Match ends, Dumbarton 1, Dundee United 0.
Dumbarton 1-0 Dundee United
Dundee United relinquished their lead at the top of the Championship with a dismal defeat at Dumbarton.
In very blustery conditions the Sons secured victory courtesy of a goal from Mark Docherty, who had scored in August's 1-0 win over the Tangerines.
His cross evaded everyone and the wind played a part as the ball whipped into the net past goalkeeper Cammy Bell.
With Hibernian winning earlier in the day at Falkirk, United slip to second going into 2017.
Dumbarton began on the front foot. Docherty fired in a shot from 25 yards, but it was comfortably held by Bell.
Sam Stanton also tried his luck for the hosts, firing just wide of the post.
Eventually Dumbarton would get their reward for a positive start. Docherty slung in a cross from the left and soon celebrated a deserved lead for the Sons.
It took half-an-hour for United to muster any meaningful sight of goal. Stewart Murdoch shot from 25 yards but it was easily held by Alan Martin.
United did have the ball in the back of the net just before half-time when Simon Murray fired home from close range, but it was ruled out for offside.
And just after the interval United struck the bar through an unorthodox back-heeled effort from Mark Durnan following a corner.
Substitute Cammy Smith had a shot deflected up on to the roof of the Dumbarton net. Scott Fraser also fired a free-kick just over the bar for the visitors.
In stoppage time United came so close to an equaliser, Coll Donaldson hitting the post with a header from a corner.
Dumbarton manager Steve Aitken: "I would have taken that scoreline before the game. It was always going to be tough with the conditions but most importantly we were playing against the league leaders who for 14 or 15 weeks have been terrific and deserve to be top of the league and I'm sure they will challenge all the way to the end. The fact we have won at home against them is very pleasing.
"It's been a great 2016 for me personally, we've come in here and we managed to stay up last year against all the odds. We were tipped to go down this year, and although we're only half way through the season we have shown that we are competitive. But we will enjoy it. We have to work hard in January, players will come and go, other teams will strengthen and will try and do the same.
"It is a big few weeks ahead of us but we'll enjoy it and get back to work on Tuesday."
Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon: "I think the weather summed up the day today perfectly. It was just about impossible to play football in those conditions - I'm not making excuses at all - but it's certainly not ideal weather to be playing football in, especially when you're asking a team to be very technical and play a certain way."
"We're disappointed with the result but I'm going to be mindful of the fact the team has been 13 games unbeaten and we have lost in really bad conditions today. We have to take that on the chin, we have to regroup, a big game on Friday [against Hibs] and I'm sure the boys will be motivated for the game on Friday."
"[On the Tony Andreu injury, which saw the player miss out today] He's got a strain in between his rib and it's precautionary. He was struggling today and we just thought we wouldn't take any chances with him. Hopefully he's nice and fresh and over his injury for next week."
- 5BuchananBooked at 86mins
- 10ThomsonBooked at 74mins
- 9FlemingSubstituted forStevensonat 81'minutes
- 14EdjengueleBooked at 34mins
- 7SpittalSubstituted forObadeyiat 64'minutes
- 10FraserSubstituted forDonaldsonat 82'minutes
- 23van der VeldenBooked at 85mins
- 9MurraySubstituted forSmithat 63'minutes
- Stephen Finnie
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Dumbarton 1, Dundee United 0.
Attempt missed. Tope Obadeyi (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Mark Durnan (Dundee United) hits the left post with a header from very close range.
Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Darren Barr.
Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Joseph Thomson.
Attempt missed. William Edjenguele (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card.
Nick van der Velden (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Nick van der Velden (Dundee United).
Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Dundee United. Coll Donaldson replaces Scott Fraser.
Substitution, Dumbarton. Ryan Stevenson replaces Garry Fleming.
Attempt missed. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Cameron Smith (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Darren Barr (Dumbarton).
Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Mark Docherty.
Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Tope Obadeyi (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Robert Thomson (Dumbarton).
Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by David Smith.
Attempt blocked. Cameron Smith (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Willo Flood.
Attempt missed. Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by David Smith.
Substitution, Dundee United. Tope Obadeyi replaces Blair Spittal.
Substitution, Dundee United. Cameron Smith replaces Simon Murray.
Attempt missed. Paul Dixon (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt missed. Paul Dixon (Dundee United) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.
Foul by Mark Durnan (Dundee United).
Samuel Stanton (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Mark Durnan (Dundee United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from very close range.
Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Daniel Harvie.
Attempt blocked. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Josh Todd (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Second Half begins Dumbarton 1, Dundee United 0.
First Half ends, Dumbarton 1, Dundee United 0.
Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United).
Mark Docherty (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Blair Spittal (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.