Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

CUP OPENER DRAWN, BUT SHOOTOUT LOST

Saturday 16th July 2016

DUMBARTON have immediately had the maximum experience of the new Betfred League Cup, being taken to penalties by Forfar Athletic after a 2-2 draw.

But the shootout was lost 5-3 to the Loons, with Grant Gallagher's penalty, which went over the bar, proving to be the difference.

Forfar led 1-0 at half time through Josh Peters, who was on trial with Sons in pre-season, but Gallagher headed the visitors level soon after the restart.

A Thomas O'Brien goal from distance restored Forfar's lead on 62 minutes, but Dumbarton again levelled seven minutes later from the penalty spot. Garry Fleming converted after David Cox's handling offence in the area.

Sons had a man advantage for a matter of seconds during the game after the home side had Jamie Bain sent off in injury time for a second booking.

Forfar scored all five of their shootout penalties, while Robert Thomson, Fleming and Ryan Stevenson scored for Sons.

Next up is Tuesday's tie at home to East Fife, who have beaten Dundee on penalties today.

Match report to follow. Match photos now online.

Andy Galloway