Spartans 0
Dumbarton 0 (3-4 on pens)
League Cup (Group H)


0 - 0


League Cup (Group H)
Saturday, July 14th, 2018
Ainslie Park. Att. 245
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Douglas Samuel Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Blair Carswell
Michael Herd
Alan Brown
Gary Cennerazzo
Adam Corbett
David Greenhill
Jamie Dishington
Ian McFarland
Jack Smith
Scott Maxwell
Craig Stevenson
Grant Adam .1
Craig Barr .55
Andy Dowie .4
Willie Dyer .3
Ross Perry .5
Bobby Barr .11
Stuart Carswell .6
Ross Forbes .10
Kyle Hutton .8
Ryan Thomson .23
Iain Russell .14

Blair Atkinson
Willie Bremner
Cameron Dawson
Harry Girdwood
Jason Stevens
Scott Costello
Jamie McGowan .17
Calum Gallagher .9
Andy Little .7
Michael Paton .15

Jason Stevens for David Greenhill (64)
Willie Bremner for Michael Herd (72)
Blair Atkinson for Jack Smith (79)
Calum Gallagher for Iain Russell (62)
Andy Little for Ryan Thomson (62)
Michael Paton for Bobby Barr (76)

Ian McFarland (31) Kyle Hutton (79)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Stephen Brown (Referee)
Calum Doyle & David McKniff (Assistants)

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Match Report

TOP of the group after 90 minutes and a penalty shoot-out. What could go wrong from here?

It may only be alphabetical order that keeps Dumbarton in the automatic qualification slot of Betfred Cup Group H, after a slog against Spartans which was decided on spot kicks.

But the new-look Sons side, as well as having another 90 minutes under its belt, has already done one thing no Dumbarton team has done since season 2008/09.

Win a penalty shoot-out, which they did after Grant Adam saved from Ian McFarland and Jamie Dishington.

Since beating Annan on penalties, Sons had had another four shoot-outs in national competitions and lost every one. Morton (2010), Forfar, Peterhead (each 2016) and Annan (2017) have been the teams beating them.

The aim this season is, of course, to match another achievement of the team of 10 years ago. But one step at a time.

There was no faulting the effort in Scotland's capital city, but clear opportunities were hard to come by against the Lowland League champioms.

The higlights of the 90 minutes don't take long to recount, especially for those of a neutral persuasion.

Sons were, though, unlucky not to open the scoring on 21 minutes. Iain Russell applied a fine headed finish from Ryan Thomson's flick, but did so in an offside position.

A Thomson header found only the top of the net, and that was really it for the first half.

After the restart, Ross Forbes was unlucky to see a shot just pass the far post, before he set up Craig Barr from a corner, but that header too was off target.

Sub Andy Little went close twice, firstly being denied at close range before another shot was saved low at the near post.

Adam's only save of the 90 minutes came from a Craig Stevenson shot from the edge of the area, which he comfortably dealt with.

So it was on to the penalties, which interestingly, instead of the well-populated clubhouse end of the stadium, were taken in front of a near empty grass knoll at the other end.

Each team scored its first two kicks - Barr and Michael Paton for Sons after Stevenson and Adam Corbett had scored for Spartans.

Adam's save from McFarland was followed by Calum Gallagher scoring Dumbarton's third, and although Scott Maxwell converted for Spartans, Kyle Hutton's successful penalty meant Dishington needed to score.

When Adam saved again, that was it. Dumbarton were off and running.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at July 14th, 2018)

2018-19 All Time
Grant Adam (GK)27 1 - 1 -
Craig Barr31 1 - 475
Andy Dowie35 1 - 49 -
Willie Dyer31 1 - 1 -
Ross Perry28 1 - 1 -
Bobby Barr30 1 - 1 -
Stuart Carswell24 1 - 552
Ross Forbes29 1 - 201
Kyle Hutton27 1 - 48 -
Ryan Thomson27 1 - 1 -
Iain Russell35 1 - 13236
Calum Gallagher (sub)23 1 - 507
Andy Little (sub)29 1 - 1 -
Michael Paton (sub)29 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at July 14th, 2018)

No league table has been added for this season.