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League Cup (1st Round)
|Nathan Austin (48)||
Kevin Cawley (65)
Gary Naysmith for Graeme MacGregor (75)
Craig Sutherland for Nathan Austin (109)
Allan Walker for Craig Murray (120)
Steven Craig for Garry Fleming (61)
Jordan Kirkpatrick for Jamie Lindsay (82)
Andy Graham for Darren Barr (105)
|Kyle Wilkie (9)||
Grant Gallagher (63)
Jon Routledge (82)
Willie Gibson (105)
Steven Kirkland (Referee)
DUMBARTON crashed out of the Scottish League Cup in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw with East Fife at Methil. Nathan Austin put the home side a goal up early in the second half before Kevin Cawley scored his first competitive goal for the Sons midway through the half. When the sides could not be separated after 90 minutes, and still after 120 minutes, the game went to penalties. Despite the home side missing two penalties out of their first five and Sons having two chances to win the lottery, a miss from Cawley was decisive as the League Two side progressed. Sons gaffer Stevie Aitken sent out an unchanged line-up after last weeks impressive 3-2 win over Morton, but he struggled to make his players find the same high tempo that was there last week.
There was an early chance for Garry Fleming, but he saw his shot from the edge of the area pushed away before it was scrambled clear by the defence. The next two opportunities fell to Celtic loanee Jamie Lindsay, but both of his efforts from inside the area were well blocked by Ryan Goodfellow in the Fifers net. Fleming had another shot on the stroke of half time but his effort flew into the keepers arms. Sons had managed to keep their opponents relatively quiet in the opening 45, but there were clear warning signs through Kyle Wilkie and Austin on the counter attack. Just a few minutes into the second half, Austin put the home side a goal ahead. The striker latched on to a ball which looped over Gregor Buchanan's head in the Sons defence and expertly lofted the ball over Mark Brown. It should have been two a minute later when Austin, again, was causing problems. He won the ball from Buchanan and slotted past Brown — however Sons had a flag to thank as the linesman waved for a foul. Steven Craig, having just signed for Dumbarton this past week, came on to replace Fleming on the hour mark. It did not take long for Craig to make an impact as Sons equalised less than five minutes after his introduction. Calum Waters' cross was punched away by Goodfellow, with Craig putting him under pressure, and Cawley was on hand to head the loose ball into the empty net. Craig, making his first appearance since turning out for Wycombe Wanderers in the League 2 Play Off Final at Wembley in May, showed no signs of lacking sharpness as he had a couple of openings. First, he was denied by a good block on the edge of the area, then the ball broke to him in the penalty area but he could not quite adjust his feet to get a strike on goal. As extra time approached, the tempo went up as both sides looked for a late winner. Wilkie came inches away for the hosts before Craig curled just over after holding the ball up well. The teams could not be seperated and extra time began with Sons looking menacing.
Cawley perhaps should have done better than to poke the ball wide after superb close control from substitute Jordan Kirkpatrick in the penalty box. Grant Gallagher also struck just wide in the opening extra time period and Austin nearly got a goal out of nothing for the Fifers when he got past Darren Barr with his pace before hitting the side netting. In the second period, it was mostly more of the same with Dumbarton controlling a majority of the ball but not creating any clear cut chances. It was from a set piece that their best chance came, as Buchanan met Gibson's cross but was denied by a brilliant save from Goodfellow who held the ball. Cawley then had the ball in the net for Sons, but the referee ruled there was a foul on the goalkeeper. The game petered out as the tie headed for penalty kicks.
Fraser Mullen, Scott Taggart, Gary Naysmith and Gallagher all scored to put the score at 2-2 after two kicks each. Allan Walker then missed his effort from 12 yards as Brown dived to his right to push the ball away. Andy Graham scored for Sons to put them in control before Craig Sutherland blasted his penalty over the bar to put Dumbarton in an extremely commanding position in which they had two chances to win the shootout. Craig struck high and wide on his debut, then Pat Slattery scored for the hosts. There was still another chance for Aitken's men to win It, but Willie Gibson had his penalty pushed away to take it to sudden death. A Declan O'Kane success followed by a miss from Cawley meant that Sons crashed out of the competition at the first hurdle. League action kicks off for Dumbarton next week with a home match on Saturday 8th August against Hibs at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium.
Match report written by Jack Crawford
|Mark Brown (GK)||34||2||-||2||-|
|Andy Graham (sub)||31||1||-||117||8|
|Jordan Kirkpatrick (sub)||23||1||-||60||10|
|Steven Craig (sub)||34||1||-||1||-|
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