Dumbarton 4 - 1 Airdrieonians 

League - First Division
Saturday, April 20th, 2013, 3:00 PM at Strathclyde Homes Stadium
Attendance: 828
Referee: George Salmond
Dumbarton v Airdrieonians, Apr 20th 2013, Strathclyde Homes Stadium
Dumbarton  Airdrieonians

Goalscorers
Andy Graham (6)
Paul McGinn (43)
Steven McDougall (48)
Scott Agnew (74)
Liam Coogans (64)

Team Managers
Ian Murray Jimmy Boyle

Starting Eleven
Stephen Grindlay
Paul McGinn
Andy Graham
Scott Smith
Alan Lithgow
Mark Gilhaney
Chris Turner
Scott Agnew
Garry Fleming
Steven McDougall
Jim Lister
Robbie Thomson
Marc Warren
Jamie Bain
Gregor Buchanan
Chris O'Neil
Grant Drummond
Sean Lynch
Steven Hetherington
Liam Watt
Ivica Vrdoljak
Ryan Donnelly

Bench
Jamie Ewings
James Creaney
Mark Lamont
Bryan Prunty
Owen Ronald
Jamie Barclay
Alan Cook
Kenny Arthur
Jordan Moore-Taylor
Liam Coogans

Substitutions
Bryan Prunty for Garry Fleming (68)
Mark Lamont for Mark Gilhaney (77)
James Creaney for Alan Lithgow (82)
Liam Coogans for Ryan Donnelly (46)
Kenny Arthur for Robbie Thomson (46)
Jordan Moore-Taylor for Ivica Vrdoljak (72)

Bookings
Jim Lister (86)
Grant Drummond (86)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Stephen Grindlay (GK) 282 apps -
Alan Lithgow 75 apps6 goals
Paul McGinn 12 apps2 goals
Andy Graham 33 apps3 goals
Scott Smith 17 apps -
Chris Turner 28 apps3 goals
Scott Agnew 79 apps22 goals
Garry Fleming 30 apps3 goals
Mark Gilhaney 107 apps24 goals
Jim Lister 37 apps14 goals
Steven McDougall 31 apps5 goals
James Creaney (sub) 87 apps -
Mark Lamont (sub) 36 apps -
Bryan Prunty (sub) 78 apps30 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Scott Smith (21 years 102 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Lister (32 years 61 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 305 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Owen Ronald (19 years 351 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Lister (32 years 61 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 66 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

DUMBARTON are now just one point from safety in the First Division, following a convincing 4-1 win on a sunny afternoon at the Bet Butler Stadium over already relegated Airdrie United.

Sons controlled the game comfortably in the first half, going into the break 2-0 ahead thanks to goals from Andy Graham, heading in a Scott Agnew free kick, and Paul McGinn, who fired in a pass from Mark Gilhaney.

After the break Dumbarton continued to dominate, with occasional breakaways from Airdrie United. Steven McDougall gave the home side a 3-0 lead. Then the Diamonds hit back through Buchanan. But eventual Sonstrust man of the Match Scott Agnew finally wrapped up the game.

The level of vocal support was high as the game got underway. In the early exchanges, Dumbarton's Steven McDougall cuts in behind the United defence, but his shot was blocked.

There was a good chance for Dumbarton soon after, as big Jim Lister found space in the box from Mark Gilhaney's cross. His attempted overhead kick was miscued and wide.

On just 6 minutes, Sons were ahead. Scott Agnew floated in a free kick. Andy Graham beat the Airdrie United defence to rise and nod the ball home to make it 1-0.

Unfortunately the Dumbarton defender had little chance to celebrate. He took a painful knock to the head in the process of scoring and had to receive several minutes' worth of treatment before the game could resume.

As the match proceeded, Sons looked well in control, but United were menacing on the break.

Further chances followed for the home side. Gilhaney puts a low ball to the back post. Lister made contact with, but it required too much of a stretch to be capitalise on the opportunity.

After Sons failed to threaten from a 25-yard free kick, there was a half chance for the Diamonds as Liam Watt latched onto a low, incoming delivery. He miscued and fell to the ground.

From a corner at the other end, Chris Turner headed over. United came back at them, with Sons' defenders making some important interceptions.

Then just before half time, Dumbarton went 2-0 in front. Scott Agnew switched the ball to Mark Gilhaney, who plays it to the overlapping full-back Paul McGinn. His shot gave the visiting 'keeper no chance.

It could so nearly have been three for Sons before the break. Agnew beat three Airdrie United defenders before firing at the goalie. Lister pounced on the rebound and smashes it off 'keeper Robbie Thomson, before it finally hit the bar and went over, leaving many wondering how the ball had stayed out.

The visitors began the second half with a double-substitution aimed at recapturing the momentum. However, within just three minutes of the restart, they found themselves a further goal behind.

This time is was Garry Fleming who was the provider, laying the ball off to Steven McDougall, whose firm shot made it 3-0 to Dumbarton and left the visiting 'keeper flailing.

There was no let-up. Scott Agnew made a good attempt to add to his side's total as he tried a chip across the goalie. However, it went narrowly wide.

On 64 minutes, the Diamonds pulled a goal back after some slightly loose defending by the Sons.

Gregor Buchanan was the man getting on the score sheet for the visitors, as he crept in behind the defence to head William McLaren's corner in from close range.

It couldn't have been simpler for Airdrie United. At 3-1, Dumbarton had been given a very clear warning that, even with a substantial lead, this match was not to be taken for granted.

Sons gaffer Ian Murray made the first of three changes in the closing stages of the game when he brought on popular attacker Bryan Prunty in place of the skilled Garry Fleming four minutes after the away goal.

The new man had an opportunity to get into the action almost immediately. His effort was well thwarted by Thomson.

On 74 minutes, with the next goal looking important, Scott Agnew effectively wrapped up the game for Sons. He steamed in on the edge of the box to smash a loose ball home and give Dumbarton what proved to be an unassailable lead.

Earlier in the season Sons had experienced considerable difficulty closing out games when they were ahead. There were a few nervy moments in the final 16 minutes of this match, but more for the fans than the players.

Mark Lamont replaced Mark Gilhaney three minutes after the fourth goal, and not long afterwards Alan Lithgow gave way for James Creaney as Dumbarton made their final adjustments.

Both sides scrapped. There was one more chance for Sons when Jim Lister headed straight at the Diamonds' 'keeper.

But all the hard work had been done, and Dumbarton now need one point from their remaining two games to guarantee safety in the Irn Bru SFL First Division.

Match report by Simon Barrow

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