Rangers 4 - 1 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, 3:00 PM at Ibrox
Attendance: 31,175
Referee: Brian Colvin
Rangers v Dumbarton, Aug 23rd 2014, Ibrox
Rangers Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Lee McCulloch (15)
Darren McGregor (30)
Nicky Clark (54)
Chris Turner (o.g.) (76)
Bilel Moshni (o.g.) (81)

Team Managers
Ally McCoist Ian Murray

Starting Eleven
Steve Simonsen
Bilel Mohsni
Lee Wallace
Darren McGregor
Marius Zaliukas
Lee McCulloch
Nicky Law
Lewis MacLeod
David Templeton
Nicky Clark
Kris Boyd
Danny Rogers
Andy Graham
Scott Linton
David van Zanten
Lee Mair
Mark Gilhaney
Scott Taggart
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Chris Turner
Colin Nish
Archie Campbell

Bench
Liam Kelly
Robert Crawford
Steven Smith
Ian Black
Sebastien Faure
Arnold Peralta
Dean Shiels
Jamie Ewings
Garry Fleming
Hugh Murray
Scott Agnew
Bryan Prunty
Steven McDougall
Mitch Megginson

Substitutions
Dean Shiels for Lewis MacLeod (74)
Arnold Peralta for David Templeton (74)
Nicky Law for Ian Black (78)
Scott Agnew for Lee Mair (46)
Mitch Megginson for Jordan Kirkpatrick (73)
Hugh Murray for Chris Turner (81)

Bookings
Bilel Mohsni (52) Mitch Megginson (87)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Danny Rogers (GK) 4 apps -
Andy Graham 83 apps6 goals
Scott Linton 40 apps1 goal
David van Zanten 5 apps -
Lee Mair 4 apps -
Mark Gilhaney 153 apps28 goals
Scott Taggart 2 apps -
Jordan Kirkpatrick 41 apps8 goals
Chris Turner 67 apps9 goals
Colin Nish 43 apps7 goals
Archie Campbell 5 apps -
Hugh Murray (sub) 20 apps -
Scott Agnew (sub) 116 apps31 goals
Mitch Megginson (sub) 48 apps12 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Danny Rogers (20 years 158 days)
Oldest Player:Lee Mair (33 years 265 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 170 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Danny Rogers (20 years 158 days)
Oldest Player:Hugh Murray (35 years 236 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 4 days
Domestic Players:15 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

IT was a dismal first home game of the season for Dumbarton, as they slumped to a 4-0 defeat against Queen of the South.

The result pushed the Doonhamers to the top of the SPFL Championship table after two games, while Sons languish at the foot of the league.

Boss Ian Murray was forthright about Dumbarton's showing: “It was a very poor performance from us,” he declared after the game.

“In fact the result could have been even worse, as we could have lost six or seven against Queens.

"We were second best all over the place and that is not acceptable. We're now under pressure going to Ibrox this weekend... We have to make changes.”

The match started brightly enough for the men from the Rock, as Mitch Megginson drove in an early ball for Jordan Kirkpatrick.

However his touch was a little weighty and the Queens 'keeper collected comfortably.

The visitors were soon hitting back. Daniel Carmichael struck a good effort across Danny Rogers' goal, but there was no one there to turn the ball in for the Doonhamers.

It began to look as if an end-to-end game was developing when Megginson and Kirkpatrick again linked to supply David van Zanten. Once more the final pass was slightly too heavy.

On 20 minutes it all started to go wrong for Sons, who were opting for a passing game based on a diamond formation – less direct than last season.

A mistimed back pass by Scott Linton let Queens' Gavin Reilly in, and as the ball came across to him Derek Lyle made no mistake with his drive past Rogers to give the away side a 1-0 lead.

Minutes later it was almost two for the away side. Mark Durnan volleyed for goal from a low, fast corner. His shot seemed destined for the net, but was just cleared off the line.

Sons tried hard to get back into the game, with the players looking less than comfortable with the new system.

Most moves seemed to break down within four or five passes as Queens pressed hard.

There were half chances for the home team, nonetheless. A cross from Archie Campbell almost sneaked into the goal on the far side.

Then Scott Agnew tried a shot from distance on the turn, but could not summon quite enough power to create a real threat.

Ex-Son Iain Russell drove the ball well wide for Queens before the half time whistle came, with Dumbarton still a goal behind.

After the break it did not take the visitors long to extend their lead.

The Doonhamers were being given far too much time on the ball, and as another cross came in from the wing Gavin Reilly Rose to head home confidently for 2-0 on 50 minutes.

The same player then almost made it three as he steamed in to crash a close range effort off target when it looked easier to score.

Sons' gaffer Murray responded with two substitutions in quick succession and a reshuffle in the middle of the park.

On came Mark Gilhaney for Agnew, to see if the wily wing man could start to unsettle Queen of the South's well organized and hitherto unruffled defence.

Then Campbell gave way to Garry Fleming on 58 minutes to maintain balance. But the changes did little to stem the away tide.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the pitch, Kirkpatrick attempted a speculative half volley, but was wide of the target.

On 68 minutes a kick from Sons' 'keeper Rogers was held back by the swirling wind.

James Fowler picked up the ball unchallenged and executed a fine strike home off the underside of the bar from 25 yards out.

Queens now looked home and dry, but Dumbarton's torment was far from over.

Only nine minutes after the previous goal, Iain Russell completed Sons' misery with a left-footed drive for 4-0.

The goal came just after Bryan Prunty had replaced Colin Nish for the home side, in the hope of turning the tables up-front.

Scott Linton redeemed himself for his earlier error with a fine stop to prevent the Doonhamers from going nap.

Captain Andy Graham also made a couple of important interventions.

But the reality was that Queens could easily have claimed one or two additional goals in an afternoon to forget for Dumbarton – who now have to get themselves in shape for a short trip to meet Rangers next Saturday.

Match report by Simon Barrow



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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