Saturday 3rd May 2014

DUMBARTON ended a momentous season with a strong performance against Dundee, losing out to the odd goal in three at a packed Dens Park.

Sons were sprightly on the ball in a tense, competitive first half. Indeed the visitors probably had more of the chances before Dundee went ahead on 25 minutes.

Christian Nade got on the end of a looping free kick and his header just scraped past the fingertips of Sons ‘keeper Jamie Ewings to make it 1-0.

Minutes later Colin Nish almost equalised for Dumbarton. His well-timed effort flicked agonisingly off the corner of the upright and bar.

It was 2-0 to Dundee when Peter MacDonald unleashed a strong, low drive into the lower right-hand corner from 20 yards.

The Blues sat deep after the break, leaving Sons to press forward in search of a goal to bring them back into the game.

With 20 minutes left Dumbarton’s considerable efforts were rewarded when the referee pointed to the spot after a foul in the box. Scott Agnew made no mistake with his penalty to restore the score to 2-1.

Sons were denied an equaliser when Chris Kane was tripped in the area after going through on goal. But the referee waved play on.

The home side rode their luck towards the end, just escaping punishment from two goalmouth scrambles as Dumbarton gave their all for a leveller.

The result means that Dundee go up to the Premiership as Champions.

Full match report and photos now online.

Simon Barrow

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