Dumbarton 1 - 0 Brechin City 

League - Second Division
Saturday, January 14th, 2012, 1:30 PM at Strathclyde Homes Stadium
Attendance: 572
Referee: Steve Conroy
Dumbarton v Brechin City, Jan 14th 2012, Strathclyde Homes Stadium
Dumbarton  Brechin City

Bryan Prunty (89)

Team Managers
Alan Adamson Jim Weir

Starting Eleven
Stephen Grindlay
James Creaney
Alan Lithgow
Ryan Finnie
Martin McNiff
Scott Agnew
Mark Lamont
Mark Gilhaney
Kevin Nicoll
Ally Graham
Bryan Prunty
Craig Nelson
David McClune
Michael Dunlop
Gerry McLaughlan
Paul McLean
Garry Brady
Craig Molloy
David Crawford
Bryan Hodge
Paul McManus
David McKenna

Arnaud Gastal
Paul Nugent
Tony Wallace
Ryan Borris
Pat Walker
David Scott
Graham Weir
Gary Fusco
Charlie King
Ewan Moyes

Pat Walker for Ally Graham (70)
Ryan Borris for Mark Lamont (70)
Ewan Moyes for Gerry McLaughlin (28)
Charlie King for David Crawford (64)
Gary Fusco for David McKenna (84)

None. Gerry McLaughlin (12)
Michael Dunlop (76)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Stephen Grindlay (GK) 234 apps -
James Creaney 43 apps -
Alan Lithgow 20 apps2 goals
Ryan Finnie 1 app (debut) -
Martin McNiff 63 apps3 goals
Scott Agnew 21 apps8 goals
Mark Lamont 2 apps -
Mark Gilhaney 51 apps13 goals
Kevin Nicoll 16 apps1 goal
Ally Graham 2 apps -
Bryan Prunty 21 apps10 goals
Ryan Borris (sub) 97 apps7 goals
Pat Walker (sub) 45 apps12 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ryan Finnie (16 years 333 days)
Oldest Player:Stephen Grindlay (29 years 314 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 177 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ryan Finnie (16 years 333 days)
Oldest Player:Stephen Grindlay (29 years 314 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 359 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Ryan Finnie(Signed )

Bryan Prunty reached 10 goals for the Club.

FOR the second time in a row, Dumbarton struck right at the end of a match to claim a vital home victory, this time against Brechin City in an early start at the Rock (1.30pm), due to previous storm damage to some of the floodlights.

Ally Graham had an early half-chance for Sons, as both teams looked to press forward. For the Hedgemen, Paul McManus and David McKenna combined up front to threaten Dumbarton, not for the last time in this to-and-fro game.

Mark Gilhaney looked dangerous on Brechin's weaker left side, but the front line was not able to immediately capitalise on his darting runs.

Scott Agnew had a couple of opportunities to fire in on goal, but took one touch too many on both occasions. On 20 minutes he shot just over.

The visitors made an early substitution on 28 mins, with Gerry McLaughlan being replaced by Ewan Moyes.

Sons new boy Ryan Finnie got a good cross in on the half hour, almost catching Brechin 'keeper Craig Nelson by surprise, and necessitating a good recovery and a well-placed leg from the visitors' sticksman.

A few minutes later Dumbarton's Bryan Prunty couldn't quite connect with a cunning Gilhaney cross as the home side pushed Brechin back from the centre.

McManus was given far too much room at the other end and caught Sons' defence on the hop. Thankfully goalie Stephen Grindlay made a fine interception as David Crawford latched onto the ball and looked set to open the scoring for Brechin.

Just before half-time Gilhaney also looked certain to score for Dumbarton. He was stopped by a well-timed tackle as he closed in on Nelson's goal. Following up, Prunty slammed the ball against the post.

After the break, Mark Lamont woke the crowd and the Brechin defence up quickly, twisting to shoot from the edge of the area in a central position. His effort went just past the woodwork.

Sons seemed a little more composed in the second period. They got their passes flowing, but without any real bite or penetration up front. The Hedgemen looked more dangerous on the break.

Agnew chipped over in another Dumbarton attack. Then from his free kick, solid centre-half Alan Lithgow produced a commanding header that brought out an equally authoritative save from Nelson.

Brechin had their chances too, as the game swung from one end to the other. Garry Brady put in a fine cross. The ball was ably trapped by McKenna, but he placed his shot just over, to the obvious relief of the home side and their supporters.

McManus fired an effort against the post for Brechin, before Sons' Agnew came close with a strike from 25 yards and Ally Graham then hit the bar with a shot from just outside the area.

Pat Walker almost made an immediate impact for Dumbarton when he came on for Graham with just over twenty minutes remaining. He wheeled and clipped a looping ball narrowly over.

Then just as a fairly even game looked like it was going to peter out into an inevitable nil-nil draw, there was a dramatic finale.

On 89 minutes Scott Agnew was pulled down by Bryan Hodge in the area. His spot-kick was firmly parried by the Brechin 'keeper, but Prunty promptly pounced to drive the ball home and put Sons 1-0 up with only a few minutes of time-added-on remaining.

It was a nervous finale, but Dumbarton hung on to secure victory and move into fourth spot in the Irn Bru SFL Second Division, still with games in hand to secure a solid position in the play-off zone.

Match report by Simon Barrow


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