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Dumbarton 3-2 Hibernian

Kevin Cawley
Kevin Cawley struck from distance to open the scoring for Dumbarton

Dumbarton hung on to beat Hibernian and strike the second blow in the space of three days to the Leith side's Championship title chances.

The Sons were two ahead at half-time through Kevin Cawley's strike from distance and Christian Nade's header.

That lead became three when Darren Barr headed in from a corner.

The non-stop Liam Henderson curled in a beauty before Farid El Alagui drove in another, but Hibs failed to reap an equaliser from sustained late pressure.

With Rangers winning and the gap now at 11 points between the Ibrox side and Hibs - who lost 3-0 at home to Morton on Wednesday - with 10 league games to go, it would seem a huge slip-up would be required for Mark Warburton's side not to end up champions.

Alan Stubbs said after the Morton defeat it was important to show it was just "a blip", and Hibs appeared calm and composed as their much-changed starting XI got to grips with Dumbarton.

A passage of crisp passing started by Henderson was almost finished delightfully by the same player within the opening five minutes, meeting Niklas Gunnarsson's cross with his left foot and cushioning a lovely volley from 12 yards off the junction of post and crossbar.

Former Hearts striker Nade was enjoying his remit of pestering the Hibs defence and Paul Hanlon felt the full force of the Frenchman when he ended one of his runs.

But despite Stubbs' men apparent comfort, Dumbarton struck first through Cawley, finishing superbly into the bottom-left corner from 20 yards.

Danny Carmichael and Jason Cummings both sent efforts narrowly wide of goal - misses that proved costly when Dumbarton extended their lead three minutes before half-time through Nade's first ever goal for the club.

The 31-year-old rose to glance Mark Docherty's delivery past the onrushing Mark Oxley.

More jubilation followed straight after the break for the Sons when another former Jambo in the shape of Barr met Calum Waters' corner at the near post to bullet another header in off Oxley.

Nade was withdrawn and goaded the Hibs fans with a 5-1 gesture in reference to their Scottish Cup final defeat to Hearts in 2012.

Liam Henderson
Liam Henderson sparked Hibernian's revival after half-time

But almost immediately Henderson answered with a mazy run and wonderful finish into the top corner to reduce the deficit.

Henderson's engine was admirable and the man on loan from Celtic was soon instrumental in a second Hibs goal.

He had a shot cleared off the line by Docherty before taking the corner that resulted in substitute El Alagui driving the ball into the net following a scramble.

The Easter Road side piled on the pressure and amounted 16 corners as they searched for an equaliser but Dumbarton showed great resolve to secure crucial points as they try to avoid being embroiled in a relegation fight.

Line-ups

Dumbarton

  • 19Ewings
  • 4Saunders
  • 5BuchananBooked at 47mins
  • 22Wright
  • 3Docherty
  • 14Barr
  • 23WalshSubstituted forTaggartat 67'minutes
  • 7CawleySubstituted forKirkpatrickat 79'minutes
  • 18Lindsay
  • 16Waters
  • 27NadeSubstituted forFlemingat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Brown
  • 2Taggart
  • 9Fleming
  • 10Kirkpatrick
  • 15McCallum
  • 20Hopkins
  • 24Heh

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 27Gunnarsson
  • 24McGregor
  • 4HanlonSubstituted forFontaineat 63'minutes
  • 16Stevenson
  • 6BartleySubstituted forBoyleat 57'minutes
  • 3HendersonBooked at 90mins
  • 18McGinn
  • 21Carmichael
  • 35Cummings
  • 19KeatingsSubstituted forEl Alaguiat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Fontaine
  • 9El Alagui
  • 17Boyle
  • 29Dagnall
  • 30Thomson
  • 32Virtanen
  • 51Shaw
Referee:
Barry Cook
Attendance:
1,345

Match Stats

Home TeamDumbartonAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home8
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away16
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Dumbarton 3, Hibernian 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dumbarton 3, Hibernian 2.

Booking

Liam Henderson (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

Jordan Kirkpatrick (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Attempt blocked. John McGinn (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Liam Henderson (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Farid El Alagui (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Garry Fleming (Dumbarton).

Foul by Farid El Alagui (Hibernian).

Darren Barr (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jamie Lindsay.

Attempt saved. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Frazer Wright.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Mark Docherty.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Jordan Kirkpatrick replaces Kevin Cawley.

Foul by Farid El Alagui (Hibernian).

Mark Docherty (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Farid El Alagui (Hibernian).

Mark Docherty (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Scott Taggart (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Mark Docherty.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jamie Ewings.

Attempt saved. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Jamie Lindsay (Dumbarton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Frazer Wright.

Foul by Niklas Gunnarsson (Hibernian).

Darren Barr (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Dumbarton 3, Hibernian 2. Farid El Alagui (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Darren Barr.

Foul by Daniel Carmichael (Hibernian).

Calum Waters (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Darren Barr.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Scott Taggart replaces Tom Walsh.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Liam Fontaine replaces Paul Hanlon because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Garry Fleming replaces Christian Nade.

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers26213268175166
2Hibernian26174543232055
3Falkirk26158344212353
4Raith Rovers2410592930-135
5Morton2687112830-231
6Queen of Sth2494112332-931
7St Mirren2576122434-1027
8Dumbarton2574142244-2225
9Livingston2655162739-1220
10Alloa2634191452-3813
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