Raith Rovers 2 - 1 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, December 14th, 2013, 3:00 PM at Starks Park
Attendance: 1,351
Referee: Calum Murray
Raith Rovers v Dumbarton, Dec 14th 2013, Starks Park
Raith Rovers Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Lewis Vaughan (51)
Jason Thomson (74)
Steven McDougall (90)

Team Managers
Grant Murray Ian Murray

Starting Eleven
Ross Laidlaw
Jason Thomson
Callum Booth
Ross Callachan
Laurie Ellis
Dougie Hill
Grant Anderson
Kevin Moon
Lewis Vaughan
Calum Elliot
Joe Cardle
Jamie Ewings
Scott Linton
Aaron Barry
Paul McGinn
Andy Graham
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Chris Turner
Hugh Murray
Mark Gilhaney
Bryan Prunty
Colin Nish

Bench
Colin Stewart
Liam Fox
Greig Spence
Gordon Smith
Kevin McCann
Ross Matthews
David Bates
Stephen Grindlay
Scott Smith
Garry Fleming
Nicky Phinn
Kevin Smith
Steven McDougall
Mitch Megginson

Substitutions
Liam Fox for Lewis Vaughan (76)
Gordon Smith for Grant Anderson (87)
Mitch Megginson for Jordan Kirkpatrick (39)
Garry Fleming for Hugh Murray (71)
Steven McDougall for Bryan Prunty (76)

Bookings
Calum Elliot (64)
Ross Callachan (74)
Paul McGinn (90)

Red Cards
Joe Cardle (60) None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 48 apps -
Scott Linton 16 apps1 goal
Aaron Barry 20 apps -
Paul McGinn 35 apps2 goals
Andy Graham 56 apps4 goals
Chris Turner 49 apps7 goals
Hugh Murray 12 apps -
Mark Gilhaney 127 apps25 goals
Jordan Kirkpatrick 14 apps2 goals
Colin Nish 16 apps1 goal
Bryan Prunty 101 apps36 goals
Garry Fleming (sub) 47 apps7 goals
Steven McDougall (sub) 45 apps7 goals
Mitch Megginson (sub) 21 apps6 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Barry (21 years 25 days)
Oldest Player:Hugh Murray (34 years 349 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 256 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Aaron Barry (21 years 25 days)
Oldest Player:Hugh Murray (34 years 349 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 363 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

DUMBARTON had more of the game against Raith Rovers on a wet and windy afternoon in Kirkcaldy, but all three points went to the home side as vital chances were missed by the visitors.

Boss Ian Murray was far from happy after the game, describing the goals Sons conceded as “laughable” – though he clearly wasn't smiling.

With very high winds there had been some doubt about the match, but referee Calum Murray decided to go ahead with a lively game watched by 1,351 in difficult conditions.

That said, both sides showed determination and control from the outset.

For Raith, a right-footed shot from Joe Cardle went high and wide, while Lewis Vaughan had an effort blocked by Andy Graham. Jamie Ewings in the Dumbarton goal stopped a Dougie Hill header.

Rovers achieved three corners within the first seven minutes, but none of them really troubled the Sons.

At the other end, Laidlaw saved a Chris Turner header from the centre of the box.

Then Turner and Bryan Prunty broke away after a Raith attack faltered, but the big front man chipped the ball wide.

On 18 minutes Colin Nish got into position for another attempt on goal, but his header did not threaten the home side. Two minutes later, Aaron Barry also nodded wide.

On 27 minutes, a good effort for Raith by Grant Anderson saw his right-footed effort from outside the area saved by Ewings high in the centre of the goal.

Shortly afterwards, yet another Dumbarton header, this time from Andy Graham, went off target.

Sons were winning corners and free kicks and looked more in control of the game overall, but were unable to capitalize on their advantage.

On 39 minutes, Jordan Kirkpatrick sustained a nasty looking knock. After several minutes of treatment and being moved a few yards off the pitch, he was replaced by Mitch Megginson.

Perhaps the best chance of the game fell to Nish seven minutes before the break. Following a defensive lapse from Rovers, he found himself in a central position with only the 'keeper to beat. But the tall forward could not quite control his shot and it went flying over the bar.

Another header from Nishy went wide just before half time. Raith's Calum Eliot also hit the ball fiercely at the Dumbarton goal from the right, but his strike flew beyond the left-hand post.

In the second half Sons came out of the blocks with pace and aggression. More chances soon followed.

First Turner and then Prunty had shots on Rovers' goal saved and blocked, respectively.

The momentum was clearly swinging in Sons' direction, but they just could not find the target in the final third.

Then just as the visitors were starting to assert their dominance, Raith struck a killer blow.

After the ball was given away once again, a fast overlapping Rovers breakaway down the left caught Dumbarton on the hop.

Callum Booth crossed the ball, and youngster Lewis Vaughan was there to knock it home to make the score 1-0 to the home side on 51 minutes.

Sons pressed straight back. Paul McGinn tried a right-footed shot from a central position, but missed to the left. A further attempt from Colin Nish was thwarted by a defender.

There was no little initiative from the visitors as the second half proceeded, but they were still not getting the breaks.

Just before the hour there was what looked as if it might be a defining moment for the game. Raith Rovers' Joe Cardle rushed in to challenge Dumbarton's Mark Gilhaney, who was typically causing the home side trouble on the flank.

Cardle's tackle was rash and dangerous. His foot went crunching into Gilhaney's stomach. The referee had no alternative but to produce a red card and reduce Raith to ten men with half an hour still left on the clock.

Could Sons take advantage of the situation? The away side began to swarm forward, looking for that precious equalizer.

An Andy Graham header was saved. Hugh Murray won a free kick in an advancing position. Mark Gilhaney saw a good shot fly agonizingly high and wide. It was a busy period.

Mitch Megginson also pushed hard at the Raith back line. It looked as if a Sons goal might only be a matter of time. Garry Fleming came on for Murray on 70 minutes to add to the pressure.

But Raith had not given up by any means. Ewings had to get down sharpish to stop an effort from Ross Callachan. Then Vaughan called forth a second save from the Sons 'keeper.

On 74 minutes Raith Rovers produced a classic sucker punch to take the match beyond Sons' reach.

A Dumbarton attack broke down. A swift counter-attack from the home side produced a four-on-one situation. Vaughan crossed and Jason Thomson was there to make it 2-0 to Rovers.

Gaffer Ian Murray responded by bringing on Steven McDougall in place of Bryan Prunty.

However, on 80 minutes Chris Turner had to return to the bench injured. Dumbarton had used up all their substitutes already, so the game went down to ten men apiece.

There proved to be no way back for Sons after the blow of a second Raith goal. However, there was some hope late on, when Steven McDougall, set up by Garry Fleming, fired home a great shot into the right-hand corner of the net to make it 2-1.

But with less than a minute of normal time left, it proved too late for an equalizer.

A second defeat in a row keeps Dumbarton in eighth position in the SPFL Championship, with tough games against Hamilton Accies at home and Dundee away due before the end of the year.

Match report by Simon Barrow

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