Saturday 20th February 2016

DUMBARTON put in a solid display in Paisley this afternoon, but still went down to a single goal from St Mirren in a lively game of football.

There were chances at both ends in a tight, competitive opening 45 minutes.

Ex-Sons midfielder Scott Agnew had the ball in the net for St Mirren from a corner on 28 minutes, but the referee had already blown for a foul.

Moments later Buddies keeper Jamie Langfield and his defence just managed to keep out a powerful header from Frazer Wright (pictured).

After a goalless first half both teams came out looking even more determined for a breakthrough in the second half, with Saints moving an extra man into attack.

Dumbarton pressurised with their possession, but it was St Mirren who opened the scoring — with Lawrence Shankland firing home from a sharp angle on 63 minutes.

On 80 minutes Sons marked a final flurry with a double substitution, bringing on Kevin Cawley and Kler Heh in the hope of engineering something more decisive up front.

But St Mirren held on fairly comfortably, narrowly claiming all three points with a 1-0 win.

Next Saturday Dumbarton welcome Hibernian to the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, in what is sure to be another tough and entertaining Ladbrokes Championship tussle.

Full match report and comment to follow. Match photos and Sons TV now online.

Simon Barrow

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