Dumbarton 0 - 1 Montrose 

Challenge Cup - 2nd Round
Saturday, September 8th, 2018, 3:00 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 456
Referee: David Munro
Dumbarton v Montrose, Sep 8th 2018, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  Montrose

None. Craig Johnston (20)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Stewart Petrie

Starting Eleven
Grant Adam
Andy Dowie
Willie Dyer
Cameron Ballantyne
Bobby Barr
Stuart Carswell
Brad Spencer
Ryan Thomson
Ross Forbes
Calum Gallagher
Rory Loy
Jordan Millar
Michael Bolochoweckyj
Matty Allan
Iain Campbell
Graham Webster
Patrick Clegg
Paul Watson
Liam Callaghan
Danny Cavanagh
Craig Johnston
Josh Kelly

Jamie McGowan
Ross Perry
Kyle Hutton
Iain Russell
Andy Little
Ryan Ferguson
Andrew Steeves
Terry Masson
Martyn Fotheringham
Jamie Redman
Martin Rennie
Allan Fleming

Andy Little for Rory Loy (67)
Iain Russell for Calum Gallagher (67)
Ryan Ferguson for Matty Allan (52)
Andrew Steeves for Josh Kelly (58)
Martin Rennie for Craig Johnston (79)

Andy Little (89)
Michael Bolochoweckyj (42)
Patrick Cregg (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Grant Adam (GK) 11 apps -
Andy Dowie 59 apps1 goal
Willie Dyer 11 apps -
Cameron Ballantyne 2 apps -
Bobby Barr 11 apps3 goals
Stuart Carswell 64 apps2 goals
Brad Spencer 3 apps1 goal
Ryan Thomson 10 apps -
Ross Forbes 30 apps2 goals
Calum Gallagher 60 apps9 goals
Rory Loy 9 apps -
Andy Little (sub) 8 apps -
Iain Russell (sub) 140 apps37 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Ballantyne (21 years 153 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (35 years 176 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 262 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Cameron Ballantyne (21 years 153 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 307 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 363 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


LAST year it was Oswestry and Perth. This year Dumbarton's Irn Bru Cup bus didn't get out of the garage.

An early headed goal by Montrose was enough to ensure that last season's progress to the final of the competition wasn't going to repeat itself for Sons this time around.

The man scoring it was Craig Johnston, in the 16th minute for a Gable Endies side which made nine changes from its last league outing.

A walking wounded Dumbarton side, on the other hand, are still in what is hopefully the dying embers of an injury crisis.

Sons' priority this season is League One, and has been since they joined it in May. But victory here would have raised spirits after disappointing recent results in that field.

Instead the game was low on quality, chances - and spirits, which remained deflated.

Apart from however many rounds of the William Hill Scottish Cup, Dumbarton's season is now all about League One.

Sixteen minutes had elapsed when Johnston headed home Danny Cavanagh's cross from the right for Montrose.

Rory Loy and Calum Gallagher were then each denied by the keeper, the first from close range, the second from a narrow angled shot.

Loy then tried again early in the second half, but his shot from Cammy Ballantyne's assist lacked pace and was saved.

Ross Forbes' shot on the turn from 30 yards was very unlucky to hit the post. If that didn't sum up the general lack of breaks on the day, events eight minutes from full time did.

Iain Russell looked set to tap in Forbes' ball across goal, but a defender got there first. From the resulting corner, Andy Little's header hit the top of the bar and went over.

Enjoy all that? Good, because the teams are doing it all again in the league this Saturday.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton


Programme cover / Team sheet