Durnan Rallies Dumbarton Fans for Playoff Final Against Spartans

Dumbarton FC secures spot in SPFL Tier Three 3 Play-off Final against The Spartans after tense win over Stirling Albion. Manager Mark Durnan urges fans to support the team in the final as they aim to secure promotion to League One.

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Durnan Rallies Dumbarton Fans for Playoff Final Against Spartans

Durnan Rallies Dumbarton Fans for Playoff Final Against Spartans

Dumbarton FC manager Mark Durnan is urging fans to support the team in the SPFL Tier Three 3 Play-off Final against The Spartans at The Rock on Tuesday evening. The Sons secured their spot in the final with a tense win over Stirling Albion in the semi-final second leg at Forthbank Stadium on May 11.

Stirling Albion lacked confidence in the first half, only threatening Dumbarton's goal once. Dumbarton's Div Wilson came close to scoring with a near-post attempt that shaved the side net. In the second half, Albion changed to a three-at-the-back formation, overrunning Dumbarton's midfield at times, but goalkeeper Jay Hogarth never had a significant save to make.

Dumbarton had counter-attacking opportunities but failed to capitalize due to overcarrying the ball or straying offside. Michael Ruth's hold-up and general play were superb, but he never got a clear scoring chance.

The playoff final first leg will take place at The Rock on Tuesday evening, with the second leg at Ainslie Park on Friday. Durnan credits the fans for helping the team reach the final and is calling on their support again as Dumbarton aims to secure promotion to League One.

Dumbarton's advancement to the playoff final keeps their hopes of returning to League One alive. The Sons were relegated from the third tier in 2018 after spending six consecutive seasons in the division. A win over The Spartans would mark an important step in the club's journey to reestablish itself at a higher level of Scottish football.

Key Takeaways

  • Dumbarton FC reaches SPFL Tier Three 3 Play-off Final against The Spartans.
  • Dumbarton secured spot with tense win over Stirling Albion in semi-final.
  • Playoff final first leg is on Tuesday at The Rock, second leg on Friday at Ainslie Park.
  • Manager Mark Durnan urges fans to support the team in the final.
  • Win would mark important step in Dumbarton's journey to reestablish itself in League One.