Peterhead 2 - 3 Dumbarton

League - League 1
Saturday, August 17th, 2019, 3:00 PM at Balmoor stadium
Attendance: 688
Referee: David Dickinson
Peterhead v Dumbarton, Aug 17th 2019, Balmoor stadium
Peterhead Dumbarton 

Gary Fraser (3)
Jason Brown (36)
Ruaridh Langan (42)
PJ Crossan (68)
Isaac Layne (79)

Team Managers
Jim McInally

Starting Eleven
Greg Fleming
Jason Brown
Cameron Eadie
Mick Dunlop
Paddy Boyle
Scott Brown
Simon Ferry
Aidan Smith
Gary Fraser
Jack Leitch
Derek Lyle
Conor Brennan
Ryan McGeever
Lewis Crawford
Morgyn Neill
Rico Quitongo
Joe McKee
Kyle Hutton
Ruaridh Langan
Conor Scullion
PJ Crossan
Isaac Layne

Rory McAllister
Aaron Norris
Ben Armour
Ross Willox
Ryan Conroy
Lenny Wilson
Willie Gibson
Jordan Pettigrew
Jordan McMillan
Mati Zata
Ryan Tierney

Rory McAllister for Derek Lyle (34)
Willie Gibson for Simon Ferry (49)
Ryan Conroy for Aidan Smith (77)
Jordan McMillan for Lewis Crawford (77)
Mati Zata for Conor Scullion (89)
Ryan Tierney for Isaac Layne (90)

Jason Brown (64)
Rory McAllister (76)
Willie Gibson (78)
Ruaridh Langan (76)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Conor Brennan (GK) 7 apps -
Ryan McGeever 8 apps -
Lewis Crawford 8 apps -
Morgyn Neill 8 apps1 goal
Rico Quitongo 8 apps -
Joe McKee 6 apps -
Kyle Hutton 96 apps -
Ruaridh Langan 6 apps1 goal
Conor Scullion 5 apps -
PJ Crossan 8 apps2 goals
Isaac Layne 5 apps1 goal
Jordan McMillan (sub) 6 apps -
Mati Zata (sub) 7 apps -
Ryan Tierney (sub) 6 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Lewis Crawford (19 years 207 days)
Oldest Player:Kyle Hutton (28 years 200 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 98 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Mati Zata (19 years 59 days)
Oldest Player:Jordan McMillan (30 years 312 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 58 days
Domestic Players:12 (80.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Isaac Layne scored his first goal for the Club.
Ruaridh Langan scored his first goal for the Club.

SO who saw this coming after just over half an hour?

At that point Dumbarton, missing their captain, were ruing the loss of a second goal to Peterhead, Jason Brown having added to Gary Fraser's effort.

Ruaridh Langan's goal right on half time looked as if it had offered some hope.

It did more than that. It triggered the comeback which looked so impossible to give Sons their first three points of the season.

When PJ Crossan put the equaliser away, the best result of the season so far was on course.

It was shattered when Isaac Layne headed the winner with 11 minutes left. They remained of a second half which Sons, if anything, dominated.

Missing skipper Stuart Carswell, who would have played his 100th game for the club had he taken the field, Dumbarton, from the canvas with the smelling salts being applied, were leaving Balmoor in unthinkable triumph.

After only two minutes a ball in from the right found Fraser, who had the simplest of tasks in rolling the ball home from 10 yards.

From there, Dumbarton did see a reasonable share of the ball, but failed to seriously trouble the home goalkeeper, even with a couple of corners forced.

There was then a major scare on 26 minutes when a low ball in from the left evaded the reach of Conor Brennan, but the defence's efforts were just enough to stop Aidan Smith tapping in from close range.

A close call finally came for Sons on 34 minutes when Joe McKee stepped up for a 20-yard free kick, but it was just past the post.

A minute later Peterhead had a free kick in a similar position that almost gave Fraser a second goal, but Brennan did well to turn his effort over the bar.

Unfortunately he was picking the ball out of the net from the resulting corner, with Brown charging in unmarked to head in at the back post.

That was on 36 minutes, but a lifeline was thrown to Dumbarton three minutes from half time when Langan converted Crossan's low ball back from the goal line.

The wind picked up in the second half, and despite a couple of corners for Peterhead, neither side was really able to test the other keeper early doors.

A Willie Gibson free kick - a scenario Dumbarton, as a club, are all too familiar with the threat of - gave Brennan some work, but he got down low to save.

McKee then tried again with another long distance free kick, but this one was just the wrong side of the post.

But the glorious equaliser came on 68 minutes when Crossan bent the ball home when a corner from the right found its way to him.

And with 11 minutes left, Layne was on the end of a McKee free kick to head home.

There was almost a fourth when Crossan fired in a low shot, but the keeper turned it wide.

In the late stages he almost set up Ryan Tierney to get the clincher instead, but the sub saw his shot beaten away by the keeper.

It turned out, against every odd, that enough had been done. What a day.

Match report by Andy Galloway

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