Stenhousemuir 3
Dumbarton 1
League (Second Division)


3 - 1


League (Second Division)
Saturday, October 15th, 2011
Ochilview. Att. 529
3:00 PM Kick-off

Andy Rodgers (29)
Ross McMillan (45)
Ross McMillan (77)
Scott Agnew (85)

Team Managers
Davie Irons Alan Adamson

Starting Eleven
Chris McCluskey
Martyn Corrigan
Willy Lyle
Colin Hamilton
Ross McMillan
Brown Ferguson
Stevie Murray
Ian Thomson
Sean Dickson
Stewart Kean
Andy Rodgers
Stephen Grindlay
James Creaney
Alan Lithgow
Ross McKinnon
Martin McNiff
Paul Nugent
Scott Agnew
Mark Gilhaney
Kevin Nicoll
Bryan Prunty
Pat Walker

Alistair Brown
Joe McCafferty
Shaun Fraser
Paul Quinn
Jack Hamilton
Jamie Ewings
Tony Wallace
Ryan Borris
Kieran Brannan
Graeme Ramage

Paul Quinn for Andy Rodgers (84)
Jack Hamilton for Brown Ferguson (90)
Ryan Borris for Ross McKinnon (71)
Kieran Brannan for Martin McNiff (90)
Tony Wallace for Kevin Nicoll (90)

Andy Rodgers (59)
Willy Lyle (79)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

David Somers (Referee)

Match Report

DUMBARTON lost 3-1 to a well-organised Stenhousemuir side in a disappointing game on a dark afternoon, with play significantly impacted by a swirling wind in both halves.

In the early stages of the first half the home team had more of the play and looked like creating more chances. But it was Sons' Ross McKinnon, a busy presence until substituted later in the match, who had the first real opportunity — his firm shot going just over the bar.

The Warriors' no. 9, Stewart Kean, burst through two minutes later, but he was stopped by Alan Lithgow's solid, well timed tackled. In another raid shortly afterwards he came close with a header.

Just past the quarter hour Dumbarton launched a promising attack. However, Pat Walker, surrounded by Stenny defenders, could not quite latch on to the ball to open up the opposition.

Sean Dickson had a good opportunity for the Warriors on 24 minutes, but his shot went comfortably past Stephen Grindlay's far post. Kean went close once more for the home side, his attempt forced out by the vigilant Sons 'keeper.

Stenhousemuir were 1-0 in front on 29 minutes. Iain Thomson eluded Mark Gilhaney as a Dumbarton attack broke down following another attempt by McKinnon. On the swift counter attack ex-Son Andy Rodgers let loose a cracking shot from 12 yards. It flew into the top right-hand corner of Grindlay's net.

Sons struggled to get back into of the game as the ball seesawed from one end to the other. On 40 minutes Pat Walker chipped a delightful ball at Chris McCluskey in the Warriors' goal, only for the home keeper to tip it tantalisingly over the bar.

Then with literally the last touch of the first half, Ross McMillan headed home firmly from ex-Son Stevie Murray's inswinging corner, making it 2-0 to the hosts.

With the second half underway for only a minute, Dumbarton's Walker had the ball in the back of the Stenny net off a cross from Gilhaney. But the goal was disallowed for offside, and it was back to the drawing board for Sons in their efforts to get onto the score sheet.

The Warriors hit back straight away, with Rodgers narrowly forced out to the side as Grindlay dived in. For Dumbarton, Bryan Prunty and Mark Gilhaney combined well, with the former coming close.

As the half progressed, several attempts to move forward broke down in midfield for both sides, with Stenhousemuir nevertheless claiming the majority of possession.

On 57 minutes Murray found himself in front of the Dumbarton goal, but his shot went harmlessly into Grindlay's arms. However the diminutive attacker continued to pose a real threat from both wings.

Brown Ferguson struck well over the crossbar for the Warriors from a central position 18 yards out with 20 minutes still to go, shortly before Sons boss Alan Adamson pulled off McKinnon and brought on Ryan Borris.

Six minutes later it was 3-0 to Stenhousemuir. A swerving cross from Murray again set up Ross McMillan, who headed in powerfully from six yards.

A new sense of urgency entered Dumbarton's game, and on 85 minutes Martyn Corrigan fouled Bryan Prunty, setting up a free kick from 30 yards for Sons' Scott Agnew. His curling shot flew round the Warriors wall and into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

Keiran Brannan and Tony Wallace came on for Martin McNiff and Kevin Nicoll in the last minute of the game, but Dumbarton were unable to score again in time added on, leaving Stenhousemuir to run out convincing 3-1 victors.

Match report written by Simon Barrow

Squad Statistics (as at October 15th, 2011)

2011-12 All Time
Stephen Grindlay (GK)29 5 - 228 -
James Creaney22 6 - 32 -
Alan Lithgow23 9 - 9 -
Ross McKinnon19 3 - 3 -
Martin McNiff20 8 - 551
Paul Nugent28 10 - 44 -
Scott Agnew24 114114
Mark Gilhaney26 1124011
Kevin Nicoll25 101101
Bryan Prunty28 107107
Pat Walker27 1013410
Tony Wallace (sub)20 5 - 10 -
Ryan Borris (sub)28 3 - 887
Kieran Brannan (sub)20 9 - 511

League Table (as at October 15th, 2011)

No league table has been added for this season.