Dumbarton 0 - 2 Motherwell 

League Cup - Group E
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019, 7:45 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 1,394
Referee: Colin Steven
Dumbarton v Motherwell, Jul 23rd 2019, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  Motherwell

Goalscorers
None. Christian Ilic (42)
Peter Hartley (76)

Team Managers
Stephen Robinson

Starting Eleven
Jordan Pettigrew
Rico Quitongo
Ryan McGeever
Lewis Crawford
Morgyn Neill
Kyle Hutton
Stefan McCluskey
Mati Zata
Stuart Carswell
Joe McKee
PJ Crossan
Mark Gillespie
Liam Grimshaw
Declan Gallagher
Peter Hartley
Richard Tait
Barry Maguire
Allan Campbell
Liam Polworth
Christian Ilic
James Scott
Jermaine Hylton

Bench
Conor Brennan
Jordan McMillan
Ruaridh Langan
Conor Scullion
Isaac Layne
Trevor Carson
Chris Long
Sherwin Seedorf
Adam Livingstone
Liam Donnelly
Jamie Semple

Substitutions
Conor Scullion for Mati Zata (81)
Isaac Layne for PJ Crossan (84)
Ruaridh Langan for Ryan McGeever (86)
Chris Long for James Scott (50)
Sherwin Seedorf for Christian Ilic (62)
Jamie Semple for Liam Polworth (80)

Bookings
Kyle Hutton (70)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jordan Pettigrew (GK) 2 apps -
Rico Quitongo 4 apps -
Ryan McGeever 4 apps -
Lewis Crawford 4 apps -
Morgyn Neill 4 apps1 goal
Kyle Hutton 92 apps -
Stefan McCluskey 4 apps -
Mati Zata 4 apps -
Stuart Carswell 96 apps4 goals
Joe McKee 2 apps -
PJ Crossan 4 apps1 goal
Conor Scullion (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Ruaridh Langan (sub) 4 apps -
Isaac Layne (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Mati Zata (19 years 34 days)
Oldest Player:Stefan McCluskey (28 years 342 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 163 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Mati Zata (19 years 34 days)
Oldest Player:Jordan McMillan (30 years 287 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 267 days
Domestic Players:13 (81.25 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Conor Scullion(Signed June 7th, 2019)
Isaac Layne(Signed June 11th, 2019)

Milestones

DUMBARTON came out of this game with nothing and their Betfred Cup campaign at an end.

It may not sound great, but realistically they were playing this game for pride anyway. And they came away with a lot of that.

Motherwell were expected to win as convincingly as a certain Mr Johnson triumphed in his battle earlier in the day.

Had the game gone the same as Sons' previous two, they may have done. But there was no capitulation, no procession of goals for the opposition, very little of what had haunted them against Morton and Queen of the South.

When Motherwell struck the first blow, it was with a degree of controversy. Christian Ilic scored it despite the offside flag going up against his team-mate James Scott only to be put down again.

Peter Hartley headed the second for the Steelmen with 14 minutes left, and that was that for a Sons side which left everything out there.

They couldn't cause a shock, but they were brave, if lacking in clear chances.

Mati Zata had the first serious chance of the game with a volley. The thing was that it was towards his own goal. His attempted clearance flew just over the bar and Sons escaped.

Jermaine Hylton had a goal disallowed for offside, but three minutes from half time came the controversy.

Scott competed for a high ball into the area and was initially flagged offside, but for some reason the flag was lowered again. Play continued and Ilic finished from 12 yards.

In the early second half, Dumbarton got forward on a couple of occasions, but defenders dealt with what was intended to be the killer pass.

Then Curtis Long homed ominously in on goal, but Jordan Pettigrew bravely raced out to save. He then made a fine close range stop from Liam Polworth.

But he couldn't keep out Hartley's header when the Well skipper rose highest to power home a corner.

With Dumbarton now tired, it was all about avoiding any further concessions. Hylton and then Sherwin Seedorf had shots which flew across goal and wide, and that was as close as the visitors got.

Next stop League One in 11 days' time.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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Programme cover / Team sheet