The curse of Kane: Livi waste chances before bogeyman strikes

Dumbarton's 'Chris Kane
Dumbarton's 'Chris Kane
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The curse of Chris Kane returned to haunt Livingston boss John McGlynn as the Lions crashed to a last-gasp defeat by Dumbarton.

The curse of Chris Kane returned to haunt Livingston boss John McGlynn as the Lions crashed to a last-gasp defeat by Dumbarton.

The on-loan St Johnstone striker had only rejoined the club 24 hours prior to Saturday’s encounter but the 19-year-old, who made such an impact with Dumbarton during his spell with the club last season, pounced at the death to head past Darren Jamieson in the Livi goal.

The teenager is a familiar, yet unwelcome presence for McGlynn having twice denied Livingston crucial league points from last season, his late winner for the Sons coming in a 2-1 victory at the Energy Assets Arena in March most notable.

“We always knew with Chris Kane coming back then that was likely to happen,” McGlynn pointed out.

“Anyone who’s got half a brain in Scottish football knew that the script was written for that to happen. It’s a sore one.

“If we’d taken our chances in the first half then I think the match would have been beyond Dumbarton.

“It’s really disappointing when you’ve put so much into the game and you lose it at the death because we definitely deserved something. But we weren’t ruthless enough in front of goal and didn’t take our chances. It’s the same old story with thin margins in the Championship and we end up with nothing.

“We could have gone seven points clear of Dumbarton but now it’s only one point so even at this early stage of the season there is a massive swing.”

McGlynn hit the nail on the head with his post-match thoughts from a match where the visitors dominated for long spells, particularly the opening 45 minutes against a very lacklustre Dumbarton outfit.

Danny Mullen had the hosts’ Danny Rogers scrambling across his goal as early as the eighth minute as his deflected effort almost caught the goalkeeper out but the ball trickled past the left-hand post.

Former Hibs striker Colin Nish’s glancing header shortly after was the home side’s solitary effort of a poor half as Livi took matters into their own hands and attacked at freewill.

On-form striker Jordan White headed captain Jason Talbot’s cross onto the roof of Rogers’ net before a wonderful interchange between the influential Keaghan Jacobs and Gary Glen presented the latter with a clear view on goal, but the former Hearts frontman pulled his shot wide of the target from six yards.

McGlynn introduced Rob Ogleby for Mullen, the striker making his first competitive outing this season having recovered from a hamstring injury and it was from his cross five minutes after the restart that brought Livi even closer to breaking the deadlock as Kyle Jacob’s header came crashing off the goal frame.

Kyle Jacobs again went close with a well-placed shot that drifted just wide of Rogers’ right-hand post before Ian Murray’s side finally decided to assert some pressure of their own in the final third.

Mitch Megginson, called Jamieson into action with a fine block as Dumbarton upped the tempo in their play.

Kane should have scored when he found himself bearing down on Jamieson but once again the goalkeeper stood firm to keep the scoreline at 0-0.

However, with just a minute left on the clock and Livi looking good for a point for their endeavours, Megginson had time to pick out Kane from the left and the striker got in front of his marker to head past the despairing Jamieson.

A crucial three points for Dumbarton who had failed to pick up a single point from their first league outings and that was something Murray was keen to stress afterwards.

“We didn’t want to go into the international break down in the dumps with another defeat so it was important we got something out of the game – a point was vital but the three points was just perfect for us.

“The first half we were very poor and the quality wasn’t there. But as the game wore on I thought we looked the fitter team and Kano has popped up at the end. That’s why we’ve brought him back because we know what we’re getting from him,” Murray added.

Dumbarton: Rogers, Van Zanten (MacDonald 32), Linton, Graham, Turner, Gilhaney, Agnew, Nish (Kane 46), Megginson, Taggart, Fleming (Campbell 75). Subs: Ewings, Kirkpatrick, Murray, McDougall.

Livingston: Jamieson, Talbot, Fordyce, Gallagher, Kyle Jacobs, Keaghan Jacobs, O’Brien, McKenna (Hippolyte 72), Mullen (Ogleby 46), White, Glen (Robertson 72). Subs: Grant, Sives, Beaumont, Rutherford.

Referee: Barry Cook.