East Fife 2 - 2 Dumbarton

League - League 1
Saturday, September 21st, 2019, 3:00 PM at Locality Hub Bayview Stadium
Attendance: 719
Referee: Lloyd Wilson
East Fife v Dumbarton, Sep 21st 2019, Locality Hub Bayview Stadium
East Fife Dumbarton 

Stewart Murdoch (58)
Scott Agnew (73) (pen)
Ryan McGeever (37)
Isaac Layne (pen.) (48)

Team Managers
Darren Young

Starting Eleven
Jordan Hart
Stewart Murdoch
Ross Dunlop
Chris Higgins
Pat Slattery
Aaron Dunsmore
Ross Davidson
Scott Agnew
Liam Watt
Ryan Wallace
Anton Dowds
Conor Brennan
Morgyn Neill
Rico Quitongo
Reghan Tumilty
Ryan McGeever
Joe McKee
Kyle Hutton
Ruaridh Langan
Stefan McCluskey
Stuart Carswell
Isaac Layne

Brett Long
Craig Watson
Danny Denholm
Jamie Allan
Lewis Hunter
Daniel Higgins
Steven Boyd
Jordan Pettigrew
Matthew Shiels
Lewis Crawford
Conor Scullion
Mati Zata
Ryan Tierney
PJ Crossan

Daniel Church for Pat Slattery (62)
Steven Boyd for Liam Watt (69)
Danny Denholm for Aaron Dunsmore (83)
Matthew Shiels for Ruaridh Langan (66)
Lewis Crawford for Joe McKee (72)
PJ Crossan for Stefan McCluskey (87)

Aaron Dunsmore (29)
Jordan Hart (49)
Reghan Tumilty (31)
Morgyn Neill (86)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Conor Brennan (GK) 11 apps -
Reghan Tumilty 4 apps1 goal
Ryan McGeever 12 apps1 goal
Morgyn Neill 12 apps1 goal
Rico Quitongo 12 apps -
Stefan McCluskey 9 apps -
Stuart Carswell 103 apps4 goals
Joe McKee 9 apps -
Kyle Hutton 100 apps -
Ruaridh Langan 10 apps1 goal
Isaac Layne 9 apps6 goals
Matthew Shiels (sub) 2 apps -
Lewis Crawford (sub) 9 apps -
PJ Crossan (sub) 12 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Rico Quitongo (20 years 73 days)
Oldest Player:Stefan McCluskey (29 years 37 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 318 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Matthew Shiels (19 years 12 days)
Oldest Player:Stefan McCluskey (29 years 37 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 13 days
Domestic Players:15 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Kyle Hutton played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.
Ryan McGeever scored his first goal for the Club.

THERE'S no such thing as a bad point away to the unbeaten league leaders.

Dumbarton, certainly, would have taken the one they ended up with before a ball was kicked in anger at New Bayview.

But from 2-0 up, there is always an element of what if.

Having absorbed a great deal of pressure, Dumbarton were flying by the opening minutes of the second half. That was when Isaac Layne's penalty doubled the lead initiated by Ryan McGeever late in the first half.

But Stewart Murdoch soon had one back for East Fife and when Scott Agnew got the equaliser from the penalty spot, it looked ominous. Was negative retribution for Peterhead about to come?

Fortunately not. The points were shared and Sons could head home reasonably content.

After only three minutes East Fife were showing intent when Murdoch was given a free header, possibly after a bit of jostling with Morgyn Neill. Fortunately, his finish was past the post.

The ball did enter Conor Brennan's net on 19 minutes, with Ryan Wallace tapping home, but he had long been flagged offside.

Hearts were then in mouths on 28 minutes when Rico Quitongo challenged Aaron Dunsmore in the area, but the referee booked the home player for diving.

Nine minutes from half time came Sons' first serious threat when Neill got to Joe McKee's corner only for the keeper to save his header well.

It mattered not, as from the resulting corner McGeever succeeded where his central defensive colleague had no joy, powerfully heading home another McKee delivery.

Then two minutes into the second half Ruaridh Langan was tripped trying to make progress in the area.

Layne converted the penalty and a game which had seen Dumbarton under pressure early doors now saw them lead by two.

Neill was then involved in another penalty shout by East Fife, but the ref ruled that he was the player fouled by Wallace.

The home side, though, were back in it on 57 minutes when Murdoch forced the ball over the line from Agnew's free kick to the back post.

And within two minutes, they should have equalised. Liam Watt made space in the area, but his shot missed the target.

On 69 minutes there was the rarity, for this game at least, of a chance that Sons failed to convert. Layne controlled Stefan McCluskey's ball into the area but his shot on the turn was saved.

It was then third time lucky for the home side from the penalty spot. Neill clattered into Wallace in the area and Agnew stepped up to convert despite Brennan getting a hand to it.

With six minutes left, Matthew Shiels sprinted away from the home defence, but the keeper blocked his shot at close range.

Then Layne headed over from six yards from Reghan Tumilty's cross. It was slipping away.

In the end it was a result Dumbarton would have taken before the game. But there would have been just a little regret about how it happened.

Match report by Andy Galloway

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