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Dumbarton dump unlucky Peterhead out Scottish Cup

Tue 23 Jan 2018

Willie Gibson produced another fine display against his former club Willie Gibson produced another fine display against his former club

PETERHEAD 2-3 DUMBARTON
By Glenn Moir

 

Peterhead bowed out of the Scottish Cup but only after giving Championship side Dumbarton a major scare at Balmoor.

The Sons had to withstand plenty of pressure in the second half and had their goalkeeper Scott Gallacher to thank for booking their place in round five.

The outcome was tough on Jim McInally’s men, who never, at any stage, looked beaten despite falling behind twice in a gripping contest.

Calum Gallagher gave the visitors the lead in the 11th minute after Greg Fleming fumbled Dougie Hill’s free-kick.

Peterhead claimed their goalkeeper had been fouled but referee Gavin Ross did not whistle, which was a rarity in this tie, and Gallagher swept into an unguarded net.

The hosts pulled themselves level, however, in the 31st minute with Jason Brown getting on the scoresheet for the eighth time this season.

The big defender notched from close range after good work from Mason Robertson, following Willie Gibson’s free-kick.

The teams went in level at half-time, which was just about right, but Russell McLean passed up a golden opportunity four minutes into the second half to put Peterhead in the driving seat.

McLean got the better of Andy Dowie but after homing in on goal, he failed to beat Gallacher, who pulled off a smart save.

From there, Dumbarton scored twice in quick succession to take maximum advantage of the reprieve.

Iain Russell picked out Gallagher, who slotted past Fleming in the 53rd minute to claim his second of the night.

Before Peterhead could react, Stephen Aitken’s side scored again four minutes later with Russell sending a six yard header into the net from David Wilson’s corner.

The Blue Toon certainly did not throw in the towel though.

Rory McAllister, who was on the bench due to family reasons, was immediately introduced and came within inches of an instant reply.

Even though the clock ticked down, the tie was from far dead especially after Robertson reduced the arrears with seven minutes remaining.  Gibson’s inswinging free-kick was expertly taken and Robertson was able to glance a header inside the far post.  

It was attack versus defence as Dumbarton desperately tried to cling on and Gallacher pulled off a stunning stop with seconds left to finger-tip David McCracken’s goalbound header over the crossbar.

In the end, Peterhead ran out of time rather than steam but this was still a great effort against opponents from two leagues above.

 

                                  Fleming

           Robertson McCracken Jas.Brown 

   Stevenson S.Brown Ferry Gibson McIlduff

                                   Leitch

                                  McLean