Sport Airdrieonians 0-2 Dumbarton - Wilson at the double as Sons secure victory
Dumbarton striker Jaime Wilson puts in the miles to sign for Sons
The striker, 22, finally received international clearance last week - having spent the previous season playing for Australian side Northcote City.The forward finally completed formalities on a season-long deal at the Rock last week after a fortnight -long wait for international clearance, with the former Rothes and Inverness Caledonian Thistle man having spent last season with Australian third-tier side Northcote City.
Jaime Wilson was the hero, as Dumbarton secured their first victory of the new season against Airdrieonians.
The new signing marked his full debut with a double in atrocious conditions, with Jim Duffy quick to pay tribute to him - and his teammates - post-match.
He said: “If you get a result it makes things a wee bit better. It was an extremely difficult day for both sets of players, it’s a thankless task when you are asked to play in these conditions - but it’s all about character and old-fashioned values.
“It’s not really about footballing skills, it’s about rolling your sleeves up and showing determination.
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“Both sets of players did that, but our players deserve a lot of credit for the effort they put in today and deserved to win the game.
“The first goal was good combination play between Jaime and Robert Jones and David Hutton made it difficult for him, but he finished well.
“The second you’re saying for him to be positive and take the defender on, and he did that a few times and got a wee bit of good fortune with the finish. But that’s because he was positive and tried to stretch the defenders.
“I’m delighted for him.
“Overall it was a really committed team performance.”
Gaffer Duffy made two changes to the side which had drawn with Forfar Athletic on the opening day, as Matthew Reilly and Denny Johnstone dropped out for the suspension free Chris Hamilton and Wilson.
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However the Sons were dealt another injury blow in the warm-up as goalkeeper Kevin Dabrowski pulled up, with the hugely impressive Hibernian loan man being replaced between the sticks by Chris Smith.
Despite the late change it was Dumbarton who started on top.
Rico Quitongo did well to get beyond Kyle MacDonald and clip a cross in for Ross Forbes, but his header was easily held by David Hutton in the Diamonds goal.
Chris Hamilton then looked to spring Airdrie’s high line and go one-on-one with Hutton only for a late flag from the assistant to halt his progress.
Despite starting well Dumbarton then had stand-in keeper Smith to thank for keeping the score level, as the veteran performed heroics to tip Calum Gallagher’s goal bound header over the bar,
And that proved vital as Sons took the lead with 23 minutes on the clock.
Smith’s long clearance was well controlled by Robert Jones who played strike partner Jaime Wilson clean through on goal, with the 22-year-old marking his first start for the Sons with a clinical finish.
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Airdrie hit back with the Dumbarton defence fortunate to see Paul McKay blaze over from well inside the box after they had failed to clear Kyle MacDonald’s free-kick.
Despite that Jim Duffy’s side continued to look a threat on the break, especially with the pace of goalscorer Wilson and Hearts loanee Hamilton.
The latter robbed Kyle MacDonald of possession in his own half and cut inside before firing straight at Hutton, when playing in Robert Jones could’ve been a better option.
As the half wore on Airdrie began to threaten again with the lively Kyle Connell flashing an effort over the bar from range, before a mixture of Smith and Ryan McGeever cleared MacDonald’s low drive to ensure Sons made it to half-time ahead.
The second-half started at a slower pace, with Sons content to sit with their advantage and Ian Murray’s side struggling to force Smith into any form of action.
It took until the hour mark for the first opportunity of note, as Dale Carrick bulleted a header goalwards from six yards, but Smith repeated his earlier heroics with another fingertip save.
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And that proved a vital moment as Sons doubled their lead just two minutes later.
Former Diamond Nat Wedderburn sent Jaime Wilson in on goal with a defence splitting pass, and the former Northcote City man turned both Sean Crighton and Callum Fordyce before finding the net with the aid of a deflection.
Minutes later Sons almost had a third, as Rico Quitongo went on a brilliant run and drilled an effort goalwards that David Hutton was forced to touch over the bar.
Clearly furious with his side Ian Murray sent on three substitutes, including Thomas Robert - son of Newcastle legend Laurent Robert.
And the Frenchman came close to getting his side back in the game as he flashed an effort across goal that evaded everyone in a yellow shirt.
Dumbarton continued to hold on comfortably whilst always looking a threat on the break, but they were dealt a very late scare as stand-in keeper Smith hit the ground with an injury after taking a goal kick.
After treatment, and with Ross Forbes preparing to take the gloves, the veteran was able to carry on - albeit whilst hobbling, with Sons doing enough to restrict the Diamonds to hopeful crosses and efforts from range as they held out for a first win of the new season.
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