DUMBARTON achieved only their fourth win in 25 attempts in the Petrofac Training Cup first round at wet then sunny Cappielow Park, Greenock in front of some 1,480 spectators.
The 3-2 local derby win in his first competitive outing as manager was a real boost for Stevie Aitken and his new look squad, and the victory was thoroughly deserved.
Grant Gallagher opened the scoring early on with a header from a Willie Gibson cross, and a few minutes later added a second when his long range shot was deflected by a defender out of reach of keeper Derek Gaston.
They were in command for most of the first half, and remained 2-0 ahead at the interval.
To the credit of Jim Duffy's men they battled hard throughout the second period, but it was Sons who went 3-0 ahead when Garry Fleming sent a stunning lob over Gaston and into the net (pictured).
The home side rallied with first a free kick and then a penalty by their captain Peter MacDonald, but the visitors showed commendable confidence and control to prevent any further chances in the final five minutes.