Dumbarton 0 - 3 Cowdenbeath 

League - First Division
Saturday, August 18th, 2012, 3:00 PM at Bet Butler Stadium
Attendance: 695
Referee: Alan Muir
Dumbarton v Cowdenbeath, Aug 18th 2012, Bet Butler Stadium
Dumbarton  Cowdenbeath

Goalscorers
None. Lewis Coult (9)
Greg Stewart (17)
Mark McKenzie (82) Pen

Team Managers
Alan Adamson Colin Cameron

Starting Eleven
Stephen Grindlay
Ross Forsyth
Alan Lithgow
Andy Graham
Nicky Devlin
Mark Lamont
Garry Fleming
Mark Gilhaney
Scott Agnew
Jim Lister
Steven McDougall
Thomas Flynn
Kenny Adamson
John Armstrong
Scott Linton
Colin Cameron
Marc McKenzie
Jamie Stevenson
Dean Brett
Kyle Miller
Lewis Coult
Greg Stewart

Bench
Jamie Ewings
James Creaney
Martin McNiff
Phil Johnston
Bryan Prunty
Craig Wight
Joe Mbu
Lewis Milne
Liam Callaghan
Thomas O'Brien

Substitutions
Bryan Prunty for Jim Lister (63)
Phil Johnston for Mark Lamont (76)
Lewis Milne for Lewis Coult (55)
Thomas O'Brien for Colin Cameron (62)
Liam Callaghan for Mark McKenzie (82)

Bookings
Garry Fleming (65)
Thomas O'Brien (67)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Stephen Grindlay (GK) 259 apps -
Nicky Devlin 25 apps -
Ross Forsyth 1 app (debut) -
Alan Lithgow 44 apps4 goals
Andy Graham 4 apps -
Scott Agnew 46 apps13 goals
Mark Lamont 15 apps -
Garry Fleming 4 apps -
Mark Gilhaney 75 apps18 goals
Jim Lister 4 apps2 goals
Steven McDougall 4 apps -
Phil Johnston (sub) 3 apps -
Bryan Prunty (sub) 45 apps18 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Nicky Devlin (18 years 310 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Lister (31 years 181 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 62 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Nicky Devlin (18 years 310 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Lister (31 years 181 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 281 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Ross Forsyth(Signed )

Milestones

DUMBARTON dominated possession in whole swathes of this game, but ultimately ended up losing 3-0 to Cowdenbeath as a result of first half defensive errors, and a penalty right at the end of an entertaining but ultimately frustrating match.

Sons' gaffer Alan Adamson was clear in his own verdict afterwards. “Without a doubt we were the better side today,” he declared. “People will laugh at that when they hear the result, but we were.”

Both sides began with the clear intent of taking the game to their opponents. Initial Cowden forays were well contained, and Dumbarton were soon on the front foot.

Throughout much of the game, the pressure from Sons came especially on the wings. Early on Mark Lamont and Mark Gilhaney combined well, with the latter just failing to connect with a half chance. Then Steven McDougall fed a ball across the penalty area, but again no one could connect.

On the right-hand side Nicky Devlin, popularly returning on loan to Sons, weaved some magic and put a great ball through to Gilhaney. His strike was just wide of the target.

Dumbarton looked comfortably on top when disaster struck.

Lewis Coult broke in behind the defence, the referee and his assistants correctly waved away offside claims, and the Cowdenbeath striker calmly slotted the ball low and firmly past Sons keeper Stephen Grindlay to make it 1-0, against most of the initial run of play.

The home side responded straight away. Two free kicks from Scott Agnew sped through the area. The second one produced panic in the Blue Brazil defence, but the ball was unceremoniously booted out for a corner.

Then just as it looked like Sons might be on the edge of breaking back into the game, Cowdenbeath went 2-0 up.

This time Greig Stewart was given far too much time in front of goal. He turned neatly and curled the ball precisely into the net at mid-height, again giving Dumbarton's goalie no chance. It was a fine strike, but it should never have happened.

Sons fans were chanting for a response from their team, and they got one. The forward movement continued. On 25 mins Garry Fleming produced a good turn and run, but his low, hard drive was well blocked by Thomas Flynn.

Several fleeting chances fell to Jim Lister. On one occasion he could not quite reach a Gilhaney assist, and on 34 mins he came agonisingly close at the near post.

On 36 mins Stewart had the ball in the net again for Cowdenbeath. The referee blew for a clear offside infringement, however, and Grindlay didn't have to try.

On 40 minutes Agnew ended another Dumbarton attack with a well whipped-in shot that was just turned over the crossbar by Flynn.

At the other end a Jamie Stevenson free kick went wide, having been well covered to safety by Grindlay.

At the back, Andy Graham, Alan Lithgow, Ross Forsyth and Nicky Devlin looked generally solid. But earlier momentary lapses in central defence had cost Sons dear.

In the whole half, Cowdenbeath managed just seven attacks, but scored from two of them. Dumbarton had many more but could not create a decisive opportunity.

After the break, Sons came out fighting again, and spent most of the half pressing forward. But in wave after wave of attack it seemed as if nothing would go in.

To their credit, Cowdenbeath were well organised and tight at the back. Sons' relatively slow and intricate build-ups created less space than they needed, and much was being expected of Lister as the main front man.

From one corner, indefatigable Dumbarton captain Andy Graham rose to power a header in on goal. Once again Flynn was there to pluck the ball out of the air and quell the danger, however.

Just before the hour, Sons boss Alan Adamson sought to alter the mix up front, bringing Bryan Prunty on to replace Jim Lister. The propulsion forward went on, but without reward.

A 67th minute free kick from Scott Agnew in a central position was well saved by Thomas Flynn, high and to his left.

Shortly afterwards, hard-working Gilhaney tricked his way past a Cowdenbeath full-back and was just edged out by the 'keeper and another defender.

Phil Johnston replaced the compact Mark Lamont, in another shake of the dice for Sons.

Agnew had a further free kick, this time swerving it just past the post. It felt as if it was not going to be Dumbarton's day.

That feeling was compounded minutes before time, when an infringement in the penalty area gave Cowdenbeath a penalty kick. Marc McKenzie stepped up to the spot and confidently sent Grindlay the wrong way to give the visitors an unassailable three-goal lead.

That was the way the match ended. The final score in no way reflected the balance of play. But mistakes at the back and a failure to turn pressure into chances taken at the front consigned Dumbarton to consecutive defeats in the opening two games of their First Division campaign.

Match report by Simon Barrow

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