Saturday 26th November 2016
DUMBARTON never really found the right gear against a tough, determined Bonnyrigg Rose this afternoon, being held 0-0 in the third round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.
The home side had the best of the early exchanges and looked more comfortable for most of the first half.
Keeper Alan Martin made a couple of important, quality stops for Dumbarton. At the other end there was a good double save from Rose goalie Michael Andrews, coming out quickly to deny first Garry Fleming then Donald McCallum.
Just before half time Andy Stirling clipped in a cross which the keeper spilled. McCallum picked up the rebound but was denied once more.
After the break Dumbarton started to apply more pressure, but looked decidedly vulnerable on the break. Martin made several more outstanding saves as Bonnyrigg scented the chance of nicking a famous victory.
In the end Sons held out until the final whistle. But Rose put in a fine, gutsy performance and fully deserved the draw and replay, while Dumbarton never got to show the quality they have.
The replay at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium will take place on Tuesday 6th December.
Full match report, comment, and Sons TV to follow. Match photos now online.