DUMBARTON midfielder Sam Stanton was left stunned by Sons’ late collapse against Ayr United saying he has “never seen anything like it before in football”.

The on-loan Hibs man grabbed a second-half brace which had Stevie Aitken’s side cruising at 2-0 and a man to the good after the Honest Men had Ross Docherty sent off in the first half.

But remarkably with the 90 minutes up, the Somerset Park side found the net twice in stoppage time as Michael Rose struck before Craig Moore kept his composure to convert a penalty.

Stanton said: “It feels like a loss, it was 90 minutes of total domination and with the 10 men it made it difficult for them as well and they did well to stay in the game but at 2-0 up with minutes to go it’s unbelievable that we’ve managed to draw the game.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before ever in football. That made it even more difficult to take, being off the park and you can’t actually do anything on the park. It’s a shame as we worked hard and played well in the game.”

“It would have been absolutely massive, we could have been seven points clear [of Ayr].

“It was great to get my goals, it’s been a long time coming and I think I’ve taken more shots than anybody here.

“I thought it was never going to come and then I got two in the one game it was great, it was just a shame we couldn’t get the win at the same time.”

Stanton has impressed in recent months at Sons, primarily playing in his preferred position behind lone striker Christian Nade.

The 22-year-old hopes his form at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium will impress Hibs manager Neil Lennon as he hopes to return to Easter Road and force his way into the first team.

He added: “Hopefully, we’ll see what happens, I always believe in myself and my ability that I can play for Hibs or at a higher level than what I’m playing at.

“I’ve got another year left on my deal which is maybe my last chance to impress before moving on. Hopefully I can kick on from this and get a few more goals between now and the end of the season.”