SCOTTISH CUP: SONS ACQUIT THEMSELVES WELL AGAINST ABERDEEN

By Bill Heaney

Manager Jim Duffy said Dumbarton “put in an unbelievable shift” to hold out against Premier League squad Aberdeen for 80 minutes in an interesting Scottish Cup tie played in brilliant sunshine in a beautifully manicured pitch at the foot of the Rock today.

Callum Hendry scored the only goal of the game to put the Dons through to the next round of the competition with a fine shot which beat the Sons’ goalkeeper, Sam Ramsbottom.

The BBC Scotland Sportscene TV cameras were there to cover the match and a special press box was set up on the trackside of the stadium which has replaced fatal Boghead. The last time that happened was in 1957 when Dumbarton played Raith Rovers before a record crowd of more than 20,000.

It was a real shame that here was no crowd there to see the match today but Sons’ supporters watching on television must have taken heart from their team’s performance.

Memory Lane – a Dumbarton FC team from the late Fifties, including the legendary Hughie Gallacher (front row centre) .

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