Dumbarton picked up a point on the road against East Fife but were left wondering what could have been as they let a two-goal lead slip.

Ryan McGeever bulleted in a first-half header and Isaac Layne doubled the lead from the penalty spot, but the hosts hit back through Stewart Murdoch and former Son Scott Agnew to nab a point.

There was one change to the line-up from last week’s loss to Airdrieonians as Joe McKee recovered from the injury that kept him out to replace PJ Crossan.

The Methil side came close after just three minutes as Murdoch headed the ball wide from a corner and Liam Watt dragged the ball off target on two occasions.

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And hearts were in mouths for Sons on 28 minutes when Aaron Dunsmure appeared to be bundled over by Rico Quitongo in the penalty box, but the referee’s view was that the East Fife man had made the most of it and he was booked for simulation.

Dumbarton’s first real opportunity arrived when McKee’s corner was met by Morgyn Neill who forced home keeper Jordan Hart into a smart stop as the ball was then turned behind for another corner.

Hart had no chance of keeping this one out, however, as McGeever’s powerful header flew into the corner and Sons had what could be considered an unlikely lead.

There were no more chances in the first-half but just four minutes into the second period Dumbarton were awarded a penalty when Ruaridh Langan was bundled over in the area.

Layne stepped up to coolly slot the ball home, sending Hart the wrong way to hand Sons a two-goal lead.

The home side, who started the day as league leaders, continued to drive forward and Reghan Tumlity had to be aware to steer the ball away from Watt and out of danger.

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Dumbarton’s resistance could only last for so long, though, as the Fifers found a way back into the match with Agnew’s cross forced over the line by Murdoch at the back-post.

And the home side should have equalised just a minute later but Watt again failed to hit the target from 12 yards.

There was a rare chance for Dumbarton to regain their two-goal lead as Layne shot on the turn, but it was collected by Hart.

The hosts were awarded a penalty on 73 minutes when Neill clattered into Ryan Wallace and Agnew forced the ball under Conor Brennan from the spot to level.

The game really could have gone either way in the closing stages as Matthew Shiels had an effort blocked and Layne headed over from close range.

It could turn out to be a valuable point for Dumbarton as they are now set for a home double-header, starting with Clyde this Saturday.

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