Dumbarton 2 - 0 Raith Rovers 

Challenge Cup - Quarter final
Saturday, November 11th, 2017, 3:00 PM at YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Attendance: 888
Referee: Gavin Duncan
Dumbarton v Raith Rovers, Nov 11th 2017, YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Dumbarton  Raith Rovers

Chris McLaughlin (20)
Ally Roy (49)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
Scott Gallacher
Craig Barr
Chris McLaughlin
Andy Dowie
Sam Wardrop
Stuart Carswell
Tom Walsh
Calum Gallagher
Kyle Hutton
Ally Roy
Mark Stewart
Graeme Smith
Euan Murray
Iain Davidson
Jason Thomson
Jamie Watson
John Herron
James Berry
Lewis Vaughan
Ross Matthews
Greig Spence
Yan Opoko-Berchie

Jamie Ewings
Dougie Hill
Chris Johnston
Kyle Prior
David Smith
David Wilson
Liam Buchanan
Scott Robertson
David McKay
Bobby Barr
Jonathan Court
Ryan Stevenson
Rory Brian

David Wilson for Ally Roy (66)
Chris Johnston for Calum Gallagher (79)
Kyle Prior for Mark Stewart (89)
Liam Buchanan for Iain Davidson (50)
Scott Robertson for James Berry (50)
David McKay for Yan Opoko-Berchie (61)

None. Scott Robertson (79)

Red Cards
None. Greig Spence (58)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 20 apps -
Craig Barr 17 apps2 goals
Chris McLaughlin 20 apps1 goal
Andy Dowie 18 apps -
Sam Wardrop 16 apps1 goal
Stuart Carswell 25 apps -
Tom Walsh 33 apps2 goals
Calum Gallagher 23 apps1 goal
Kyle Hutton 16 apps -
Ally Roy 18 apps2 goals
Mark Stewart 17 apps4 goals
David Wilson (sub) 20 apps1 goal
Chris Johnston (sub) 10 apps -
Kyle Prior (sub) 5 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Chris McLaughlin (19 years 239 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 240 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 125 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kyle Prior (18 years 78 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 240 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 198 days
Domestic Players:17 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Chris McLaughlin scored his first goal for the Club.

BROTHERHOOD of Man were at number one, James Callaghan had just taken over at number ten.

When Dumbarton were last in a national cup semi-final. Both of those were the case whether you count that as the Spring Cup or the Scottish Cup.

If those don't tell you how long ago it was, how about that Stevie Aitken wasn't born for another five months?

Forty-two years is a long time to wait for anything in football. Let alone winning a trophy, even reaching the last four can be awaited for decades - since 1976 in Sons' case.

Which is why this victory against Raith Rovers was so welcome. Dumbarton are now one of only four teams who can win this season's Irn Bru Cup.

And whisper it very, very quietly - why not aim to be that team?

This was always a hazardous tie against a team flying high in League One, but Sons, from start to finish, dominated.

They led after 18 minutes through Chris McLaughlin and when Ally Roy doubled the lead early in the second half, they were in an imperious position.

Even though Tom Walsh had a penalty saved, keeping the score at 2-0, the home side always stayed in front.

Raith were reduced to 10 men when Greig Spence was sent off for handball to concede said penalty. They were hardworking, but even ex-Dumbarton loanee Lewis Vaughan, in incredible goalscoring form this season, couldn't find a way past a tough and organised defence.

A back line which was keeping the club's first back-to-back clean sheets for the first time in almost a year.

It all means that Sons are 180 minutes away from winning a national cup. It's easy if you say it fast enough.

After Calum Gallagher's early header was saved, the opening goal came from Walsh's delivery from a corner.

A couple of bounces and the ball fell to McLaughlin on his weaker right foot - but even that couldn't stop him from finding the net with a lofted finish.

Walsh then shot just over from distance before Gallagher couldn't quite finish in a scramble that resulted from another corner.

Vaughan's first threat came just after the half hour mark when Yaw Osei looked to play him in, but he couldn't quite get the touch.

Gallagher and Walsh could have extended the lead before half time, while early in the second half, Gallagher had another effort blocked at close range.

Instead, three minutes after the restart, Roy dispossessed a Rovers defender and ran in to score with a low, angled finish.

The two goalscorers then each had a chance to add to their tally before, on 57 minutes, Craig Barr had a header blocked in the area.

It took some time to register, but the referee had noticed that Spence had done so with his hand. He was duly dismissed, but the keeper was up to Walsh's penalty.

Vaughan dragged a low shot across goal, with Raith now scrapping for survival in the competition.

But Mark Stewart, and then Chris Johnston, each narrowly missed a chance to score against their former club.

Vaughan eventually found the net with the game's final meaningful touch, but did so from an offside position.

Sons' campaign in the Irn Bru Cup is in danger of getting exciting. Even historic.

Match report by Andy Galloway


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