Saturday 21st September 2013

A SECOND half revival by visitors Livingston sent Dumbarton down to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the Bet Butler Stadium this afternoon.

In a tightly fought opening period there were missed chances for both teams. It looked as if the opening 45 minutes would end in stalemate until Sons, who had played well overall, grabbed a memorable goal with just a minute to go.

Chris Turner crossed the ball for Colin Nish, who knocked it down for young Mitch Megginson to volley home impressively from 18 yards out. His strike was low and hard, leaving ‘keeper Darren Jamieson stranded.

Dumbarton’s optimism soon drained away after the break, however. Livingston upped the pace of the game considerably and claimed two goals on the counter attack. Mark McNulty got on the end of both of them, and Dumbarton found no reply despite a late flourish.

“We’ll take it on the chin and come back. We’ve always bounced back from difficult games,” was the positive response from Sons gaffer Ian Murray after the match. He acknowledged that the SPFL Championship is both a challenging and entertaining league.

Next up for Sons is a trip to Dumfries to take on newly-promoted Queen of the South.

Full match report and photos now online.

Simon Barrow

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