DUMBARTON crashed to a shock 2-0 defeat at the hands of Forfar Athletic in their first home league match.
DUMBARTON crashed to a shock 2-0 defeat at the hands of Forfar Athletic in their first home league match in front of a 575 crowd at the C & G Systems Stadium.
Neither side took command in the first 25 minutes, though Sons could have been ahead when Rory Loy nodded a free header wide from a Ross Forbes cross shortly after the start.
Then on 26 minutes the visitors were in front. Neat footwork from veteran John Baird in the six yard box gave the Forfar striker the momentum to slot home for 1-0.
Dumbarton could have levelled when Calum Gallagher was pulled down in the area on 39 minutes. But his mid-height penalty (pictured) was easily saved by Marc McCallum in the Loons' goal.
Bobby Barr replaced Gallagher for Sons after the break, but the shape and pace of the game did not change dramatically.
More possession was going to Dumbarton as the second half progressed, but to little effect in the final third.
Then on 70 minutes Forfar struck a killer blow from a breakaway, as Baird raced on to the ball and claimed his and his side's second goal with a fine strike into the bottom corner from 18 yards.
Sons had a couple of chances in the last 15 minutes, but could not capitalise on them or find their way back into the game.
Manager Stevie Aitken called the performance “a wake up call” and said that he would be looking for a significant improvement in the next game.