Raith Rovers 0 - 2 Dumbarton

League - League 1
Saturday, December 21st, 2019, 3:00 PM at Starks Park
Attendance: 1,504
Referee: Alan Muir
Raith Rovers v Dumbarton, Dec 21st 2019, Starks Park
Raith Rovers Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
None. PJ Crossan (28)
Ryan McGeever (40)

Team Managers
John McGlynn

Starting Eleven
Ross Munro
Jamie Watson
David McKay
Kieran MacDonald
Tony Dingwall
Brad Spencer
Grant Anderson
Kieron Bowie
John Baird
Jamie Gullan
Conor Brennan
Reghan Tumilty
Ryan McGeever
Morgyn Neill
Rico Quitongo
Kyle Hutton
Conor Scullion
Ruaridh Langan
Joe McKee
Stuart Carswell
PJ Crossan

Bench
Robbie Thomson
Lewis Allan
Joao Victoria
Jack Smith
Dylan Tait
Jordan Pettigrew
Stefan McCluskey
Ryan Tierney

Substitutions
Lewis Allan for Tony Dingwall (66)
Joao Victoria for Kiron Bowie (79)
Jack Smith for John Baird (87)
Ryan Tierney for PJ Crossan (63)
Stefan McCluskey for Conor Scullion (90)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Conor Brennan (GK) 23 apps -
Reghan Tumilty 15 apps3 goals
Ryan McGeever 22 apps5 goals
Morgyn Neill 24 apps2 goals
Rico Quitongo 21 apps -
Kyle Hutton 111 apps -
Conor Scullion 11 apps -
Ruaridh Langan 21 apps1 goal
Joe McKee 20 apps2 goals
Stuart Carswell 113 apps4 goals
PJ Crossan 24 apps6 goals
Stefan McCluskey (sub) 20 apps -
Ryan Tierney (sub) 15 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Rico Quitongo (20 years 164 days)
Oldest Player:Kyle Hutton (28 years 326 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 11 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jordan Pettigrew (20 years 78 days)
Oldest Player:Stefan McCluskey (29 years 128 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 360 days
Domestic Players:13 (92.86 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

WITHIN 19 first half minutes, it was clear the gods were smiling on Dumbarton at Christmas.

During that timeframe, the ball had hit their bar and stayed out, and PJ Crossan and Ryan McGeever had scored.

Winning away to a top of the league Raith Rovers was always going to demand effort. It turned out that it required more than that.

No Isaac Layne we knew about. As the team sheets were distributed, there was no Adam Frizzell or Matthew Shiels either.

Only three substitutes, one of them a goalkeeper. Every player who went on to the Stark's Park pitch had to stand up and be counted.

And boy, did they do that. This was more than a 100 per cent effort, this was a victory executed with serious determination that nothing from the league leaders was getting past them.

It was as close to a flawless performance as you could get without that scare involving the crossbar. And at the halfway point of the season, with Sons in fifth, who is to say how big a thought they are for the top four, all of whom are separated by a point?

After 20 evenly contested opening minutes, Conor Brennan made the first vital contribution of the day. He got a touch from Tony Dingwall's effort at close range, deflecting it on to the bar and into his hands.

His heroics proved even more to Sons' profit seven minutes later when Crossan put away Conor Scullion's cross from the right. It was a sliced shot with the assistance of a deflection, but it was enough.

Two minutes after that a Joe McKee corner found Morgyn Neill, but his header was saved. The keeper was then also well positioned to meet Stuart Carswell's low effort.

But with six minutes left of the half it was 2-0. McKee with the assist from a free kick, McGeever with a header. Each of these is becoming a habit.

Raith's first opportunity of the second half came on 52 minutes, but John Baird's header from a corner was over.

A low shot by Regan Hendry midway through the second half also rolled past at pace, but Sons were holding firm. Another header from a corner, this time by Kieran Bowie, also missed the target.

In the final minute Jack Smith's header looped towards goal, but Brennan was up to it.

Such was the effort by his defence, it was only his second real save of the afternoon.

But it was the workrate of every player that ensured this result, which may just have sent out a message.

Match report by Andy Galloway



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