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Dumbarton 1-2 Rangers

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland in Dumbarton
Rangers forward Martyn Waghorn scores against Dumbarton
Waghorn scored a double in Dumbarton

Rangers huffed and puffed but two Martyn Waghorn strikes eventually broke down a resolute and gutsy Dumbarton.

Waghorn's 10th and 11th goals of the season maintained Rangers' perfect points record in the Championship.

The striker's first was a 20-yard left-footed drive and his second came from the spot after Gregor Buchanan was sent off for felling Kenny Miller.

The Sons pulled one back through Garry Fleming's penalty after Danny Wilson fouled Frazer Wright.

Whether it was through a resolve to not become the seventh team to concede five goals to Rangers this season, or because this marked their 300th competitive game at what is now called the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, Dumbarton had their visitors between a rock and a hard place.

The pink boots of Willie Gibson were the source of some early jitters for Rangers, with the winger narrowly missing with a high, curled free-kick before crossing for striker Fleming to head firmly against the inside of Wes Foderingham's post.

The half-hour mark passed without Rangers creating a clear-cut chance as the well-drilled Sons rear-guard of Buchanan, Darren Barr, Mark Docherty and Grant Gallagher snuffed out what came their way.

Barr even found time to direct a header into the arms of Foderingham from another testing Gibson delivery and Scott Brown blazed over when well-placed for a shot.

In fact it was the 45th minute when James Tavernier's rocket from the edge of the box was tipped over by Dumbarton goalkeeper Mark Brown to register Rangers' first proper shot on target.

Rangers and Dumbarton players
Rangers' Gedion Zelalem tries to get to the ball before Dumbarton goalkeeper Mark Brown in the first half

The Englishman then almost made it seven for the season with a free-kick that smacked the outside of the upright.

Just when an hour had passed and Dumbarton manager Stevie Aitken's plan appeared to be working, Waghorn picked up the ball and hit a sweet strike beyond Brown, who may have been slightly unsighted.

Harsh on the Sons who went two behind 10 minutes later.

A through ball had Miller bearing down on goal and Buchanan seemed to get tangled up with him as the former Scotland striker shaped to shoot.

Referee Alan Muir dismissed Buchanan and Waghorn stepped up to dispatch his penalty into the left corner.

Wilson's foul on Wright at a set piece allowed Fleming to get his third of the season from the penalty spot, with Foderingham getting a touch but not enough.

Line-ups

Dumbarton

  • 1Brown
  • 8Gallagher
  • 14BarrBooked at 86mins
  • 5BuchananBooked at 72mins
  • 3DochertySubstituted forWatersat 83'minutes
  • 7CawleySubstituted forWrightat 74'minutes
  • 17Routledge
  • 21Brown
  • 13GibsonBooked at 79mins
  • 9FlemingBooked at 75mins
  • 24BrophyBooked at 38minsSubstituted forKirkpatrickat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Kirkpatrick
  • 15McCallum
  • 16Waters
  • 19Ewings
  • 20Hopkins
  • 22Wright

Rangers

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2TavernierSubstituted forAirdat 82'minutes
  • 6BallBooked at 90mins
  • 27Wilson
  • 5WallaceBooked at 62mins
  • 7LawSubstituted forShielsat 62'minutes
  • 8Zelalem
  • 16Halliday
  • 33Waghorn
  • 9Miller
  • 19McKaySubstituted forOduwaat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Kiernan
  • 10Oduwa
  • 20Aird
  • 22Shiels
  • 32Kelly
  • 42Hardie
  • 45Thompson
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
1,978

Match Stats

Home TeamDumbartonAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home19
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dumbarton 1, Rangers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dumbarton 1, Rangers 2.

  3. Post update

    Nathan Oduwa (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Grant Gallagher (Dumbarton).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Dumbarton 1, Rangers 2. Garry Fleming (Dumbarton) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  6. Booking

    Dominic Ball (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Danny Wilson (Rangers) after a foul in the penalty area.

  8. Post update

    Penalty Dumbarton. Frazer Wright draws a foul in the penalty area.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Danny Wilson (Rangers).

  10. Post update

    Garry Fleming (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andy Halliday (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  12. Booking

    Darren Barr (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Fraser Aird (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Darren Barr (Dumbarton).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Lee Wallace (Rangers).

  16. Post update

    Garry Fleming (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Dumbarton. Calum Waters replaces Mark Docherty because of an injury.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Fraser Aird replaces James Tavernier.

  19. Booking

    William Gibson (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Dean Shiels (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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