Dumbarton 3 - 4 LivingstonLeague - First Division
Saturday, February 2nd, 2013, 3:00 PM at Strathclyde Homes Stadium
Referee: John McKendrick
Mark Gilhaney (71)
Alan Lithgow (90)
Bryan Prunty (90)
|Ian Murray||Gareth Evans|
Marc McCusker for Chris Turner (81)
Chris Turner (41)
Jamie Ewings (48)
Scott Smith (51)
Appearances & Goals To Date
|Jamie Ewings (GK)||25 apps||-|
|Alan Lithgow||63 apps||6 goals|
|Paul McGinn||1 app (debut)||-|
|Andy Graham||22 apps||1 goal|
|Scott Smith||4 apps||-|
|Mark Gilhaney||94 apps||22 goals|
|Mark Lamont||29 apps||-|
|Chris Turner||15 apps||2 goals|
|Scott Agnew||65 apps||16 goals|
|Bryan Prunty||65 apps||26 goals|
|Jim Lister||25 apps||10 goals|
|Marc McCusker (sub)||6 apps||1 goal|
|Youngest Player:||Mark Lamont (20 years 3 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Jim Lister (31 years 349 days)|
|Average Player Age:||26 years 72 days|
|Domestic Players:||10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)|
|Youngest Player:||Glenn Thomson (19 years 105 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Jim Lister (31 years 349 days)|
|Average Player Age:||25 years 273 days|
|Domestic Players:||15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)|
First Team Debuts
|Paul McGinn||(Signed January 31st, 2013)|
DUMBARTON mad a fine late comeback against Livingston at the Bet Butler Stadium, but a determined Livingston side held on in a highly competitive game to claim a 4-3 victory.
Goals for the visitors either side of the break looked as if they had killed the game, but Sons fought their way back, almost drawing level after pulling a goal back, but then conceding a brace towards the end and leaving their revival too late.
Sons wore black armbands in memory of famous Dumbarton golfer Charlie Green, who sadly passed way recently.
Te first chance fell to the home side. Hibs loanee Scott Smith put in a low ball for Bryan Prunty, who took a touch before firing at Andrew McNeil in the Livi goal from 12 yards out.
Then more good work down the left from Smith provided Sons striker Jim Lister wit an opportunity, but he could not quite get hold of the ball for an effective strike.
Dumbarton had a penalty shout turned down a few minutes later, as Mark Gilhaney went to ground. Referee John McKendrick saw no infringement and waved play on.
Sons had the majority of possession in the first half hour, as the game became something of a tactical battle in the middle of the park.
Chris Turner wriggled his way past two defenders and into the box, but found himself squeezed out before he could get a shot in on goal.
Then Prunty hit the bar. A delicate chip from long range struck the top of the crossbar and went just over.
There were chances for Livingston, too. Scotland under-21 cap Stefan Scougall cut into Dumbarton's are from the left and aimed a shot at Jamie Ewings' near post. The Sons 'keeper, who has been in fine form lately, got down well to save.
In another good chance, the visitors worked the ball cleverly on the edge of the box, and Scougall was sent through once more. This time her fired wide of the far post, to the relief of the home support.
It was ex-Dumbarton forward Iain Russell who put Livingston in front on 43 minutes, with a fine finish following on from a swift move that sliced the home defence apart.
The goal was blow to Sons, who had enjoyed the better part of the game in the first period, and Livi came out strongly after half time, seeking to consolidate their advantage in the second half.
It did not take them long to do so. Nonetheless, Sons had the first chance. A good ball in from new signing Paul McGinn on the right was won by Lister, but then comfortably saved by McNeil.
However on 48 minutes Stefan Scougall caught Sons out again to make it 2-0. The ball was squared to the striker, and he who tapped it home from a few yards.
There was strong suspicion of offside, but home appeals were waved aside. Jamie Ewings was booked for his protests.
It looked as if Dumbarton were certain to pull a goal back quite quickly when Scott Agnew whipped in a ferocious free kick, and Bryan Prunty flicked it goalward. McNeil then pulled off a superb reaction save to deny Sons.
As the match proceeded both sides were gaining plenty of the ball, with Livi looking slightly more dangerous, but no goals or real chances were forthcoming.
On 70 minutes Dumbarton boss Ian Murray tried a switch by bringing on Garry Fleming for Mark Lamont.
Almost immediately afterwards it was 2-1 and a fight back was suddenly on the cards. Mark Gilhaney used his guile and pace to leave his marker standing, slotting across the 'keeper from 18 yards to put the home side back into the game.
The visitors returned to their characteristic style of play, knocking the ball about to retain possession and wait for a lapse of concentration or break.
Sons continued to close Livingston down well, forcing them into mistakes. But they could not find a way through themselves.
A good save by Ewings from Jordan Morton avoided further damage before Dumbarton brought on Marc McCusker for the booked Chris Turner, giving themselves a range of options up front to try and wrestle the match back.
Instead, it was Livingston who pushed further ahead. It was Russell who headed home a cross to make it 3-1 and effectively wrap the game up on 82 minutes.
Things got worse for Sons four minutes later, when a quite outstanding 25-yard shot from Morton screamed into the top corner of the net for 4-1, giving Ewings no chance.
Then came an amazing Dumbarton revival. As the game moved into time added on, Alan Lithgow rose well to head home a Scott Agnew corner for 4-2.
Seconds later Agnew came agonisingly close to adding a third goal for Sons with a dangerous, long-range drive that rose over the bar.
As the final whistle came closer Bryan Prunty did the job. He volleyed home from 18 yards to pull the score to 4-3.
Could Dumbarton pull off a miracle? Unfortunately not. Despite the final flurry, there were no more goals in the match.
Sons will rue their missed chances and defensive slips. However, they will take heart from another determined performance as they seek revenge on the away trip to Livingston this week.
Match report by Simon Barrow