Alloa Athletic 1-2 Dumbarton: Murray’s men edge it

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.

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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.