Cowdenbeath 3 - 2 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, August 31st, 2013, 3:00 PM at Central Park
Attendance: 384
Referee: Stevie O'Reilly
Cowdenbeath v Dumbarton, Aug 31st 2013, Central Park
Cowdenbeath Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Jamie Stevenson (21)
Jon Robertson (72)
Kane Hemmings (90)
Chris Turner (51)
Chris Turner (64)

Team Managers
Colin Cameron Ian Murray

Starting Eleven
Grant Adam
Kenny Adamson
Thomas O'Brien
John Armstrong
Dean Brett
Nathaniel Wedderburn
Marc McKenzie
Jamie Stevenson
Lewis Milne
Jon Robertson
Kane Hemmings
Jamie Ewings
Scott Smith
Paul McGinn
Aaron Barry
Andy Graham
Chris Turner
Scott Agnew
Hugh Murray
Steven McDougall
Mitch Megginson
Colin Nish

Bench
Thomas Flynn
David Cowan
Greg Stewart
Andrew Russell
Jordan Morton
Kyle Miller
Stephen Grindlay
Scott Linton
Ally McKerracher
Garry Fleming
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Bryan Prunty
Kevin Smith

Substitutions
Jordan Morton for Jamie Stevenson (27)
Greg Stewart for Nathaniel Wedderburn (66)
Ally McKerracher for Steven McDougall (29)
Kevin Smith for Colin Nish (75)
Bryan Prunty for Scott Agnew (88)

Bookings
Kane Hemmings (45) Paul McGinn (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 34 apps -
Scott Smith 25 apps -
Paul McGinn 21 apps2 goals
Aaron Barry 6 apps -
Andy Graham 42 apps3 goals
Chris Turner 36 apps5 goals
Scott Agnew 87 apps25 goals
Hugh Murray 3 apps -
Steven McDougall 40 apps6 goals
Mitch Megginson 7 apps2 goals
Colin Nish 3 apps1 goal
Ally McKerracher (sub) 3 apps -
Bryan Prunty (sub) 87 apps31 goals
Kevin Smith (sub) 6 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Barry (20 years 285 days)
Oldest Player:Hugh Murray (34 years 244 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 222 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ally McKerracher (17 years 70 days)
Oldest Player:Hugh Murray (34 years 244 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 47 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

IN a game that was sometimes rather random and sometimes compelling, Dumbarton slumped to a last minute 3-2 defeat against Cowdenbeath at Central Park.

The disappointment came after Sons had recovered from a first half setback and had then taken the lead just after the hour.

In the first half, Sons enjoyed more of the play, while Cowden looked threatening on the break. Both teams struggled considerably with the swirling wind.

Dumbarton started brightly, but their chief problem in the first 45 minutes, apart from allowing the Blue Brazil to break too often, was soon evident. Too many intricate passing moves being blown off course.

Early pressure from Sons produced a fair chunk of possession, but little in terms of goal scoring opportunities.

For Cowdenbeath, a shot from newly returned striker Jon Robertson went wide of Jamie Ewings' left-hand upright.

At the other end, a foul by Lewis Milne on Scott Agnew gave the Dumbarton set play specialist a chance to demonstrate his prowess.

However, his strike from 30 yards went to the side of the goal and was safely held by Cowden 'keeper Grant Adam.

Mitch Megginson also had a dig past the left-hand upright for Sons, as the visitors sought to turn midfield advantage into a goal.

Then, somewhat against the run of play, Jamie Stevenson gave the home side the lead on 21 minutes. His rasping shot from 20 yards spun beyond Ewings' reach.

Steven McDougall went down in the area after a tough challenge on 29 minutes, and ended up going off injured and being replaced by Sons youngster Ally McKerracher.

Cowdenbeath were looking comfortable with their lead, but Dumbarton continued to have opportunities to threaten them.

Agnew sought to bring Megginson into play with an angled pass, but it proved a little too strong.

Sons forced the first of three corners. The initial one was well taken by Cowden goalie Adam. The second was parried. The third was an outswinger, but ended up going out harmlessly on the other side of the pitch.

McKerracher was caught a couple of times in more defensive positions, but was also keen to press forward.

Despite chances at both ends, 1-0 to the home side was how the score stayed through to the break, with some of the play scrappy and indecisive.

Shortly after the restart Kane Hemmings was booked for kicking the ball away after an infringement against Dumbarton defender Scott Smith.

Cowdenbeath forced a corner, which was taken by Jordan Morton. Sons' forward Colin Nish made an important clearance.

On 51 minutes, the visitors were back in the game at 1-1, thanks to a great long-range shot by Chris Turner, picking the ball up from Megginson. The home 'keeper was clearly taken by surprise.

There was a great save by Ewings from Marc McKenzie at the other end, to keep the score level, before Cowden front man Hemmings was flagged for offside.

Dumbarton began to look more adventurous, though as the wind continued to make life difficult the ball seemed to be staying off the ground too often and for too long.

On 64 minutes Turner made it 2-1 to Sons, to the delight of the dedicated travelling support. His 30-yard strike was a classic, flying high and wide of goalie Adam.

The visitors started to look more composed and purposeful. But it did not last for long.

A defensive mistake allowed Cowdenbeath back into the game, as Jon Robertson swept the ball high into Sons' net to make it 2-2 on 72 minutes.

The Blue Brazil had their tails up now. A strike from McKenzie went wide right of the post.

Kevin Smith replaced Colin Nish for Sons on 75 minutes, with the hope that some of the inspiration seen recently against Dundee United in the League Cup could be repeated.

Cowden were not going away, however. Kane Hemmings has another effort parried away by Ewings as the match headed towards the final whistle.

In a last twist, Sons gaffer Ian Murray brought on striker Bryan Prunty for creative midfielder Scott Agnew, hoping to snatch the three points back at the death.

Instead, first salvation then disaster followed. Paul McGinn fouled Jordan Morton in the area, and referee Stevie O'Reilly pointed to the spot to gasps of despair from the Sons bench.

Morton took the penalty kick himself, striking the ball hard and fast to the right. But Dumbarton 'keeper Jamie Ewings anticipated and responded brilliantly, diving to push it away.

It now looked as if at least one point had been preserved for Sons right at the end of the game. Kane Hemmings had other ideas, though.

In the second minute of time added on he burst through as the Sons defence hesitated fatally, rifling the ball into the net to make it 3-2 to Cowdenbeath.

There were only a few seconds to play after that final blow, and shell-shocked Sons left the pitch with nothing to show for two fantastic second half goals by Chris Turner.

Match report by Simon Barrow

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