Saturday 27th February 2016

DUMBARTON secured a vital three points with a 3-2 victory against high-flyers Hibernian in a storming game at the Rock this afternoon.

Hibs enjoyed the majority of possession in the opening 20 minutes, but Sons remained disciplined and organised at the back.

Then on 23 minutes Kevin Cawley executed a superb turn and low drive in a central position to put Dumbarton 1-0 in front against the run of play.

The visitors pressed back hard, but on 42 minutes Sons added a second goal when Christian Nade (pictured) beat Hibs keeper Mark Oxley to the ball and looped his header into the net.

Four minutes into the second half Dumbarton fans were in ecstasy as Darren Barr steamed onto the near post to pile the ball home from an inswinging corner for 3-0.

Hibs grabbed a relatively easy goal back on 57 minutes, when Liam Henderson curled a shot past Jamie Ewings into the far corner.

Farid El Alagui narrowed it back to 3-2 for the visitors on 71 minutes. First, Sons were let off the hook when Boyle hit the post. Then Mark Docherty cleared off the line, only for the substitute to crash the ball in from the resulting corner.

The closing minutes of a thrilling encounter were tense and frantic. Dumbarton strained every sinew to hold their lead, securing another famous victory at the Rock.

Next up for Sons is a crucial SPFL Championship battle with foot-of-the-table Alloa Athletic at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium on Tuesday night.

Full match report, comment, match photos and Sons TV now online.

Simon Barrow

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