Cowdenbeath 2 - 3 DumbartonLeague - First Division
Saturday, April 27th, 2013, 3:00 PM at Central Park
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Craig Moore (15)
Kyle Miller (88)
Scott Agnew (35)
Jim Lister (39)
Scott Agnew (pen.) (44)
|Colin Cameron||Ian Murray|
Scott Linton for Kenny Adamson (68)
Mark Ramsey for colin Cameron (73)
Bryan Prunty for Garry Fleming (62)
James Creaney for Alan Lithgow (87)
Kenny Adamson (20)
Thomas O'Brien (84)
Scott Agnew (4)
Appearances & Goals To Date
|Stephen Grindlay (GK)||283 apps||-|
|Paul McGinn||13 apps||2 goals|
|Andy Graham||34 apps||3 goals|
|Scott Smith||18 apps||-|
|Alan Lithgow||76 apps||6 goals|
|Mark Gilhaney||108 apps||24 goals|
|Chris Turner||29 apps||3 goals|
|Scott Agnew||80 apps||24 goals|
|Garry Fleming||31 apps||3 goals|
|Jim Lister||38 apps||15 goals|
|Steven McDougall||32 apps||5 goals|
|James Creaney (sub)||88 apps||-|
|Bryan Prunty (sub)||79 apps||30 goals|
|Youngest Player:||Scott Smith (21 years 109 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Jim Lister (32 years 68 days)|
|Average Player Age:||26 years 312 days|
|Domestic Players:||10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)|
|Youngest Player:||Owen Ronald (19 years 358 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Jim Lister (32 years 68 days)|
|Average Player Age:||26 years 73 days|
|Domestic Players:||15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)|
First Team Debuts
IN a sprawling and sometimes intense game, Dumbarton finally secured their safety in the SFL First Division with a 3-2 win over relegation rivals Cowdenbeath at Central Park.
I'm ecstatic we've managed to secure our status, said boss Ian Murray afterwards. We had five points when I started. We've now got 42 points. It's an incredible achievement.
Some 200 Sons fans made the trip to Fife for the occasion, including several who had travelled long distances to be there. From the outset they ensured that the team had loud and enthusiastic support in a crucial match.
Sons started the game in determined mood. Scott Agnew was booked early on for an enthusiastic challenge, as the team quickly demonstrated that they would strive to be competitive all over the park.
A free kick in a dangerous position from Cowdenbeath was ballooned over the bar. The home side looked anxious.
Dumbarton's ever-busy Mark Gilhaney attempted to flick in a long ball with his head, but the effort went wide.
Then just as the match was settling down, with Sons looking in control, the Blue Brazil broke and scored after a stray Garry Fleming pass was intercepted.
Craig Moore broke forward, beating the offside trap and sliding the ball under the body of outcoming 'keeper Stephen Grindlay.
The blow shocked players and fans alike.
However, Sons nearly got a goal back immediately after going behind, as Chris Turner's header was parried away.
From the resulting corner kick Cowdenbeath gained a free kick and the danger was dissipated.
Moore then missed a good chance to double the home side's advantage, as he sent his angled drive just wide of the post.
Jim Lister had an attempt on goal for Dumbarton, but he could not get hold of the ball properly and the shot went limply into the hands of Thomas Flynn.
Neither side was dominating the game at this stage, but Sons maintained concentration as they attempted to push back.
The reward came on 35 minutes, as Scott Agnew conjured up a piece of football magic. His lob from 25 yards that left Cowden goalie Flynn scrabbling. The ball floated underneath the bar to level the game at 1-1 to the delight of the away support.
Four minutes later, it was 2-1 to Dumbarton when Steven McDougall crossed the ball and Lister headed firmly home.
Only five minutes later, as Sons continued to press, it got even better.
Cowdenbeath player-manager Colin Cameron committed a foul on McDougall on the edge of the area. Referee Stephen Finnie pointed straight to the spot.
Scott Agnew took the penalty, stroking the ball low and to the 'keeper's left, as he hesitated slightly in dropping to the right.
Dumbarton players rushed to the packed terrace of away supporters to celebrate going 3-1 ahead just before the break.
There was no relenting in the second half, as Ian Murray's men stretched forward to press home the advantage and secure their goal of three points and safety.
Garry Fleming fired a shot over the Cowden crossbar from just inside the area. It was the first of a whole raft of chances for the visitors.
The Blue Brazil had the ball in the net after Grindlay parried a shot, and the rebound was poked home. But the offside flag had gone up before the final strike.
Cowden were trying to fight back, but Sons continued to hassle and harry them whenever they had the ball, regaining possession and striking forward.
An Agnew free kick from 23 yards came mightily close to extending Dumbarton's lead, flashing inches past Flynn's near post.
Gaffer Ian Murray made his first substitution just after the hour, bringing on Bryan Prunty for Fleming.
Stephen Grindlay was brought into action to make an important save from a long Cowden shot.
There was a good chance for Prunty not long after, as he headed a Mark Gilhaney cross just over the bar.
Then an Agnew shot from distance went over. He had another opportunity as Jim Lister nodded the ball down for him. He struck it with his right foot, but Flynn blocked with his legs.
At this point, Sons could easily have been three or more ahead.
Another attempt from Agnew came as Gilhaney laid the ball off for him, but he side-footed wide of the post.
It seemed to be all Dumbarton now, as Prunty blazed over from 15 yards out.
Next it was Gilhaney's turn as he Gilhaney cut in and aimed for the bottom corner. This time Cowden's 'keeper got down well to save.
A crafty Scott Smith throw-in reached Prunty in a threatening position. His effort went past the near post.
With three minutes to go, Alan Lithgow was replaced at the back by James Creaney for Dumbarton.
Cowdenbeath pressed hard in the final throes of the game. They had a chance at the back post, but the ball was headed clear of the bar.
The home side gave Sons an anxious moment with the full-time whistle nearing, when Kyle Miller headed home to make it 3-2.
Dumbarton saw out the remaining minutes, including time added on, by seeking to retain possession.
Steven McDougall almost made it four with a fabulous, dipping power shot. Somehow Thomas Flynn got two fingers to it to effect a save, flying through the air at full stretch.
There were emotional scenes as the referee brought an eventful game to an end. Sons players, staff and supporters celebrated the remarkable achievement of at least a seventh place finish in Irn Bru SFL Division One in season 2012/13.
Match report by Simon Barrow