Fa­ther & Sons act has Chris on tar­get

Evening Times - - SPORT - By JOHN McGILL

DUM­BAR­TON de­fender Chris McLaugh­lin re­vealed his first se­nior goal was down to some fa­therly ad­vice.

Be­fore ev­ery game the old man tells his son to have a pop at goal when­ever he gets the chance.

And against Raith Rovers on Sat­ur­day, in a su­perb 2-0 win in the Irn-Bru Cup, McLaugh­lin ben­e­fit­ted from the ad­vice.

He said: “I was quite for­tu­nate with the goal. The ball just dropped for me, and on my weaker right foot too.

“It was a great start for us and even though Raith fought back, we kept the ball well. If we’d scored the penalty to make it 3-0 that would have ended it.

“In­stead we just kept work­ing hard. Peo­ple say it’s easy to play against ten men but it’s not as sim­ple as that and we’re de­lighted with the win and the clean sheet.

“It’s my first goal in se­nior foot­ball and my mum and dad were here. My dad texts me on ev­ery match-day telling me to shoot and score goals.

“I said I’d claim the win­ner last week and I got a bit of stick from the boys for that [be­cause] the Brechin player put it through his own net.”

Ste­vie Aitken, the Dum­bar­ton man­ager, made the point that while his side are in a higher league, Raith have more play­ers, a big­ger bud­get and, cru­cially are full-time.

This win means that this club, which in re­cent years has punched way above its weight, has reached the semi-fi­nal of a na­tional tour­na­ment for the first time since 1976.

McLaugh­lin’s opener was fol­lowed by an Ally Roy goal and they could even af­ford Tom Walsh miss­ing a penalty.

Aitken said: “I thought we were ter­rific from start to fin­ish. I have an hon­est bunch of play­ers who un­der­stand the dif­fi­cul­ties it is op­er­at­ing as a part-time club in what is a full-time league.”

Chris McLaugh­lin scored on Sat­ur­day

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