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Football: Jukka Fin-ishes on a Jags high; DUMBARTON................1 PARTICK TH .................2.

Byline: Brian HENSON reports

LOAN-RANGER Jukka Santala ended his Partick spell on a high by handing the Jags three crucial promotion points.

The Finn returns to Ibrox this week but left Division Two in controversial circumstances which had Dumbarton raging at his equaliser.

The Sons had earlier taken a fourth minute lead via Ryan Borris.

But in 27 minutes Santala appeared to control the ball with his hand before firing in to draw Thistle level.

Santala (left) thought he bagged another soon after when he lobbed Jags keeper Stephen Grindlay only for Mark Dempsie to clear off the line.

But Thistle's pressure paid off before half-time when Dumbarton's Jamie Smith felled Santala in the box leaving Scott McCulloch to blast home the resulting spot-kick.

The game's second major talking point came during the interval when referee David Somers instructed Dumbarton to change to their blue and white kit having deemed their black and gold colours to be clashing with Thistle's red and yellow.

After the break the high-flying Jags redoubled their efforts to put the match well and truly beyond Dumbarton's reach.

Stephen McConalogue came close to doing just that when his power-driver hit the post.

Dumbarton fielded all their subs in a bid to cut Jags scoring options and the move worked with the Jags attack subdued.

The Sons might have sneaked a point right on full-time but John Gemmell's header hit the crossbar with Thistle keeper Kenny Arthur well beaten
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 1, 2006
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