Dumbarton put on one of their most convincing performances of the season to coast past Stranraer with a 3-0 win that moved them off the bottom of the table.

Goals from Ross Forbes, Dom Thomas and Ross Perry secured Sons their first away win since the opening day of the season.

It could have been more comfortable had home goalkeeper Max Currie not pulled off a string of impressive saves as his side finished with ten men.

Calum Gallagher had the first real opportunity of the game as his left-footed strike from the edge of the area was pushed away by Currie, and it wasn’t the last time that the Sons frontman would be left frustrated by the Stranraer goalkeeper.

The most that The Blues could offer were shots right at Sons keeper Grant Adam with Kyle Turner the first to be denied.

Forbes was enjoying the windy conditions that were leaving his set-piece crosses hanging in the air, just calling out for a Sons shirt to attack the ball, but there were no takers. The visiting captain then looked to take matters into his own hands with a curling shot from the corner of the area that hit off both the crossbar and post before the bouncing ball agonizingly just missed Gallagher.

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Heading into the second-half Sons would have been hoping that they wouldn’t be made to rue their missed chances.

They started just where they left off as Thomas fired over the bar and Bobby Barr forced Currie into a low save.

But the travelling support wouldn’t be left frustrated for long as Forbes gave Duffy’s side the lead after 56 minutes.

A flowing move involving Gallagher, Barr and Thomas resulted with the latter laying the ball back for Forbes who arrowed the ball into the net from 20 yards.

Thomas could have doubled the lead a few minutes later but Currie raced off his line to deny the Kilmarnock loanee.

The hosts weren’t out of the game yet and Turner should have hit the target from close range before Adam reacted well to gather the ball from a corner.

Perhaps the best chance for Sons to get the second goal fell to Gallagher, but his powerful effort from 10 yards was pushed away by Currie.

Stranraer would be reduced to ten men just a minute later with Andrew McDonald being shown his second yellow card for preventing Barr from igniting a Sons counter attack.

Two goals in the final ten minutes then sealed the points for Dumbarton with Thomas’ right foot effort finding a way past Currie from the edge of the area before Perry smashed home his first Dumbarton goal from just a few yards out.

Sons travel to Bayview on February 23 to play East Fife and will be hoping for a repeat of the 2-0 scoreline they picked up on the first day of the season.