Dumbarton 1 - 0 Alloa Athletic 

League - Championship
Saturday, March 7th, 2015, 3:00 PM at Bet Butler Stadium
Attendance: 791
Referee: Andrew Dallas
Dumbarton v Alloa Athletic, Mar 7th 2015, Bet Butler Stadium
Dumbarton  Alloa Athletic

Goalscorers
Garry Fleming (pen.) (42)
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Team Managers
Ian Murray Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
Danny Rogers
Andy Graham
Scott Linton
Stuart Findlay
Garry Fleming
Chris Turner
Mark Gilhaney
Scott Agnew
Scott Taggart
Chris Duggan
Dylan Easton
Craig McDowall
Ben Gordon
Daryll Meggatt
Jason Marr
Michael Doyle
Mark Docherty
Kevin Cawley
Ryan McCord
Philip Roberts
Liam Buchanan
Isaac Layne

Bench
Jamie Ewings
Mark Wilson
Darren Petrie
Donald McCallum
Archie Campbell
Mitch Megginson
Jonathan Tiffoney
Greig Spence
Graeme Holmes
Kyle Benedictus
Iain Flannigan
Greg Rutherford
Mikey Couser

Substitutions
Darren Petrie for Chris Turner (63)
Archie Campbell for Dylan Easton (82)
Mitch Megginson for Garry Fleming (87)
Jonathan Tiffoney for Philip Roberts (46)
Greig Spence for Isaac Layne (70)
Greg Rutherford for Michael Doyle (81)

Bookings
Chris Turner (30)
Ben Gordon (43)
Daryll Meggatt (70)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Danny Rogers (GK) 27 apps -
Andy Graham 108 apps8 goals
Scott Linton 61 apps1 goal
Stuart Findlay 7 apps -
Garry Fleming 93 apps15 goals
Chris Turner 85 apps9 goals
Mark Gilhaney 176 apps29 goals
Scott Agnew 142 apps33 goals
Scott Taggart 26 apps2 goals
Chris Duggan 3 apps -
Dylan Easton 6 apps -
Darren Petrie (sub) 3 apps1 goal
Archie Campbell (sub) 30 apps2 goals
Mitch Megginson (sub) 74 apps15 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Stuart Findlay (19 years 179 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Graham (31 years 174 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 58 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Donald McCallum (18 years 165 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Graham (31 years 174 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 322 days
Domestic Players:14 (82.35 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

A PENALTY just before half-time was the difference between the two teams at the Rock this afternoon, as Dumbarton claimed a crucial victory over fellow part-timers Alloa Athletic.

While hailing a second half stop by Sons keeper Danny Rogers as “save of the season”, boss Ian Murray was sober in his assessment of the overall performance of his side – while obviously delighted at the result.

“We didn't play particularly well, though we started really well,” he told reporters after the game.

“In the first 15 minutes I thought we controlled it. ... In the second half I thought they were unlucky not to get a point out of the game, to be honest.”

Dumbarton started as the more assertive side, dominating early possession without really creating any chances.

Chris Duggan appeared to have been wrestled to the ground by Ben Gordon after going through on goal in the first few minutes of the match, but the referee saw no infringement.

Not long afterwards, the Wasps could have been one ahead after Liam Buchanan rounded Sons' Danny Rogers and then fired wide of the open goal from a sharp angle.

However, though they had slightly more of the play, Sons just could not create enough meaningful chances up front.

For example, Scott Taggart spooned a distance shot into the arms of Wasps keeper McDowall.

At the other end, Alloa's Ben Gordon missed with a header before Isaac Layne's shot on the left was stopped in the centre of the goal.

Then on 42 minutes a foul on Dylan Easton gave Garry Fleming the chance to convert from the spot for Sons and put them into the lead.

He did so with confidence, striking the ball high and wide of the Wasp's goalie to loud cheers from the home support.

After the break Alloa Athletic pressed back hard, pinning back their opponents for much of the half.

They also generated a hosted of opportunities to get back into the match, without ever succeeding in doing so.

Some fine goalkeeping from Danny Rogers combined with last ditch defending kept the visitors at bay.

In particular, the Sons keeper made a quite remarkable late save to tip Alloa forward Greg Rutherford's effort onto the crossbar, preventing what looked to be a certain equalizer.

Darren Petrie replaced Chris Turner for Sons on 62 minutes, as the home side attempted to deflect the flow of opposition traffic into their half and area.

Dumbarton certainly had their chances to extend their lead and make the game safe.

On 68 minutes Scott Agnew right-footed a long-range effort high from a difficult angle.

Three minutes later he was just a bit too high with a direct free kick that flew past Alloa Athetic's left-hand post.

In the final ten minutes Mitch Megginson and Archie Campbell were brought off the Dumbarton bench to replace Garry Fleming and Dylan Easton respectively.

Right at the end Dumbarton could have made it two-nil, when substitute Megginson narrowly avoided capitalising on a sweeping attacking move, seeing his angled shot cleared off the line.

The morale-boosting victory leaves Sons in seventh place in the division, nine points above the relegation play-off place.

Gaffer Ian Murray's assessment is that “I think it is going to be difficult for three teams to catch us.

“One might catch us, but for three to catch us it will take a monumental collapse from us and results to go badly against us.

“Without it being mathematically impossible I think we are a long way towards where we want to be.”

Match report by Simon Barrow



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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Programme cover / Team sheet