Saturday 28th April 2012

DUMBARTON squeezed a 2-1 win against Stirling Albion at Forthbank this afternoon, securing their place in the play-offs for promotion to the Irn Bru SFL First Division.

The result, clinched right at the end on a sunny and celebratory afternoon at Forthbank, also confirms the Binos relegation to the Third Division.

Despite a buzzing atmosphere, the first half was a disappointment and ended goalless. Then on 56 minutes a breakaway strike from Scott Davidson temporarily silenced the colourful, noisy away support, putting Albion 1-0 in front eleven minutes after the restart.

Sons reply came when Stirling defender Devon Jacobs and keeper Callum Reidford guided a ball from Bryan Prunty into his own net to make it 1-1.

The stroke of luck was just what the visitors needed. The tempo of the game increased significantly.

Craig Dargo, replacing Pat Walker on the hour, rose to head in a Scott Agnew corner and give Dumbarton a 2-1 win on 92 minutes. Shortly afterwards the final whistle blew to tumultuous applause from Sons fans.

Dumbarton face Brechin City at the Rock next Saturday, in the last official home fixture of the season. But all thoughts will now be turning to the play-offs and one last, mighty promotion push.

Special match photo gallery now online; full match report and SonsPlayer coverage now also available.

Simon Barrow

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