Dumbarton were blown away at Falkirk Stadium on Saturday afternoon as the hosts ran out 6-0 winners.

The Bairns raced into a 5-0 half-time lead thanks to goals from Conor Sammon, Charlie Telfer and a Declan McManus hat-rick before Sammon added the sixth in the second-half.

Joe McKee’s missed penalty summed up Dumbarton’s day as they dropped to the bottom of League One with no goals scored and seven conceded after two games.

There was one change to the Dumbarton starting XI as Jordan McMillan replaced Ryan Tierney as Sons looked to set up to make things difficult for the opposition.

But early pressure from the Bairns paid off when McManus charged down Morgyn Neill’s clearance and the ball fell to Ryan McGeever.

The Sons centre-half went down under the presence of Sammon, but play was allowed to continue and the former Republic of Ireland international comfortably lifted the ball into the net.

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One was quickly two as the lead was doubled after just 11 minutes.

Michael Tidser’s cross was headed back across goal by Michael Doyle and McManus got above McGeever to head home from just a few yards out.

However, Sons could have got back into the game just a minute later after Gregor Buchanan slipped at the back, sending Stefan McCluskey through on goal but the former Dumbarton centre-half recovered in time to make a vital challenge.

Conor Brennan then pushed Aidan Connolly’s powerful effort over the bar before Falkirk added their third.

Sammon teed up his strike partner, McManus, who slotted the ball in from just a few yards out with little over half an hour played.

The fourth arrived on 38 minutes as Tidser’s smart pass picked out the onrushing Telfer who had plenty of time to lash the ball into the net.

Sons could have reduced the deficit when McGeever was pushed by Sammon in the box and won a penalty for his side.

But McKee, who spent part of last season at the Falkirk Stadium, stepped up and drilled the spot kick to Cammy Bell’s right with the former Rangers goalkeeper saving with his legs before gathering the loose ball.

And just a minute after the miss, the home side went up to score their fifth when it looked like McManus got the final touch on Buchanan’s goalwards header to divert the ball past Brennan.

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The second period was barely seconds old when McManus found himself through on goal with his shot saved by the legs of Brennan.

But the Bairns wouldn’t have to wait much longer for their sixth of the afternoon as Sammon ran across the face of goal to get on the end of Doyle’s cross and finish high into the roof of the net.

Neither side added to the score line in the remaining stages with Buchanan coming closest for Falkirk and McCluskey for Dumbarton.

Next up, Jim Duffy's side welcome St Mirren Colts to the C&G Systems Stadium in the Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup tomorrow night. 

Duffy’s men then make the long trip to Balmoor Stadium to face Peterhead this Saturday where they aim to put the dismal start to the season behind them and pick up their first points.

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