The New Saints 1 - 2 Dumbarton

Challenge Cup - Semi final
Saturday, February 17th, 2018, 7:35 PM at Park Hall stadium
Attendance: 825
Referee: Neil Doyle
The New Saints v Dumbarton, Feb 17th 2018, Park Hall stadium
The New Saints Dumbarton 

Dean Ebbe (52) Danny Handling  (74)
Dimitris Froxylias (84)

Team Managers
Scott Ruscoe Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Paul Harrison
Simon Spender
Chris Marriott
Connell Rawlinson
Jon Routledge
Ryan Brobbel
Greg Draper
Blaine Hudson
Dean Ebbe
Tom Holland
Aeron Edwards
Scott Gallacher
Craig Barr
Dougie Hill
Andy Dowie
David Smith
Danny Handling
Stuart Carswell
Kyle Hutton
Calum Gallagher
Christian Nade
Iain Russell

Kevin Kauber
Ryan Pryce
Steven Saunders
Aaron Jones
Callum Jones
Chris Craven
Jamie Ewings
Liam Burt
Dimitris Froxylias
David Wilson
Mark Stewart

Kevin Kauber for Aeron Edwards (87) Liam Burt for Iain Russell (65)
Mark Stewart for Calum Gallagher (65)
Dimitris Froxylias for Danny Handling (80)

Simon Spender (26) Craig Barr (69)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 34 apps -
Craig Barr 31 apps2 goals
Dougie Hill 20 apps -
Andy Dowie 32 apps -
David Smith 62 apps2 goals
Danny Handling 8 apps1 goal
Stuart Carswell 39 apps1 goal
Kyle Hutton 28 apps -
Calum Gallagher 36 apps3 goals
Christian Nade 55 apps12 goals
Iain Russell 122 apps36 goals
Liam Burt (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Dimitris Froxylias (sub) 20 apps5 goals
Mark Stewart (sub) 22 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Calum Gallagher (23 years 163 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 104 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 42 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Burt (19 years 21 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 104 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 61 days
Domestic Players:14 (87.50 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Liam Burt(Signed February 16th, 2018)

Danny Handling scored his first goal for the Club.

READ the following sentence as many times as you need to until it finally sinks in.

Dumbarton are in a national cup final.

Nobody alive today had previously known what it was like to say that. The last time it was reality, Queen Victoria was on the throne.

The Marquess of Salisbury was Prime Minister while William McKinley hadn't long been sworn in as the 25th President of the United States.

Author Bram Stoker created Dracula, while the likes of Fred Astaire, Ernest Hemingway and Alfred Hitchcock weren't even born for another two years.

Dumbarton themselves were only in their 25th year when they played in the 1897 Scottish Cup final, which they lost to Rangers.

Now, 121 years and two incredible goals by Danny Handling and Dimitris Froxylias later, they're in another one. And they're in no mood to lose it.

The New Saints had them where they wanted them after Dean Ebbe's early second half goal, before a bold move from the bench paid off.

A double substitution saw a major swing in the balance of play, reflected by Handling's screaming 20-yard equaliser.

And with six minutes left, only one man was stepping up to hit a 25-yard free kick after Christian Nade was fouled. Froxylias simply wasn't missing.

Now the weekend of March 24/25 is going to be one like no other since that game against Rangers in the late 19th century.

Who, also, is to say that it won't spur the league survival push back to life as well?

If the second half was dramatic, the first was pedestrian stuff. All there was in the way of action was a third minute header by Aeron Edwards for the home side which hit the bar from close range.

Eight minutes after the restart, though, the first blow was struck when Ryan Brobbel sent in a low ball from the right. It evaded Scott Gallacher's grasp and Ebbe cashed in.

There was lots of huffing and puffing, but no breakthrough until something hugely special with 19 minutes left.

Handling controlled Kyle Hutton's sideways pass and thrashed home the equaliser under the noses of hundreds of fans behind the goal.

A second period of extra time against Welsh opposition was looming, but Greg Draper was perilously close for TNS, shooting across goal and wide.

Nade was then fouled, with Froxylias stepping up. This was why you go to football every week, and go the extra mile (or several extra miles) for this sort of game. Just sometimes, it's all worth it.

Even after the sheer euphoria of that goal, Sons were not safe. Craig Barr dealt firmly with Draper's header on the goal line before Edwards' swerving shot was saved by Gallacher.

After he denied Draper with his legs, it was done.

It was happening.


Match report by Andy Galloway

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