Scottish Championship - Play-off Final - 2nd Leg
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Dumbarton 0-2 Alloa Athletic (agg 1-2)

Jordan Kirkpatrick scores
Jordan Kirkpatrick struck in extra-time to secure Alloa's promotion

Jordan Kirkpatrick's stunning winner in extra-time promoted Alloa Athletic to the Championship and relegated Dumbarton to League One.

The Sons had won Wednesday's first leg at Recreation Park.

And the aggregate score stayed at 1-0 until stoppage time of the second leg, when Ross Stewart struck for the Wasps.

In extra-time, Kirkpatrick fired home to put Alloa ahead and they held on to secure promotion, having finished third in the third tier this season.

Jim Godwin's side, beaten in last season's final, came extremely close to levelling the tie in the very first minute when Iain Flannigan hit the post from inches out after Kirkpatrick's shot was saved.

Both sides tried to get forward in the opening period but it was Kevin Nisbet who came closest for the home side, his header tipped away.

Alloa celebrate
Alloa are returning to the second tier after a two-year absence

In the second half, Alloa created numerous chances.

Ross Stewart failed to beat goalkeeper Scott Gallacher from close range. Callum Smith saw his header saved, then struck the outside of the right-hand post from a tight angle moments later.

As the visitors continually pushed forward, Kevin Cawley mis-hit from a great position.

On the break, Andrew Stirling near nipped in for a tap-in and Mark Stewart came close to ending the tie but could not beat keeper Neil Parry on the turn.

Stevie Aitken's Dumbarton, who finished second bottom in this season's Championship, were hanging on as the game wore on, packing the defence and attempting to limit space.

At the very moment it seemed Alloa's chance was gone, Ross Stewart gathered in the box in the 93rd minute and his shot crept into the corner to force extra-time.

They capitalised quickly with Kirkpatrick's superb winner decisive, the forward driving into the box on the left and flashing a shot into the top-right corner.

'Out of this world'

The Wasps return to the Championship, from which they were relegated in 2016, and Alloa player-manager Goodwin told BBC Scotland: "The players were outstanding throughout the game. We threw everything at them.

"Delighted we got the goal when we did to take it to extra-time. The goal from Jordan Kirkpatrick is just out of this world.

"Delighted for everybody connected with the club. More so than anything I'm just over the moon for some of the players because it will be the first time any of them have ever felt this. It doesn't come often and I just hope that they cherish the moment.

"I'm very grateful to the chairman and the board for giving me the opportunity."

And Dumbarton boss Aitken said: "Football can be a cruel game at times. We've lost a [Scottish Challenge Cup] final in the 93rd minute. We've lost our Championship status in the 93 minutes.

"The players gave it everything. We were dead on our feet.

"Credit to Alloa. We flew the flag for part-time teams in the Championship for five years. We're gutted but there should be a sense of pride in what the club has achieved in the past five years."

Line-ups

Dumbarton

  • 1Gallacher
  • 2Smith
  • 4Dowie
  • 15HillBooked at 52mins
  • 22Dick
  • 6Carswell
  • 14Hutton
  • 24NisbetBooked at 90mins
  • 10WalshSubstituted forGallagherat 83'minutes
  • 25StirlingSubstituted forBurtat 70'minutes
  • 7GallagherSubstituted forStewartat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Gallagher
  • 8Wilson
  • 9Stewart
  • 19Ewings
  • 20Froxylias
  • 23Russell
  • 31Burt

Alloa

  • 1Parry
  • 2Taggart
  • 4Graham
  • 5McCart
  • 3Crane
  • 7CawleyBooked at 107mins
  • 6FlemingSubstituted forRentonat 59'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8RobertsonSubstituted forSmithat 24'minutes
  • 11Flannigan
  • 10KirkpatrickBooked at 88mins
  • 9Stewart

Substitutes

  • 12Renton
  • 14Smith
  • 15Meggatt
  • 16Monaghan
  • 17Goodwin
  • 21Wilson
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
1,115

Match Stats

Home TeamDumbartonAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home19
Away29
Shots on Target
Home10
Away11
Corners
Home10
Away11
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Dumbarton 0, Alloa Athletic 2.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Dumbarton 0, Alloa Athletic 2.

Attempt blocked. Ross Stewart (Alloa Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Kevin Nisbet (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Hand ball by Kris Renton (Alloa Athletic).

Andy Dowie (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Crane (Alloa Athletic).

(Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Burt (Dumbarton).

Attempt blocked. Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Liam Burt.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Andy Dowie.

Attempt blocked. Ross Stewart (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Liam Burt (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic).

Liam Dick (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Taggart (Alloa Athletic).

Second Half Extra Time begins Dumbarton 0, Alloa Athletic 2.

First Half Extra Time ends, Dumbarton 0, Alloa Athletic 2.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

Attempt blocked. Liam Burt (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ross Stewart (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Hutton (Dumbarton).

Attempt saved. Callum Smith (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Iain Flannigan.

Foul by Scott Taggart (Alloa Athletic).

Liam Burt (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Dumbarton 0, Alloa Athletic 2. Jordan Kirkpatrick (Alloa Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner following a set piece situation.

Callum Crane (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Grant Gallagher (Dumbarton).

Foul by Kris Renton (Alloa Athletic).

Dougie Hill (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

First Half Extra Time begins Dumbarton 0, Alloa Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dumbarton 0, Alloa Athletic 1.

Attempt missed. Ross Stewart (Alloa Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Booking

Kris Renton (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Dumbarton 0, Alloa Athletic 1. Ross Stewart (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kris Renton.

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