Sunday 13th May 2018

DUMBARTON have been relegated from the Ladbrokes SPFL Championship, following a 2-0 defeat to Alloa Athletic in extra time at the C&G Systems Stadium. They lost the play-off final 2-1 on aggregate.

To Sons’ relief, Alloa missed two glaring chances in the first minute of the opening period, as Jordan Kirkpatrick’s shot was beaten away and Iain Flannigan prodded wide.

From then on Dumbarton started pressing hard up front and defending well as the visitors sought to hit back.

As the half progressed, however, the Wasps enjoyed more possession up front, while the best chances fell to Sons.

Tom Walsh and Kevin Nisbet were among those who snatched at the ball in good scoring positions and Dougie Hill had a header palmed out.

Alloa Athletic came out blazing after a goalless first half, putting Dumbarton seriously under the cosh at the back.

It was an energetic but nervy affair, with desperate attacking and desperate defending in equal measure.

With one minute left of time added on, disaster struck. Ross Stewart grabbed the goal for Wasps that gave the visitors a 1-0 lead, wiped out Sons’ first leg advantage and sent the tie into extra time.

Shortly after the restart Alloa were in front as Kirkpatrick rifled the ball into the top corner of the net to leave Dumbarton needing a goal to stay in contention.

The second goal proved a fatal blow for Sons, who were unable to recover in a tense final 15 minutes.

As the final whistle blew Alloa fans celebrated promotion and Dumbarton were relegated from the Championship after six incredible seasons.

Next term Sons will be battling to gain promotion from SPFL League One.

Everyone at Dumbarton FC wishes Alloa Athletic all the best in the Championship in 2018/19.

Full match report, photos, reaction and SonsTV coverage now online.

Simon Barrow

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