Saturday 9th August 2014

DUMBARTON’S 2014/15 Championship campaign got off to a disappointing start at Starks Park, as Raith Rovers swept to a comfortable 3-1 win.

Sons looked promising and had slightly more of the chances in a competitive, physical first half. But tight defending and missed opportunities kept the score at 0-0 going into the break.

Dumbarton started the second half brightly. A fine Scott Agnew free kick skimmed the bar and roof netting. Then Archie Campbell had the ball in the net for Sons, chipping the Raith ‘keeper before a late flag from the touchline ruled the goal offside.

Minutes later the home side went in front. Rovers’ Paul Watson slipped the ball under Danny Rogers’ diving body after Dumbarton failed to clear a throw-in properly.

From then on Sons looked decidedly out of sorts and Raith piled forward in search of further reward. It came on 78 minutes as Ryan Conroy added to the visitors’ misery with a firmly struck free kick from the edge of the area.

Two minutes later the ever-threatening Christian Nade made it three for Rovers, as he steamed through and struck the ball powerfully into the bottom right-hand corner.

Despite a late and deserved consolation goal from Scott Agnew (pictured), Dumbarton often seemed narrow in formation, sometimes looked hesitant up front and found themselves outpaced at the back after the break.

Ian Murray’s men will now be looking for a much-improved performance in the first home game of the season against Queen of the South at the Bet Butler Stadium next Saturday.

Full match report and photos now online.

Simon Barrow

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