Tuesday 28th August 2012

DESPITE a battling display, Dumbarton bowed out of the Scottish Communities League Cup tonight, going down 3-2 away to Livingston in extra time.

There were chances at both ends in what turned out to be an even first half. On 36 minutes Scott Agnew delivered a fine through ball and Jim Lister converted well to give Sons an encouraging 1-0 advantage.

Unfortunately the lead only lasted three minutes. Nicky Devlin was penalised for a shove in the area, and from the resulting spot kick Iain Russell sent Stephen Grindlay the wrong way to level the score at 1-1 before the break.

In a fast-paced second half the Sons ‘keeper made two outstanding saves, as both sides battled hard for a breakthrough.

It almost came for Dumbarton on 75 minutes when Devlin clipped the post. But after 90 minutes the score was still 1-1 and the match went into extra time.

Livingston immediately put the pressure on and took a decisive lead through a well-taken Bobby Barr strike. A third from Dylan Easton effectively wrapped the game up for the home side. A late goal from Mark Gilhaney gave Sons hope, but it was not to be, despite a very positive performance.

Dumbarton are away again on Saturday 1st September, when they face Greenock Morton in the Irn Bru SFL First Division.

Full match report now online.

Simon Barrow

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