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League (First Division)
|Martin Mooney (81)||None.|
Roland Fabiani for Paul Martin (43)
Martin Mooney for Charlie Gibson (76)
Martin McGarvey for Alan Granger (83)
Ben Honeyman for Christian Dailly (83)
Sandy Robertson for Jim Bett (83)
|Alan Foster (78)||None.|
Willie Young (Clarkston) (Referee)
A game which looked like being a formality in the opening twenty minutes or so ended in chaos as Dumbarton hit us with a late suckerpunch in a United performance which deteriorated as the game progressed. With Billy McKinlay down south discussing terms with Blackburn, United were able to welcome Gary McSwegan into the side for his debut following his transfer from Notts County. There was a surprise in who partnered the newcomer up front because Christian Dailly played his first game in a striking position since last season. And early on it looked as though the pair would soon be amongst the goals, as United buzzed around the host's goal from the kickoff.
In fact, in the first of several near misses came in United's first foray upfield, though the wound was almost self-inflicted by some comical defending! McFarlane in the home goal finger-tipped away an out-swinging cross from Andy McLaren and the ball hit Foster on the shin re-bounding on to the post and the full-back was mighty relieved to hack the loose ball away for a corner. A minute later the first of a catalogue of disasters followed when Rab Shannon pulled his shot wide from 12 yards with the goal at his apparent mercy from Gary McSwegan's cut-back.
United's early and intense assault on the Sons' goal continued in the 6th minute when McFarlane saved Gary McSwegan's shot on the turn, but only at the second attempt. The new United striker again went close with McFarlane denying him once more. The first half was totally dominated by United and McFarlane was again the Sons hero when he blocked a Mark Perry shot at point-blank range, but half time arrived and United had nothing to show for their efforts.
Obviously encouraged by United's failure to score, Dumbarton's first shot in anger almost brought them a goal four minutes into the second half. Charnley slipped a through ball to Granger and Ally Maxwell did well to save his first time effort. At the other end McFarlane tipped a Mark Perry shot from outside the box behind for a corner and only the combined efforts of McFarlane and Fabiani kept out an Andy McLaren shot, but United were no longer anything like the dominant force they were in the first period. However, the goal which had threatened finally arrived nine minutes from the end, but at the wrong end from United's stance. Martin Mooney played the ball out wide left to Chic Charnley and ran on to take the return ball and volley high past Ally Maxwell from 15 yards to snatch a surprise victory for Dumbarton.
For for the first time this season, United's failings in front of goal had cost them dearly!
CLUB COMMENT - "After a good performance and a good result against Dunfermline, this was an absolutely disgraceful performance." - BILLY KIRKWOOD, MANAGER.
|Ally Maxwell (GK)||30||10||-||10||-|
|Sandy Robertson (sub)||24||5||-||5||-|
|Ben Honeyman (sub)||18||2||1||2||1|