A comprehensive second-half display by Dundee saw off a dogged display by second division Dumbarton in this Scottish Communities Cup first round tie.
The match burst into life after the break following a goalless first-half which Dumbarton had arguably the better of the play.
In 48 minutes it was Steven Milne, who has just re-signed for the Taysiders after leaving the club in 2004, who opened the scoring when he latched onto Leighton McIntosh’s flick-on following a corner kick to smash the ball home.
Dens defender Craig McKeown was then lucky to stay on the park after an hour when he pulled Bryan Prunty’s jersey as the striker raced in on goal, and effectively put the former Celtic striker off when he looked like equalising.
Unbelievably, referee John Beaton didn’t react to the foul and let play carry on.
Seven minutes later, winger Jamie McCluskey scored a tremendous solo effort, when he jinked past three challenges before lashing in the killer second.
Milne made things more comfortable just a few minutes later when he collected a neat ball from Ryan Conroy and angled home a shot which gave Sons’ goalkeeper Stephen Grindlay no chance.
In the dying minutes, Dumbarton defender Alan Lithgow felled substitute Nicky Riley and Matt Lockwood confidently smashed the ball into the top corner to round off the scoring for Barry Smith’s men.
Report by Neil Murray