Saturday 2nd March 2019

DUMBARTON secured a huge 2-0 win against high-flying Arbroath at the C&G Systems Stadium this afternoon, weathering both a late storm and tough opposition.

For the first half hour of the game both sides battled as much with the elements — driving wind and rain — as with each other.

But Dumbarton stood their ground against a reshaped Arbroath, and were rewarded when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after Ross Forbes was tripped on the edge of the League leaders’ area.

The Red Lichties ‘keeper went the right way from the spot kick on 29 minutes, but Forbes drilled the ball hard and low to make it 1-0 for Sons.

The visitors started the second half with real intent, but it was Dumbarton who edged further ahead on 52 minutes.

A ball through from Man of the Match Bobby Barr found Dom Thomas, who drove it home on the near post with a fine strike, giving Sons a 2-0 lead.

Arbroath made three substitutions just after the hour, and looked determined to fight back. But the men from the Rock stood firm.

The closing stages of the game saw gales sweep the pitch for several minutes.

Then the visitors went down to ten men on 80 minutes when McKenna was sent of for a second yellow card offence, diving in the area.

Dumbarton continued to press right until the end, and had several chances to extend their lead. In the end they were more than satisfied with a vital, hard won three points.

Full match report and reaction to follow. Match photos and SonsTV coverage now online.

Simon Barrow

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