Dumbarton 3 - 0 StenhousemuirLeague - Second Division
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012, 7:30 PM at Strathclyde Homes Stadium
Referee: Craig Charleston
Bryan Prunty (1)
Mark Gilhaney (32)
Scott Agnew (74)
|Alan Adamson||Davie Irons|
Pat Walker for Ally Graham (61)
Ryan Borris for Mark Gilhaney (65)
Ryan Finnie for Mark Lamont (85)
Stevie Murray for Seam Dickson (13)
Alan Lawson for Kevin McKinlay (72)
Paul McHale for Andy Rodgers (77)
Scott Agnew (35)
Ally Graham (53)
|Andy Rodgers (36)|
Appearances & Goals To Date
|Stephen Grindlay (GK)||241 apps||-|
|Tony Wallace||24 apps||-|
|Alan Lithgow||27 apps||4 goals|
|James Creaney||50 apps||-|
|Martin McNiff||69 apps||3 goals|
|Paul Nugent||61 apps||-|
|Mark Lamont||8 apps||-|
|Scott Agnew||28 apps||11 goals|
|Mark Gilhaney||58 apps||17 goals|
|Bryan Prunty||27 apps||13 goals|
|Ally Graham||8 apps||2 goals|
|Ryan Finnie (sub)||8 apps||-|
|Ryan Borris (sub)||101 apps||7 goals|
|Pat Walker (sub)||52 apps||13 goals|
|Youngest Player:||Ally Graham (18 years 309 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Stephen Grindlay (29 years 359 days)|
|Average Player Age:||24 years 96 days|
|Domestic Players:||11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)|
|Youngest Player:||Ryan Finnie (17 years 13 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Stephen Grindlay (29 years 359 days)|
|Average Player Age:||23 years 238 days|
|Domestic Players:||15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)|
First Team Debuts
|James Creaney played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.|
DUMBARTON made it eight wins in nine games with this convincing 3-0 victory over Stenhousemuir at the Rock, on a crisp Tuesday evening.
The refurbished floodlights shone brightly as the teams took to the pitch – Sons eager to stretch their lead over Stenny to ten points, and the visitors wishing to cut it back to only four. It was a classic 'six pointer'.
The home side began in the best possible way. Just one minute into the match, Dumbarton centre forward Bryan Prunty opened the scoring from an Alan Lithgow assist. His overhead kick may qualify as one of the goals of the season.
Stenhousemuir were clearly shell-shocked, as silky Sons began to put in a commanding first half display.
As the pressure continued, Prunty was blocked in front of goal after a good lay-off from Mark Gilhaney. A Mark Lamont chip from the wing also caused all kinds of problems for the Warriors.
Sean Dixon gave way to Stevie Murray for Stenny on 13 minutes. But although the industrious former Son was busy and tricky, he struggled to make a more telling impact.
Despite reeling from an early setback, Stenhousemuir showed quality, pressing Sons on the right. In the first of a series of crucial interventions, Sons' centre half Lithgow ran a dangerous ball out from the centre.
On 19 minutes Prunty was through again. His effort clattered into Warriors' 'keeper Ally Brown, and then rebounded back off the No. 9 himself to go out of play for a goal kick.
Dumbarton faced several threatening assaults from the Stenny front line, with Lithgow and Martin McNiff called on to clear the lines. Kevin McKinlay's drive was well blocked by Lithgow.
In one raid Murray played a clever flick on to another ex-Son, Andy Roger, who headed over, producing unsympathetic jeers from the home end.
Then just after the half hour Dumbarton went 2-0 up. Mark Gilhaney brought a frantic goalmouth scramble to an end as he latched onto a ball from James Creaney and slotted it home from a less than straightforward angle. It was more difficult than it looked.
As Stenny pushed back, Brown Ferguson looped a difficult ball in on Sons' goal from 20 yards. But Stephen Grindlay was up to the challenge and held well.
Big Shay made another fantastic stop when the Warriors ripped the Dumbarton flank on the right and Gary Smith put through Rogers, who appeared to be on the verge of pulling a goal back for the visitors. Grindlay's chest determined otherwise, however, as he dived in fearlessly.
After the break, Stenhousemuir came out of the starting blocks with visible determination. A header from a corner clipped the inside of the bar. A narrow escape.
Then on 53 minutes, Sons were rescued by an offside at the end of a swift counter-attacking move. The Warriors were doing to Dumbarton what had been done to them in the initial 45 – stretching them from the wings and trying to catch the defence off pace or out of position.
Gary Smith should have done better when he headed Stevie Murray's corner over the bar fairly tamely for Stenny.
Just after the hour Dumbarton gaffer Alan Adamson made the first of two changes, with Pat Walker replacing Ally Graham. Then four minutes later Ryan Borris replaced Gilhaney.
Dumbarton never quite picked up the pace and fluency they had demonstrated in the first half, while Stenhousemuir never gave up hope of getting back into the match, despite the two-goal deficit.
Tony Wallace worked the ball well from the middle of the park and laid off a good pass to Lamont on one of Sons' forays into the Warriors' area. The resulting shot, a low, hard drive, went straight at 'keeper. Brown. It was one of Sons' best opportunities in the second period.
The game was held up for a while on 71 minutes, when Stenny's Kevin McKinlay sustained a nasty looking injury. After treatment on the field, he was eventually stretchered off to generous applause from the stands.
On 75 minutes it was 3-0 to Dumbarton and effectively 'game over'. Wallace dispossessed Rodgers, the ball was laid off to Scott Agnew, and he curled it in with from 20 yards – right into the top corner of the net. A fine goal.
The remainder of the game was somewhat cagey, with threats at both ends but no major chances.
Perhaps the closest Sons came to adding a fourth was when Agnew side-footed to Walker, who turned and sent Prunty away. But the Warriors' Mike Devlin was on hand to put in an important challenge.
In one of the last gambits of a busy match, Ryan Finnie made a brief appearance, replacing Lamont with five minutes to go.
When the final whistle went, to loud applause, Dumbarton could reflect on another job well done ahead of a challenging series of matches in the continuing promotion push.
Match report by Simon Barrow