Jaime Wilson’s goal proved the difference between Dumbarton and Stranraer, as the striker sealed the Sons’ place in the League Two playoff final.

The former Inverness man’s first-half strike was all that separated Jim Duffy’s side from the League Two side - who saw Ruari Paton miss a second-half penalty.

And afterwards Duffy was pleased with the nature of the result.

He said: “In those types of games there’s a lot of tension, there’s a lot at stake and players feel that tension as well.

“They feel the weight of responsibility so it’s understandable that, at times, they rush things and don’t make the right decisions.

“I think, penalty aside where we got a wee break, we carved open the most chances.

“Although we were under pressure at the end I don’t think Sam (Ramsbottom) had a save to make during that period.

“Ultimately though it’s all about winning and we managed to do that tonight.”

Despite the pressure on both sides, the game started at a frantic pace - with Sons’ creating the better of the chances.

Ross Forbes twice came close as he forced Greg Fleming in an early save, before cracking a fantastic free-kick from 25 yards off the crossbar with Fleming at full-stretch.

He then turned creator for James Wallace, but the on-loan Morton forward had his close-range volley blocked by Scott Robertson.

A golden chance was then passed up by the hosts as they continued to look the more likely to find a breakthrough.

Forbes’ clever pass sent Jaime Wilson in on goal, with the forward initially denied by Fleming before firing the rebound over the bar from six yards with the goal gaping.

Wilson then passed up another chance after good link-up play between James Wallace and Tomas Brindley, before finally making the visitors’ pay for the opportunities they were affording him.

A long ball forward fell to the striker on the edge of the box, and he drilled it beyond Fleming and into the bottom corner for his seventh of a productive first season at the Rock.

Jaime Wilson drives home Dumbarton's winner.
Jaime Wilson drives home Dumbarton's winner.

Wilson’s strike also ensured that the Sons held the lead at half-time, with Stranraer looking a different side following the break.

They forced a series of corners which were dealt with by the Sons backline, before being handed the perfect chance to equalise.

Stuart Carswell’s late challenge caught Thomas Orr as he burst into the area, with referee Gavin Duncan quick to point to the spot.

Ruari Paton stepped up, but saw his low effort flash wide of the post with Sam Ramsbottom looking to have it covered.

After Wilson was forced off with a hamstring injury, the Sons began to create chances of their own again on the break - as Stevie Farrell’s side threw everything forward.

Stranraer's Ruari Paton hits the post with his penalty
Stranraer's Ruari Paton hits the post with his penalty.

Nick McAllister’s surging run from well inside his own half saw the full-back test Fleming, with Robert Jones unable to turn in the rebound.

Robert Jones then showed sensational skill to cut inside from the left, but again Fleming was equal to his effort from close range.

At the other end Sean Burns saw a ferocious effort from the edge of the area touched onto crossbar by Ramsbottom, before Rabin Omar nodded Ross Forbes’ inch-perfect delivery wide of target.

The missed chances would not come back to haunt the Sons however, as they saw out the victory and set up a playoff final date with Edinburgh City next week.