Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Dumbarton (2) v Hibs (1)

Saturday 8th August 2015, Kick Off 3pm

Ladbrokes Championship

Wullie Gibson fired home a stunning free kick to guide Dumbarton to their first win on the opening day of the league season in eight years as Sons defeated Hibernian 2-1.

Gregor Buchanan put Stevie Aitken's men one ahead early on before Dominique Malonga equalised for Hibs just before a quarter of an hour.

Then, in the second half, the stage was set for Gibson to step up and curl home a free kick to give Sons their first win over the Edinburgh side since 1984.

There were several changes to the Dumbarton side that lost in the League Cup at Methill last week. Mark Docherty, Andy Graham and Steven Craig all started in place of Callum Waters, Jamie Lindsay and Darren Barr.

Only one of the players in the starting eleven, Andy Graham, started against Raith Rovers on the first game of the 2014/15 Championship season which clearly shows the transition Sons have gone through this summer.

However, it didn't look like there was any problems in the team gelling together on their first competitive home game of the season as Dumbarton went ahead early on.

Steven Craig held the ball up well before being barged from behind by Liam Fontaine.

A free-kick was awarded, which Wullie Gibson crossed low into the six yard box and Gregor Buchanan bundled the ball home.

It was a bright start from Dumbarton, but the visitors were not for giving in to the pressure and Mark Brown had to be aware to deny Jason Cummings and then catch a curling shot from Scott Allan.

However, the lead only lasted a little over ten minutes as on the fourteenth minute Dominique Malonga nipped in between Graham and Brown to capitalise on a lack of communication between the pair and fired past the former Ross County keeper.

Sons nearly went ahead again straight away, but after Fleming got behind Fontaine he could only hit the post.

Scott Martin was then denied by the legs of Brown in the Dumbarton goal as both sides showed no signs of lacking match sharpness on the opening day of the season.

Fleming had another chance, this time he hit the target, but Mark Oxley made a good stop to push away his header.

Chances followed for Steven Craig however he headed wide on two occasions, and Brown had to remain alert to push away a drive from Allan just before half time.

The second half started quietly until a moment of magic from Gibson.

When Kevin Cawley was fouled by Marvin Bartley 25 yards from goal, the former Stranraer man picked up the ball and curled the free kick over the wall straight into the top corner.

From the moment it left the winger's foot it was headed straight for the net, with the diving Oxley getting nowhere near the ball.

Hibs had plenty of possession but rarely created chances to seriously trouble the Sons defence.

Brown saved well to tip over a strike from Malonga, and Fontaine should have done better when he headed over the bar from close range.

The Leith side continued to bombard the Sons defence but brave defending from Buchanan and Graham meant that Sons achieved something which they couldn't do in five attempts last season, and score a victory over Hibernian.

Next up for Dumbarton is another challenging test, as they travel to St Mirren Park to face ex-Sons boss Ian Murray and The Buddies.

Dumbarton: Brown, Taggart, Docherty, Graham, Buchanan, Cawley (Kirkpatrick 67'), Gallagher, Fleming (Smith 85'), Craig (Lindsay 77'), Gibson, Routledge. Substitutes not used: Ewings, McCallum, Waters, Miller.

Hibernian: Oxley, Gray, Hanlon, Fontaine, Bartley (Boyle 84'), Fyvie, Allan, Malonga, Stevenson, Cummings (Stanton 69'), Martin (McGinn 56'). Substitutes not used: Reguero, Carmichael, Harris, Dunsmore.

Referee: Don Robertson.

Attendance: 1552.

Jack Crawford