Saturday 8th March 2014

DUMBARTON put up a fine, determined display against their Premiership opponents at Pittodrie this afternoon, but it was Aberdeen who progressed to the semi-finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a narrow 1-0 victory.

There were chances at both ends in a hard fought first 45 minutes. Chris Kane caused the Dons defence difficulties and flashed one drive just over.

At the other end, experienced ‘keeper Stephen Grindlay and the defence proved solid, with the big goalie putting in a fabulous low stop to defy Aberdeen midway through the half.

After the break Sons pushed forward enthusiastically. However it was the home side who got their nose in front, somewhat against the run of play. when Adam Rooney headed home a loosely conceded corner.

Dons started to apply far more pressure after taking the lead and they could have added to their score from two tight crosses.

Dumbarton had their moments in the second half too, despite injuries making it difficult in the closing stages.

Paul McGinn came agonisingly close with his header right at the end, after an enterprising move by Sons.

In the end it was not to be. But when Dumbarton finally left the field after a rigorous 94 minute test, it was to deserved, appreciative applause from a large, vocal away contingent.

Full match report and photos now online.

Simon Barrow

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