Willie Gibson curled in a fantastic free-kick to give Dumbarton an opening day win over Hibs in the Championship. The Sons took an early lead when Gregor Buchanan finished off a low drilled free-kick from Gibson. The visitors were level on 14 minutes when Dominique Malonga chased down a long ball and fired past Mark Brown. Garry Fleming hit the post and had a header well saved by Hibs keeper Mark Oxley before Gibson found the top corner with a great strike. Alan Stubbs' side dominated play as they chased an equaliser but the part-timers held on to upset the odds. It was a dream start to Stephen Aitken's Dumbarton managerial career with an impressive performance by his men against much fancied promotion hopefuls. With speculation still surrounding the future of Scott Allan, the midfielder made his first start of the season. But it was the central defender of the home side Buchanan who made the early dramatic impact. Liam Fontaine needlessly fouled Steven Craig wide on the left and from the resultant free-kick Buchanan was able to divert in Gibson's low delivery. Allan responded for Hibs as he linked with his skipper David Gray before firing in a shot from 20 yards which Brown saved well.