Stirling Albion 0
Dumbarton 1
League (Second Division)

Stirling Albion 

0 - 1


League (Second Division)
Saturday, October 29th, 2011
Forthbank Stadium. Att. 602
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Scott Agnew (84)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott Alan Adamson

Starting Eleven
Sam Filler
Sean Dillon
Brian Allison
Gary Thom
Devon Jacobs
Alan Cook
John Crawley
Marc McCulloch
Dale McSorley
Darren Smith
Scott Davidson
Stephen Grindlay
James Creaney
Alan Lithgow
Ross McKinnon
Martin McNiff
Paul Nugent
Scott Agnew
Mark Gilhaney
Kevin Nicoll
Bryan Prunty
Pat Walker

William Kerr
Craig McLeish
Steven Nicholas
Joshua Flood
Sean Fagan
Jamie Ewings
Tony Wallace
Ryan Borris
Kieran Brannan
David Winters

Joshua Flood for Dale McSorley (70)
Sean Fagan for Alan Cook (73)
Ryan Borris for Ross McKinnon (66)
David Winters for Pat Walker (66)

None. Kevin Nicoll (22)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Matt Northcroft (Referee)

Match Report

DUMBARTON secured a vital three points in an uneven match against Stirling Albion, leaving Doubletree Dunblane Stadium with a 1-0 victory, thanks to a late goal from Scott Agnew.

Both sides came out with a positive attitude, seeking to take the game to their opponents. The first real chance fell to the Binos, but Stephen Grindlay – not for the last time – was up to the challenge, pushing the ball round the post.

Though the early pressure was from Stirling, Sons dominated large chunks of play during the first half. But they struggled to turn possession into convincing chances, or to capitalise on opportunities in front of goal when they arose.

Bryan Prunty and Mark Gilhaney put together a threatening looking move that fizzled out for a corner.

Pat Walker flashed a shot in on 14 minutes, with Albion 'keeper Sam Filler parrying it and collecting the rebound.

Then Prunty found himself in a fine central position with his back to goal, but couldn't quite turn in time.

Later in the half he and Walker put themselves in a promising two-on-one situation. The big centre forward's high shot was artfully helped over the bar by Filler.

In the second half Stirling Albion came out with renewed determination and, as the rain began to fall more heavily, started to look menacing.

Sons remained well organised in defence, however, and began to reassert their line in the middle of the park. But in moving from midfield to attack, the final ball was lacking.

Gilhaney found himself cruelly blocked in front of goal after a flowing Sons move from back to front, coming just short of the hour, looked as if it might produce the much-needed breakthrough.

Seven minutes later Prunty headed over. Then a tame shot at the other end slipped through Grindlay's hands, but he recovered well to collect short of the line.

When Darren Smith raced clear for the Binos he found himself with only Kevin Nicoll to beat. But the Sons defender timed his tackle perfectly to deflect the threat, as the game began to surge from end to end.

Both sides tried to shake the pack in the closing stages. Ross McKinnon and Pat Walker gave way to Ryan Borris and David Winters for Dumbarton on 66 minutes.

Then ex-Sons Daly McSorley and Alan Cook were replaced by the visitors' Joshua Flood and Shaun Fagan, respectively.

Winters had a penalty appeal turned down for Dumbarton when he appeared to have been dragged down in the Albion box. However referee Matt Northcroft waved play on with no hesitation.

Then on 84 minutes, just as the match started to look like a certain nil-nil stalemate, Scott Agnew broke the deadlock. He latched on to a loose ball at the end of a goalmouth scramble and finally beat the impressive looking Filler, whose outstretched arm reached the shot but could not contain it.

The visiting fans exploded with joy. On the pitch the game also burst into a final flourish of life, with both teams desperate for points.

Only a remarkable last-minute, point-blank block and save by Grindlay preserved the lead for Sons until the final whistle.

The visitors looked good for the victory overall, but their lack of effectiveness in the final third could have cost them at least two of the three points.

At the other end, Dumbarton have now achieved three clean sheets on the road in the league, but none at home so far this season.

Match report written by Simon Barrow

Squad Statistics (as at October 29th, 2011)

2011-12 All Time
Stephen Grindlay (GK)29 8 - 231 -
James Creaney23 9 - 35 -
Alan Lithgow23 12 - 12 -
Ross McKinnon19 6161
Martin McNiff20 11 - 581
Paul Nugent28 13 - 47 -
Scott Agnew24 146146
Mark Gilhaney26 1434312
Kevin Nicoll25 121121
Bryan Prunty28 137137
Pat Walker27 1313710
Ryan Borris (sub)28 4 - 897
David Winters (sub)28 81236

League Table (as at October 29th, 2011)

No league table has been added for this season.