Shoot-out ends cup come­back

Dom­i­nant Sons fail to make most of pos­ses­sion

Lennox Herald - - SPORTS - Carla Tal­bot

For­far Ath­letic ..........2 Dum­bar­ton ...............2 For­far won 5-3 on pens

Dum­bar­ton were edged out by For­far Ath­letic af­ter a hard­fought match in the grop stage of the Bet­fred League Cup.

The Sons were un­lucky to lose out against the Loons on Satur­day as the squad took on their first com­pet­i­tive match of the sea­son.

It was a game of hits and misses for Ste­vie Aitken’s side, who man­aged a two-goal come­back thanks to shots from Grant Gal­lagher and Garry Flem­ing.

But it was Gal­lagher who was the un­lucky player to miss his penalty, cost­ing his side an ex­tra point in the tour­na­ment.

The Sons did not have it easy from the start­ing whis­tle, fac­ing a For­far side who are keen to re­build af­ter rel­e­ga­tion from League One at the end of last sea­son.

De­spite For­far want­ing to make an im­pres­sion, the first half of the match left much to be de­sired for the fans.

There was lit­tle goal­mouth ac­tion from ei­ther side for the ma­jor­ity of the first 45 min­utes.

It was not un­til Gal­lagher sent a shot over the bar that there was any hint of a goal.

Then 10 min­utes be­fore the break For­far went in front through new sign­ing Josh Peters, who fired home in 34 min­utes to put his side 1-0 ahead go­ing into the break.

The Sons came out in the sec­ond half with a bit of de­ter­mi­na­tion and it was not long un­til Gal­lagher lev­elled with a clever header in 54 min­utes. As the teams bat­tled to get ahead it was For­far who found the net first, this time through Tam O’Brien, who re­stored the Loons’ lead with a fab­u­lous 30-yard strike five min­utes later. The goal­mouth ac­tion con­tin­ued, this time through Sons hit­man Garry Flem­ing, who buried the ball in the net with a penalty on 69 min­utes. With the teams now level, play raced from end to end with nei­ther side man­ag­ing to net the cru­cial de­cid­ing goal. Ryan Stevenson al­most put the Sons 3-2 up when a free kick from the left wing dropped to­wards goal, only to hit the bar. The fi­nal whis­tle sig­nalled a penalty shoot-out to de­ter­mine who would get the points. Cox, Milne, Lis­ter and Andy Munro all scored for For­far while Thom­son, Flem­ing and Stevenson did like- Last sea­son mid­fielder Grant Gal­lagher scored four goals for the Sons in the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship. wise for Sons.

How­ever, Gal­lagher’s penalty went over, leav­ing the Sons with the con­so­la­tion points and leav­ing Swankie to roll up and score the win­ning penalty. But Dum­bar­ton still came away with one point.

Ste­vie Aitken’s side played East Fife at the Cheaper In­sur­ance Direct Sta­dium yes­ter­day (Tues­day) as the Len­nox Her­ald went to press.

The Sons will now go on to face Dundee on Satur­day in the next match of the grop stage. Kick-off is at 3pm.

Adam; Bain, McIntosh, Munro, Mal­colm, O’Brien, Cox, Milne, Lis­ter, Swankie, Peters.

Subs:

Devine.

Dum­bar­ton:

Brown; Pet­ti­grew, Docherty, Buchanan, Stevenson, Gal­lagher, Flem­ing, Thom­son, Smith (Todd 76), Wright, Stir­ling.

Subs:

Hill; Fother­ing­ham, Hay, Yates, Mailer, Bar­clay; McCal­lum, Clark, Kas­sarate.

Dou­ble chal­lenge Andy Stir­ling is well cov­ered by two For­far de­fend­ers

Equaliser Gal­lagher gets the plau­dits af­ter putting Sons level

Goal ac­tion Flem­ing’s penalty took the Sons level at 2-2

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