Saturday 7th May 2022

DUMBARTON have been relegated to cinch League Two after drawing 1-1 at home to Edinburgh City to lose the playoff semi-final 5-2 on aggregate.

Thirteen years after they last played in the fourth tier of Scottish senior football, Sons will spend their 150th anniversary season back there.

Despite their team having a mountain to climb from the 4-1 first leg defeat, the home fans played their part, turning out in numbers and making plenty noise.

Dumbarton forced a number of half chances in the opening minutes of the first half, but were unable to convert any of them.

Indeed, they were indebted to keeper Kieran Wright for making a fine save from the best chance of the half from Innes Murray after the midfielder ran through the Sons defence.

But after surviving some near misses for City at the start of the second half, Dumbarton took the lead on 59 minutes, Kristoffer Syvertsen heading home a Kalvin Orsi cross.

However, the lead lasted only four minutes when Ryan Shanley shrugged off the challenges of the home defence to run in and equalise.

That concession realistically ended any chance Dumbarton had of overhauling the aggregate deficit, and despite no lack of effort, there were no further goals.

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