Dumbarton 2 - 3 Raith Rovers 

League - Championship
Saturday, April 16th, 2016, 5:15 PM at CID Stadium
Attendance: 655
Referee: Nick Walsh
Dumbarton v Raith Rovers, Apr 16th 2016, CID Stadium
Dumbarton  Raith Rovers

Christian Nade  (12)
Steven Saunders (90)
Ryan Hardie (49)
Aidan Connolly (60)
James Craigen (70)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Jamie Ewings
Mark Docherty
Steven Saunders
Frazer Wright
Gregor Buchanan
Jon Routledge
Garry Fleming
Tom Walsh
Grant Gallagher
Jamie Lindsay
Christian Nade
Kevin Cuthbert
Jason Thomson
Craig Barr
Kyle Benedictus
Rory McKeown
Grant Anderson
Ross Callachan
Lewis Toshney
Aidan Connolly
Harry Panayiotou
Ryan Hardie

Mark Brown
Darren Barr
Calum Waters
Donald McCallum
Scott Taggart
Kevin Cawley
Paul Heffernan
Ryan McCord
Ross Matthews
Joel Thomas
Lois Longridge
Jonny Court
James Craigen
Scott Law

Paul Heffernan for Christian Nade (63)
Kevin Cawley for Grant Gallagher (72)
Donald McCallum for Jamie Lindsay (77)
James Craigen for Grant Anderson (60)
Joel Thomas for Harry Panayiotou (76)
Ross Matthews for Kyle Benedictus (83)

Christian Nade (25)
Grant Gallagher (41)
Grant Anderson (36)
Kyle Benedictus (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 75 apps -
Mark Docherty 36 apps2 goals
Steven Saunders 24 apps4 goals
Frazer Wright 29 apps -
Gregor Buchanan 34 apps1 goal
Jon Routledge 36 apps -
Garry Fleming 140 apps26 goals
Tom Walsh 13 apps1 goal
Grant Gallagher 35 apps4 goals
Jamie Lindsay 26 apps -
Christian Nade 12 apps7 goals
Donald McCallum (sub) 19 apps3 goals
Kevin Cawley (sub) 37 apps3 goals
Paul Heffernan (sub) 5 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Tom Walsh (19 years 284 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 124 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 88 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Donald McCallum (19 years 206 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 124 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 108 days
Domestic Players:15 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


SO that's it then. The stage is set for Saturday.

Most of the concentration at Dumbarton will be on the game against St Mirren. But there'll be a fraction of an eye on events in Dumfries.

Sons gave themselves a cushion by beating Queen of the South in midweek. Against Raith Rovers, they used it.

All was going to plan at half time. A Christian Nade goal had them on course for the second of three victories they needed to seal survival without help from elsewhere.

But the promotion-chasing Kirkcaldy side showed after the interval why they are in line to compete for promotion to the top flight.

Ryan Hardie, Aidan Connolly and James Craigen scored for the visitors in a second half they dominated until the second minute of injury time.

That was when Steven Saunders headed one back for Sons. The right back triggered the comeback on Raith's last visit but there was never any possibility of a similar feat in the time that remained.

An equaliser would actually have changed very little ahead of Saturday. Had Sons drawn, they might have secured survival with a draw against St Mirren.

But now they must beat the Paisley side, and hope that Queen of the South stop Livingston winning at Palmerston.

If that happens, the job is done with two matches to spare, and completed on Sons' own territory.

Anything else and the journey rumbles on to Easter Road, and possibly Alloa.

Although this fixture was known to be a test, Sons started well. Jon Routledge saw off two Raith challenges on the edge of the area but couldn't dismiss a third and lost the chance to shoot.

However, Nade did that job emphatically on 13 minutes, controlling Tom Walsh's cross into the area and firing home from close range.

Walsh's fellow Rangers loanee Hardie the two played together for the Gers at Dumbarton on this weekend last year was close to getting Raith level, but Jamie Ewings blocked at close range.

After Walsh sent a low shot just wide from the edge of the area, that was really it for the first half. There had been few chances, but Sons didn't mind that with the scoreline being what it was.

Unfortunately for them, the lead only lasted four minutes after the restart. Hardie, who scored twice for Rangers in that game a year ago, found the net again after Raith stole possession and passed their way through.

Just after the hour mark came a moment of real quality, although to Dumbarton's cost. There seemed little danger when Connolly received the ball 25 yards out. One volley into the net later, there was.

Soon afterwards the evening continued to crumble for Sons as Nade went off injured, and with 20 minutes left Raith, to all intents and purposes, clinched it.

Another passing move was finished off by Craigen and, although already safe in the playoffs, Raith had pressed home a message that they were not downing tools.

Sons looked to fight back, but another low effort by Walsh narrowly missed the target, while at the other end Harry Panayiotou's header almost made it 4-1.

In injury time Walsh had another assist to his name after Saunders headed in his corner.

As it turned out, the horse had bolted. But all was not lost for Sons.

It's taken them 33 games to get to this stage. Their fate could be decided, in a positive way, in 90 minutes on Saturday.

Match report by Andy Galloway


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