Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Crucial win, convincing performance

This article also appears as the match report on the official DFC website.

Sons maintain the pressure
Dumbarton have claimed another crucial midweek victory - this time beating East Fife 3-1 at Methil, with goals from Walker, Gilhaney and Geggan.

Sons looked uncertain in the opening few minutes, as East Fife took advantage of the windy conditions and two inswinging balls almost deceived the backtracking Dumbarton defence.

The home side enjoyed more of the possession for the first quarter of an hour. But then on 17 minutes Pat Walker helped to engineer a crafty move down the right for Sons, before moving into space himself and striking the ball high and wide of Fifers' keeper Michael Brown.

Seven minutes later it was another sweeping Walker cross from the left that set an unmarked Mark Gilhaney free through the centre. He controlled the ball well and took his time to place it firmly into the bottom corner of the net. 2-0 to Dumbarton.

Then close to half time, just when Sons looked well on top, East Fife drove forward again, and debutant Matthew Park turned smartly to twist the ball past Stephen Grindlay and pull the game back to 2-1.

The Fifers began the second half seeking to continue where they left off, but it was Sons who struck again on 54 minutes. Andy Geggan latched on to a Walker pass threaded through a packed area to make it 3-1.

The visitors did not sit back. Displaying some assured, flowing football, Dumbarton sought to press their advantage home. Jon McShane came closest to adding to the score with a fine strike from the edge of the area.

Derek Carcary came on for the industrious Pat Walker with a little over ten minutes to go, and was soon involved in the action up front. But East Fife had not given up. When they gained a penalty it looked as if they were back in the game. But Grindlay pulled off a brilliantly athletic save.

The 3-1 win means that Dumbarton have moved into 7th place in the Second Division and have gained 10 points from the last 12.

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