Tuesday, 18 January 2011

A morale-boosting victory for Dumbarton

First published as Sons Sting Wasps With 4-1 Win on the Dumbarton FC website.

Sons are applauded off the field after a fine win
In a pulsating midweek encounter at SHS, Dumbarton bounced back from Saturday's defeat by claiming all three vital points with a 4-1 win over Alloa Athletic.

Sons started brightly. After just eight minutes Jon McShane produced a sweetly struck free-kick from the edge of the area. It clipped the inside of the Alloa post and came agonisingly close to being the opener.

Then on 14 minutes, after the Wasps began to cohere and look menacing, Martin McNiff cheered Sons hearts with a commanding 20 yard strike to make it 1-0 to the home side. Moments later he almost repeated the trick, only to be denied by a swooping reaction save from Stephen Robertson.

Dumbarton road their luck defensively at times as Alloa pushed forward aggressively in search of an equaliser. The industrious Darren Smith looked particularly threatening for the visitors. The game swung back to Sons again, but Wasps continued to make breaks from a well-organised midfield.

Five minutes from half time Sons almost increased their lead when Nicky Devlin pulled a near post save from Robertson and Derek Carcary was ruled offside on the follow-up. Moments later another storming Devlin run produced the goods for Pat Walker to slot in and make it 2-0.

In the second half things got even better for Dumbarton on 51 minutes, as Derek Carcary nimbly latched on to a loose ball in a tight goalmouth scramble to claim Sons' third goal. But Alloa came back immediately, with slack defending presenting a goalscoring opportunity to Wasps' Billy Wilson. He took it with relish. 3-1.

Alloa then enjoyed a period of resurgence, probing and stretching Sons at the back. But just as the pressure looked as if it might tell, Andy Geggan made it 4-1 on 80 minutes with a superbly judged 35 yard chip over the 'keeper.

The result is clearly important in Dumbarton's campaign to avoid the drop, and on the night the scoreline was just reward for a fine team performance in an absorbing game.

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