Shoot-out ends cup comeback
Dominant Sons fail to make most of possession
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.
Brown; Pettigrew, Docherty, Buchanan, Stevenson, Gallagher, Fleming, Thomson, Smith (Todd 76), Wright, Stirling.
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