Scottish Championship
Dumbarton1Dundee Utd0

Dumbarton 1-0 Dundee United

Mark Docherty scores
United could not recover from Dumbarton's penalty

Mark Docherty's third penalty in two games brought Dumbarton a precious win over Dundee United.

The Sons defender converted confidently after Gregor Buchanan was judged to have been shoved in the box at a corner kick.

Ryan Stevenson's free-kick from the edge of the box had earlier hit the crossbar for the hosts.

United struggled to turn possession into chances but came close when Jamie Robson's volley was saved.

Home goalkeeper Alan Martin was called upon again late on to deny Coll Donaldson a leveller in a match where the visitors often looked out of sorts.

It leaves Ray McKinnon's side without a win in the Championship after two games, although contrasting good form came in the League Cup against Partick Thistle.

The impressive and raucous orange and black flag display by United fans pre-match deserved more of a performance and initially it seemed it would come.

But early possession failed to penetrate as Scott Fraser and Blair Spittal missed opportunities.

Hibernian twice came to the foot of Dumbarton Rock last season as favourites yet left with nothing, and taking big scalps at home is becoming a habit for Stevie Aitken's Sons.

You could tell the hosts were gradually getting their teeth into the frustrated Tangerines and it really began to show after halftime.

Dumbarton were awarded a penalty for an alleged push in the box
Dumbarton were awarded a penalty for an alleged push in the box

Robert Thomson - a former United striker - hit a tame shot when clean through before Stevenson's rocket of a set-piece rattled the woodwork, but his corner soon led to the match-winner.

Amidst the jostling, referee Gavin Duncan spotted a more severe shove on Dumbarton defender Gregor Buchanan by Mark Durnan and Docherty's left foot thumped the penalty to Cammy Bell's right hand side.

It was Docherty's third penalty conversion in two games after netting a couple in the defeat to Dunfermline last weekend.

Simon Murray and Nick van der Velden were introduced to inject more into United's attack but once Dumbarton had their valuable lead they were not for giving it up.

Dumbarton manager Stevie Aitken: "We deserved that result. Without the ball today we were terrific in shutting them down.

"When we did get the ball we played well to make some good chances in the second half and on another day might have got another couple of goals.

"I'm just delighted we've got a win against a side who will be up there challenging at the end of season.

"It's just as well Mark Docherty's not on a goal bonus because he'd be bleeding the club dry."

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon: "I'm very disappointed that we can play so well on Tuesday then not play to that standard today.

"Far too many players didn't realise how tough this is, so it's a learning curve and they have paid the penalty today in not taking anything from the game. It's a rude awakening.

"After half an hour we came down to their tempo and it suited Dumbarton.

"I'd need to see it back [the penalty award] but if that's what it is [a shove] then there's going to be penalties galore this season."

Line-ups

Dumbarton

  • 27Martin
  • 12Harvie
  • 2Pettigrew
  • 5Buchanan
  • 3Docherty
  • 8GallagherSubstituted forStirlingat 80'minutes
  • 7Todd
  • 4ThomsonBooked at 30mins
  • 6Stevenson
  • 17SmithBooked at 73mins
  • 10ThomsonBooked at 79mins

Substitutes

  • 15McCallum
  • 19Barclay
  • 20Clark
  • 21Kassarate
  • 22Stirling

Dundee Utd

  • 1BellBooked at 54mins
  • 6Toshney
  • 4DurnanBooked at 85mins
  • 5DonaldsonBooked at 80mins
  • 24Robson
  • 7SpittalSubstituted forMurrayat 62'minutes
  • 8Murdoch
  • 15SmithSubstituted forTelferat 82'minutes
  • 16Flood
  • 10Fraser
  • 11ObadeyiSubstituted forvan der Veldenat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 9Murray
  • 12Telfer
  • 21Zwick
  • 22Coote
  • 23van der Velden
  • 32Souttar
Referee:
Gavin Duncan
Attendance:
1,475

Match Stats

Home TeamDumbartonAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Dumbarton 1, Dundee United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dumbarton 1, Dundee United 0.

Attempt missed. Nick van der Velden (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Mark Docherty (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Coll Donaldson (Dundee United).

Attempt saved. Coll Donaldson (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

Booking

Mark Durnan (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Durnan (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Andy Stirling (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Charlie Telfer replaces Cameron Smith.

Attempt missed. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Coll Donaldson (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Coll Donaldson (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Andy Stirling replaces Grant Gallagher.

Booking

Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cameron Smith (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Thomson (Dumbarton).

Attempt saved. Ryan Stevenson (Dumbarton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Daniel Harvie (Dumbarton).

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Thomson (Dumbarton).

Booking

David Smith (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card.

Lewis Toshney (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Dumbarton).

Attempt blocked. Jamie Robson (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. David Smith (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Ryan Stevenson (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Willo Flood (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Nick van der Velden replaces Tope Obadeyi.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Simon Murray replaces Blair Spittal.

Ryan Stevenson (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Toshney (Dundee United).

Foul by Robert Thomson (Dumbarton).

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