Dumbarton 1 - 3 Rangers 

League - Championship
Saturday, April 18th, 2015, 3:00 PM at Bet Butler Stadium
Attendance: 1,766
Referee: Craig Thomson
Dumbarton v Rangers, Apr 18th 2015, Bet Butler Stadium
Dumbarton  Rangers

Mark Wilson (2)
Ryan Hardie (10)
Ryan Hardie (48)
Haris Vuckic (52)

Team Managers
Ian Murray Stuart McCall

Starting Eleven
Danny Rogers
Andy Graham
Stuart Findlay
Mark Wilson
Scott Agnew
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Scott Taggart
Garry Fleming
Mark Gilhaney
Archie Campbell
Dylan Easton
Cammy Bell
Darren McGregor
Lee Wallace
Marius Zaliukas
Ryan Hardie
Lee McCulloch
Nicky Law
Haris Vuckic
Andy Murdoch
Tom Walsh
Nicky Clark

Jamie Ewings
Daniel Lightbody
Scott Linton
Donald McCallum
Darren Petrie
Mitch Megginson
Steve Simonsen
Bilel Mohsin
Ian Black
Kris Boyd
Robbie Crawford
Dean Shiels
Calum Gallagher

Mitch Megginson for Dylan Easton (72)
Scott Linton for Mark Gilhaney (82)
Ian Black for Haris Vuckic (85)
Calum Gallagher for Ryan Hardie (86)

Mitch Megginson (83)
Andy Graham (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Danny Rogers (GK) 34 apps -
Andy Graham 115 apps8 goals
Stuart Findlay 13 apps -
Mark Wilson 10 apps1 goal
Scott Agnew 149 apps34 goals
Jordan Kirkpatrick 57 apps9 goals
Scott Taggart 33 apps2 goals
Garry Fleming 100 apps16 goals
Mark Gilhaney 183 apps29 goals
Archie Campbell 36 apps3 goals
Dylan Easton 13 apps -
Scott Linton (sub) 65 apps1 goal
Mitch Megginson (sub) 81 apps16 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Stuart Findlay (19 years 221 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Graham (31 years 216 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 204 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Lightbody (18 years 26 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Graham (31 years 216 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 185 days
Domestic Players:16 (94.12 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Garry Fleming played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.
Mark Wilson scored his first goal for the Club.

RANGERS completed their full complement of four league wins over Dumbarton, easing to a 3-1 victory on a sunny afternoon at the Rock.

After both sides had probed each other's defences with some initial moves from the middle of the park it proved an ideal start for Sons.

Three minutes into the game Mark Wilson picked up the ball on the near post and gave Rangers 'keeper Cammy Bell no chance as he volleyed high into the net to make it 1-0.

It took a heroic block from Graham to block Andrew Murdoch's shot.

Then Danny Rogers made a brilliant stop to tip over Lee McCulloch's acrobatic effort.

Sons' Garry Fleming stole the ball off McGregor and motored forward, but final attempt curled well wide.

As Rangers pressed back a long-range strike from Nicky Law was comfortably held by Rogers.

Rangers drew level on nine minutes.

A fine through pass from Haris Vuckic was seized upon by Ryan Hardie, who bundled it home for his side's equaliser, despite the noble defensive efforts of Stuart Findlay.

The visitors were buoyed. McGregor's effort was pushed over the bar by Rogers.

A dangerous ball across the area from the same player was narrowly missed by everyone in the Sons penalty area.

At the other end Dylan Easton got past his man with an adroit stepover. However he dragged his shot wide when a pass to Archie Campbell might have provided a better option.

As the match swung back and forth, Scott Agnew's corner was glanced narrowly wide of the post by Nicky Clark.

Two more corners followed for Dumbarton, but with no threat resulting.

Vuckic broke through just before the break, but his low, angled shot was well stopped by Rogers with his legs.

Three minutes into the second half Hardie made it 2-1 to the visitors, throwing al leg in the air to turn in Lee Wallace's cross past the stranded, outstretched Rogers.

Vuckic then produced a stunning third goal, cutting in from the right before cracking a mighty strike into Rogers' top-right corner.

The match subsided significantly after that, with Rangers claiming most of the possession and Dumbarton confined to a few counterattacks.

Scott Taggart drove a left-footed shot just over Bell's crossbar.

There was a great chance for Stuart Findlay as he met Easton's free kick, forcing the 'Gers goalie into a good stop.

After further Rangers pressure another big chance fell Dumbarton's way. Campbell grabbed the chance, but drilled the ball over from a tight angle.

On 71 minutes Sons gaffer Ian Murray made his first substitution, bringing on Mitch Megginson for Easton.

On 80 minutes Mark Gilhaney made way for Scott Linton.

A fine challenge by Andy Graham denied Nick Clark a goal scoring opportunity on the edge of Sons' area.

To his astonishment and that of most in the stadium, referee Craig Thomson produced a yellow card for the big central defender, having just put Megginson in the book for a late challenge on Vuckic.

Neither side had any further clear chances, as Rangers comfortably saw out the closing minutes to secure their victory.

The Sonstrust Man of the Match was busy 'keeper Danny Rogers, who had produced incredible saves from McCulloch, Law and Vuckic, among others.

Next up for Sons is a final away trip of the season, to Dumfries, where they face Queen of the South on Saturday 25th April.

Match report by Simon Barrow

Photography by Donald Fullarton


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