Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Dumbarton (0) v Dundee (0)

Saturday 6th February 2016, Kick Off 3pm

Scottish Cup

THEY say that the underdog only gets one chance in a cup tie, especially when the first game is at home.

That theory may or may not come true for Dumbarton when they do it all again with Dundee at Dens Park.

But they'll give it a right go — just as they did over this 90 minutes of pure blood and thunder cup tie football.

The romance of the cup may not have been in total evidence as neither side could find the net in the steady downpour. What the game did have was guts, spirit and determination from both sides from first whistle to last.

Sons did ride their luck at times. The visitors hit the post, Mark Docherty spectacularly cleared a shot off the line, and the Dark Blues saw two late efforts miss by very fine margins.

However, just for a change, Sons had the breaks against Dundee. In all four league meetings between the sides two seasons ago, they could justly claim not to have had any.

And they now have another opportunity to face the Premiership side, set to take place on Tayside during the week commencing Monday, February 15.

The scenesetters ahead of this game were plenty. Dundee's Paul McGinn was back on his former home ground, Sons' new signing Christian Nade made his debut against his ex-club, and there was the potential shock value of the tie.

Both McGinn and Nade were applauded by their former fans as well as their current ones, but were part of an all-out battle which didn't take long to ignite.

Nick Ross' fifth minute shot from the edge of the area rebounded off the post, with Jamie Ewings smothering the loose ball.

There were not many first half chances despite the 100 per cent effort from each side. After Gary Harkins dragged a 20 yard shot wide, Nade charged down a clearance only for Scott Bain to be alert enough to deal with the situation.

On 36 minutes a Kane Hemmings shot had Ewings beaten and looked for all the world like the opening goal. Docherty wasn't giving up and his tenacity paid off with a dramatic clearance off the line.

After a Hemmings goal was disallowed for offside on 55 minutes, a Sons counter attack ended with Nade just failing to reach Tom Walsh's cross. Docherty was also close with a bending shot which narrowly missed the far post.

Midway through the second half, Harkins headed Greg Stewart's corner over at point blank range. Ewings easily dealt with Rory Loy's narrow angled effort and as the minutes ran out Sons held their own.

But there was a late threat when Kevin Holt looked to take advantage of a missed clearance only for his effort to miss the target.

And in injury time, Stewart's low drive had pace, but not quite enough accuracy, leaving referee Stephen Finnie, for the third time this season, to call time on a goalless draw for Sons.

Dumbarton: Ewings; Docherty, Saunders, Buchanan, Gallagher (Taggart 79), Fleming, Barr, Routledge, Wright, Walsh, Nade (Cawley 75). Subs: Brown; Kirkpatrick, McCallum, Waters, Heh. Booked: Routledge.

Dundee: Bain; Holt, Konrad, Stewart, Loy (Low 78), Hemmings, Ross (Arturo 71), McGowan, McGinn, O'Dea, Harkins. Subs: Mitchell; Etxabeguren, Gadzhalov, Kerr, Wighton. Booked: Harkins.

Referee: Stephen Finnie.

Crowd: 1,410.

Andy Galloway