Montrose 1 - 2 Dumbarton

League - League 1
Saturday, August 31st, 2019, 3:00 PM at Links Park
Attendance: 480
Referee: Peter Stuart
Montrose v Dumbarton, Aug 31st 2019, Links Park
Montrose Dumbarton 

Blair Lyons (75) Isaac Layne (21)
Isaac Layne (34)

Team Managers
Stewart Petrie

Starting Eleven
Aaron Lennox
Cammy Ballantyne
Iain Campbell
Sean Dillon
Kerr Waddell
Blair Lyons
Liam Callaghan
Paddy Cregg
Russell McLean
Martin Rennie
Lewis Milne
Conor Brennan
Ryan McGeever
Morgyn Neill
Rico Quitongo
Reghan Tumilty
Stuart Carswell
Joe McKee
Kyle Hutton
Ruaridh Langan
PJ Crossan
Isaac Layne

Allan Fleming
Matty Allan
Graham Webster
Ross Campbell
Craig Johnston
Josh Skelly
Jordan Pettigrew
Jordan McMillan
Matthew Shiels
Lewis Crawford
Conor Scullion
Stefan McCluskey
Ryan Tierney

Graham Webster for Liam Callaghan (45)
Josh Skelly for Martin Rennie (45)
Ross Campbell for Russell McLean (62)
Stefan McCluskey for Ruaridh Langan (85)
Ryan Tierney for Isaac Layne (89)
Jordan McMillan for PJ Crossan (90)

Paddy Cregg (53) Rico Quitongo (24)
Isaac Layne (68)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Conor Brennan (GK) 9 apps -
Ryan McGeever 10 apps -
Morgyn Neill 10 apps1 goal
Rico Quitongo 10 apps -
Reghan Tumilty 2 apps1 goal
Stuart Carswell 101 apps4 goals
Joe McKee 8 apps -
Kyle Hutton 98 apps -
Ruaridh Langan 8 apps1 goal
PJ Crossan 10 apps2 goals
Isaac Layne 7 apps5 goals
Jordan McMillan (sub) 8 apps -
Stefan McCluskey (sub) 7 apps -
Ryan Tierney (sub) 8 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Rico Quitongo (20 years 52 days)
Oldest Player:Kyle Hutton (28 years 214 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 27 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Matthew Shiels (18 years 356 days)
Oldest Player:Jordan McMillan (30 years 326 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 229 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


ANYBODY needing the definition of a heart-stopping moment need only have been at Links Park at 4.50pm on Saturday, August 31 2019.

At that moment, Graham Webster was firing a shot towards goal for Montrose which looked in all the way. Dumbarton keeper Conor Brennan had other ideas and heroically touched it over the bar.

What could so easily have been one point WAS three. Isaac Layne was at the double again, leaving Sons coasting at half time.

The Gable Endies made more of a game of it in the second half, though, and when Blair Lyons got one back, echoes of the negative side of Peterhead a fortnight ago were sounding.

In the end, Sons held out, but how much did they owe to their goalie?

The rain was set to make life difficult for the two teams, a fact illustrated when Joe McKee's early shot from distance slipped from the keeper's fingers but he gathered at the second opportunity.

Montrose soon responded when Lewis Milne had a shot from outside the area which narrowly missed the top of the bar.

On 11 minutes Layne was played in, but his angled shot went across goal and wide.

But he had better fortune 10 minutes after that when the keeper could only parry McKee's effort. In his form, Layne could hardly miss from six yards.

The home side again fought back, with Russell McLean just shy of reaching Milne's corner at the back post.

Eleven minutes from half time Layne had his second, powering home a header from another McKee assist, this time a free kick from 25 yards out on the right.

With Layne having repeated his double from last week, there was almost then a goal for Reghan Tumilty for a second consecutive week early in the second half.

But he couldn't quite turn the ball home after Ruaridh Langan's shot spun into to the air.

On 66 minutes newly introduced home sub Ross Campbell made an almost immediate impression, but his header from six yards hit the bar and spun out of play.

Montrose, though, did hit the net with 14 minutes to play when Lyons converted from close range from a ball from the left.

McKee tried a shot from distance which the keeper again parried, but this time nobody was on hand to put the loose ball away.

The home side broke upfield and only a block from a defender stopped Webster's powerful effort. All hands now had to be on deck.

Another McKee effort, from the edge of the area, was just over as the standard 90 minutes came to an end.

And that was it apart from Brennan's late heroics, which were just a bit worthy of note.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Programme cover / Team sheet