Saturday 6th August 2016

DUMBARTON failed to spoil Dunfermline Athletic’s League One flag party as despite an injury time fightback, they were convincingly beaten by an eventual 4-3 scoreline.

The home side’s Michael Moffat hit a penalty off the post after 14 minutes and four minutes later Robert Thomson put Sons ahead.

But within a further eight minutes the Pars had turned it round with a double by Joe Cardie.

The Dunfermline forward then cashed in on a bad defensive mistake by Sons to make it 3-1 in the second half.

And after another error at the back, David Hopkirk made it 4-1 to a home side who could have had more.

What turned out a tough afternoon for Sons had some respite in injury time when Mark Docherty converted a penalty after Michael Paton fouled David Smith.

Remarkably the deficit was then reduced to a goal when Lee Ashcroft hauled down Robert Thomson and was sent off. Docherty again converted.

One positive for Sons was a promising debut display from young midfielder Joe Thomson (pictured), signed on loan from Celtic.

Next up for Sons is a home game with newly relegated Dundee United, who drew 1-1 with Queen of the South today.

Match report, reaction and SonsTV to come; match photos now online.

Andy Galloway

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