Saturday 25th October 2014

DUMBARTON fought hard against Rangers, but ended up going down by three goals in a competitive game at the Rock.

While the Glasgow side had more possession, both teams showed attacking determination and invention in an intense opening 45 minutes.

‘Keeper Danny Rogers was the hero for Dumbarton when he turned away a penalty from Lee McCulloch after David van Zanten had been harshly adjudged to have committed a foul in the area.

Moments later, on 26 minutes, a lapse of concentration and a good Steven Smith assist allowed Kenny Miller to drive home the ball to put Rangers 1-0 in front.

Sons enjoyed a good spell of pressure early in the second half, coming close through a deflected Colin Nish header and a decent strike from Mitch Megginson.

At the other end Rogers did well to block and grasp a low shot when one-on-one from Kenny Miller, after the Blues forward had burst through the home defence.

On 61 minutes Lee Wallace made it 2-0 to the visitors with a fast move followed by a low, slanted drive into the far corner of the net from the right.

A well-executed header from Kris Boyd extended the lead to a comfortable three goals for Rangers on 73 minutes, ending any hopes of a late Dumbarton revival.

Full match report and photos now online.

Simon Barrow

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