Dumbarton 3 - 2 Hibernian 

League - Championship
Saturday, February 27th, 2016, 3:00 PM at CID Stadium
Attendance: 1,345
Referee: Barry Cook
Dumbarton v Hibernian, Feb 27th 2016, CID Stadium
Dumbarton  Hibernian

Kevin Cawley (21)
Christian Nade  (42)
Darren Barr (49)
Liam Henderson (57)
Farid El Alagui (71)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Alan Stubbs

Starting Eleven
Jamie Ewings
Mark Docherty
Calum Waters
Frazer Wright
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Steven Saunders
Tom Walsh
Jamie Lindsay
Kevin Cawley
Christian Nade
Mark Oxley
Liam Henderson
Paul Hanlon
Marvin Bartley
Lewis Stevenson
John McGinn
James Keatings
Danny Carmichael
Darren McGregor
Niklas Gunnarsson
Jason Cummings

Mark Brown
Mikey Hopkins
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Donald McCallum
Scott Taggart
Garry Fleming
Kler Heh
Liam Fontaine
Farid El Alagui
Martin Boyle
Chris Dagnall
Kevin Thomson
Oli Shaw
Otso Virtanen

Garry Fleming for Christian Nade (62)
Scott Taggart for Tom Walsh (67)
Jordan Kirkpatrick for Kevin Cawley (79)
Martin Boyle for Marvin Bartley (57)
Farid El Alagui for James Keatings (57)
Liam Fontaine for Paul Hanlon (63)

Gregor Buchanan (47)
Liam Henderson (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 67 apps -
Mark Docherty 29 apps2 goals
Calum Waters 13 apps1 goal
Frazer Wright 21 apps -
Darren Barr 28 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 26 apps1 goal
Steven Saunders 16 apps3 goals
Tom Walsh 7 apps -
Jamie Lindsay 18 apps -
Kevin Cawley 29 apps3 goals
Christian Nade 4 apps1 goal
Jordan Kirkpatrick (sub) 82 apps12 goals
Garry Fleming (sub) 132 apps24 goals
Scott Taggart (sub) 50 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Tom Walsh (19 years 235 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 75 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 328 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Mikey Hopkins (18 years 295 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 75 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 314 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Scott Taggart played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.
Christian Nade scored his first goal for the Club.

EIGHTEEN minutes felt more like eighteen hours.

From the moment Farid El Alagui put away Hibernian's second goal, time seemed to stand still.

Watches were rigorously checked. The action was watched through the cracks between fingers. Six hundred Dumbarton fans sat pining for the final whistle.

And just shy of 5pm, it came. Sons had the 3-2 victory over Hibs that they deserved ensuring they have taken six points off the Edinburgh side at home this season.

Within 48 minutes they led 3-0 though Kevin Cawley, Christian Nade and Darren Barr. Morton's eyebrow-raising scoreline at Easter Road on Wednesday was already equalled.

The crafty Liam Henderson pulled one back for Hibs and when El Alagui scrambled home their second, all hands had to be on deck.

Sons overturned a 3-0 deficit against Raith Rovers in November. Could Hibs get revenge for the Kirkcaldy side on their behalf?

They could not. This was Hibernian's sixth defeat in all competitions this season. Three of them have been to Championship leaders Rangers. Dumbarton have inflicted two of the other three.

Solid and battle-hardened in defence and, equally importantly, clinical in attack, Sons have twice done something only the Gers and Morton have managed to do in the current campaign.

While they took the lead early on in August's 2-1 victory, they survived a close call after five minutes when Henderson met Nicklas Gunnarsson's cross only to shoot over off the top of the bar.

But on 21 minutes, Cawley got the break of the ball on the edge of the area and rolled away a clinical finish. Sons had their first goal since beating Livingston at the end of January.

Hibs fought back and Danny Carmichael's shot narrowly missed the target before Jason Cummings looked set for a narrow angled finish. Mark Docherty got a vital touch to deflect the effort wide of the far post.

That was on 42 minutes. By the time the 43rd had elapsed, Sons led by two.

Docherty sent a high ball into the area and Nade, reaching it ahead of the visiting keeper, headed home his first goal for the club.

The second half started with an air of intrigue as to how Hibs would battle back. But their fight would not start until Barr grabbed Dumbarton's third.

Calum Waters, on his first start since November, put a corner into the mix and by the time it reached the far post, the Sons skipper powered home a header.

When did Sons last lead 3-0 against such a high-profile side? While some thought of the answer, Hibs responded.

Henderson, a tricky player for Sons to play against from start to finish, cut into the area on 57 minutes before bending home a fine individual goal.

After seeing Hibernian off for a further 15 minutes, Sons kept them out when Martin Boyle's shot hit a post and Docherty, for the second time in the game, denied Cummings at close range.

But when Dumbarton thought they had escaped, the resulting corner gave El Alagui the chance to force home Hibs' second goal, which he snapped up.

Cummings then looked likely to equalise minutes later, but Jamie Ewings was equal to his effort.

The remaining minutes went by, as slowly as anything. Every shoulder had to be put to the wheel for Sons to see it through.

Cummings and El Alagui had a chance each, but neither could hit the target.

Dumbarton had beaten Hibernian. Again.

Match report by Andy Galloway


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