PLAYOFF REMAINS IN THE BALANCE

Saturday 8th May 2021

IT is winner takes all at Dumbarton on Tuesday after the first leg of today’s playoff semi-final ended goalless away to Stranraer.

In the first half at Stair Park, Darryl Duffy missed two decent chances for the home side, although Sam Ramsbottom did well to deny him at close range with the first.

The veteran Blues striker also saw a long range effort fly narrowly past. For Dumbarton, the closest first half opening was a Jaime Wilson (pictured) shot which actually found the net but was ruled offside.

The scrappy nature of the game continued into the second half, with Thomas Orr firing just wide for Stranraer before Rabin Omar had a shot pushed away by the home keeper.

Heading into the game’s later stages, a low cross by the home side caused a scare for Sons but no Stranraer players could get the touch to finish.

Substitute Robert Jones had a late chance to punish a slack clearance by the Stranraer keeper, but had his shot cleared off the line.

The second leg will take place at the C&G Systems Stadium on Tuesday evening. There is no away goals rule, so a draw of any score will mean extra time and possibly penalties if necessary.

If there is a winner, they will go straight through to the final.

Edinburgh City won the first leg of the other League One playoff semi-final, with a 1-0 victory away to Elgin City.

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