Friday 4th October 2013

TWO late goals gave Dumbarton last-minute hope against Raith Rovers, but it was not enough to spare them a disappointing 4-2 home defeat.

Sons started at a lively pace, but went behind on 17 minutes when Calum Elliot weaved in behind the defence to snatch a goal against the run of play.

There were chances for both sides as the first half continued, with shots cracking against the crossbar at each end.

After the break things went from bad to worse. A penalty converted by Greig Spence on 56 minutes, followed by a soft headed goal from Dougie Hill five minutes later put Dumbarton 3-0 down.

It looked as if it was ‘game over’. But as the match went into time-added-on a brace from Bryan Prunty, the second also from a spot kick, gave brief hope of a miraculous revival.

However, the dream was demolished by Raith Rovers’ substitute Lewis Vaughan right at the end. As Sons pressed for an equaliser, leaving them exposed at the back, he stepped in to make it 4-2 at the final whistle.

Dumbarton, who remain in sixth place in the Scottish Championship, face another tough challenge next weekend, with the visit of Dundee to the Bet Butler Stadium on Saturday 12th October.

Full match report and photos now online.

Simon Barrow

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