Dumbarton 2-1 Hibernian: Hibs fall at first hurdle

Dumbarton's William Gibson fires home the game's winning goal from a free kick. Picture: SNS
Dumbarton's William Gibson fires home the game's winning goal from a free kick. Picture: SNS
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HIBERNIAN made a miserable start to their Scottish Championship campaign as they went down 2-1 at Dumbarton.

Scorers: Dumbarton - Buchanan (3), Gibson (55); Hibernian - Malonga (14)

The home side made a flying start with Gregor Buchanan tapping home a low drilled free-kick from Willie Gibson inside three minutes.

But Dominique Malonga showed good strength to chase a long ball before firing past Mark Brown to level in the 14th minute.

The home side were twice unfortunate not to regain the lead when Garry Fleming hit a post before he saw his header well kept out by Mark Oxley.

However, they did move 2-1 up 10 minutes into the second half when Gibson curled a free-kick into the top corner.

Hibs dominated from then on but could not find that elusive equaliser.