Livingston 2 - 3 DumbartonLeague - First Division
Saturday, February 9th, 2013, 3:00 PM at Almondvale
Referee: Paul Robertson
Jordan Morton (22)
Iain Russell (45) Pen
Bryan Prunty (4)
Andy Graham (23)
Scott Agnew (pen.) (69)
|Gareth Evans||Ian Murray|
Jesus Tena Garcia
Daniel Mullen for Kyle Jacobs (76)
Ross Gray for Jordan Morton (81)
Jim Lister for Mark Lamont (61)
Stephen Grindlay for Jamie Ewings (90)
Paul McGinn (58)
Bryan Prunty (75)
Mark Gilhaney (79)
Jim Lister (90)
Appearances & Goals To Date
|Jamie Ewings (GK)||26 apps||-|
|Alan Lithgow||64 apps||6 goals|
|Paul McGinn||2 apps||-|
|Scott Smith||5 apps||-|
|Andy Graham||23 apps||2 goals|
|Scott Agnew||66 apps||17 goals|
|Garry Fleming||23 apps||1 goal|
|Mark Gilhaney||95 apps||22 goals|
|Chris Turner||16 apps||2 goals|
|Mark Lamont||30 apps||-|
|Bryan Prunty||66 apps||27 goals|
|Stephen Grindlay (sub) (GK)||269 apps||-|
|Jim Lister (sub)||26 apps||10 goals|
|Youngest Player:||Mark Lamont (20 years 10 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Bryan Prunty (30 years 36 days)|
|Average Player Age:||25 years 238 days|
|Domestic Players:||10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)|
|Youngest Player:||Glenn Thomson (19 years 112 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Jim Lister (31 years 356 days)|
|Average Player Age:||25 years 280 days|
|Domestic Players:||15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)|
First Team Debuts
DUMBARTON and Livingston served up another football feast on a cold afternoon in West Lothian, as Sons held on with ten men to claim an important victory.
A wonder goal from Bryan Prunty set Dumbarton on their path to the invaluable 3-2 away win.
The big centre forward's spectacular overhead kick gave Sons the best possible start on four minutes. What unfolded after that was an exciting, gutsy, end-to-end encounter full of drama and intrigue from start to finish.
Dumbarton boss Ian Murray commented afterwards: "It's been a terrific run of form for us of late. The objective of pulling away from the foot of the table has been realised, and is a terrific achievement. I'm pleased for everyone at the club who work so hard."
As the game got underway, Livingston showed early determination and it took Dumbarton a little while to get hold of the game.
The Lions force an early corner, but the ball failed to reach the penalty area before going out for a goal kick.
Suddenly, Prunty turned the game on its head. Paul McGinn crossed the ball on four minutes, the Sons no.9 chested it to achieve control, and then, with his back to goal, fired an extraordinary kick over his own head into the top left-hand corner of the net, giving Andy McNeil in the Livi goal no chance.
The strike was similar to the one Prunty scored against Stenhousemuir last season, which won the Goal of the Season Award for Dumbarton, points out DFC match day reporter Jack Crawford.
Livingston pushed back immediately. A shot from Kevin McCann forced the first of several good saves from Dumbarton 'keeper Jamie Ewings.
Sons resumed the initiative and forced a series of corners, without being able fully to capitalise on their possession and set-plays.
On 22 minutes an unfortunate mistake from Mark Lamont gifted the ball to ex-Son Iain Russell, who ran on to it and cut back for Jordan Morton. The Livi striker made no mistake from close range, equalising at 1-1.
It was a frustrating way to concede advantage. But within a minute, Dumbarton were in front again, courtesy of an equally strange goal.
Scott Agnew swung a free kick into the area, goalkeeper McNeil seemed to have control of the ball, but then spilled it. There was Andy Graham to capitalise on the slip and score. Dumbarton were leading 2-1 after just 23 minutes.
At the other end, Sons were occasionally riding their luck in a high tempo game. Jamie Ewings dived acrobatically to his right to tip an Anthony Andreu header on to the post.
That effort had looked as if it was heading into the net. As the ball came out, the Sons defence was quick to scramble it out of the danger area.
Good link-up play between Garry Fleming and Bryan Prunty on the edge of the Livingston area set up a shot for the busy front man, but it flew high and wide.
Sons had a couple of near escapes as the first 45 minutes drew to a close. Another great stop from Ewings denied Kyle Jacobs, this time with a one-handed save following a lofted-in free kick.
Moments later the visitors survived a hectic goalmouth scramble. By this time it looked as if Sons had done enough to go into the half time break with a lead.
However, a penalty conceded right at the end of the opening period resulted in ex-DFC man Iain Russell crashing the ball home to level proceedings as 2-2.
Ewings, who had tripped the attacker as he sliced through the defence, might have counted himself lucky not to be punished further for his infringement.
Both sides immediately fought hard for dominance after the break. Fleming impressed with his hold-up play to give Sons the chance to organise at the back and look dangerous up front when they broke.
A Scott Agnew free kick was another goal scoring opportunity, but the ball ended up going safely over the bar.
Craig Barr threatened for Livingston. Meanwhile, Dumbarton benefited from a couple of favourable offside decisions.
Then, strangely, Paul McGinn was booked for what seemed like a clean and decisive challenge as the visitors almost broke through. Gaffer Ian Murray was evidently none too pleased with the decision.
The first Dumbarton substitution came just after the hour, with Mark Lamont, who had been struggling somewhat, giving way for popular striker Jim Lister, who immediately made his presence felt.
Sons' first real chance of the half came when Scott Agnew dummied a defender before firing wide of the far post.
Dumbarton finally stole the match thanks to another spot kick, this one convincingly converted by Agnew on 69 minutes after Prunty had been unceremoniously felled. The 'keeper went the right way, but could not stop the ball.
Livi pressed furiously once more, but Sons remained disciplined and well organised at the back, resisting wave after wave of assault.
More drama followed. On 79 minutes Mark Gilhaney was red-carded for dissent while in the process of being replaced by James Creaney.
Ten-man Sons had a tough job on their hands to see the game out at 3-2. This time Creaney made it on to the field in place of Prunty, with the aim being to shore things up at the back.
An even more serious loss followed. Dumbarton 'keeper Jamie Ewings came racing out to deny Livingston, but crashed into his assailant.
After initial treatment on the pitch a stretcher came on, and the experienced Stephen Grindlay replaced Ewings. He was later sent to hospital with a suspected jaw fracture.
All the attention of the stands in the last minutes was on the action taking place on the pitch, however. Despite some nervy moments, including Danny Mullen striking the post from 12 yards in the 85th minute, Sons held on to their lead heroically.
The vital victory puts Dumbarton six points clear of bottom side Airdrie United, and ensures that they also keep in front of Cowdenbeath ahead of next Saturday's trip to meet Raith Rovers.
Match report by Simon Barrow