Raith Rovers 3 - 1 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, August 9th, 2014, 3:00 PM at Starks Park
Attendance: 1,642
Referee: John Beaton
Raith Rovers v Dumbarton, Aug 9th 2014, Starks Park
Raith Rovers Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Paul Watson (56)
Ryan Conroy (78)
Christian Nade (81)
Scott Agnew (90)

Team Managers
Grant Murray Ian Murray

Starting Eleven
Kevin Cuthbert
Jason Thomson
Ross Perry
Paul Watson
Rory McKeown
Liam Fox
Grant Anderson
Martin Scott
Ryan Conroy
Calum Elliot
Christian Nade
Danny Rogers
Scott Linton
David van Zanten
Lee Mair
Andy Graham
Chris Turner
Scott Agnew
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Mitch Megginson
Archie Campbell
Colin Nish

Bench
Ross Laidlaw
Ross Matthews
Kevin Moon
Mark Stewart
Ross Callachan
Lewis Vaughan
Laurie Ellis
Stephen Grindlay
Hugh Murray
Garry Fleming
Scott Taggart
Mark Gilhaney
Steven McDougall
Bryan Prunty

Substitutions
Mark Stewart for Calum Elliot (10)
Kevin Moon for Grant Anderson (79)
Ross Callachan for Liam Fox (90)
Mark Gilhaney for Mitch Megginson (66)
Garry Fleming for Archie Campbell (76)
Bryan Prunty for David van Zanten (80)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Danny Rogers (GK) 2 apps -
Scott Linton 38 apps1 goal
David van Zanten 3 apps -
Lee Mair 2 apps -
Andy Graham 81 apps6 goals
Scott Agnew 114 apps31 goals
Jordan Kirkpatrick 39 apps8 goals
Chris Turner 65 apps9 goals
Mitch Megginson 46 apps12 goals
Archie Campbell 3 apps -
Colin Nish 41 apps7 goals
Garry Fleming (sub) 68 apps10 goals
Mark Gilhaney (sub) 151 apps28 goals
Bryan Prunty (sub) 120 apps37 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Danny Rogers (20 years 144 days)
Oldest Player:Lee Mair (33 years 251 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 48 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Danny Rogers (20 years 144 days)
Oldest Player:Hugh Murray (35 years 222 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 39 days
Domestic Players:15 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

DUMBARTON'S Championship campaign got off to a disappointing start at Starks Park, as Raith Rovers swept to a comfortable 3-1 win.

Sons looked promising in the first half, appearing the better side and enjoying slightly more of the possession and chances in a competitive, physical match.

Tight defending and missed opportunities kept the score at 0-0 going into the break. It was in the second period when things started to go seriously wrong.

Rovers' goal against the run of play changed the character of the match completely, with Sons losing shape and edge as the home side romped to victory with only a late consolation preventing a comprehensive victory.

Gaffer Ian Murray admitted afterwards that it was an uninspiring result, but is determined that his squad will produce the goods and added: “We will play worse and win games this season.”

"I thought we were the better side in the first half and I was disappointed we were level at half-time,” he told the media.

The opening exchanges were somewhat tentative. The home side's game plan was upset within 10 minutes when attacker Calum Elliot, who had scored twice for Raith in midweek, had to withdraw from an injury. He was replaced by Mark Stewart.

Christian Nade started to look threatening for Raith early on. He stole the ball from Chris Turner in midfield on 11 minutes, but was promptly flagged offside.

Archie Campbell had a penalty shout shortly afterwards, when he linked well with Colin Nish and appeared to have been felled in the area. However, the referee waved play on.

The new Sons front man responded with a spectacular volley from the edge of the area, which was well saved and held by the Raith 'keeper.

There was another great save from Dumbarton goalie Danny Rogers, when he got a hand to a sharp Paul Conroy shot across goal to tip the ball narrowly away.

Campbell, Nish and Linton provided several moments of opportunity for Sons in an otherwise quiet first half, following the initial 15-minute flurry.

In particular, a fine save from Raith's Cuthbert denied Sons the advantage at half time. Following a good switch from Nish, Jordan Kirkpatrick cut the ball in for what looked like a certain opener until the Rovers 'keeper got a hand to it.

Dumbarton started the second half brightly. A fine Scott Agnew free kick skimmed the bar and roof netting. Then Archie Campbell had the ball in the net for Sons, chipping the Raith 'keeper before a late flag from the touchline ruled the goal offside.

Minutes later, following more menacing work from Nade, the home side went in front. Rovers' Paul Watson slipped the ball under Danny Rogers' diving body after Dumbarton failed to clear a throw-in properly.

From then on Sons looked decidedly out of sorts and Raith piled forward in search of further reward.

Sons boss Ian Murray made his first switch on 66 minutes, as Mark Gilhaney replaced the struggling Mitch Megginson.

Raith were continuing to look the more dangerous of the two sides, but Sons had their chances even so.

When the ball broke first for the industrious Scott Agnew then for Colin Nish in the penalty area, it looked as if they might get a goal back, but neither was able to find the needed shot from very tight angles.

Rogers put in another good stop to deny Nade before Sons made their second change, Garry Fleming coming on for Archie Campbell, who had put in a strong performance.

The Dumbarton substitute promptly committed a foul on the edge of the area, and Paul Conroy made no mistake with the free kick, cracking it home to put Raith 2-0 in front with just twelve minutes to go.

The blow further deflated Sons. Two minutes later Christian Nade made it three for Rovers, as he steamed through and struck the ball powerfully into the bottom right-hand corner.

Bryan Prunty replaced David van Zanten in the final Sons substitution of the afternoon. It was too late for the popular striker to make any real impact.

Despite a late and deserved and well taken consolation goal from Scott Agnew in time added on, Dumbarton often seemed narrow in formation, sometimes looked hesitant up front and found themselves outpaced at the back after the break.

Ian Murray's men will now be looking for a much-improved performance in the first home game of the season against Queen of the South at the Bet Butler Stadium on Saturday 16th August.

Match report by Simon Barrow



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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