Saturday 4th May 2013

DUMBARTON and Partick Thistle shared a competitive goalless draw at the Bet Butler Stadium this afternoon, in front of passionate fans with different reasons to celebrate.

For Sons it was a fitting conclusion to a remarkable season which has seen them rise from seeming relegation certainties to a highly respectable seventh position in the SFL First Division. For the Jags it was a championship party.

The visitors were applauded on to the pitch by their opponents at the beginning of the game. But once the action started, Dumbarton were quick to show that they meant business in football terms.

There were chances for both teams in an otherwise fairly quiet first 45 minutes, with Thistle edging the possession and Dumbarton having the best chance. Scott Agnew weaved his way skillfully through the away defence, but his final effort was blocked.

After the break the tempo increased slightly, with both sides looking to end on a high. Jamie Ewings in the Sons goal was called upon to make several stops. At the other end, Agnew came agonisingly close as he cracked in a fine shot that rattled off the bottom of the post.

In the end it was an honourable draw, and for Sons it was the first nil-nil result in a season that has not previously seen less than two goals per game.

The Man of the Match, chosen on behalf of the Sonstrust by visiting members from the Swiss Sons Supporters Club, was defender Scott Smith.

Players, manager and staff were given rousing applause by jubilant supporters following the final whistle.

After the game gaffer Ian Murray paid tribute to the squad for their effort and commitment throughout the campaign.

The celebrations continued in the evening with the annual awards ceremony and Party at the Rock.

Full match report and photos now online.

Simon Barrow

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