Saturday 24th April 2021
DUMBARTON fought hard but succumbed 2-1 to East Fife.
The trip for Sons to the windy Fife coast was in search of vital points to steer clear of the relegation play-off, and in the first minute at sunny New Bayview Nick McAllister had to make a vital block. At the other end Tomas Brindley shot over the bar.
Thanks to Adam Frizzell and then PJ Crossan, Jaime Wilson had a couple of chances but could not convert, then Robert Jones headed a Frizzell cross wide. A few minutes later he headed a Ross Forbes cross over.
The home team began to come into the game, with Morgyn Neill clearing a Greig Spence shot. A minute later Aaron Dunsmore opened the scoring for East Fife, and for the rest of the half the hosts were in charge, calling keeper Sam Ramsbottom into action.
Down 1-0 at the interval, Sons brought on Morton loanees Rabin Omar and James Wallace for Brindley and Jones in the 65th minute. But two minutes later they conceded a second goal, with Aaron Steele netting from close range.
With ten minutes to go Crossan (pictured) stabbed home from close range to set up a frantic finish, then manager Jim Duffty sent on Ruaridh Langan and Conner Duthie for Rico Quitongo and Frizzell.
With four minutes left Langan curled a shot just wide of the top corner, then Ramsbottom saved from Ross Brown. The final whistle saw Sons plunge deeper into relegation trouble.