Dumbarton 0 - 1 Rangers 

Scottish Cup - 3rd Round
Saturday, November 1st, 2014, 3:00 PM at Bet Butler Stadium
Attendance: 1,878
Referee: Bobby Madden
Dumbarton v Rangers, Nov 1st 2014, Bet Butler Stadium
Dumbarton  Rangers

Goalscorers
None. Kris Boyd (45)

Team Managers
Ian Murray Ally McCoist

Starting Eleven
Jamie Ewings
Scott Linton
Lee Mair
Mark McLaughlin
Andy Graham
Garry Fleming
Mark Gilhaney
Scott Agnew
Archie Campbell
Mitch Megginson
Colin Nish
Lee Robinson
Richard Foster
Lee McCulloch
Darren McGregor
Lee Wallace
Lewis MacLeod
Ian Black
Nicky Law
Steven Smith
Kris Boyd
Kenny Miller

Bench
Stephen Grindlay
Daniel Lightbody
David van Zanten
Chris Turner
Donald McCallum
Keir Whitefield
Steven McDougall
Nicky Clark
Sebastian Faure
Bilel Mohsni
David Templeton
Dean Shiels
John Daly

Substitutions
Chris Turner for Archie Campbell (69)
Steven McDougall for Mitch Megginson (81)
David van Zanten for Scott Linton (84)
John Daly for Kris Boyd (75)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 60 apps -
Andy Graham 93 apps6 goals
Scott Linton 50 apps1 goal
Lee Mair 6 apps -
Mark McLaughlin 16 apps1 goal
Mark Gilhaney 163 apps29 goals
Scott Agnew 126 apps31 goals
Garry Fleming 79 apps11 goals
Colin Nish 53 apps8 goals
Archie Campbell 15 apps1 goal
Mitch Megginson 58 apps13 goals
David van Zanten (sub) 15 apps -
Chris Turner (sub) 71 apps9 goals
Steven McDougall (sub) 61 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Mitch Megginson (22 years 102 days)
Oldest Player:Mark McLaughlin (38 years 344 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 167 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Keir Whitefield (17 years 30 days)
Oldest Player:Mark McLaughlin (38 years 344 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 248 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Scott Linton played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

Dumbarton fell at the first hurdle of the William Hill Scottish Cup, crashing out in a 1-0 defeat to Rangers.

A goal from Kris Boyd on the stroke of half time was enough to see Rangers through to the next round.

After the match manager Ian Murray said: "I thought we were excellent from the first minute to the last. We had chances to win it but the goal before half time was a killer".

The hosts had to make several personnel and formational changes, with loan players not being given permission to play from their parent clubs.

Jamie Ewings and Mark McLaughlin came in for their first starts of the season, with Archie Campbell coming in for just his second start.

Sons had to be alert from the off. Captain Andy Graham made a vital interception to knock the ball back to Ewings with Kris Boyd lurking.

Mitch Megginson then forced 'Gers keeper Lee Robinson into a decent save with Robinson pushing a powerful drive around the post.

Garry Fleming was everywhere for Dumbarton, putting in a fine shift that was praised by Manager Murray after the match.

Fleming had a shot blocked on the edge of the area after smart play from Dumbarton, before a powerful run down the right hand side from the same man nearly created an opportunity. However, the cross was caught by Robinson.

Halfway through the first half, Colin Nish created an opportunity out of nothing, when he superbly controlled a kick from Ewings before turning and curling a shot just wide.

Another opportunity arose for Dumbarton just five minutes later. Mark Gilhaney put a ball in to the back post which was headed across goal by Megginson. Nish tried to acrobatically turn the ball in, but the offside flag was up anyway.

Nicky Law registered a shot on target soon after, with a glancing header being easily saved by Ewings.

Rangers full-back Ricky Foster then had a shot on goal, but his drive from the edge of the area went wide.

Foster had another effort a couple of minutes later, the shot looked to be going wide but was turned in to the net by Boyd. The Rangers fans were on their feet, but the flag of the linesman meant that the score would remain level.

Gilhaney had an attempt from the edge of the area saved before Sons conceded at the worst possible time.

In first half added time, Boyd latched on to a pass from Lewis MacLeod and took a touch before slotting the ball past Ewings and into the back of the net, with some help from the post.

It was a poor time for Sons to concede, and they could argue they didn't deserve to be behind after creating some good opportunities.

In the second half, superb work from Fleming seen him win the ball from Kenny Miller of the park before shrugging off Ian Black and firing a shot for goal from 25 yards which was blocked.

The visitors had a great chance to double their lead as they broke up the field from a Dumbarton long throw. Boyd done well to turn both Lee Mair and Gilhaney before advancing on Ewings, but shot off the keepers legs.

Rangers started to get a hold of the game for a period.

Mark McLaughlin, who along with Mair and Graham put in a fine defensive performance, made a heroic block to keep out a Miller shot that looked destined for the net.

MacLeod then cut in from the right hand side before shooting for goal, however the effort hit the side netting.

On 70 minutes, Ewings held a long range drive from Black at the second attempt, after he fumbled the first effort.

Chris Turner replaced Archie Campbell for Dumbarton, with the game not really clicking for the latter in the second half after a lively first half display.

Robinson made a great save to keep out a Graham header, diving to his left to push the header away.

Substitute John Daly should have made it safe for Rangers, but with only Ewings to beat, he blazed his shot over the bar.

Dumbarton had two late free kick attempts from similar distances. Turner seen his effort charged down by the wall, before Scott Agnew put his go over the bar with the last kick of the game.

It was a great display from Dumbarton, with plenty of players giving manager Murray a selection headache for next week's trip to Queen of the South in the SPFL Championship.

Match report by Jack Crawford



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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