Saturday 3rd October 2015
A DETERMINED performance from Dumbarton secured a crucial 2-1 victory over Championship strugglers Livingston at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium this afternoon.
Livingston came out fast and aggressive in the opening spell, testing Sons’ back line with long balls and probing runs.
But Dumbarton managed to hold steady and took the lead on 41 minutes, when Kevin Cawley nodded home Willie Gibson’s clipped cross.
The advantage did not last long. Lax defending allowed Livi’s Gary Glen the opportunity to head in the equaliser.
Things did not get easier for Dumbarton in the second half, when Grant Gallagher went off with a knock, following Cawley’s departure for injury just before the break.
Then, after some busy goalmouth action at both ends, the visitors’ substitute Myles Hippolyte was red carded after an altercation in the home penalty area.
The decisive blow came on 82 minutes, when Sons’ Eamonn Brophy (pictured) tucked the ball home to secure a vital three points, to the vocal delight of the home supporters.
Next up for Dumbarton is a trip to Edinburgh, where they will face high-flyers Hibernian at Easter Road on 17th October — the Saturday after next weekend’s international break.
Andy Galloway’s match report and Donald Fullarton’s match photos now online; Sons TV to follow.