Hamilton Academical 2 - 3 DumbartonLeague - First Division
Saturday, March 30th, 2013, 3:00 PM at New Douglas Park
Referee: Calum Murray
Andy Ryan (63)
Stevie May (87)
Steven McDougall (24)
Scott Agnew (48)
Paul McGinn (84)
|Billy Reid||Ian Murray|
Andy Ryan for Alex Neil (49)
Jon McShane for Ziggy Gordon (64)
Bryan Prunty for Nicky Phinn (12)
Owen Ronald for Steven McDougall (77)
|Gary Fisher (34)||None.|
Appearances & Goals To Date
|Stephen Grindlay (GK)||277 apps||-|
|Paul McGinn||10 apps||1 goal|
|Andy Graham||28 apps||2 goals|
|Scott Smith||13 apps||-|
|James Creaney||82 apps||-|
|Mark Gilhaney||102 apps||22 goals|
|Nicky Phinn||5 apps||-|
|Chris Turner||23 apps||3 goals|
|Scott Agnew||74 apps||21 goals|
|Jim Lister||32 apps||13 goals|
|Steven McDougall||26 apps||4 goals|
|Owen Ronald (sub)||4 apps||-|
|Bryan Prunty (sub)||73 apps||30 goals|
|Youngest Player:||Scott Smith (21 years 81 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Jim Lister (32 years 40 days)|
|Average Player Age:||26 years 217 days|
|Domestic Players:||10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)|
|Youngest Player:||Owen Ronald (19 years 330 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Jim Lister (32 years 40 days)|
|Average Player Age:||26 years 13 days|
|Domestic Players:||15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)|
First Team Debuts
|Paul McGinn scored his first goal for the Club.|
DUMBARTON continued their strong run of recent form in this entertaining game at New Douglas Park, claiming an important 3-2 win against Hamilton Accies, though not without some anxious moments towards the end.
Sons went into the break 1-0 ahead and with their opponents down to ten men, and held on to the lead in a competitive, high scoring second half.
Gaffer Ian Murray commented afterwards: “We made it hard work for ourselves on Saturday after establishing a lead.
“The game changed when they got a man sent off. This galvanised them and we got a little complacent. However, we held on and the quality of our goals was pleasing on the eye.”
The game got off to a robust start, with plenty of aggressive purpose from both sides and action at both ends of the park.
Mark Gilhaney and Jim Lister, in particular, started to put the home defence under serious pressure for Sons.
On 12 minutes Nicky Phinn was struggling with a knock, and was replaced by Bryan Prunty.
Dumbarton began to direct the game well in the middle, with Scott Agnew's distribution setting off several promising moves.
At the away end, 'keeper Stephen Grindlay was called into action to make two good blocks, one from Accies striker Gary Fisher.
Then on 24 minutes Dumbarton pressure was rewarded as Steven McDougall gave them the lead with a great strike from 18 yards out.
Sons continued to press forward, with the ever-busy Chris Turner coming close again just before the half hour.
On 34 minutes Fisher clattered dangerously into Dumbarton defender Paul McGinn, who was having another good game.
Referee Callum Murray reached for his red card with little hesitation, and the dynamic of the match changed almost instantly, with both teams reorganising and Sons trying to push wide to stretch the back line, while Accies sought to deny them this opportunity.
At the break Dumbarton remained one goal in front. After the break Hamilton wasted no time in trying to reassert themselves, despite their numerical disadvantage.
Louis Longridge tried his luck from distance but did not manage to cause any great alarm. It was a warning, nonetheless.
Then suddenly, just three minutes after the restart, Dumbarton found themselves 2-0 up. A flowing move picked out McDougall on the wing. He weaved through, beat his defender to the line and knocked a finely timed ball in to Scott Agnew, who coolly side-footed past Kevin Cuthbert in the Hamilton goal.
It was one of those chances where there is no room for error, and none was made. This was high quality football from Sons.
Accies made their first adjustment of the afternoon when Andy Ryan was brought on for Alex Neil. Despite the goal blow, it was clear that the home side were not going to be beaten easily.
Dumbarton tried to close out the game. Cuthbert was called upon to make important saves from Agnew, Turner and McDougall respectively, in the space of just ten minutes.
But Hamilton were slowly getting back into the game and looked menacing when they swept forward.
At the other end, Scott Agnew tried a long-range effort from 20 yards out, but the ball was tipped over.
Just after the hour Hamilton substitute Ryan was more successful from distance, cracking home a loose ball from outside the area on the right, and beating Grindlay with ease.
With the score at 2-1, Sons started to look a little more edgy over the ensuing twenty minutes.
For Accies, Ziggy Gordon went off to be replaced by ex-Son Jon McShane, who was given a generous reception by the travelling support.
Dumbarton boss Ian Murray made his second change of the afternoon on 77 minutes, with goal scorer McDougall giving way to Owen Ronald for the closing stages of the game.
Hamilton pressed hard. Big Andy Graham was called upon to make a superb tackle to stop Stevie May thundering through. Then Ali Crawford gave Sons a shock when his shot bounded off the bar.
These were nervy moments, but Sons retained their overall composure until, on 84 minutes, Paul McGinn stepped up to claim his first and Dumbarton's third goal of the afternoon. It was a fine finish after an able assist from Ronald.
It looked as if the visitors had wrapped the game up. Three minutes later, however, the nerves returned as Hamilton top scorer May slotted home from six yards to make it 3-2, squeezing his shot through the 'keeper's legs.
Despite a late and rather optimistic penalty shout from Accies, Dumbarton held on in the remaining few minutes to secure another important win.
The victory makes it three wins on the bounce for resurgent Sons, and puts them ahead of Accies in seventh place in the Irn Bru SFL First Division.
Match report by Simon Barrow