Livingston 3 - 2 Dumbarton

(After extra time)
League Cup - 2nd Round
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012, 3:00 PM at Almondvale
Attendance: 493
Referee: Crawford Allan
Livingston v Dumbarton, Aug 28th 2012, Almondvale
Livingston Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Iain Russell (39) Pen
Bobby Barr (96)
Dylan Easton (102)
Jim Lister (36)
Mark Gilhaney (110)

Team Managers
John Hughes Alan Adamson

Starting Eleven
Andrew McNeil
Callum Fordyce
Anthony Andreu
Bobby Barr
Dean Cummings
Marc McNulty
Steven Scougall
Ross Docherty
Connor McDonald
Iain Russell
Jordan Morton
Stephen Grindlay
James Creaney
Alan Lithgow
Andy Graham
Nicky Devlin
Garry Fleming
Mark Gilhaney
Scott Agnew
Jim Lister
Steven McDougall
Bryan Prunty

Bench
Darren Jamieson
Jack Beaumont
Dylan Easton
Ross Gray
Jack Downie
Jamie Ewings
Ross Forsyth
Martin McNiff
Phil Johnston
Mark Lamont

Substitutions
Dylan Easton for Jordan Morton (77)
Ross Gray for Iain Russell (90)
Jack Downie for Bobby Barr (104)
Phil Johnston for James Creaney (98)
Mark Lamont for Steven McDougall (103)
Martin McNiff for Jim Lister (108)

Bookings
Mark McNulty (98) Andy Graham (41)
James Creaney (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Stephen Grindlay (GK) 261 apps -
Andy Graham 6 apps -
Nicky Devlin 27 apps -
James Creaney 68 apps -
Alan Lithgow 46 apps4 goals
Scott Agnew 47 apps13 goals
Garry Fleming 6 apps -
Mark Gilhaney 77 apps19 goals
Jim Lister 6 apps3 goals
Steven McDougall 6 apps -
Bryan Prunty 46 apps18 goals
Martin McNiff (sub) 84 apps3 goals
Mark Lamont (sub) 17 apps -
Phil Johnston (sub) 5 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Nicky Devlin (18 years 320 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Lister (31 years 191 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 210 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Nicky Devlin (18 years 320 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Lister (31 years 191 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 291 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Scottish Communities League Cup
DESPITE a display that the BBC rightly described as 'characterful', Dumbarton have bowed out of the Scottish Communities League Cup, going down 3-2 away to Livingston in extra time.

There were chances at both ends in what turned out to be an even first half, with a passionate Sons travelling support in fine voice throughout.

Livingston had more of the initial possession. But Dumbarton's Mark Gilhaney enjoyed the first serious goal attempt of the match.

His shot from 20 yards was parried by visiting 'keeper Andrew McNeil, and then full-back Dean Cummings cleared the danger for a throw-in.

Not long afterwards, Jim Lister fed the hungry Gilhaney in the 18-yard box. This time his shot went just wide of the post.

Next, ex-Son Iain Russell got into the action. Probing behind the Dumbarton defence, he put in a close range effort which Dumbarton 'keeper Stephen Grindlay did well to block, with Andy Graham in close pursuit of the Livi front man.

The home side were looking fast, sharp and dangerous on the break, while the better chances were falling to Sons.

Dumbarton's Lister dispossessed Connor McDonald by the corner flag, and took the ball into the box before attempting to set up Brian Prunty, for his second attempt in as many minutes.

However, the big forward was caught out on the back post. A sharp defensive interception eventually put the ball back to the 'keeper, with the danger averted for Livi.

Then on 36 minutes Steven McDougall and Scott Agnew combined, and the industrious Jim Lister trapped the ball and converted excellently to give Sons an encouraging 1-0 advantage.

Unfortunately the lead only lasted three minutes. Nicky Devlin was penalised for a shove in the area, and from the resulting spot kick Iain Russell sent Stephen Grindlay the wrong way to level the score at 1-1 before the break.

With no further first half breakthroughs, it remained all square at the Braidwood Motor Company Stadium at the break. Sons were giving as good as they were getting, with all still to play for.

In a fast-paced second half Sons 'keeper Stephen Grindlay made three more outstanding saves, as both sides battled hard and the game swung from end to end. It was a fine match to watch.

Jim Lister and Brian Prunty continued to work well together, with Prunty latching on to a creative flick from his partner, volleying in on Livingston's goal and forcing McNeil into a good save on the near post.

Further chances fell to Agnew, McDougall and Graham with his head. But Livi pushed back hard and threatened several times themselves.

The home side were holding the ball up more, but could not break Sons' defence down.

The visitors almost clinched the tie on 75 minutes when Devlin clipped the post the second ball against the woodwork in a short, intense spell.

But after 90 minutes the score was still 1-1 and the match went into extra time, with full-timers Livingston looking more lively in the opening period.

The home side immediately put additional pressure on and took a decisive lead through a well-taken Bobby Barr strike.

A third goal from substitute Dylan Easton, at the end of a fine, fast-paced manoeuvre, effectively wrapped the game up for Livingston.

But Dumbarton did not give up hope, and fought back, cheered on by their supporters, and aided by two changes Phil Johnston on for James Creaney, and then Mark Lamont in place of Steven McDougall.

Alan Lithgow nearly pulled a goal back for Sons, as he rose to head a Scott Agnew free kick just wide of the post.

Livingston 'keeper McNeil also got down well to tip a low drive from Agnew wide in the second period of extra time.

A late goal from Mark Gilhaney deservedly gave Sons hope, but it was not to be, despite a very positive performance from the visitors.

Dumbarton gave everything they had to this engaging, high quality Cup tie and can count themselves a little unfortunate not to have pushed it to penalties.

Match report by Simon Barrow


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