Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Kilmarnock (3) v Dumbarton (0)

Saturday 29th July 2017, Kick Off 3pm

BetFred Cup

IT'S all over - at least until July next year.

And that won't be a day too late for Dumbarton, for whom the Betfred Cup has been almost devoid of breaks and results.

The final sectional game of the season, against Kilmarnock, had only pride at stake for Sons. It ended up summing up the four-game campaign.

Their pride was very much intact after a spirited first half which should have seen them take the lead. Dougie Hill's header was not awarded as a goal despite later being shown to have crossed the line.

After the restart, the divisional superiority told, with Killie pulling clear through Chris Burke, Kris Boyd and Lee Erwin.

A consolation goal would not have been undeserved by Dumbarton, but chances were missed in the dying stages to claim it.

In terms of results, the Betfred Cup campaign has to go down as a disappointment - but there are positives to take.

And the real stuff starts on Saturday, when Morton come to G82 in the Championship opener.

Killie were first to threaten with a shot by Burke which was deflected just off target, but Sons were always sharp during the first 45 minutes.

Mark Stewart was played in by David Wilson's through ball, but found the angle too narrow and his lob missed the target.

Then on 28 minutes, Hill's header was cleared from behind the goal line by keeper Jamie MacDonald. No goal was awarded, and footage later confirmed it should have been.

Three minutes later it was Killie's turn to have a goal ruled out, with the referee ruling that Boyd had illegally challenged Andy Dowie for possession before slotting away.

It was all positive, but eight minutes into the second half came the big setback.

A ball forward was not dealt with, and Boyd crossed for Burke to head in at the back post.

Boyd almost made it two shortly afterwards, but Scott Gallacher saved. Kilmarnock now had Dumbarton where they wanted them.

However, substitute Ally Roy managed to test the keeper with a narrow angled shot which was saved.

With 19 minutes left Boyd made it safe for Kilmarnock with another header, meeting Dom Thomas' cross from the right.

And five minutes later, Erwin pounced on a downward header and made no mistake to net on his debut for the Rugby Park club.

After another fine save from Gallacher kept out Adam Frizzell, Sons fought back, and Roy again went close after cutting in from the left.

Calum Gallagher was next with five minutes remaining, but he sliced wide after Wilson pulled the ball back.

Wilson himself then headed against a post in injury time. It wasn't Sons' day - it hasn't been Sons' four days in this group.

But now the stage is set for the sixth consecutive season in the Championship, starting against Morton on Saturday.

Kilmarnock: MacDonald; O'Donnell, Broadfoot, McKenzie, K Boyd, Taylor, Thomas, Wilson, Frizzell, Burke (Erwin 60), Graham (Jones 46). Subs: Mackay; Power, S Boyd, Waters, Samizadeh. Booked: Taylor.

Dumbarton: S Gallacher; Smith, McLaughlin, Dowie, Wilson, Stewart, Walsh (Prior 82), Johnston (C Gallacher 75), Hutton, Hill, Handling (Roy 60). Sub: Ewings. Booked: Johnston, McLaughlin (McLaughlin's booking was his second of the group and he misses the first tie of next season).

Referee: Bobby Madden.

Andy Galloway