Dumbarton 1 - 2 Clyde 

League - League 1
Saturday, September 28th, 2019, 3:00 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 851
Referee: Steven Reid
Dumbarton v Clyde, Sep 28th 2019, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  Clyde

Goalscorers
PJ Crossan (42)
Chris McStay (61)
Chris Johnston (75)

Team Managers
Danny Lennon

Starting Eleven
Conor Brennan
Reghan Tumilty
Ryan McGeever
Morgyn Neill
Rico Quitongo
Stefan McCluskey
Stuart Carswell
Joe McKee
Ruaridh Langan
Isaac Layne
PJ Crossan
David Mitchell
Barry Cuddihy
Craig Howie
Scott Rumsby
Martin McNiff
Chris McStay
Ray Grant
Chris Johnston
Mark Lamont
Ally Love
Darren Smith

Bench
Jordan Pettigrew
Matthew Shiels
Lewis Crawford
Mati Zata
Kyle Hutton
Conor Scullion
Ryan Tierney
Tony Wallace
Alex Petkov
Keiran Duffie
Liam Allison
Michael McGee

Substitutions
Matthew Shiels for Ryan McGeever (59)
Ryan Tierney for Rico Quitongo (77)
Conor Scullion for PJ Crossan (90)
Alex Petkov for Ally Love (56)
Tony Wallace for Chris Johnston (79)
Keiran Duffie For Lamont (90)

Bookings
Ruaridh Langan (81)
Ray Grant (52)
Martin McNiff (82)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Conor Brennan (GK) 12 apps -
Reghan Tumilty 5 apps1 goal
Ryan McGeever 13 apps1 goal
Morgyn Neill 13 apps1 goal
Rico Quitongo 13 apps -
Stefan McCluskey 10 apps -
Stuart Carswell 104 apps4 goals
Joe McKee 10 apps -
Ruaridh Langan 11 apps1 goal
Isaac Layne 10 apps6 goals
PJ Crossan 13 apps3 goals
Matthew Shiels (sub) 3 apps -
Conor Scullion (sub) 8 apps -
Ryan Tierney (sub) 9 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Rico Quitongo (20 years 80 days)
Oldest Player:Stefan McCluskey (29 years 44 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 70 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Matthew Shiels (19 years 19 days)
Oldest Player:Stefan McCluskey (29 years 44 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 20 days
Domestic Players:15 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

HOME advantage bears that title for a reason.

Dumbarton, in this campaign, have yet to work out what that reason is.

Seven games have taken place in their backyard this season and six of them have seen Sons on the losing side. Only Stranraer have been beaten.

Three of those defeats have come in League One. Against Raith Rovers and Airdrieonians, Dumbarton could feel hard done by.

Against Clyde, they could not. Leading at half time through PJ Crossan, it all looked good, but it fell apart in a second half almost totally dominated by the visitors.

The absence of injured centre half Ryan McGeever from the 58th minute was to their cost as Chris McStay and Chris Johnston gave Clyde victory.

It was their first win in Dumbarton since 1988, and one that few people could argue with.

Within two minutes the visitors were showing no signs of missing their talismanic striker David Goodwillie, who was suspended.

Darren Smith's shot from the edge of the area forced Conor Brennan into early action, turning the effort over the bar.

On 11 minutes Sons responded when Stefan McCluskey cut the ball back for Ruaridh Langan but the midfielder's shot was blocked by the keeper's legs.

Clyde dominated the subsequent stages in terms of possession but neither side was able to look a great deal like opening the scoring.

Crossan did have a shot for Dumbarton after a fast counter on 28 minutes, but it was always rising and went over.

Another opportunity fell to Isaac Layne after Sons intercepted 20 yards out, but his shot rolled wide.

Four minutes from half time Dumbarton did have the lead after some excellent work by Crossan. After taking the ball from McCluskey on halfway, he ran in to finish from a narrow angle.

Early in the second half, McCluskey himself had a go, but the visiting keeper was equal to it.

After all those chances, a concession of the ball in midfield nearly led to disaster. Fortunately, Brennan blocked from Smith after he ran in at close range, with McGeever dealing with what danger was left.

Then on 55 minutes one former Sons player nearly set up another. Johnston's corner found Martin McNiff arriving at the back post, but once again Brennan made the stop at close range.

Instead Johnston had an assist on 61 minutes. His free kick into the area was not dealt with and McStay fired home from the edge of the box.

Clyde were now completely dominant and Brennan again denied Smith at close range.

But from the resulting corner, Johnston rolled home the Bully Wee's second goal.

The pressure from the visitors was absolutely constant with Sons hardly in the game, and only the post prevented Mark Lamont from making it 3-1.

With four minutes remaining McCluskey played the ball across goal, but Langan could not make sufficient contact and the chance was missed.

And that was the home record extended further.

Match report by Andy Galloway

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Programme cover / Team sheet