East Fife 1 - 3 Dumbarton

League - Second Division
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011, 7:45 PM at Bayview
Attendance: 392
Referee: Steven Nicholls
East Fife v Dumbarton, Feb 15th 2011, Bayview
East Fife Dumbarton 

Matthew Park (44) Pat Walker (17)
Mark Gilhaney (23)
Andy Geggan (55)

Team Managers
Unknown. Alan Adamson

Starting Eleven
Michael Brown
Mark McCulloch
John Ovenstone
Robert Floan
Scott Durie
Robert Linn
David Muir
Lloyd Young
Dylan McGowan
Jim Hamilton
Matthew Park
Stephen Grindlay
James Creaney
Jordan Halsman
Nicky Devlin
Paul Nugent
Ben Gordon
Ryan McStay
Andy Geggan
Mark Gilhaney
Jon McShane
Pat Walker

Dean Lyness
Jonathan Smart
Craig Johnstone
Steven Hislop
Shaun Fagan
Michael White
Iain Chisholm
Martin McNiff
Ross Campbell
Derek Carcary

Shaun Fagan for Robert Sloan (8)
Steven Hislop for Jim Hamilton (63)
Craig Johnstone for Matthew Park (63)
Derek Carcary for Pat Walker (78)

Matthew Park (38)
John Ovenstone (48)
Scott Durie (84)
Ben Gordon (29)
James Creaney (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Stephen Grindlay (GK) 212 apps -
James Creaney 12 apps -
Jordan Halsman 4 apps -
Nicky Devlin 13 apps -
Paul Nugent 21 apps -
Ben Gordon 100 apps7 goals
Ryan McStay 59 apps2 goals
Andy Geggan 152 apps8 goals
Mark Gilhaney 15 apps5 goals
Jon McShane 18 apps3 goals
Pat Walker 10 apps6 goals
Derek Carcary (sub) 91 apps23 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Nicky Devlin (17 years 125 days)
Oldest Player:Stephen Grindlay (28 years 346 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 324 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Campbell (12 years 363 days)
Oldest Player:Stephen Grindlay (28 years 346 days)
Average Player Age:22 years 344 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Ben Gordon played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.

Dumbarton have claimed another crucial midweek victory at Methil - beating East Fife 3-1, with goals from Walker, Gilhaney and Geggan.

Sons looked uncertain in the opening few minutes, as East Fife took advantage of the windy conditions and two inswinging balls almost deceived the backtracking Dumbarton defence.

The home side enjoyed more of the possession for the first quarter of an hour. But then on 17 minutes Pat Walker helped to engineer a crafty move down the right for Sons, before moving into space himself and striking the ball high and wide of Fifers' keeper
Michael Brown.

Seven minutes later it was another sweeping Walker cross from the left that set an unmarked Mark Gilhaney free through the centre. He controlled the ball well and took his time to place it firmly into the bottom corner of the net. 2-0 to Dumbarton.

Then close to half time, just when Sons looked well on top, East Fife drove forward again, and debutant Matthew Park turned smartly to twist the ball past Stephen Grindlay and pull the game back to 2-1.

The Fifers began the second half seeking to continue where they left off, but it was Sons who struck again on 54 minutes. Andy Geggan latched on to a Walker pass threaded through a packed area to make it 3-1.

The visitors did not sit back. Displaying some assured, flowing football, Dumbarton sought to press their advantage home. Jon McShane came closest to adding to the score with a fine strike from the edge of the area.

Derek Carcary came on for Pat Walker with a little over ten minutes to go, and was soon involved in the action up front. But East Fife had not given up. When they gained a penalty it looked as if they were back in the game. But Grindlay pulled off a brilliantly athletic save.

The 3-1 win means that Dumbarton have moved into 7th place in the Second Division and have gained 10 points from the last 12.

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