Albion Rovers 1 - 1 Dumbarton

League - Second Division
Saturday, April 7th, 2012, 3:00 PM at Cliftonhill
Attendance: 471
Referee: Des Roache
Albion Rovers v Dumbarton, Apr 7th 2012, Cliftonhill
Albion Rovers Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Danny Ferry (20) Scott Agnew (38)

Team Managers
Paul Martin Alan Adamson

Starting Eleven
Derek Gaston
Todd Lumsden
Alan Reid
Barry Russell
Michael O'Byrne
Danny Ferry
Ryan McStay
Anthony Stevenson
Robert Love
Jack Werndly
John Gemmell
Stephen Grindlay
Dominic Kennedy
James Creaney
Alan Lithgow
Ryan Finnie
Tony Wallace
Scott Agnew
Kevin Nicoll
Mark Gilhaney
Craig Dargo
Bryan Prunty

Bench
Christopher Fahey
James Gilmartin
Larry Acqua
Scott Chaplain
Simon Marriott
Jamie Ewings
Paul Nugent
Mark Lamont
Ally Graham
Pat Walker

Substitutions
Larry Acqua for Robert Love (67)
Scott Chaplain for Danny Ferry (67)
Simon Marriott for Todd Lumsden (78)
Paul Nugent for Ryan Finnie (29)
Mark Lamont for Tony Wallace (62)
Pat Walker for Bryan Prunty (87)

Bookings
Ryan McStay (7)
Barry Russell (50)
Jack Werndly (72)
Michael O'Byrne (86)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Stephen Grindlay (GK) 248 apps -
Dominic Kennedy 6 apps -
James Creaney 56 apps -
Alan Lithgow 34 apps4 goals
Ryan Finnie 13 apps -
Tony Wallace 28 apps -
Scott Agnew 35 apps13 goals
Kevin Nicoll 26 apps1 goal
Mark Gilhaney 65 apps17 goals
Craig Dargo 5 apps1 goal
Bryan Prunty 34 apps14 goals
Paul Nugent (sub) 67 apps -
Mark Lamont (sub) 11 apps -
Pat Walker (sub) 59 apps13 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ryan Finnie (17 years 52 days)
Oldest Player:Craig Dargo (34 years 103 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 83 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ryan Finnie (17 years 52 days)
Oldest Player:Craig Dargo (34 years 103 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 364 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

DUMBARTON claimed another important point in a tough, physical game at Cliftonhill denying hosts Albion Rovers a third straight win at home, and pushing further towards the aim of a promotion play-off place.

The Wee Rovers came out determined to continue their struggle against relegation, and in the first ten minutes both sides forced corners and free kicks as the match swung from end to end, though without a great deal of shape.

Ex-Son John Gemmell combined with Jack Werndly to threaten Dumbarton early on, before another former Son, Rovers' Ryan McStay, picked up a booking for a late lunge on Ryan Finnie.

Then the visitors had their first big chance. Craig Dargo collected the ball some 30 yards out, weaving through the home defence and finding Mark Gilhaney with a well-weighted pass. But the Sons No. 7's angled shot could not find its way past Albion 'keeper Derek Gaston.

Robert Love looked particularly dangerous for Rovers. In one of several raids he forced Dumbarton goalie Stephen Grindlay to move swiftly off his line to smother the ball and quell imminent danger.

Alan Lithgow and Dominic Kennedy made a series of important blocks, with Kevin Nicoll also beating Albion forward Danny Ferry to the ball in a threatening position at the edge of the box.

At the other end, Dargo swung the ball towards the Wee Rovers' goal, before fullback Alan Reid scythed it away. Then a Finnie cross set up Bryan Prunty, but his header was glanced wide.

On 19 minutes a long ball found Craig Dargo one-on-one with the Albion 'keeper. As he lobbed it into the net the assistant's flag went up for offside a decision vocally contested by the travelling support.

For a moment Sons hesitated. As they did so the game swung rapidly to the other end of the park, and on 20 minutes Ferry found the top corner of the net with a driving, right-footed volley from the edge of the area. 1-0 to Albion Rovers.

As Dumbarton pressed back, James Creaney latched onto a lay-off from Mark Gilhaney and fired in a sharp shot. Gaston blocked it successfully with his hands and body, however.

There was more bad news for Sons on the half hour, as the injured Ryan Finnie had to be replaced by Paul Nugent.

On 38 minutes Dumbarton fought their way back into the game. A short corner between Gilhaney and Scott Agnew enabled Agnew to manoeuvre himself into position to whip in an unexpected shot. Albion defender Alan Reid got a leg to it, but could only assist the ball into the bottom corner of the net to level the score at 1-1.

Disappointingly for Agnew, the referee credited this as an own goal despite media and press reports to the contrary.

Not long after the restart McStay had a menacing free-kick tipped over effectively by Grindlay.

There were a couple of other notable chances at both ends before the break. One went to Sons' Prunty, who put in a good shot.

The other produced a scare for the visitors on 42 minutes, when Dumbarton failed to clear their lines and McStay's powerful 25-yard shot crashed into the upright. A follow-up header from Gemmel went over the bar.

Prunty might have given Sons the lead moments into the second half, but he was unable to beat a determined Gaston.

Neither side managed to produce much spark over the next 15 minutes. Scott Agnew had a couple of free-kicks, but Sons could not turn up field movement into a decisive advantage.

On 59 minutes Gilhaney made another angled strike from a promising position 18 yards out, but the Albion goalie was well up to the challenge. Dargo also had a couple of opportunities, but could not find the target.

Sons Mark Lamont received a good reception when he took Tony Wallace's place on 62 minutes, returning from injury to give Dumbarton fresh options in an even game that nevertheless looked as if it could go either way.

On 67 minutes the Wee Rovers also tried to change their shape and approach with a double substitution, bringing another ex-Son, Scott Chaplain, on for goalscorer Danny Ferry; while Larry Acquah replaced Robert Love.

Acquah was soon in on the action, forcing another quick response from the diving Grindlay. Then he swung in a ball which Werndly headed over the bar.

Not long afterwards Chaplain, in the first of two good strikes, hit the net for Albion, but the shot was flagged down for offside.

Sons' Pat Walker replaced Bryan Prunty with eight minutes left on the clock and immediately looked busy. He had one goal opportunity, but could not connect strongly enough to beat the 'keeper, and in general he did not have enough time to make more of an impact.

Albion Rovers could well have stolen the match right at the end, but a for an outstanding pair of stops from James Creaney the first one right on the line.

In the end Sons were content to take a point from a gritty game, but will now be looking to find the victories needed to secure their play-off place. At present they are four points clear of immediate challengers Airdrie United and East Fife.

Match report by Simon Barrow

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