THE much-maligned visiting defence held their nerve to repel a series of late attacks and take all three points from this clash at Falkirk.
The display was in complete contrast with recent offerings from Ian Murray’s side, who had conceded eight goals in two games prior to this.
Attack is indeed sometimes the best form of defence and Dumbarton gave themselves something to hold on to through the crossing threat of right back Paul McGinn.
His seventh minute cross was only partially cleared and when Jordan Kirkpatrick skewed a shot back into the six yard area, Garry Fleming was there to divert home. They then doubled their lead when Mitch Megginson deftly touched home McGinn’s ball at the end of a flowing move.
Falkirk boss Gary Holt switched to a 4-3-3 that deployed Roberts on the left to nullify McGinn. The striker did more than that. Five minutes from half-time, he cut in from the left and unleashed an incredible effort that soared into the top corner of the net from 30 yards.
Falkirk dominated possession after the break but Roberts then blotted his copybook in injury time after receiving a second booking for petulantly kicking the ball away.