Dumbarton 0 - 0 Annan Athletic 

(Lost 4 - 3 on pens.)
League Cup - Group E
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017, 7:45 PM at YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Attendance: 366
Referee: Craig Charleston
Dumbarton v Annan Athletic, Jul 25th 2017, YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Dumbarton  Annan Athletic

None. None.

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Peter Murphy

Starting Eleven
Scott Gallacher
Chris McLaughlin
Craig Barr
Andy Dowie
David Wilson
David Smith
Kyle Hutton
Chris Johnston
Christian Nade
Ally Roy
Mark Stewart
Jim Atkinson
Scott Hooper
James Creaney
Ryan Sinnamon
Raffi Krissian
Steven Swinglehurst
Rabin Omar
Owen Moxon
Aiden Smith
Ryan Stevenson
Daniel Orsi

Jamie Ewings
Dougie Hill
Calum Gallagher
Kyle Prior
Alistair Ferguson
Ayrton Sonkur
Ellis Pearson
Jack Brannan
Peter Watson
Peter Murphy

Calum Gallagher for Chris Johnston (81)
Kyle Prior for David Wilson (86)

Chris McLaughlin (59)
James Creaney (43)
Owen Moxon (62)

Red Cards
Christian Nade (33)
Owen Moxon (74)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 3 apps -
Chris McLaughlin 3 apps -
Craig Barr 3 apps1 goal
Andy Dowie 3 apps -
David Wilson 3 apps -
David Smith 46 apps1 goal
Kyle Hutton 2 apps -
Chris Johnston 3 apps -
Christian Nade 32 apps12 goals
Ally Roy 3 apps -
Mark Stewart 3 apps -
Calum Gallagher (sub) 10 apps -
Kyle Prior (sub) 3 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Chris McLaughlin (19 years 130 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 131 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 165 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kyle Prior (17 years 334 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 131 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 178 days
Domestic Players:14 (93.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


AND so it continues.

No matter how hard Dumbarton try, the new-look Betfred Cup just doesn't seem to be for them. At least for the time being.

On top of the first half, it seemed a matter of when they would open the scoring against Annan Athletic.

Then, on 33 minutes, most of the YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium was stunned. Christian Nade was sent off for an offence which, at the time, looked non-existent.

The striker later confirmed on social media that words were had with the assistant referee, leading to his dismissal.

As it was, both teams ended the match with 10 men, as Owen Moxon picked up two second half bookings for the visitors.

With no goals scored, it was down to a penalty shoot-out, which for the third time in the Betfred Cup's short history, was lost by Sons.

Whatever happens at Kilmarnock on Saturday, their campaign in this season's competition ends there. A depleted squad should definitely be playing for pride, but there is no more at stake than that.

Just as he did on his first start against Clyde, Ally Roy looked lively out wide, and after beating two defenders to cut into the area, was unlucky to see his bending shot saved.

Even after the dismissal of Nade which followed, Dumbarton continued to dominate most of the first half, but struggled to create chances.

Roy's shot on the turn just missed the target, before Craig Barr couldn't quite get his head to Chris Johnston's free kick.

Eight minutes into the second half there was more frustration. Mark Stewart looked to have touched in the rebound from Chris McLaughlin's saved shot, but he was flagged offside.

Annan then upped the stakes and Daniel Orsi's bending shot crashed off the post and rebounded into play. The same player was then denied by McLaughlin on the goal line.

After Moxon's departure, Aidan Smith was next to breach the Sons defence, but Andy Dowie made a great tackle to put the ball out of play.

Then Scott Gallacher, penalised for handling a passback for the second time in the match, made up for it with a fine save from Ryan Stevenson's shot.

Each side had half chances towards the end, but penalties it was, and with McLaughlin's shot saved and Stewart blasting over, while Smith and Ryan Sinnamon scored for Annan, Sons were right up against it.

Calum Gallagher got Dumbarton off the mark while Rabin Omar got the visitors' third. Barr had to score, and did, and when Gallacher saved from Orsi, there was hope.

Roy got Sons' third, but of all people, it had to be Stevenson who got the winning penalty that denied a bonus point.

Match report by Andy Galloway


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