Stranraer 3 - 2 Dumbarton

Challenge Cup - 1st Round
Saturday, July 26th, 2014, 3:00 PM at Stair Park
Attendance: 355
Referee: Des Roache
Stranraer v Dumbarton, Jul 26th 2014, Stair Park
Stranraer Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Frank McKeown (64)
Frank McKeown (77)
Sean Winter (90)
Jordan Kirkpatrick (4)
Mark Gilhaney (45)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Ian Murray

Starting Eleven
David Mitchell
Scott Rumsby
Frank McKeown
Craig Pettigrew
Jackson Longridge
Stephen Stirling
Grant Gallagher
Sean Winter
Scott Robertson
Craig Malcolm
Jamie Longworth
Stephen Grindlay
David van Zanten
Scott Linton
Andy Graham
Scott Taggart
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Scott Agnew
Garry Fleming
Mark Gilhaney
Hugh Murray
Mitch Megginson

Bench
Chris Fahey
Anthony Marenghi
Barry Russell
Chris Aitken
Adam Forde
Sam McCloskey
Josh Lumsden
Joseph Coleman
Steven McDougall
Colin Nish
Bryan Prunty
Archie Campbell

Substitutions
Adam Forde for Jamie Longworth (72)
Anthony Marenghi for Stephen Stirling (79)
Archie Campbell for Garry Fleming (46)
Colin Nish for Mark Gilhaney (46)
Bryan Prunty for Jordan Kirkpatrick (63)

Bookings
Sean Winter (90) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Stephen Grindlay (GK) 296 apps -
David van Zanten 1 app (debut) -
Scott Linton 36 apps1 goal
Andy Graham 79 apps5 goals
Jordan Kirkpatrick 37 apps8 goals
Scott Agnew 112 apps30 goals
Garry Fleming 67 apps10 goals
Mark Gilhaney 149 apps28 goals
Hugh Murray 19 apps -
Scott Taggart 1 app (debut) -
Mitch Megginson 44 apps12 goals
Archie Campbell (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Bryan Prunty (sub) 118 apps37 goals
Colin Nish (sub) 39 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Mitch Megginson (22 years 4 days)
Oldest Player:Hugh Murray (35 years 208 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 331 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Josh Lumsden (17 years 352 days)
Oldest Player:Hugh Murray (35 years 208 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 21 days
Domestic Players:16 (94.12 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
David van Zanten(Signed )
Scott Taggart(Signed June 21st, 2014)
Archie Campbell(Signed July 22nd, 2014)

Milestones

Dumbarton threw away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Stranraer in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup.

The result continued Sons awful record in the competition.

Jordan Kirkpatrick and Mark Gilhaney put the travelling side 2-0 up at the break before a double from Frank McKeown and Sean Winter with almost the last kick of the game gave the hosts the victory.

Sons, sporting the recently unveiled new Baxter Ramsay sponsored kit for the first time in action, started brightly and were immediately rewarded with a goal after just four minutes.

A corner from Kirkpatrick was cleared to the edge of the area, where Scott Agnew was waiting, Agnew played the ball back out to Kirkpatrick and the second effort from the ex-Hamilton man missed everyone and finished in the bottom corner to give Dumbarton a perfect start.

Stranraer immediately were looking for an equaliser with Jackson Longridge and Jamie Longworth linking up well. The two played a one-two with Longridge hitting a powerful shot that Stephen Grindlay held well.

Sons then won a free kick on the edge of the area when Scott Linton was fouled. Mitch Megginson stepped up to take the free kick, which was well saved by David Mitchell. The rebound fell to Gilhaney but the winger could not quite adjust his feet to get a shot away.

Grant Gallagher did well in midfield to win the ball from Scott Agnew before firing an effort over from 25 yards.

Another chance for The Blues followed, with a Scott Robertson hitting the side netting.

There was one final first half chance for the home side, with Winter and Longworth breaking away. However, Winter held the ball up for just too long and Sons got extra defenders back to clear the danger.

On the stroke of half time, Dumbarton made Stranraer pay for the missed chances.

Mark Gilhaney was sent through on goal with just Mitchell to beat and he made no mistake in converting the ball past the keeper.

At half-time Sons looked comfortable and were worthy of their lead.

Ian Murray made two half time changes. Colin Nish and new signing Archie Campbell came on in place of the quiet Garry Fleming and second goal scorer Gilhaney.

Dumbarton had three chances in the first ten minutes of the half to really put the game to bed.

First, Campbell headed over from close range after great passing play from the away side. It was hard for the ex-Morton man to get any direction on the ball as he was tall enough to reach it but not quite tall enough to head it downwards.

Captain Andy Graham then had a header go wide of the foot of the post, before Campbell had another chance as he cut in from the right and unleashed a shot that Mitchell held.

From there on in, it was one-way traffic in the hosts favour. Longworth got in behind the Sons defence but fired over the bar with Grindlay to beat.

Sons gaffer Murray used his final change with Bryan Prunty replacing Kirkpatrick.

Then Stranraer got the goal they deserved. McKeown unleashed a shot from twenty yards that flew into the bottom corner to get the League One side back into the game.

But despite the possession in their favour, Stranraer did not equalise until ten minutes after the first goal.

A free kick from forty yards was played into the back post and won by McKeown. His header looped over Grindlay and into the bottom corner.

This woke up Dumbarton, with Campbell getting another chance. He used his blistering pace to get in behind the Stranraer defence, but Mitchell denied his shot with one hand.

Sons finished the game with ten men. Colin Nish picked up a knock and with all substitutes already used, there was nothing that could be done.

Deep into injury time, Stranraer won the tie.

A cross from the right hand side was acrobatically put into the corner by Sean Winter in what can only be described as a Scorpion Kick.

It was a tremendous goal worthy of winning any match, but Sons will be left feeling sick after they threw away a 2-0 half-time lead.

Match report by Jack Crawford



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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