Tuesday 11th July 2017

DUMBARTON secured a 2-1 home victory over Premiership opponents Partick Thistle in the second of their pre-season friendlies this evening.

With four trialists on board (three of them on the bench) Sons started the game brightly.

Their higher league opponents looked uncertain at the back to start with, having plenty of possession but not really getting into gear until later in the match.

On 11 minutes the home side took the lead. A decent pass from Tom Walsh was well converted by Christian Nade, who crashed the ball into the net for 1-0.

Kyle Prior came on for Grant Gallagher on 37 minutes, after the No. 6 went down with a knock.

Calum Gallagher came on for Mark Stewart after the break, as Dumbarton looked to solidify their lead.

However, it was Thistle who started the second half well. On 52 minutes Kevin Nisbet drew them level, following some good work down the right.

The visitors continued to apply pressure as the half progressed. Sons mixed it from the bench, brining on two trialist for David Smith and Christian Nade, and moving Craig Barr to right back.

There was another change for the home side on 70 minutes. Impressive Tom Walsh took to the bench, making way for another trialist.

On 82 minutes Dumbarton clinched the game, as trialist No. 15 finished from close range to start Sons’ new campaign off with a pleasing home win.

Match report and photos now online.

Simon Barrow

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