Dumbarton 2 - 0 Albion Rovers 

League Cup - 1st Round
Saturday, August 4th, 2012, 3:00 PM at Bet Butler Stadium
Attendance: 479
Referee: George Salmond
Dumbarton v Albion Rovers, Aug 4th 2012, Bet Butler Stadium
Dumbarton  Albion Rovers

Bryan Prunty (45)
Jim Lister (84)

Team Managers
Alan Adamson Todd Lumsden

Starting Eleven
Stephen Grindlay
James Creaney
Alan Lithgow
Jamie Lyden
Andy Graham
Garry Fleming
Phil Johnston
Scott Agnew
Jim Lister
Steven McDougall
Bryan Prunty
Chris McCluskey
Barry Russell
Michael O'Byrne
Ciaran Donnelly
Gary Phillips
Alan Reid
Peter Innes
Connor Stevenson
Gordon Dick
Jason Crooks
Steven Howarth

Jamie Ewings
Ross Forsyth
Martin McNiff
Mark Gilhaney
Glenn Thomson
Matthew McGinley
Simon Marriott3
Sean Pierce
James Gilmartin
Chris Boyle

Mark Gilhaney for Scott Agnew (72)
Sean Pierce for Steven Howarth (67)
James Gilmartin for Jason Crooks (78)
Chris Boyle for Gary Phillips (85)

Scott Agnew (65)
Andy Graham (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Stephen Grindlay (GK) 257 apps -
James Creaney 65 apps -
Alan Lithgow 42 apps4 goals
Jamie Lyden 9 apps2 goals
Andy Graham 2 apps -
Garry Fleming 2 apps -
Phil Johnston 1 app (debut) -
Scott Agnew 44 apps13 goals
Jim Lister 2 apps1 goal
Steven McDougall 2 apps -
Bryan Prunty 43 apps18 goals
Mark Gilhaney (sub) 73 apps18 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie Lyden (18 years 309 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Lister (31 years 167 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 357 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Glenn Thomson (18 years 288 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Lister (31 years 167 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 252 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Phil Johnston(Signed )

Jim Lister scored his first goal for the Club.

DUMBARTON secured a place in the second round of the Scottish Communities League Cup with a straightforward victory over Albion Rovers at the Rock.

It was an edgy start by both teams, with half chances and defensive slips at both ends as the two clubs tried to settled down and get a grip on the game.

An early slip with a defensive header going out for a corner gave Sons a nervy moment, but it came to nothing

There then followed a period of sustained pressure from Dumbarton. Steven McDougall weaved through the Wee Rovers' defence. Jamie Lyden pressed. Centre forward Bryan Prunty had a shot going into the side netting.

Jim Lister was also running at the visitors' well-organised defence, and an in-swinging corner from Scott Agnew flew past everyone.

Steven Howarth looked especially dangerous for Albion Rovers, getting in front of Dumbarton's centre backs on several occasions. But his first real chance was headed way over the bar.

At the other end, McDougall sliced over for Sons, who enjoyed a series of four corners.

The home side had more possession, but also needed more sharpness in their decision making, particularly in the final third.

On the quarter hour there was a good run and cross from McDougall, but no one could quite get on the end of it.

Gary Phillips pushed through the defence for Albion Rovers, threatening to give the visitors the lead and bringing out a good double stop from Stephen Grindlay in the Sons goal.

It seemed as if there was not quite enough initiative grabbing in midfield for Dumbarton. Rovers' Peter Innes picked up on a slip, bursting through, but again Grindlay narrowed his angle and he fired wide.

Then a low drive out from the Sons 'keeper got trapped just outside the area and passed to Jason Crooks, who drove it off the top of the bar. It was a let off for Sons, though from a tough angle.

The game was becoming scrappy by this point. A good steal from McDougall and a sidewards pass to Lister created another chance for Dumbarton. But the resulting low shot was weak and caused no trouble for Rovers' goalie Chris McCluskey.

More chances followed for Sons. Prunty put Lister through. It looked a golden opportunity, but the ball went out of control and the moment passed.

Then there was a solid header from big Andy Graham at close range, well saved by the visitors' 'keeper.

Just as it looked as if the half would fizzle out, it ended with a bang for Sons. A header on by Graham from a corner was finished in convincing style by Bryan Prunty.

It was 1-0 to the Sons, who went into the break with a morale-boosting lead.

A defensive blunder by Albion Rovers gave Dumbarton the chance to extend their advantage straight after the restart. Jim Lister found himself through on goal, but snatched at his shot, which skied over the crossbar.

Howarth again menaced for the Wee Rovers. He was pushed wide as she broke through, but his effort went into Grindlay's arms. However, the dangerous striker was soon back on the case with a header. This one was punched away by Sons' goalie.

Phil Johnston had a good second half for Dumbarton, flying down the wing from the back of the field on one occasion. He was blocked illegally on the edge of the area. Scott Agnew's free kick was driven low, but straight at the 'keeper.

Two more chances fell to Agnew. One from outside the area, the other steaming in from another Johnston cross.

Sons were tormenting their opponents from the right-hand side. Johnston looked menacing on edge of area. He stopped the ball and tried to place it into the net with an instep drive, but it powered just too high.

That man Howarth continued to look as if he might produce something for Albion Rovers. Good control and a clever turn fed the ball to Gordon Dick, who blasted over.

Garry Fleming and James Creaney were also contributing well to Sons' forward movement, as the home side looked for the goal that would secure the tie and ease concerns at the back.

A crunching midfield tackle from Alan Lithgow turned the tables on one Albion raid and proved the spur for another Sons attack.

On 72 minutes Dumbarton gaffer Alan Adamson sought to change the formula, taking Agnew off and bringing the busy Mark Gilhaney onto the wing. The impact did not take long to show. Combining with Fleming on other side, the pair began to hustle Rovers.

A few minutes later Gilhaney outflanked the Albion defence. The ball flew across the face of goal. Bryan Prunty went to flick it in, and it looked a certain goal. But 'keeper McCluskey made a fantastic stop.

Finally Jim Lister wrapped up the game up on 83 minutes. Gilhaney laid the ball back to him on 18 yards and he fired home an impressive strike to make it 2-0 for Dumbarton.

Albion Rovers never looked likely to get back into the game after that, and Sons saw out the remaining time to put themselves into the next round of the League Cup with a clear, if not always comfortable, win against lower league opponents.

Match report by Simon Barrow


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