DUMBARTON really should have beaten SPFL Championship leaders Dundee at the Bet Butler Stadium, but luck was not on their side.
DUMBARTON really should have beaten SPFL Championship leaders Dundee at the Bet Butler Stadium in front of a 1,222 crowd, but luck was not on their side.
They dominated Paul Hartley's men for much of the match, but could not turn their superiority over the full-timers into goals.
After just a few minutes a Chris Turner header beat the keeper, but for some mysterious reason referee Brian Colvin — the man who failed to see a clear goal by Sons at Dundee before Christmas — chalked it off. But not before Sons players had celebrated, the assistant referee had headed for the halfway line, the Dundee players had accepted the score, and one Dundee player had picked up the ball.
Afterwards it was variously reported that the referee had blown for a foul before Turner headed home, or that the assistant ref had spotted a foul. Whatever the reason, the home fans berated Mr Colvin for the rest of the game.
Undeterred Sons pressed on but could not find a way to beat keeper Kyle Letheren. This continued after the interval, but gradually Paul Hartley's side forced their way into what had now become an even contest.
However a few minutes before the end, keeper Stephen Grindlay rushed out of his area to head the ball clear, but it fell to ace striker Peter MacDonald who shot home from a narrow angle to put his side ahead.
In the final minute Sons had a chance to share the points when Chris Kane was fouled in the box, but striker Bryan Prunty, just on as a sub, hit the spot kick straight at Letheren who pushed it clear.
The picture shows Chris Turner's headed goal which was chalked off.