Sons so close to vic­tory in Dundee Late goal forces them to share points

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Gal­lacher, Smith (C Gal­lagher 80), McLaugh­lin, Hill, Barr, Car­swell,Wil­son,Wardrop, Mor­ri­son (Nade 71),Walsh, Frox­ylias (Roy 89). Subs (un­used) - Ewings, Prior, John­ston Lewis, Mur­doch, Quinn, Ed­jenguele, Rob­son, McMul­lan, Fraser (King 57), Stan­ton (N’koyi 45), Briels (Keat­ings 82), Fyvie, McDon­ald Greg Aitken

Fraser Clarke A late James Keat­ings free­kick de­nied Dum­bar­ton their first vic­tory of the sea­son.

Sons’ best per­for­mance of the cam­paign was only re­warded with a point against ti­tle-chas­ing Dundee United.

Dum­bar­ton kicked off shoot­ing away from their own fans and four min­utes in had a shock lead.

Tom Walsh cap­i­talised on a Stew­art Mur­doch mis­take on the left wing and clipped a cross to the far post.

As United’s Jamie Rob­son dithered David Smith charged in to squeeze home his first league goal in more than two-and-a-half years.

It was a dream start to the game for Ste­vie Aitken’s side and it was one which looked to in­stantly boost the con­fi­dence of those on the pitch in white.

United al­most re­sponded four min­utes later, how­ever, as Scott Fraser blasted an ef­fort into the away end when there were bet­ter op­tions in the mid­dle.

For all their pos­ses­sion, United failed to se­ri­ously test the Dum­bar­ton back four, with Sons look­ing the more dan­ger­ous of the sides on the counter-at­tack.

A sen­sa­tional Tom Walsh dummy took Stew­art Mur­doch out of the game, with the for­mer Rangers winger’s deep cross un­com­fort­ably scram­bled clear by a mix­ture of Wil­liam Ed­jen­guélé and Jamie Rob­son.

As the game con­tin­ued to flow from end to end a glo­ri­ous chance was squan­dered by Ray McKin­non’s men.

Dutch­man Jordie Briels latched on to a Paul McMul­lan through-ball and rounded Scott Gal­lacher but from a tight an­gle he could only hit the side net­ting.

Gal­lacher was then twice called into ac­tion to pre­serve Sons’ lead at the in­ter­val.

He scram­bled a McMul­lan free­kick clear be­fore eas­ily sav­ing a tame Scott McDon­ald ef­fort from the edge of the area.

In the sec­ond half al­most straight from kick-off Paul McMul­lan called Gal­lacher into ac­tion with a loop­ing cross be­fore N’Koyi worked his way into the penalty area and fired nar­rowly wide.

McMul­lan then threat­ened again as his cut­back looked per­fect for Scott Fraser, only for the United num­ber 10 to get his feet mixed up, al­low­ing the dan­ger to be cleared.

Grad­u­ally Dum­bar­ton set­tled into the game and Greg Mor­ri­son was un­for­tu­nate not to get a de­but goal af­ter Harry Lewis fum­bled a trade­mark Dim­itris Frox­ylias free­kick.

There was no deny­ing who the busier keeper was as Gal­lacher, who has en­dured a dif­fi­cult start to life at the Rock, once again pro­duced heroics to keep United at bay.

With 20 min­utes re­main­ing Ste­vie Aitken turned to his bench, with Chris­tian Nadé called upon to re­place hard-work­ing debu­tant Mor­ri­son.

The big French­man’s im­pact was im­me­di­ate as he looked to un­set­tle both Wil­liam Ed­jen­guélé and Paul Quinn, cre­at­ing space for Tom Walsh.

From all of 30 yards and from a tight an­gle he at­tempted an au­da­cious ef­fort on goal which had to be tipped on to the bar by the backpedalling Harry Lewis.

As the game ticked into the fi­nal 10 min­utes a care­less David Wil­son chal­lenge on Billy King handed Keat­ings a glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity on the edge of the box.

Af­ter a break in play for Wil­son to re­ceive treat­ment the for­mer Celtic kid duly stepped up and blasted the ball be­yond the Dum­bar­ton wall and Gal­lacher into the top left-hand cor­ner of the net.

It was a cruel blow for a Sons side who had been good value for their lead and left the away end watch­ing with bated breath for the fi­nal min­utes.

They did not have to worry, how­ever, as Dum­bar­ton held on comfortably for a well-earned point.

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