Dumbarton 1 - 2 Ayr United 

League - Second Division
Saturday, April 23rd, 2011, 3:00 PM at Strathclyde Homes Stadium
Attendance: 830
Referee: Eddie Smith
Dumbarton v Ayr United, Apr 23rd 2011, Strathclyde Homes Stadium
Dumbarton  Ayr United

Goalscorers
Eddie Malone (o.g.) (63)
Alan Trouten (10)
Michael Moffat (16)

Team Managers
Alan Adamson Unknown.

Starting Eleven
Stephen Grindlay
Paul Nugent
Ben Gordon
James Creaney
Jordan Halsman
Nicky Devlin
Ryan McStay
Mark Gilhaney
Andy Geggan
Pat Walker
Jon McShane
Alan Martin
Jim Lauchlan
Martyn Campbell
Chris Smith
Eddie Malone
Scott McLaughlin
Alan Trouten
Jonathan Tiffoney
Ryan McCann
Mark Roberts
Michael Moffat

Bench
Michael White
Martin McNiff
Derek Carcary
Jordan White
Kieran Brannan
David Crawford
Andy Rodgers
Ross Robertson
William Easton

Substitutions
Derek Carcary for Jordan Halsman (57)
Jordan White for Jon McShane (76)
Kieran Brannan for Pat Walker (83)
William Easton for Jonathan Tiffoney (68)
Ross Robertson for Ryan McCann (82)
Andy Rodgers for Mark Roberts (90)

Bookings
Paul Nugent (32)
Jordan Halsman (52)
Jon McShane (57)
James Creaney (90)
Andy Geggan (90)
Eddie Malone (34)
Scott McLaughlin (52)
Ryan McCann (82)
Martyn Campbell (85)
Ross Robertson (90)
Andy Rodgers (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Stephen Grindlay (GK) 221 apps -
Paul Nugent 32 apps -
Ben Gordon 112 apps7 goals
James Creaney 24 apps -
Jordan Halsman 12 apps2 goals
Nicky Devlin 23 apps -
Andy Geggan 164 apps10 goals
Ryan McStay 71 apps3 goals
Mark Gilhaney 27 apps9 goals
Pat Walker 22 apps8 goals
Jon McShane 29 apps13 goals
Derek Carcary (sub) 96 apps23 goals
Jordan White (sub) 7 apps -
Kieran Brannan (sub) 40 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Nicky Devlin (17 years 192 days)
Oldest Player:Stephen Grindlay (29 years 48 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 26 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Nicky Devlin (17 years 192 days)
Oldest Player:Stephen Grindlay (29 years 48 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 53 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

DUMBARTON were beaten 2-1 by Ayr United in a hard-fought encounter at the Strathclyde Homes Stadium, in spite of a second half revival and several near chances to equalise after the break.

Ayr showed their intent from the start, mounting an early series of attacks. But the Honest Men's Michael Moffat was thwarted by a fine tackle from Ben Gordon.

Mark Gilhaney had the first chance for Sons, clipping a shot in from the left, which was promptly plucked from mid-air by the visitors' 'keeper Alan Martin. Then Jordan Halsman broke through for Dumbarton, but could not connect adequately for his strike.

On 10 minutes Alan Trouten opened the scoring for Ayr United, passing the ball into the net all too easily after a soft through ball eluded Sons' defence.

Six minutes later, following two further Dumbarton attacks, Moffatt made it 2-0 for Ayr, outpacing the defence and rounding Sons 'keeper Stephen Grindlay after he had made a stop but was then unable to cling on to the ball. The visitors' number 9 struck high into the net despite Nicky Devlin's brave effort to clear on the line.

Mark Gilhaney and Pat Walker had further goal attempts blocked later on in the first period, as Dumbarton sought to retain their composure and push back.

Early in the second half a searching cross-field ball from Walker released Jordan Halsman, but the young Sons left midfielder found himself just squeezed out at the near post, in spite of his trickery.

On the hour a slight but well-angled effort from Gilhaney trickled tantalisingly across the face of Ayr United's goal, but ended up going inches wide.

Derek Carcary then replaced Jordan Halsman for Dumbarton, as gaffer Alan Adamson sought to rearrange his pack and inject some fresh energy into the team. The sub was soon in the midst of the action, flashing a strike in fast, but high.

Dumbarton were pushing forward with more urgency now, but Ayr remained steady in defence. The reward for their adventure came on 63 minutes, however, when a darting Carcary run caught the Honest Men's back line off kilter, and led to Eddie Malone tipping the ball into his own net to make it 1-2.

James Creaney almost equalised for Sons minutes later, with a powerful 25-yard hit leaving Ayr 'keeper Martin at full stretch, but just missing the target.

The home side continued to attack, but occasionally looked exposed from the back. On 74 minutes Creaney cleared off the line, after a goalmouth scramble almost cost Sons dear.

Jordan White came on for a tired-looking Jon McShane on 76 minutes. Immediately afterwards Walker was frustratingly denied what looked a certain equaliser in the Ayr six-yard box, as Sons continued to look dangerous and purposeful - especially from the wings. Malone cleared again on the line for the visitors from Gilhaney's inswinger.

On 82 minutes Keiran Brannan replaced Pat Walker for Dumbarton. Paul Nugent's strike on 84 minutes went straight into the goalkeeper's arms.

In a tense and sometimes heated ending to the game, two Sons free kicks cannoned into the Ayr United wall in central positions on the edge of the area. But the vistors held on to claim the 2-1 victory and a promotion play-off place, while Sons still need points to guarantee Second Division football net season.

Match report by Simon Barrow

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Programme cover / Team sheet