Brechin City 0 - 1 Dumbarton

League Cup - 1st Round
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014, 3:00 PM at Glebe Park
Attendance: 379
Referee: Kevin Clancy
Brechin City v Dumbarton, Aug 2nd 2014, Glebe Park
Brechin City Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
None. Andy Graham (59)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon Ian Murray

Starting Eleven
Graeme Smith
Jamie McCormack
Colin Hamilton
Paul McLean
Gerry McLauchlan
Gary Fusco
Alan Trouten
Craig Molloy
Andy Jackson
Callum Tapping
Robert Thomson
Danny Rogers
David van Zanten
Andy Graham
Scott Linton
Lee Mair
Scott Agnew
Mark Gilhaney
Chris Turner
Mitch Megginson
Colin Nish
Bryan Prunty

Bench
Ben Tough
Steven Jackson
Ryan Ferguson
Robert Barr
Greg Cameron
Stephen Grindlay
Joseph Coleman
Hugh Murray
Scott Taggart
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Archie Campbell
Steven McDougall

Substitutions
Ryan Ferguson for Robert Thomson (62)
Robert Barr for Callum Tapping (62)
Greg Cameron for Craig Molloy (75)
Archie Campbell for Bryan Prunty (56)
Jordan Kirkpatrick for Chris Turner (68)
Steven McDougall for Mark Gilhaney (88)

Bookings
Craig Molloy (39)
Andy Jackson (78)
Chris Turner (34)
Mitch Megginson (55)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Danny Rogers (GK) 1 app (debut) -
David van Zanten 2 apps -
Andy Graham 80 apps6 goals
Scott Linton 37 apps1 goal
Lee Mair 1 app (debut) -
Scott Agnew 113 apps30 goals
Mark Gilhaney 150 apps28 goals
Chris Turner 64 apps9 goals
Mitch Megginson 45 apps12 goals
Colin Nish 40 apps7 goals
Bryan Prunty 119 apps37 goals
Jordan Kirkpatrick (sub) 38 apps8 goals
Archie Campbell (sub) 2 apps -
Steven McDougall (sub) 56 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Danny Rogers (20 years 137 days)
Oldest Player:Lee Mair (33 years 244 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 185 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Joseph Coleman (18 years 154 days)
Oldest Player:Hugh Murray (35 years 215 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 218 days
Domestic Players:15 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Danny Rogers(Signed )
Lee Mair(Signed )

Milestones

Dumbarton advanced to the Second Round of the League Cup with a 1-0 win over League One side Brechin City.

The goal came in the second half, when Captain Andy Graham was the last Sons player to get a touch on the ball.

The game was played in poor conditions throughout, and the action on the pitch matched the weather.

Sons started the better of the two sides with Chris Turner, back in the side after missing out to last weeks Stranraer loss, creating a couple of good chances with aware and precise passing.

First, he played a diagonal ball to Mark Gilhaney following good, quick passing play from all of Dumbarton's midfield on the edge of the area. Gilhaney took a touch that set him up well for a cross, but the cross was blocked for a corner that was cleared.

Turner was at the heart of Sons attacks again soon after, this time a reverse through ball that caught out the Brechin defence found Mitch Megginson. The Dumbarton top scorer from last season ran on to the ball before crossing in, however the cross had the same outcome as Gilhaney's previous effort.

Brechin then created a great chance, with a powerful effort from Robert Thomson hitting the side netting after the winger latched onto a through ball.

Scott Linton came close for Dumbarton, with a free kick bouncing wide.

The hosts created the best chance of the game with ten minutes of the first half to go. Alan Trouten had the goal at his mercy just a few yards out following a cutback from the left hand side, but mistimed his kick and the ball went out for a throw in.

Turner picked up a booking for Dumbarton, with Gary Fusco missing the target from the resulting free kick.

The away side created their best chance of the half just before half time. Bryan Prunty shot over the bar from the edge of the area.

Sons came out flying in the second half, with Gilhaney looking lively. He found space down the right hand side but his low cross was deflected into the keeper's hands.

Megginson picked up a booking for Dumbarton for bringing down Callum Tapping when he was leading a Brechin counter attack.

Ian Murray then looked to change things up for Sons, with Archie Campbell replacing Prunty.

Brechin thought they had taken the lead just two minutes before Dumbarton went ahead. Tapping put the ball in the net after new signing Danny Rogers pulled off a flying save from an angled effort. However, the linesman flag was up to deny the goal.
Sons went up the pitch and won a throw-in in an attacking position. Linton's long throw caused mayhem in the hosts 6 yard box, before Graham eventually prodded the ball just over the line.

Dumbarton nearly doubled their lead moments later. Colin Nish headed in at the back post after great work from Campbell on the right hand side, however the referee disallowed the goal for a foul on the defender.

Jordan Kirkpatrick then replaced the booked Turner.

Brechin had another great chance to get on the scoresheet, but great defending from Linton denied them. The left back blocked Trouten's effort at the back post with the ball looking like it was heading in. The ex-Cowdenbeath man even managed to get up, keep the ball in, and hit the ball off of Trouten to win Sons a throw, which was met by great cheer from the travelling support.

Fusco nearly grabbed a sensational equaliser when he let fly from 25 yards. The shot looked like it was headed for the top corner, but swerved away at the last moment with Rogers scrambling.

Ian Murray used his final Dumbarton change, bringing on Stephen McDougall in place of Gilhaney.

Brechin were pushing to find a dramatic equaliser that would take the tie to penalties, but it was the visitors who nearly got a second at the death.

More great work down the right hand side from Campbell gave him time to look up and cut the ball back for Megginson, however he shot wide.

Dumbarton managed to soak up the late Brechin pressure, and will go into the hat for the Second Round Draw.

Match report by Jack Crawford



Photography by Donald Fullarton

Programme cover / Team sheet