Saturday 11th January 2014

DUMBARTON pulled nine points clear of Cowdenbeath this afternoon, thanks to a deserved and hard-fought 4-2 victory at chilly Central Park.

Things started badly for Sons in a tough first half when Kyle Miller put the home side in the lead after just three minutes. But a well-taken strike from Colin Nish levelled the score shortly afterwards.

A Mitch Megginson goal, the first of a brace for the young striker, gave Dumbarton the lead on 21 minutes.

A period of dominance followed. Indeed, it looked as if the visitors might go further in front until a Kyle Miller cross caught out Steve Grindlay, leaving Jamie Stevenson to fire home for Cowden to make it 2-2.

The excitement continued after the break. Sons restored their lead when Nish set up Chris Kane, whose superb strike put them 3-2 in front.

Cowdenbeath applied sustained pressure to Dumbarton’s back line, testing their defensive resolve to the full.

Then on 83 minutes Sons made sure of the points when Megginson (pictured celebrating with Andy Graham) fired home convincingly from an assist by Mark Gilhaney to secure the 4-2 win.

The result means that Dumbarton are now well clear of the relegation zone and have a chance to move further up the SPFL Championship table if they can achieve another good result on the road against Alloa Athletic next Saturday.

Full match report and photos now online.

Simon Barrow

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