Kilmarnock 3 - 0 Dumbarton

League Cup - Group E
Saturday, July 29th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Rugby Park
Attendance: 2,444
Referee: Bobby Madden
Kilmarnock v Dumbarton, Jul 29th 2017, Rugby Park
Kilmarnock Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Chris Burke (53)
Kris Boyd (72)
Lee Erwin (76)
None.

Team Managers
Lee McCulloch Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Jamie McDonald
Greg Taylor
Kirk Broadfoot
Chris Burke
Rory McKenzie
Kris Boyd
William Graham
Dom Thomas
Stephen O'Donnell
Iain Wilson
Adam Frizzell
Scott Gallacher
Andy Dowie
Chris McLaughlin
Dougie Hill
Kyle Hutton
David Wilson
Chris Johnston
David Smith
Danny Handling
Tom Walsh
Mark Stewart

Bench
Devlin McKay
Calum Waters
Alan Power
Scott Boyd
Alex Samizadeh
Lee Erwin
Jordan Jones
Jamie Ewings
Calum Gallagher
Kyle Prior
Ally Roy

Substitutions
Jordan Jones for William Graham (46)
Lee Erwin for Chris Burke (61)
Ally Roy for Danny Handling (61)
Calum Gallagher for Chris Johnston (76)
Kyle Prior for Tom Walsh (83)

Bookings
Greg Taylor (43) Chris Johnston (43)
Chris McLaughlin (67)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 4 apps -
Andy Dowie 4 apps -
Chris McLaughlin 4 apps -
Dougie Hill 2 apps -
Kyle Hutton 3 apps -
David Wilson 4 apps -
Chris Johnston 4 apps -
David Smith 47 apps1 goal
Danny Handling 1 app (debut) -
Tom Walsh 18 apps1 goal
Mark Stewart 4 apps -
Calum Gallagher (sub) 11 apps -
Kyle Prior (sub) 4 apps -
Ally Roy (sub) 4 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Chris McLaughlin (19 years 134 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 135 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 324 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kyle Prior (17 years 338 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 135 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 92 days
Domestic Players:15 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Danny Handling (Signed July 28th, 2017)

Milestones

IT'S all over - at least until July next year.

And that won't be a day too late for Dumbarton, for whom the Betfred Cup has been almost devoid of breaks and results.

The final sectional game of the season, against Kilmarnock, had only pride at stake for Sons. It ended up summing up the four-game campaign.

Their pride was very much intact after a spirited first half which should have seen them take the lead. Dougie Hill's header was not awarded as a goal despite later being shown to have crossed the line.

After the restart, the divisional superiority told, with Killie pulling clear through Chris Burke, Kris Boyd and Lee Erwin.

A consolation goal would not have been undeserved by Dumbarton, but chances were missed in the dying stages to claim it.

In terms of results, the Betfred Cup campaign has to go down as a disappointment - but there are positives to take.

And the real stuff starts on Saturday, when Morton come to G82 in the Championship opener.

Killie were first to threaten with a shot by Burke which was deflected just off target, but Sons were always sharp during the first 45 minutes.

Mark Stewart was played in by David Wilson's through ball, but found the angle too narrow and his lob missed the target.

Then on 28 minutes, Hill's header was cleared from behind the goal line by keeper Jamie MacDonald. No goal was awarded, and footage later confirmed it should have been.

Three minutes later it was Killie's turn to have a goal ruled out, with the referee ruling that Boyd had illegally challenged Andy Dowie for possession before slotting away.

It was all positive, but eight minutes into the second half came the big setback.

A ball forward was not dealt with, and Boyd crossed for Burke to head in at the back post.

Boyd almost made it two shortly afterwards, but Scott Gallacher saved. Kilmarnock now had Dumbarton where they wanted them.

However, substitute Ally Roy managed to test the keeper with a narrow angled shot which was saved.

With 19 minutes left Boyd made it safe for Kilmarnock with another header, meeting Dom Thomas' cross from the right.

And five minutes later, Erwin pounced on a downward header and made no mistake to net on his debut for the Rugby Park club.

After another fine save from Gallacher kept out Adam Frizzell, Sons fought back, and Roy again went close after cutting in from the left.

Calum Gallagher was next with five minutes remaining, but he sliced wide after Wilson pulled the ball back.

Wilson himself then headed against a post in injury time. It wasn't Sons' day - it hasn't been Sons' four days in this group.

But now the stage is set for the sixth consecutive season in the Championship, starting against Morton on Saturday.

Match report by Andy Galloway



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