Date: 31st December 2016 at 4:01pm
Written by: Vital Arabs

Dundee United slipped off the top of the Championship with a first defeat in fifteen games at Dumbarton.

In difficult and blustery conditions, Mark Docherty claimed the winning goal between the sides for the second time this season when his 27th minute cross finished up in the back of the net.

Goalscorer Docherty had earlier driven straight at Cammy Bell while Sam Stanton was then wide of the mark.

The Tangerines struggled to produce anything of note for the opening half-hour, until Stewart Murdoch’s effort from distance was easily taken by Alan Martin.

Simon Murray had the ball in the net but was ruled offside before the break, and Mark Durnan was denied by the woodwork after it.

Substitute Cammy Smith and Scott Fraser also threatened and fellow replacement Coll Donaldson then headed another corner onto a post in added time.

As a result, Hibernian’s late 2-1 victory at Falkirk earlier in the afternoon takes them back to the top of the table with a single-point advantage.

Dumbarton: Martin, Smith, Buchanan, Barr, Harvie, Todd, Docherty, Thomson, Thomson, Stanton, Fleming (Stevenson 81)

subs (unused): Brown, Pettigrew, McCallum, Wright

Goals: Docherty (27)

Dundee United: Bell, Dillon, Durnan, Edjenguele, Dixon, Spittal (Obadeyi 64), Flood, Murdoch, Fraser (Donaldson 82), van der Velden, Murray (Smith 63)

subs (unused): Toshney, Telfer, Zwick, Robson

Ref: S. Finnie

Att: 1,221