Dumbarton 5 - 0 Alloa Athletic 

Scottish Cup - 3rd Round
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 7:45 PM at CID Stadium
Attendance: 274
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Dumbarton v Alloa Athletic, Dec 8th 2015, CID Stadium
Dumbarton  Alloa Athletic

Goalscorers
Donald McCallum (1)
Garry Fleming (14)
Jordan Kirkpatrick (78)
Jordan Kirkpatrick (90)
Calum Waters (90)
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Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Paddy Connolly

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Frazer Wright
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Mark Docherty
Garry Fleming
Grant Gallagher
Jamie Lindsay
Donald McCallum
Jon Routledge
Kevin Cawley
Andrew McNeil
Michael Doyle
Mikk Reintam
Dougie Hill
Colin Hamilton
Iain Flannigan
Connor McManus
Graeme Holmes
Steven Hetherington
Robbie Crawford
Michael Duffy

Bench
Jamie Ewings
Daniel Lightbody
Mikey Hopkins
Calum Waters
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Scott Taggart
John Cunningham
David Crawford
Kyle McAusland
Burton O'Brien
Michael Chopra
Eddie Ferns
Catalin Paun
Mark Williams

Substitutions
Jordan Kirkpatrick for Donald McCallum (67)
Calum Waters for Garry Fleming (80)
Mikey Hopkins for Kevin Cawley (87)
Michael Chopra for Robbie Crawford (29)
Eddie Ferns for Steven Hetherington (60)
Kyle McAusland for Michael Chopra (85)

Bookings
Darren Barr (9)
Iain Flannigan (53)
Michael Chopra (72)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 20 apps -
Frazer Wright 9 apps -
Darren Barr 18 apps2 goals
Gregor Buchanan 17 apps1 goal
Mark Docherty 17 apps1 goal
Garry Fleming 121 apps21 goals
Grant Gallagher 20 apps4 goals
Jamie Lindsay 9 apps -
Donald McCallum 9 apps3 goals
Jon Routledge 20 apps -
Kevin Cawley 17 apps2 goals
Mikey Hopkins (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Calum Waters (sub) 10 apps1 goal
Jordan Kirkpatrick (sub) 73 apps12 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Donald McCallum (19 years 76 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (35 years 359 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 116 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:John Cunningham (17 years 234 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (35 years 359 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 87 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Mikey Hopkins(Signed June 4th, 2015)

Milestones
Calum Waters scored his first goal for the Club.

THE Scottish Cup doesn't have to produce a giantkilling act to make it a game to remember.

Not when you win 5-0 and a product of the club's youth development initiative scores after 19 seconds of his first start.

Donald McCallum certainly won't forget it in a hurry. Neither, for that matter, will any of the other goalscorers.

Garry Fleming put himself further clear as top goalscorer, while Jordan Kirkpatrick (twice) and Calum Waters each made a statement after coming off the bench.

By the time referee Stephen Finnie's whistle had stopped echoing, McCallum had Dumbarton ahead. When Fleming made it two after 13 minutes, Sons were right in command.

They weren't always on top in terms of possession. Alloa had their spells in the game, but against a strong home defence, they were light on clear chances.

As the final 15 minutes arrived, it looked like the Wasps would escape with the same 2-0 defeat that they sustained in the Championship three days earlier.

But the substitutes had other ideas, and this turned into the sort of result that should really breed confidence.

And with two league games now imminent against sides battling with them in the lower half of the Championship, it could hardly be better timed for Sons.

Saturday's victory over Alloa took its time in coming. This one certainly couldn't be accused of doing so.

Kick-off was taken, the ball was briefly passed around, Kevin Cawley played a low ball through to McCallum, who wove past the defence and finished. It really was that simple.

Goal number two was not far away either, and it, for different reasons, was a special one.

An excellent team move, from defence to attack, ended with Grant Gallagher sending over a low ball which Fleming couldn't fail to put away.

The first half then progressed fitfully, with Alloa's attacking threat in some evidence, but twice Mark Brown saved well from Michael Duffy.

Cawley was closest to making it 3-0 in the first half with a close range shot which the keeper turned away.

But it was Brown who was on form again early in the second half, keeping out Duffy's effort from close range.

Had that gone in, the game could have changed. As it was, Sons saw it through without looking too likely to add to their lead.

That was until the 78th minute, by which point Kirkpatrick had settled into the action after replacing McCallum.

After Cawley laid the ball off for him inside the area, the forward posted his first goal of the season with a well-placed bending shot.

Just afterwards, Dougie Hill looked to have pulled one back for Alloa but Gallagher cleared his effort off the line.

And with two minutes left, Kirkpatrick's fine run after a midfield interception ended with him squaring for Waters, who snapped up his first goal for Sons.

The demolition job was not complete, though, as with the final whistle imminent, Kirkpatrick's shot was powerful enough to roll under the keeper and into the net.

Despite three games in seven weeks, including two fixtures after days at work, Sons are braced for more. They may have found their shooting boots just in time for some big games.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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Programme cover / Team sheet