Dumbarton 3 - 1 Hamilton Academical 

League - First Division
Saturday, January 26th, 2013, 3:00 PM at Bet Butler Stadium
Attendance: 878
Referee: Alan Muir
Dumbarton v Hamilton Academical, Jan 26th 2013, Bet Butler Stadium
Dumbarton  Hamilton Academical

Goalscorers
Chris Turner (34)
Mark Gilhaney (56)
Jonathan Page (o.g.) (90)
Stevie May (60)

Team Managers
Ian Murray Billy Reid

Starting Eleven
Jamie Ewings
Andy Graham
Nicky Devlin
Alan Lithgow
Scott Smith
Mark Gilhaney
Chris Turner
Scott Agnew
Garry Fleming
Jim Lister
Bryan Prunty
Kevin Cuthbert
Martin Canning
Michael Devlin
Jonathan Page
Ziggy Gordon
Connor Mcglinchey
Jonathon Routledge
Alistair Crawford
Grant Gillespie
Stevie May
Louis Longridge

Bench
Stephen Grindlay
Ross Forsyth
Glenn Thomson
Mark Lamont
Marc McCusker
Scott Christie
Stephen Hendrie
Darian MacKinnon
Andy Ryan
Gary Fisher

Substitutions
Mark Lamont for Garry Fleming (10)
Ross Forsyth for Jim Lister (87)
Glenn Thomson for Chris Turner (90)
Gary Fisher for Michael Devlin (45)
Darian MacKinnon for Louis Longridge (54)
Andy Ryan for Connor McGlinchey (68)

Bookings
Chris Turner (62)
Jim Lister (86)
Ross Forsyth (90)
Gary Fisher (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 24 apps -
Andy Graham 21 apps1 goal
Nicky Devlin 43 apps -
Alan Lithgow 62 apps5 goals
Scott Smith 3 apps -
Mark Gilhaney 93 apps21 goals
Chris Turner 14 apps2 goals
Scott Agnew 64 apps16 goals
Garry Fleming 22 apps1 goal
Jim Lister 24 apps10 goals
Bryan Prunty 64 apps25 goals
Ross Forsyth (sub) 14 apps -
Mark Lamont (sub) 28 apps -
Glenn Thomson (sub) 2 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Nicky Devlin (19 years 106 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Lister (31 years 342 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 156 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Glenn Thomson (19 years 98 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Lister (31 years 342 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 332 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

DUMBARTON picked up a remarkable fifth win in six games with a 3-1 victory over Hamilton Academicals, which also lifted them to eighth place in the Irn Bru First Division.

Goals from Chris Turner and Mark Gilhaney either side of the break put the hosts 2-0 up, before Stevie May struck back for Accies. Jonathan Page then put the ball into his own net late in the game to wrap the game up for Dumbarton.

In the opening stages, Hamilton forward Stevie May suggested he would be a handful for the Dumbarton defence. His constant runs and pressure on the Sons back line was a problem all afternoon.

The home side were forced to make an early change when Garry Fleming hobbled off with an injury, to be replaced by Mark Lamont.

The game was very much end-to-end, with Dumbarton on top at the beginning.

Mark Gilhaney lobbed a ball in to the area. which was won by Sons front man Jim Lister. His header from 12 yards was tipped over by Accies goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert.

Next, it was the visitors' turn to go forward. A through-ball from Louis Longridge put May just in behind the Dumbarton defence. He looked like he was going to get a shot away, only for Andy Graham to recover in time to tackle May and scramble the ball out.

Cuthbert was called into action for Accies just a few minutes later.

Chris Turner was brought down, 20 yards out from goal. Scott Agnew stepped up for the free kick, and Cuthbert superbly tipped his attempt wide.

The ever-present May was at it again for Hamilton. He cut in from the right, and fired wide of the near post from 12 yards.

The game continued the back and forth theme, with Dumbarton on the attack this time. Gilhaney cut in from the right before firing for the far top hand corner. But the ball hit the roof of the net.

On 34 minutes, Dumbarton went 1-0 ahead. A flowing move down the left hand side of the pitch ended with Lamont getting in behind his man, before clipping a ball in for the onrushing Turner, whose header floated into the far corner.

This goal lifted Dumbarton's tails, and they could have added another before the break.

Lister fed right-back Nicky Devlin down the right hand side. Devlin then pulled the ball back for Bryan Prunty, who attempted to fire across the keeper into the bottom corner from 12 yards out. However, Cuthbert comfortably saved the shot.

The second half began with Dumbarton on the front foot, but rarely testing the Accies defence at first. However, it didn't take Sons long to find a way through and double the score.

Perseverance from Lister on the edge of the area resulted in the ball breaking for Gilhaney. The winger had time to adjust himself and then fire across Cuthbert into the bottom corner to increase Dumbarton's lead.

The game was nearly put out of sight just moments later. Gilhaney burst down the right hand side, and clipped in a ball which ricocheted off of Accies defender Martin Canning, went just wide and resulted in a corner.

From then on, Hamilton bossed the next quarter of an hour. This began when May pulled one back for the away side.

He pounced on a misjudged clearance from Dumbarton stopper Jamie Ewings to fire home from 30 yards and give hope to Hamilton.

There was drama to follow. Ewings brought down a Hamilton forward. However, there was some debate as to whether it was inside the penalty box, or just outside. Referee Alan Muir gave a free kick, despite the protests from Accies players and fans.

The ball was smashed in, hard and low from the free kick, and it cannoned off a Dumbarton body, spinning away for a corner.

Despite being under pressure, Dumbarton still looked dangerous on the counter-attack.

They had a golden chance to wrap the game up when Gilhaney was in behind the Accies defence. He opted to square the ball for Prunty, he took a touch but only to find a Hamilton player diving in front of the ball and stopping it rolling in.

A golden chance for the visitors followed. A cross to the back post from Ali Crawford found Andrew Ryan at the back post, his header back across goal was gratefully dived on by Ewings.

Right on the stroke of full time, Dumbarton secured the points.

Gilhaney was again at the centre of the move for Dumbarton. He got in behind the defence, and his low cross was aimed for Prunty but hit Accies defender Jonathan Page and ended up nestling in the net, to the delight of the home supporters.

Revived Dumbarton are now three points off the relegation play-off spot in the First Division, with games in hand over the teams below them.

Match report by Jack Crawford

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