When Dumbarton emerged for the second-half at the Energy Assets Arena, they were propping up the Championship table.
Forty-five minutes later they left the field to the rapturous applause from the humble yet vocal away support, having battled back to steal all three points.
Garry Fleming and Mitch Megginson were the heroes. Both fired in from close-range during a hectic ten-minute period when wave after wave of away attacks battered Livingston’s resolve into submission.
The determination shown by the visitors was in complete contrast to the first half when Ian Murray’s side showed little urgency and even less invention to luckily go into the break only one goal down.
“Looking first half to second half, our performance was far superior in the second,” admitted Murray.
“They’ll feel hard done by, but I thought with the aggression we showed in the second-half we just about shaded it. To get the three points is a massive boost for us.”
Livingston should have had the game dead and buried long before Dumbarton’s fightback started.
Myles Hippolyte had two good chances prior to leading the counter attack which culminated in the opening goal. The striker found Danny Mullen on the right and the attacker showed neat close-control to skip around a couple of challenges before finding the bottom corner.
Gary Glen was unlucky to see a twisting header come back off the underside of the crossbar, while Jamie Ewings made an excellent stop from Kyle Jacobs less than two minutes before the equaliser.
That chance occurred moments after the hosts wrongly had a goal ruled out for offside. Kylie McMullan erroneously flagged Keaghan Jacobs’ run after the midfielder was put through on goal, much to the incredulity of those in the home end.
“I’ve not seen it again, but I’ve no doubt it will show he was onside,” said Livingston boss John McGlynn.
“We have to kill teams off and defend a bit better. It’s not rocket science. For weeks it’s the same problem. When we come under a bit pressure we’re not strong enough to deny our opponents.”
“Soft” was Keaghan Jacobs’s accurate description of the quick-fire double which swung the game in Dumbarton’s favour.
First Scott Agnew’s corner was blasted home by Fleming after Colin Nish rose highest to knock the ball down. Then Megginson was given too much space inside the penalty area to take a bad touch and still find time to turn and rifle the ball in to the bottom corner.