Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

HARD FOUGHT DRAW FOR SONS

Saturday 4th February 2017

DUMBARTON twice fought back from behind against battling St Mirren to claim another point in their Championship campaign with a 2-2 draw at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium this afternoon.

The opening salvos were scrappy, as both sides struggled to assert control over a vital game.

On 11 minutes Daniel Harvie saved Sons' skin when he somehow managed to hook the ball off the line after Cameron Smith's shot took a deflection and almost went in.

From then on, Dumbarton produced the majority of the pressure on the opening 45 minutes, despite losing captain Darren Barr to a knock on 25 minutes. Tom Lang was his replacement.

Ten minutes later, against the run of play, St Mirren were in front. A ball from the left hand side was picked up by David Clarkson, who finished from close range to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

Dumbarton took the game to their opponents early in thd half. Buddies thought they had weathered the initial storm, but then Christian Nade struck.

The big front man unleashed a bullet of a header from a fierce corner on 55 minutes, catapulting Sons right back into the match.

Dumbarton were forced into another change on 64 minutes, as Stuart Carswell gave way for Lewis Vaughan.

Then on 71 Harry Davies met a free kick into the box and headed home powerfully to put St Mirren back in front at 2-1.

But feisty Sons were not to be beaten. Robert Thomson levelled again on 80 minutes with a great turn to beat his man before finishing from close range.

The home side fought hard right until the final whistle in search of all three points, but the Saints managed to hold on for a draw in a topsy-turvy game.

Full match report and Sons TV to follow. Match photos now online.

Simon Barrow