.

Eight minutes after the restart, following a short corner, he crossed for Ryan McGeever to nod in the equaliser at close range.

And on 67 minutes, he ran in to shoot at goal. His effort was parried by Antell, but Tomas Brindley was following up to score his first goal in a Dumbarton shirt.

With nine minutes left it was 3-1 – from another assist by Forbes. He sent in a free kick from the corner of the box and Morgyn Neill headed in to make it a centre half double for the night.

The second leg will take place at the C&G Systems Stadium on Thursday and, all being well, will be Sons’ first home match in front of a crowd in 443 days.

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