TWO of the brightest young managers in the Scottish game, one dire 90 minutes, but three very welcome points for Ian Murray’s Dumbarton, who probably just about shaded what was a very disappointing contest.
Having seen off a strong opening from their visitors, it was Paul Hartley’s recently promoted Alloa who carved out the better chances of a largely turgid first half, with Stephen Simmons firing wide from close range when he really ought to have bulged the netting.
Dumbarton were always a threat, however, through Scott Agnew and Scott Turner and both played a part in skipper Andy Graham’s opener in stoppage time, a well-placed finish into the far corner.
Dumbarton would have doubled their lead seconds after the restart had Brian Prunty not headed wide when completely unmarked, and it was to be a costly miss as within minutes Simmons had punished lax defending at a corner to drill home a leveller.
Ultimately the last word fell to Agnew, who was by miles the best player on show, as the midfielder fired ruthlessly past Scott Bain from the spot following a foul on Graham to see the visitors leave with maximum points.