Dumbarton 1 - 0 Clyde 

League - League 1
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020, 7:45 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 468
Referee: Lloyd Wilson
Dumbarton v Clyde, Feb 25th 2020, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  Clyde

Morgyn Neill (67)

Team Managers
Danny Lennon

Starting Eleven
Conor Brennan
Rico Quitongo
Ryan McGeever
Lewis Crawford
Morgyn Neill
Stefan McCluskey
Stuart Carswell
Joe McKee
Ross Forbes
PJ Crossan
Jai Quitongo
David Mitchell
Craig Howie
Tom Lang
Ray Grant
Adam Livingstone
Ally Love
Martin McNiff
Chris McStay
Ross Cunningham
Mark Lamont
David Goodwillie

Jordan Pettigrew
Callum Wilson
Mati Zata
Ruaridh Langan
Isaac Layne
Ryan Tierney
Robert Jones
Scott Rumsby
Chris Johnston
Ross Lyon
Gregg Wylde
Darren Smith
Barry Cuddihy
Michael McGee

Isaac Layne for Jai Quitongo (78)
Robert Jones for PJ Crossan (84)
Ruaridh Langan for Ross Forbes (90)
Barry Cuddihy for Craig Howie (45)
Chris Johnston for Ally Love (67)
Gregg Wylde for Adam Livingstone (82)

Jai Quitongo (17)
Lewis Crawford (77)
Conor Brennan (86)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Conor Brennan (GK) 31 apps -
Rico Quitongo 29 apps -
Ryan McGeever 30 apps5 goals
Lewis Crawford 13 apps -
Morgyn Neill 32 apps4 goals
Stefan McCluskey 28 apps -
Stuart Carswell 120 apps4 goals
Joe McKee 25 apps2 goals
Ross Forbes 66 apps14 goals
PJ Crossan 29 apps7 goals
Jai Quitongo 4 apps -
Ruaridh Langan (sub) 27 apps1 goal
Isaac Layne (sub) 21 apps9 goals
Robert Jones (sub) 4 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Lewis Crawford (20 years 34 days)
Oldest Player:Ross Forbes (31 years 1 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 354 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Mati Zata (19 years 251 days)
Oldest Player:Ross Forbes (31 years 1 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 294 days
Domestic Players:15 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


THE message before kick-off could not have been clearer.

However you do it, however much effort it involves, however much you put everybody in the home end of the stadium through the wringer.

Win, Dumbarton, just win.

This was never going to be a game that would keep the top teams of the world awake at night. It was always likely to be a lesson in the importance of putting the ball in the net.

Sons have learned that lesson on many occasions. In this game, they dealt it out.

One swing of Morgyn Neill's boot, on 67 minutes, was the difference between one point and three.

With this result, and one the best part of 200 miles away in Peterhead, where the Blue Toon and Forfar drew, Dumbarton's prospects of being in League One for another tilt next season were boosted.

That's all, though. They're not over the line and might not officially be any time soon. Eleven more rounds of hard work lie ahead.

This round of it could have been harder from the very first minute. Chris McStay turned to make space on the edge of the area and his shot looked in, but fortunately rolled wide and hit the stanchion.

It wasn't indicative of what was to come as the game stalled on several occasions. It would be the 26th minute before the next opportunity.

That fell to Jai Quitongo initially after Stefan McCluskey rolled him in, but a defender eventually kept him out. McCluskey had a try from the loose ball but it went past.

Soon afterwards, hesitancy in defence almost let David Goodwillie have a free hit, but his shot bent just past. The same then happened from Joe McKee's free kick in a decent position.

The remainder of the first half was a slog, but the second saw chances at each end. The keeper blocked from Quitongo at a difficult angle while Sons were fortunate to see Mark Lamont miss the ball when well placed to finish.

A ball across goal by Goodwillie also nearly found Ally Love, but vitally he could not connect.

And then, midway through the second half, came the game's big moment. McKee has lost his crown as the SPFL's leading assister to Celtic's James Forrest and is clearly keen to win it back.

His corner bounced in the area, found Neill's feet, and after making space for himself the centre half rolled the ball home.

Clyde ramped things up from there, but Conor Brennan saved well from Chris Johnston and was then spared a huge workload by his hardworking defence.

All the effort was worth it anyway, but even more so when you looked at the league table. It is not, though, done and dusted yet. Far from it.

Match report by Andy Galloway


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