Dumbarton 1 - 1 Airdrieonians 

League - Second Division
Saturday, October 22nd, 2011, 3:00 PM at Strathclyde Homes Stadium
Attendance: 755
Referee: David Somers
Dumbarton v Airdrieonians, Oct 22nd 2011, Strathclyde Homes Stadium
Dumbarton  Airdrieonians

Mark Gilhaney (pen.) (28)
Jamie Stevenson (37)

Team Managers
Alan Adamson Jimmy Boyle

Starting Eleven
Stephen Grindlay
Paul Nugent
Alan Lithgow
Ross McKinnon
Martin McNiff
James Creaney
Kevin Nicoll
Mark Gilhaney
Scott Agnew
Bryan Prunty
Pat Walker
Connor Fairley
Paul Lovering
Kevin Green
Jamie Bain
Craig Hill
Sean Lynch
Fraser Keast
Jamie Stevenson
Rhys Devlin
Derek Holmes
Ryan Donnelly

Jamie Ewings
Tony Wallace
Ryan Borris
Kieran Brannan
David Winters
Andrew Duncan
Nathan Blockley
Christopher Malone
Scott Morton
Graeme Owens

Tony Wallace for Kevin Nicoll (60)
David Winters for Bryan Prunty (69)
Scott Morton for Ryan Donnelly (75)
Graeme Owens for Fraser Keast (89)

James Creaney (46)
Kevin Nicoll (47)
Scott Agnew (61)
Craig Hill (33)
Rhys Devlin (40)
Jamie Stevenson (82)
Scott Morton (90)

Red Cards
None. Kevin Green (39)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Stephen Grindlay (GK) 230 apps -
Ross McKinnon 5 apps1 goal
Martin McNiff 57 apps1 goal
James Creaney 34 apps -
Paul Nugent 46 apps -
Alan Lithgow 11 apps -
Scott Agnew 13 apps5 goals
Kevin Nicoll 11 apps1 goal
Mark Gilhaney 42 apps12 goals
Pat Walker 36 apps10 goals
Bryan Prunty 12 apps7 goals
Tony Wallace (sub) 12 apps -
David Winters (sub) 22 apps6 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross McKinnon (19 years 17 days)
Oldest Player:Stephen Grindlay (29 years 230 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 54 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross McKinnon (19 years 17 days)
Oldest Player:Stephen Grindlay (29 years 230 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 46 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


DUMBARTON claimed another point in their league campaign with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Airdrie United at the Rock.

With four bookings and a sending-off for the visitors and three yellow cards for Sons, and several knocks and minor injuries, the game was certainly competitive.

Both teams had a number of good chances, but the home side ultimately failed to capitalise on the numerical advantage they enjoyed for the majority of the game.

The match took some time to develop, with the Diamonds having most of the early possession. Then on 19 minutes Mark Gilhaney broke through for Sons. His shot forced a good low, diving save at the post from Conor Fairley in the United goal.

On 22 minutes Bryan Prunty set up Pat Walker with a clever back-heel flick, but the striker could not quite squeeze a shot through the well-organised opposition defence.

For Airdrie United, Rhys Devlin produced an extraordinary arcing effort from 25 yards out on the edge of the pitch. However, Dumbarton 'keeper Stephen Grindlay (pictured) was up to the challenge, back-peddling skilfully to make the first of a series of important saves throughout the match.

Then Sons found themselves 1-0 ahead on 29 minutes, when Craig Hill fouled Walker in the area and Gilhaney converted the spot-kick, just beating Fairley, who got a hand to the ball.

The lead did not last long. Eight minutes later, as Dumbarton sought to press their advantage, they were caught out by a swift counter-attack. Devlin was the provider, as Jamie Stevenson slotted past an advancing Grindlay and last man Martin McNiff, who almost cleared from the goal line but not quite.

Diamonds' left-back Jamie Bain almost made things worse for Sons with a fine strike a couple of minutes later. Then some frantic action in the visitors' area gave Walker another half-chance.

On 40 minutes Airdrie United were down to ten men. As Prunty pulled away for Dumbarton, Kevin Green caught his ankle and sent him flying. Referee David Somers produced his red card straight away.

Free-kick specialist Scott Agnew had a 25-yard opportunity to put Sons in front just before half-time, but this time the dead-ball magic eluded him.

After the break, Airdrie United, unfazed by being a man down, went straight onto the offensive and pinned Dumbarton back with the home side looking rather narrow, and starting the second half with a lower line than they had deployed in the opening period.

Both goalkeepers produced fine side-on saves from dangerous looking shots as Sons pushed back, but neither side could find a breakthrough.

Fairley frustrated the home side on a number of occasions. Fraser Keast also threw away a good opportunity for Airdrie United his shot from a central position heading safely into Grindlay's arms.

On 60 minutes Tony Wallace came on for Kevin Nicoll, as Dumbarton gaffer Alan Adamson tried to modify the formula. The home side tried to break with pace, but attacks broke down regularly as long balls failed to find their man.

Up front, Prunty gave way to David Winters for Sons on 69 minutes. The substitute striker suffered in a nasty, accidental head-clash and had to continue for 20 minutes with a large bandage, as did United's Sean Lynch.

A low shot from Ryan Donnelly in the six-yard box was well blocked by solid Sons defender Alan Lithgow.

Dumbarton came close to stealing the game three times in the closing period of the game. First, Agnew flashed a hard, fast shot against the crossbar. Then Ross McKinnon and James Creaney split the Diamonds' defence with fine crosses, the latter almost turned in by a Lithgow volley on 87 minutes.

In the end, however, no further goals were added to the score sheet in the second half, with a draw seeming a fair reflection of the game overall.

Match report by Simon Barrow


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