Hibernian 0 - 0 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, October 11th, 2014, 3:00 PM at Easter Road
Attendance: 7,923
Referee: Barry Cook
Hibernian v Dumbarton, Oct 11th 2014, Easter Road
Hibernian Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Alan Stubbs Ian Murray

Starting Eleven
Mark Oxley
Liam Fontaine
Paul Hanlon
Jordan Forster
Scott Robertson
Lewis Stevenson
Liam Craig
David Gray
Dylan McGeouch
Dominique Malonga
Jason Cummings
Danny Rogers
Andy Graham
David van Zanten
Scott Linton
Scott Agnew
Garry Fleming
Mark Gilhaney
Scott Taggart
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Mitch Megginson
Colin Nish

Bench
Perntreou Kleton
Callum Booth
Daniel Handling
Samuel Stanton
Matthew Kennedy
Paul Heffernan
Scott Allan
Jamie Ewings
Lee Mair
Mark McLaughlin
Hugh Murray
Keiran MacDonald
Archie Campbell
Steven McDougall

Substitutions
Matthew Kennedy for Liam Fontaine (59)
Paul Heffernan for Dominique Malonga (69)
Scott Allan for Liam Craig (77)
Keiran MacDonald for Mitch Megginson (72)
Archie Campbell for Garry Fleming (77)
Mark McLaughlin for Scott Agnew (90)

Bookings
Dominique Malonga (45)
Jason Cummings (68)
Scott Robertson (74)
Scott Agnew (9)
Andy Graham (43)
Mark Gilhaney (55)
Scott Linton (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Danny Rogers (GK) 11 apps -
David van Zanten 12 apps -
Scott Linton 47 apps1 goal
Andy Graham 90 apps6 goals
Scott Agnew 123 apps31 goals
Garry Fleming 76 apps10 goals
Mark Gilhaney 160 apps29 goals
Scott Taggart 9 apps -
Jordan Kirkpatrick 47 apps9 goals
Mitch Megginson 55 apps13 goals
Colin Nish 50 apps8 goals
Mark McLaughlin (sub) 15 apps1 goal
Keiran MacDonald (sub) 5 apps -
Archie Campbell (sub) 12 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Danny Rogers (20 years 207 days)
Oldest Player:Colin Nish (33 years 226 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 302 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Danny Rogers (20 years 207 days)
Oldest Player:Mark McLaughlin (38 years 323 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 65 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Colin Nish played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

DUMBARTON achieved their ten point target for the first quarter of the 2014/15 Championship campaign with a hard-earned goalless draw against Hibernian at Easter Road.

Boss Ian Murray praised his players for their effort and commitment after the game, which sees Sons extend their unbeaten SPFL run to six matches.

“If we could go on defending like that and also be getting goals at the other end we'd be top of the league,” he observed, noting that injuries had limited attacking options for this encounter.

Most of the pressure came from Hibs in the opening 45 minutes of the match, but Dumbarton remained organised and disciplined at the back throughout.

There was a half chance for Jason Cummings following a cross from the right. However the resulting shot went straight into the arms of a waiting Danny Rogers.

At the other end, Sons' Jordan Kirkpatrick forced Mark Oxley into a decent save as he shoved the striker's effort wide.

The resulting corner was cleared, as Hibs went on the counter attack and Sons retreated smartly.

Cummings, David Gray and Dylan McGeouch all had chances for the home side in the opening half hour.

Rogers was required to pull off several important saves, including tipping a fierce McGeouch strike over the bar.

A darting run from Dumbarton winger Mark Gilhaney caused the home side real trouble, but he could not find a target man with his through ball.

Perhaps the visitors' best opportunity came when Colin Nish almost floated in a header from a central position, after a long throw from Scott Linton.

Hibernian won a penalty late on in the half, when Dominique Malonga appeared to have been pulled back in the box by Andy Graham.

Keeper Danny Rogers, positioned well, had no trouble in stopping a weak spot kick from Malonga, but then almost let the ball cross the line as it slipped behind him. Fortunately he recovered just in time.

Another superb save was needed from the young Irish goalie to keep out Jason Cummings from close range not long afterwards.

Following the break Hibs found themselves on the back foot for a while, as Nish almost clipped a twisting volley in from close range and Mitch Megginson had a firm strike blocked.

In between these Sons efforts, Hibs' Malonga cut in dangerously and fired towards the visitors' goal. But his shot went straight at Rogers.

Then Kirkpatrick fired wide from the edge of the area before Cummings did almost the same for the men from Leith at the other end.

Scott Taggart and Andy Graham made impressive stops for Dumbarton as Hibs started to get in behind the defence in search of a breakthrough.

On 72 minutes, Ian Murray replaced Mitch Megginson with Keiron MacDonald. Five minutes later Archie Campbell came on for hard working Garry Fleming.

Hibernian had the ball in the net on 74 minutes, and their fans were on their feet before the assistant's flag confirmed the clear offside decision to put a dampener on the celebrations.

Hibs pushed desperately for a winner in the closing stages of the match, winning a series of corners and forcing yet another impressive Rogers save well into six minutes of time added on.

However, Sons held them back to claim a well-deserved point and earn rousing applause from 150 visiting supporters.

Match report by Simon Barrow



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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