Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Dumbarton (3) v Hibs (2)

Saturday 27th February 2016, Kick Off 3pm

Ladbrokes Championship

EIGHTEEN minutes felt more like eighteen hours.

From the moment Farid El Alagui put away Hibernian's second goal, time seemed to stand still.

Watches were rigorously checked. The action was watched through the cracks between fingers. Six hundred Dumbarton fans sat pining for the final whistle.

And just shy of 5pm, it came. Sons had the 3-2 victory over Hibs that they deserved — ensuring they have taken six points off the Edinburgh side at home this season.

Within 48 minutes they led 3-0 though Kevin Cawley, Christian Nade and Darren Barr. Morton's eyebrow-raising scoreline at Easter Road on Wednesday was already equalled.

The crafty Liam Henderson pulled one back for Hibs and when El Alagui scrambled home their second, all hands had to be on deck.

Sons overturned a 3-0 deficit against Raith Rovers in November. Could Hibs get revenge for the Kirkcaldy side on their behalf?

They could not. This was Hibernian's sixth defeat in all competitions this season. Three of them have been to Championship leaders Rangers. Dumbarton have inflicted two of the other three.

Solid and battle-hardened in defence and, equally importantly, clinical in attack, Sons have twice done something only the Gers and Morton have managed to do in the current campaign.

While they took the lead early on in August's 2-1 victory, they survived a close call after five minutes when Henderson met Nicklas Gunnarsson's cross only to shoot over off the top of the bar.

But on 21 minutes, Cawley got the break of the ball on the edge of the area and rolled away a clinical finish. Sons had their first goal since beating Livingston at the end of January.

Hibs fought back and Danny Carmichael's shot narrowly missed the target before Jason Cummings looked set for a narrow angled finish. Mark Docherty got a vital touch to deflect the effort wide of the far post.

That was on 42 minutes. By the time the 43rd had elapsed, Sons led by two.

Docherty sent a high ball into the area and Nade, reaching it ahead of the visiting keeper, headed home his first goal for the club.

The second half started with an air of intrigue as to how Hibs would battle back. But their fight would not start until Barr grabbed Dumbarton's third.

Calum Waters, on his first start since November, put a corner into the mix and by the time it reached the far post, the Sons skipper powered home a header.

When did Sons last lead 3-0 against such a high-profile side? While some thought of the answer, Hibs responded.

Henderson, a tricky player for Sons to play against from start to finish, cut into the area on 57 minutes before bending home a fine individual goal.

After seeing Hibernian off for a further 15 minutes, Sons kept them out when Martin Boyle's shot hit a post and Docherty, for the second time in the game, denied Cummings at close range.

But when Dumbarton thought they had escaped, the resulting corner gave El Alagui the chance to force home Hibs' second goal, which he snapped up.

Cummings then looked likely to equalise minutes later, but Jamie Ewings was equal to his effort.

The remaining minutes went by, as slowly as anything. Every shoulder had to be put to the wheel for Sons to see it through.

Cummings and El Alagui had a chance each, but neither could hit the target.

Dumbarton had beaten Hibernian. Again.

Dumbarton: Ewings; Docherty, Saunders, Buchanan, Cawley (Kirkpatrick 79), Barr, Waters, Lindsay, Wright, Walsh (Taggart 67), Nade (Fleming 62). Subs: Brown; McCallum, Hopkins, Heh. Booked: Buchanan.

Hibernian: Oxley; Henderson, Hanlon (Fontaine 63), Bartley (Boyle 58), Stevenson, McGinn, Keatings (El Alagui 58), Carmichael, McGregor, Gunnarsson, Cummings. Subs: Virtanen; Dagnall, Thomson, Shaw. Booked: McGinn.

Referee: Barry Cook.

Crowd: 1,345.

Andy Galloway