Dumbarton 2 - 2 CowdenbeathLeague - First Division
Saturday, March 2nd, 2013, 3:00 PM at Strathclyde Homes Stadium
Referee: Mike Tumilty
Bryan Prunty (66)
Scott Agnew (84)
Jamie Stevenson (11)
Craig Moore (90)
|Ian Murray||Colin Cameron|
Nicky Phinn for Steven McDougall (74)
Robbie Winters for Bryan Prunty (77)
Craig Wight for Thomas Flynn (64)
Lewis Coult for Dean Brett (86)
Stuart Urquhart (70)
Paul McGinn (73)
Chris Turner (77)
Jim Lister (81)
Appearances & Goals To Date
|Stephen Grindlay (GK)||272 apps||-|
|Scott Smith||8 apps||-|
|Alan Lithgow||67 apps||6 goals|
|Stuart Urquhart||3 apps||-|
|Paul McGinn||5 apps||-|
|Chris Turner||18 apps||2 goals|
|Scott Agnew||69 apps||18 goals|
|Mark Gilhaney||97 apps||22 goals|
|Jim Lister||28 apps||10 goals|
|Steven McDougall||21 apps||1 goal|
|Bryan Prunty||69 apps||30 goals|
|Nicky Phinn (sub)||2 apps||-|
|Robbie Winters (sub)||1 app (debut)||-|
|Youngest Player:||Stuart Urquhart (17 years 346 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Jim Lister (32 years 12 days)|
|Average Player Age:||26 years 18 days|
|Domestic Players:||10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)|
|Youngest Player:||Stuart Urquhart (17 years 346 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Robbie Winters (38 years 128 days)|
|Average Player Age:||26 years 139 days|
|Domestic Players:||15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)|
First Team Debuts
|Robbie Winters||(Signed )|
|Bryan Prunty reached 30 goals for the Club.|
DUMBARTON were denied all three points by an 89th minute equaliser from Cowdenbeath at the Bet Butler Stadium, with the busy encounter finishing up level at 2-2.
The visitors enjoyed more possession in the opening 45 minutes, taking the lead early on when a defensive slip let Jamie Stevenson in to give them the lead. Sons were chasing the game for the remainder of the half.
After the break it was a different proposition. Dumbarton came out of the blocks fast and had several chances and half chances before Bryan Prunty levelled at 1-1 on 66 minutes, following a good interception and cross from Man of the Match Mark Gilhaney.
It then looked as if Dumbarton had won the game on 84 minutes, when the tireless Scott Agnew grabbed a deserved goal to make it 2-1. But as Cowdenbeath pressed back ferociously at the end of the game, Craig Moore slipped in behind the defence to make it 2-2.
Sons gaffer Ian Murray commented after the game: “I'm pleased we didn't lose based on our first half showing, but disappointed that we only took a point from our second half display.
“A win would have put us above Cowdenbeath and into seventh place and that's what we were aiming for, but we had to settle for a draw. It was another last minute goal that robbed us of the points and that's a lesson we need to learn.”
Cowdenbeath applied a good deal of early pressure. A long drive from a Jamie Stevenson free kick for the Blue Brazil went wide not long after the kick-off.
Dumbarton soon pushed back. Steven McDougall and Scott Smith linked up down the left, before Smith put in a good cross for big front man Bryan Prunty, but his header was just off target.
At the other end Greig Stewart cut in from the right and fired at the bottom corner. Sons 'keeper Stephen Grindlay was well up to the task, however, saving comfortably.
Then Cowden went in front. It looked all too easy for Stewart as he waltzed through the Dumbarton defence, before laying the ball off for Stevenson to slot home. It was 1-0 to the visitors.
Sons began to press more themselves, but although they were wresting possession from their opponents and moving into the final third, the killer ball was still lacking.
The threat remained at the other end, too. Craig Moore hit the inside of the Dumbarton post from 18 yards, having beaten the offside trap.
There was great skill from Mark Gilhaney as he weaved his way past three defenders before winning a corner for Sons. But the resulting set play came to nothing.
Meanwhile, Cowdenbeath were still finding weaknesses at the back from the home side, and it took several fine saves by Grindlay to keep the score down to 1-0 by the time the half-time whistle went.
After the break Dumbarton came out displaying a real sense of purpose, and knowing that it would take just one goal to get them back in the game.
Mark Gilhaney burst through on goal, trying to round Thomas Flynn in the Cowden goal, but the 'keeper got down well to clear the ball.
Another golden chance came for Dumbarton after a failed handball plea. A delicate chip was controlled by Bryan Prunty, who tried unsuccessfully to chip the goalie, who pulled off a simple catch.
Big Jim Lister also had a punt at the Blue Brazil, but his effort was also beaten away, before visiting 'keeper Flynn had to receive two bouts of treatment for an accidental knock sustained in the midst of the action. He was eventually replaced by Craig Wight.
Stuart Urquhart headed across goal from a Scott Agnew free kick, as Dumbarton continued to press, but no one was there to connect with the ball.
Then suddenly Sons drew level at 1-1. Gilhaney did extremely well to get to a long ball, just before it went out of play for a goal kick. His first time cross was flicked on by Lister and palmed away by Wight, leaving Prunty to pick up the ball and score from a few yards out.
Dumbarton boss Ian Murray made his first change on 74 minutes, bringing on Nicky Phinn Steven McDougall.
Chris Turner becomes the third Sons player to go into the referee's book when he was yellow-carded for dissent. The game was being played passionately by both sides, and Lister picked up the home side's fourth card not long afterwards.
Meanwhile, trialist Robbie Winters, and experienced Scottish pro, came on for Bryan Prunty, who duly handed the captain's armband to Scott Agnew.
Not long afterwards there was a good chance for Sons when an accomplished chip from Winters was picked up by Agnew, who chested the ball before firing in a shot that went just wide.
Moments later Gilhaney put the ball in again and Agnew headed just over. At the other end Grindlay made another important save for Sons, pushing a McKenzie shot wide for a corner.
Dumbarton went 2-1 up in the 84th minute, to the delight of the home support, when Scott Agnew found himself with plenty of time behind the Cowden defence and struck the ball firmly into the corner of the net.
Allowing for time to be added on, Sons had around ten minutes to hold out. There was a penalty appeal when Mark Gilhaney was sent through and appeared to have been tripped. But the referee saw the situation differently.
Cowdenbeath replaced two defenders with two strikers for the closing minutes of the game and proceeded to push forward ferociously.
They were rewarded in the final minute of the game when the ball broke for Craig Moore inside the area. He made no mistake and fired home from close range to make the final score 2-2. It was a frustrating finale to an enjoyable game.
Sons missed the chance to go seventh in the Irn Bru SFL First Division by not winning, but they still hold a game in hand over today's opponents.
Match report by Simon Barrow