Spartans 0 - 0 Dumbarton

(Won 4 - 3 on pens.)
League Cup - Group H
Saturday, July 14th, 2018, 3:00 PM at Ainslie Park
Attendance: 245
Referee: Stephen Brown
Spartans v Dumbarton, Jul 14th 2018, Ainslie Park
Spartans Dumbarton 

None. None.

Team Managers
Douglas Samuel Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Blair Carswell
Michael Herd
Alan Brown
Gary Cennerazzo
Adam Corbett
David Greenhill
Jamie Dishington
Ian McFarland
Jack Smith
Scott Maxwell
Craig Stevenson
Grant Adam
Craig Barr
Ross Perry
Andy Dowie
Willie Dyer
Stuart Carswell
Ryan Thomson
Ross Forbes
Bobby Barr
Kyle Hutton
Iain Russell

Blair Atkinson
Willie Bremner
Cameron Dawson
Harry Girdwood
Jason Stevens
Scott Costello
Jamie McGowan
Calum Gallagher
Michael Paton
Andy Little

Jason Stevens for David Greenhill (64)
Willie Bremner for Michael Herd (72)
Blair Atkinson for Jack Smith (79)
Calum Gallagher for Iain Russell (62)
Andy Little for Ryan Thomson (62)
Michael Paton for Bobby Barr (76)

Ian McFarland (31) Kyle Hutton (79)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Grant Adam (GK) 1 app (debut) -
Craig Barr 47 apps5 goals
Ross Perry 1 app (debut) -
Andy Dowie 49 apps -
Willie Dyer 1 app (debut) -
Stuart Carswell 55 apps2 goals
Ryan Thomson 1 app (debut) -
Ross Forbes 20 apps1 goal
Bobby Barr 1 app (debut) -
Kyle Hutton 48 apps -
Iain Russell 132 apps36 goals
Calum Gallagher (sub) 50 apps7 goals
Michael Paton (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Andy Little (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Stuart Carswell (24 years 314 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 251 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 315 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jamie McGowan (21 years 171 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 251 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 300 days
Domestic Players:14 (93.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Bobby Barr(Signed June 4th, 2018)
Grant Adam(Signed June 15th, 2018)
Ross Perry(Signed June 25th, 2018)
Ryan Thomson(Signed June 29th, 2018)
Willie Dyer(Signed June 1st, 2018)
Andy Little(Signed July 11th, 2018)
Michael Paton(Signed July 13th, 2018)

Calum Gallagher played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

TOP of the group after 90 minutes and a penalty shoot-out. What could go wrong from here?

It may only be alphabetical order that keeps Dumbarton in the automatic qualification slot of Betfred Cup Group H, after a slog against Spartans which was decided on spot kicks.

But the new-look Sons side, as well as having another 90 minutes under its belt, has already done one thing no Dumbarton team has done since season 2008/09.

Win a penalty shoot-out, which they did after Grant Adam saved from Ian McFarland and Jamie Dishington.

Since beating Annan on penalties, Sons had had another four shoot-outs in national competitions and lost every one. Morton (2010), Forfar, Peterhead (each 2016) and Annan (2017) have been the teams beating them.

The aim this season is, of course, to match another achievement of the team of 10 years ago. But one step at a time.

There was no faulting the effort in Scotland's capital city, but clear opportunities were hard to come by against the Lowland League champioms.

The higlights of the 90 minutes don't take long to recount, especially for those of a neutral persuasion.

Sons were, though, unlucky not to open the scoring on 21 minutes. Iain Russell applied a fine headed finish from Ryan Thomson's flick, but did so in an offside position.

A Thomson header found only the top of the net, and that was really it for the first half.

After the restart, Ross Forbes was unlucky to see a shot just pass the far post, before he set up Craig Barr from a corner, but that header too was off target.

Sub Andy Little went close twice, firstly being denied at close range before another shot was saved low at the near post.

Adam's only save of the 90 minutes came from a Craig Stevenson shot from the edge of the area, which he comfortably dealt with.

So it was on to the penalties, which interestingly, instead of the well-populated clubhouse end of the stadium, were taken in front of a near empty grass knoll at the other end.

Each team scored its first two kicks - Barr and Michael Paton for Sons after Stevenson and Adam Corbett had scored for Spartans.

Adam's save from McFarland was followed by Calum Gallagher scoring Dumbarton's third, and although Scott Maxwell converted for Spartans, Kyle Hutton's successful penalty meant Dishington needed to score.

When Adam saved again, that was it. Dumbarton were off and running.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton

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