Scottish Championship
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Dumbarton 2-1 St Mirren

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland in Dumbarton
Dumbarton
Dumbarton celebrate after Keith Watson's own goal gave them the lead

Dumbarton secured their Championship status for another season after coming back from behind to beat St Mirren.

Garry Fleming's wonderful half-volley was a worthy and valuable winner for the Sons, who are eight points ahead of Livingston with two games remaining.

The Buddies had gone in front through a tidy strike by Calum Gallagher.

But Keith Watson's own goal from Mark Docherty's cross brought Dumbarton level before Fleming's masterful finish.

On the 400 year anniversary of William Shakespeare's passing, the quote of his that came to mind was "the course of true love never did run smooth".

A group of six Swiss Sons fans had made the journey of over 1,000 miles to come and watch Dumbarton try to wrap up their place in the second tier for the fifth successive campaign. That's true love, but the afternoon was not going to run completely smoothly.

Victory for the hosts coupled with Livingston dropping points away to Queen of the South was what was needed to do the trick

Calum Gallagher
Calum Gallagher put St Mirren in front with his seventh goal of the season

That formula began looking ambitious after just 10 minutes when St Mirren's long throw was only half-cleared by the Dumbarton defence, allowing Gallagher to send a well controlled, low volley beyond Jamie Ewings and into the corner of the net for his seventh goal of the campaign.

Sons defender Steven Saunders almost levelled immediately but his header was deflected past the same post Garry Fleming would shoot wide of minutes later.

St Mirren looked like they might extend their lead on two occasions before the break, with David Clarkson's effort blocked by Sons defender Gregor Buchanan and Lawrence Shankland missing the target from outside the box.

But it was Dumbarton who netted with first-half minutes ebbing away. Docherty, whose young son was the Sons' mascot for this game, collected the ball on the left hand-side and his centre was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Watson.

Heffernan's low drive off the inside of the post for Dumbarton and Shankland's shot that cracked the crossbar meant the second half got off to a blistering start.

Sons' forward Fleming went one better than that pair, though, sending a lovely right-footed half-volley into the top left corner of Jamie Langfield's net to put the home side ahead.

Fleming's 11th goal of the season looked like it could be the one that preserved their spell in the second tier of Scottish football.

Buchanan needed to be on his toes to clear a trundling Gallagher shot off the line as Dumbarton's nervousness increased, but the Sons coped to ensure Fleming's beauty would steal the show.

Line-ups

Dumbarton

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 19Ewings
  • 4Saunders
  • 5Buchanan
  • 14BarrBooked at 42mins
  • 3Docherty
  • 22Wright
  • 17Routledge
  • 9FlemingBooked at 33mins
  • 18LindsaySubstituted forGallagherat 76'minutes
  • 23WalshSubstituted forWatersat 87'minutes
  • 21HeffernanSubstituted forNadeat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Brown
  • 2Taggart
  • 7Cawley
  • 8Gallagher
  • 15McCallum
  • 16Waters
  • 27Nade

St Mirren

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Langfield
  • 2Naismith
  • 28Irvine
  • 4Webster
  • 20Watson
  • 22GallagherSubstituted forThompsonat 84'minutes
  • 24ClarksonSubstituted forMorganat 68'minutes
  • 14MallanBooked at 68mins
  • 29CooperSubstituted forStewartat 82'minutes
  • 25Shankland
  • 27Quinn

Substitutes

  • 6Goodwin
  • 9Thompson
  • 10Carswell
  • 15Baird
  • 17Morgan
  • 33Stewart
  • 42Willison
Referee:
Kevin Graham
Attendance:
1,387

Match Stats

Home TeamDumbartonAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home6
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away12
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dumbarton 2, St. Mirren 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dumbarton 2, St. Mirren 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Jon Routledge (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Andy Webster.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Dumbarton. Calum Waters replaces Tom Walsh.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Steven Thompson replaces Calum Gallagher.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Jordan Stewart replaces Alex Cooper.

  11. Post update

    Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren).

  13. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Steven Saunders.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Grant Gallagher (Dumbarton).

  15. Post update

    Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Calum Gallagher (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Dumbarton. Grant Gallagher replaces Jamie Lindsay.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rocco Quinn (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  19. Post update

    Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton).