Friday 8th February 2013

A WONDER goal from Bryan Prunty set Dumbarton on their path to an invaluable 3-2 away win against Livingston in West Lothian this afternoon.

The big centre forward’s spectacular overhead kick gave Sons the best possible start on four minutes. What unfolded after that was an exciting, gutsy, end-to-end encounter.

The visitors had the best of the action for the first 20 minutes, until a defensive slip gifted Jordan Morton an equaliser for the Lions.

Dumbarton struck back straight away. This time it was a mistake by the home side that enabled Andy Graham to make it 2-1 on 23 minutes.

It looked as if Sons had done enough to go into the half time break with a lead. But a penalty conceded right at the end of the opening period resulted in ex-DFC man Iain Russell crashing the ball home to level proceedings as 2-2.

Both sides fought hard for dominance after the break, but it was Dumbarton who stole the match thanks to another spot kick, this one convincingly converted by Scott Agnew on 69 minutes.

Ten minutes later Mark Gilhaney was curiously red-carded for dissent while being substituted. Ten-man Sons held on despite that set-back and the even more serious loss of ‘keeper Jamie Ewings, who suffered a suspected broken jaw after one of a series of brave saves.

The result puts Sons six point clear of bottom side Airdrie United, and ensures that they also keep in front of Cowdenbeath ahead of next Saturday’s trip to meet Raith Rovers in the Irn Bru SFL First Division.

Full match report and photos now online.

Simon Barrow

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