Dumbarton edged past Welsh opponents Connah’s Quay Nomads in dramatic fashion thanks to a stunning free-kick from new signing Dimitrios Froxylias in the last minute of extra-time at the Rock on Saturday in the Irn-Bru Cup.

The visitors had taken the lead via a Callum Morris spot-kick, but David Wilson equalised with nine minutes of normal time to go.

The game looked to be going to penalties, but Froxylias curled home the winner at the death, after Nomads’ George Horan had been sent off to book Sons spot in the draw for the third round, which takes place today at 1pm.

Manager Stevie Aitken opted for a change in formation, starting with three centre-backs, and playing Sam Wardrop and Chris McLaughlin as wing backs.

But the new look formation failed to provide any spark against the Nomads.

It was a very physical encounter, with the Welsh side bullying the hosts at times.

Stuart Carswell gave away a cheap penalty after 26 minutes, bringing down Michael Wilde in the box.

Morris stepped up and fired the away side in front in a game of few chances.

Aitken admitted defeat in the new change of formation, bringing on Chris Johnston for Dougie Hill after half-time.

Dumbarton’s first effort of note was on 55 minutes, substitute Johnston’s free-kick was initially cleared, but Christian Nade went for a spectacular overhead kick in the box, forcing a good save from goalkeeper John Danby.

Sons brought on Ally Roy and Wilson as they looked to freshen up their attack.

Wilson in particular added more attacking threat for Dumbarton, speeding up their forward play.

But the Welsh side proved difficult to breakdown, no thanks to referee Ben Connolly allowing the visitors to time waste throughout the second half.

Dumbarton were camped inside the Nomad’s half for a majority of the second period, and finally got their equaliser with nine minutes remaining. Froxylias’ free-kick was not dealt with well by the visiting defence, allowing Wilson to smash the ball home.

The away side had a late chance to steal back the lead with four minutes to go, Bakare’s shot was dragged across the face of goal, but if Morris gambled on the effort he would have tapped the ball home.

The game continued to be scrappy in extra-time, nine yellow cards being handed out by referee Connolly.

Two of those were for centre-back Horan, who saw red for a poor challenge on Nade in the last minute of extra-time.

Up stepped Froxylias, who curled his effort over the wall, and despite the goalkeeper getting a glove to it, was unable to stop the ball from creeping over the line. glove from the goalkeeper, he could only push the effort on to the bar, with the ball creeping over the line after coming back off the post.

Sons next head to Tannadice to face Dundee United in the league on Saturday.

DUMBARTON: Gallacher, McLaughlin, Dowie, Carswell (Wilson, 69), Gallagher (Roy, 61), Wardrop, Hutton, Hill (Johnston, 46), Froxylias, Nade, Barr. Subs not used: Ewings, Smith, Walsh, Prior.

CONNAH’S QUAY NOMADS: Danby, Pearson, Edwards, Horan, Harrison, Wignall (Matty Williams, 115), Morris, Wilde, J Owen, M Owen (Michael Bakare, 56), Heath (Smith, 50). Subs not used: Williams, Smith, Mathias Bakare, Oyengua.