Raith Rovers 2 - 1 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, January 17th, 2015, 3:00 PM at Starks Park
Attendance: 1,474
Referee: John McKendrick
Raith Rovers v Dumbarton, Jan 17th 2015, Starks Park
Raith Rovers Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Ryan Conroy (pen.) (29)
Grant Anderson (32)
Mitch Megginson (81)

Team Managers
Grant Murray Ian Murray

Starting Eleven
David McGurn
Jason Thomson
Paul Watson
Dougie Hill
Rory McKeown
Grant Anderson
Martin Scott
Ross Callachan
Ryan Conroy
Mark Stewart
Calum Elliot
Danny Rogers
Andy Graham
David van Zanten
Scott Linton
Lee Mair
Stuart Findlay
Chris Turner
Scott Agnew
Garry Fleming
Archie Campbell
Mitch Megginson

Bench
Kevin Cuthbert
Liam Fox
Kevin Moon
Lewis Vaughan
Barrie McKay
Christian Nade
Craig Barr
Jamie Ewings
Donald McCallum
Scott Taggart
Colin Nish
Keir Whitefield

Substitutions
Kevin Moon for Martin Scott (73)
Christian Nade for Mark Stewart (80)
Barrie McKay for Grant Anderson (88)
Scott Taggart for Scott Linton (77)

Bookings
Ross Callachan (77) Garry Fleming (26)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Danny Rogers (GK) 21 apps -
Scott Linton 55 apps1 goal
Lee Mair 13 apps1 goal
Stuart Findlay 1 app (debut) -
Andy Graham 103 apps8 goals
David van Zanten 22 apps -
Scott Agnew 136 apps33 goals
Garry Fleming 88 apps14 goals
Chris Turner 80 apps9 goals
Archie Campbell 24 apps1 goal
Mitch Megginson 68 apps15 goals
Scott Taggart (sub) 20 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Stuart Findlay (19 years 130 days)
Oldest Player:Lee Mair (34 years 47 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 251 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Keir Whitefield (17 years 107 days)
Oldest Player:Lee Mair (34 years 47 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 14 days
Domestic Players:13 (81.25 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Stuart Findlay(Signed January 16th, 2015)

Milestones

A STRONG performance in the second half was not enough for Dumbarton to rescue an away game against Raith Rovers that ended in a dispiriting 2-1 defeat.

I was disappointed to lose today, said boss Ian Murray afterwards. We deserved a draw, at least.

The match got off to a slow start in increasingly cold conditions at Stark's Park, with Dumbarton attacking the home end.

New signing Stuart Findlay, in the Sons defence, had a busy start, with an effective series of headers and clearances early on.

The first strike on goal was for Dumbarton, as Scott Agnew drove the ball wide from the edge of the area.

Ross Callachan had a pop from range for the hosts shortly after, but it went over the bar. He had another attempt that went out for a throw-in just a minute later.

Then Martin Scott beat Danny Rogers in the Sons goal to a cross, before heading off target.

For Dumbarton, Garry Fleming rounded Rovers keeper David McGurn. However, he found that the angle was too tight to get a shot on target.

Nonetheless, Fleming still won a corner, which big Andy Graham headed straight at McGurn.

Raith came perilously close on several occasions. They hit the post through Mark Stewart before Rogers collected the rebound. Then Ryan Conroy curled a free kick just wide of Sons' left-hand post.

In an unhappy development, Garry Fleming picked up his sixth yellow card of the season, and now faces suspension for two weeks.

On 28 minutes Grant Anderson slipped past Scott Linton and Lee Mair, before being brought down by Chris Turner inside the area for a penalty.

Up stepped Conroy to open the scoring with a well-taken spot-kick, which left Rogers with no real chance.

Three minutes later it was 2-0 to Rovers. Callachan went wide, shaking off Sons defenders, before before clipping a ball in for an unmarked Anderson to heads home at the back post.

Dumbarton looked stunned, and so did their band of supporters.

The visitors nearly pulled one back shortly after the restart, but Agnew's cross missed both Mitch Megginson and Andy Graham.

The half time whistle left a mountain to climb for Sons in the second half.

When the game got underway again, Dumbarton started to look brighter straight away. A header from Megginson missed the target narrowly.

However, Raith broke away after a few minutes of Sons pressure and looked as if they would make it three. Somehow they swept the ball wide.

The away team started to dominate play and engage in some good build-up moves without actually creating any definitive chances.

Archie Campbell cut in from the left and fired in a shot, but it missed the far corner.

Danny Rogers made tow vital saves from close range to keep Dumbarton in the game.

Gaffer Ian Murray made his first (and only) change of the afternoon on 77 minutes, when Scott Taggart came on for Scott Linton.

It did not seem the move to really change the texture of the match. Nonetheless, Sons stepped up the pace and variety of their forward movement, and began to create some hope that they would pull one back.

The optimism was rewarded on 81 minutes, as a shot from the impressive Scott Agnew was parried by McGurn in the Raith goal, only for Megginson to be on hand to push the rebound firmly home for 2-1.

It looked as if Sons were destined to equalize when Fleming put the Rovers keeper under pressure from a cross and Megginson was on hand to smash the ball in but agonisingly his strike cannoned off the bar when it looked easier to score.

Dumbarton came so close to grabbing leveler at the death. However, David McGurn pulled off a wonder save to claw the ball away high in the corner, before the rebound was cleared off the line.

That was Sons last chance. The defeat leaves them still in seventh position in the SPFL Championship. It adds pressure to next Saturday's encounter with foot-of-the-table Livingston at the Rock.

Match report by Simon Barrow



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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