Dumbarton 0 - 1 Dunfermline Athletic 

League - First Division
Saturday, January 5th, 2013, 3:00 PM at Bet Butler Stadium
Attendance: 1,043
Referee: Iain Brines
Dumbarton v Dunfermline Athletic, Jan 5th 2013, Bet Butler Stadium
Dumbarton  Dunfermline Athletic

Goalscorers
None. Andy Barrowman (1)

Team Managers
Ian Murray Jim Jefferies

Starting Eleven
Jamie Ewings
Nicky Devlin
Andy Graham
Alan Lithgow
Ross Forsyth
Chris Turner
Mark Gilhaney
Scott Agnew
Garry Fleming
Jim Lister
Steven McDougall
Paul Gallacher
Stephen Jordan
Andy Dowie
Jordan McMillan
Callum Morris
Shaun Byrne
Andy Geggan
Ryan Wallace
Josh Falkingham
Alex Whittle
Andy Barrowman

Bench
Stephen Grindlay
Scott Smith
Kevin Nicoll
Marc McCusker
Bryan Prunty
Michal Hrivnak
John Potter
Andy Kirk
Craig Dargo
Ryan Thomson

Substitutions
Marc McCusker for Garry Fleming (61)
Bryan Prunty for Steven McDougall (73)
Ryan Thomson for Jordan McMillan (46)
Craig Dargo for Alex Whittle (84)

Bookings
None. Shaun Byrne (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 21 apps -
Nicky Devlin 40 apps -
Andy Graham 18 apps1 goal
Alan Lithgow 59 apps5 goals
Ross Forsyth 12 apps -
Chris Turner 11 apps1 goal
Mark Gilhaney 90 apps20 goals
Scott Agnew 61 apps16 goals
Garry Fleming 19 apps1 goal
Jim Lister 21 apps9 goals
Steven McDougall 18 apps1 goal
Bryan Prunty (sub) 61 apps24 goals
Marc McCusker (sub) 3 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Nicky Devlin (19 years 85 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Lister (31 years 321 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 325 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Nicky Devlin (19 years 85 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Lister (31 years 321 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 266 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

A goal after just one minute turned out to be the difference between the two sides at the Bet Butler Stadium in this absorbing match, as Dumbarton narrowly went down to new league leaders Dunfermline Athletic.

Sons created a good number of chances in the first half, but were unable to finish them. It was loose defending as the visitors pushed forward in the opening moments of the game that produced the deficit.

The second half was to a significant extent dictated by the wind and the rain, with the Pars pushing back and Sons struggling to find a way through, whilst holding out well and occasionally riding their luck.

After the match, Dumbarton player-manager Ian Murray commented: “That's two wins and a nettling performance in the league. Earlier in the season clubs were coming here and winning easily, but not this afternoon.”

Following outstanding away performances and results against Falkirk and Greenock Morton, expectations were increased for this home encounter.

But to the dismay of the home fans, Dunfermline went ahead within just 50 seconds of the kick-off. An Alex Whittle cross found Andy Barrowman unmarked on the far post. He tucked the ball home to give Sons the worst possible start.

Dumbarton had an opportunity to equalise almost immediately, when a similar lapse of concentration in Athletic's defence allowed Garry Fleming through. His shot went tamely into the hands of 'keeper Paul Gallacher, however.

Not long afterwards, Fleming set up Steven McDougall, who put in a low, fast shot – one that was blocked on the line by full-back Jordan McMillan.

Then the ever-busy Jim Lister had a good 20-yard effort finely saved by Gallacher, who turned the ball onto his right-hand post.

At the other end of the park, Sons' Jamie Ewings made an equally important and impressive stop when Shaun Byrne curled in a dangerous shot after Whittle had laid the ball off to him.

Moments earlier an in-swinger from Josh Falkingham was narrowly missed by the onrushing Barrowman.

Later on, Scott Agnew was the provider as Jim Lister rose to head goalwards for Dumbarton. But his attempt came off Callum Morris and went wide.

Overall, Dumbarton looked organised at the back, refusing to be tempted too far out of defence when Dunfermline started stringing together tempting passes in the middle of the park.

Both sides could have added further to the score sheet by the half-time whistle went, and if anything Sons deserved to be on level terms.

After the break it was a different type of story. As the afternoon darkened the wind and rain swept around the ground, making ball control difficult and leading to a number of miss-hits by both sides, in spite of some bursts of good quality football.

Dunfermline dominated early possession in the second period, looking to thwart Dumbarton's attempts to get back into the match while trying to extend their own lead.

New Sons signing Marc McCusker came on for Fleming just after the hour, with the aim presumably being to link with Lister and provide a different attacking approach when Sons got to break.

However, the best chances went to the Pars. In particular, ex-Sons Andy Geggan and Tony Wallace had good opportunities for the visitors.

Geggan's came on 67 minutes, when his long-range effort went just wide of the post. It looked as if Ewings had it covered, however.

More was demanded of the Dumbarton goalie when Wallace broke clear after a defensive lapse from Athletic.

He should have slotted the ball home comfortably, but Ewings, rushing off his line, did extremely well to get down low and smother his shot at close range.

Sons' boss Murray shuffled the pack again on 73 minutes, when big forward Bryan Prunty replaced Steven McDougall.

Still Dumbarton struggled to create chances. Scott Agnew tried to dip in a free kick from distance outside the area, but his shot went over the bar and would probably have been comfortably saved by Gallacher if it had been on target.

Andy Barrowman thankfully scuffed a goal-bound shot for Dunfermline on 76 minutes, ensuring that the visitors did not add to their goal tally.

Perhaps Dumbarton's best chance of the half might have come right at the end of the game, when Lister tried to break clear and was clinically fouled by Byrne, who went straight into the book.

The Sons front man was also yellow-carded after he protested vociferously about being denied a goal scoring opportunity.

In the end Dumbarton could not salvage a point out of the game against undoubtedly one of the best teams in the Irn Bru SFL First Division. Nonetheless, they put up a spirited performance.

Match report by Simon Barrow

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Programme cover / Team sheet