Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Clyde (2) v Dumbarton (1)

Saturday 22nd July 2017, Kick Off 3pm

BetFred Cup

THE newly-formatted Betfred Cup has already proven beneficial to a number of clubs.

Some have registered shock victories against higher profile opposition, even if it is just a one-off game.

Others have exceeded expectations, getting to the later stages of the competition.

It is fair to say, however, that Dumbarton are taking their time to adjust to the new-look tournament.

Half time arrived with them in complete control against Clyde, and ahead through Craig Barr's header. It was never overly convincing, but they were doing enough to justify their lead.

But in the second half, goals by Darren Miller and Max Wright enabled the League Two side to keep themselves in with a shout of winning the group — and end Sons progress in all but name.

This was Sons' sixth sectional tie since the competition was revamped. All they have to show for those six games are two which were drawn and then lost on penalties.

Ultimately the league finish will be the benchmark to a successful season, but cup ties continue to be a stumbling block.

Loan signing Ally Roy, making his first start, looked lively early doors. His narrow angled shot was beaten away by the keeper and shortly afterwards, he could not quite connect with Chris Johnston's cross at close range.

But on 32 minutes Barr, who had what looked a legitimate goal ruled out during Tuesday's game with Ayr United, this time got the break of a decision.

His header from a corner on the left was deemed, after some deliberation by the officials, to have crossed the line.

It all looked good, but that changed 11 minutes after the restart, beginning with another corner from the left, by Miller.

His set piece was bending in at the near post, but Scott Gallacher punched it clear. Miller, though, was invited to try for goal again, this time going for the far post, and found the net.

Gallacher then saved well from Darren Ramsay, but Sons were undoubtedly toiling in a game they had previously controlled.

And midway through the second half, slack defending from another corner eventually resulted in Wright heading home.

Sons did look like fighting back for a spell after that, as Christian Nade and David Wilson each forced a save from the home keeper in quick succession.

But after seeing those out, Clyde played the rest of the afternoon out and gained a victory which, an hour earlier, had looked so unlikely.

Clyde: Currie; Home, McNiff, Breslin (Wilson 88), Cuddihy, Miller, Flynn, Gormley (Osadolor 64), Ramsay (Burbidge 70), Wright. Subs: Belkacem; Dachnowicz, Harrison, Millar.

Dumbarton: S Gallacher; Smith, McLaughlin, Dowie, C Gallagher (Nade 69), Wilson, Stewart, Johnston, Hutton, Roy, Barr. Subs: Ewings; Walsh, Prior. Booked: Barr.

Andy Galloway