DUNDEE made it three wins in a row as they saw off ten-man Dumbarton in a match spoiled by the eccentric refereeing of Barry Cook who harshly dismissed home striker Colin Nish in the second half – one of several decisions which baffled both sets of supporters.
Both sides struggled to find any early rhythm and Dumbarton had a scare when Jamie Ewings spilled Craig Beattie’s looping cross, but atoned by smothering Ryan Conroy’s effort.
The home side responded with a sweeping move which saw Scott Smith release Mark Gilhaney who squared for Nish. However, his shot was held by Kyle Letheren.
The Dundee keeper needed Gary Irvine to bail him out as the first half ended in a blaze of goalmouth activity. Letheren was unable to hold Mitch Megginson’s cross under pressure from Andy Graham. However, Irvine made a goal-line clearance.
Dundee were then saved by woodwork as Gilhaney’s flick skimmed the bar before the Dark Blues went just as close.
Beattie found space 30 yards from goal and his speculative shot caught Ewings by surprise only to rattle the crossbar on the way over.
After the restart, Peter MacDonald’s 30-yard free-kick took a wicked deflection to leave Ewings helpless.
Dumbarton’s hopes of a comeback nose-dived when Nish received a second yellow card for an innocuous challenge on Iain Davidson.
And the issue was settled when Conroy’s left-foot screamer gave Ewings no chance before MacDonald slammed in a penalty three minutes later. Sons refused to throw in the towel and were rewarded when Garry Fleming scored, but Dundee had the final say when Gavin Rae side-footed home.