Falkirk players, management and fans were disappointed to drop two points in this game where they were well below their best.
Poor defending was to prove costly and they only raised the tempo when they were chasing an equaliser and then a possible winner.
Dumbarton took the lead in 19 minutes against the run of play. A cross from the left seemed fairly innocuous, but the hesitation in the Bairns defence proved costly. Nobody in a navy blue shirt took responsibility, and Scott Taggart prodded home from close range.
Falkirk took only three minutes to draw level. Loy and Baird did well before the latter set up Craig Sibbald to fire home from close range.
The Bairns had a penalty claim dismissed but they still led at the interval with Luke Leahy shooting in off the post after a neat pasign exchange with Rory Loy.
However the wheels came off on 63 minutes, Darre Petrie equalised and again it was a case of poor defending following a long throw-in. The re was more indecisiveness at the back when Archie Campbell scored to put Dumbarton ahead for a second time.
However David Smith, on for Blair Alston rescued a point late on with his second goal for Falkirk, and a valuable one at that.