Saturday 22nd September 2012
A CRUEL twist at the end of time added on thwarted what had looked like a certain Dumbarton victory this afternoon, as Hamilton Accies came from two behind in the last few minutes to draw the game 3-3.
Alister Crawford opened the scoring for Hamilton with a soft goal on 21 minutes. But Sons fought back, and a cross from Mark Lamont, knocked on by Bryan Prunty, was turned into his own net by Lee Kilday to level the score at 1-1.
That was how proceedings remained until half-time. After the break Dumbarton pushed hard and were rewarded with near post goals by Jim Lister and Bryan Prunty on 73 and 77 minutes respectively.
On 88 minutes Hamilton substitute James Keatings guaranteed a tense finish to the match by pulling a goal back for the visitors to make it 3-2.
Sons’ hearts were broken in the fifth and final minute of extra time, as the referee waved away claims of an infringement on Dumbarton ‘keeper Stephen Grindlay, and Keatings crashed the ball into the net to level the game at 3-3.
It was a bitter blow, but on the positive side Sons are now up and running with three more goals and a point in their First Division campaign. Next Saturday they visit Livingston, looking to build on the breakthrough.
Full match report and photos now online.