Dumbarton 1
League Cup (Group E)

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League Cup (Group E)
Saturday, July 20th, 2019
C & G Systems Stadium. Att. 580
3:00 PM Kick-off

PJ Crossan (8)
Michael Paton (10)
Gary Oliver (13)
Stephen Dobbie (17)
Connor Murray (22)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Allan Johnston

Starting Eleven
1. Conor Brennan
3. Rico Quitongo
23. Jordan McMillan
22. Ryan McGeever
5. Morgyn Neill
10. Stefan McCluskey
8. Kyle Hutton
6. Stuart Carswell
14. Joe McKee
24. PJ Crossan
9. Ryan Tierney
Robby McCrorie
Dan Pybus
Lee Kilday
Kevin Brownlie
Kevin Holt
Lewis Kidd
Andrew McCarthy
Connor Murray
Gary Oliver
Stephen Dobbie
Michael Paton

12. Jordan Pettigrew
2. Lewis Crawford
7. Matthew Shiels
16. Mati Zata
4. Ruaridh Langan
Jack Hamilton
Ross Irving
Ewan Gourlay
Callum Williams
Michael Williamson
Craig Burns

Lewis Crawford for Ryan Tierney (45)
Mati Zata for PJ Crossan (75)
Ruaridh Langan for Stuart Carswell (78)
Jack Hamilton for Stephen Dobbie (55)
Ross Irving for Andrew McCarthy (61)
Ewan Gourlay for Kevin Brownlie (79)

Stuart Carswell (30)
Stefan McCluskey (90)
Dan Pybus (34)
Darren Brownlie (60)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Gavin Duncan (Referee)
George King & Jordan Stokoe (Assistants)

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Match Report

THIS was what they call a good start gone pretty horribly wrong.

When a 1-0 lead becomes a 4-1 reverse within 16 minutes, it probably does fit that description.

Dumbarton, their pride wounded from Tuesday's hefty defeat, looked to be bouncing back against Queen of the South when PJ Crossan put them in front after seven minutes.

Just over a quarter of an hour later, Michael Paton, Gary Oliver, Stephen Dobbie and Connor Murray had all found their net.

The lead hadn't been wiped out; people were starting to forget it ever existed.

One more outing in the Betfred Cup group, against Motherwell on Tuesday, and then it is on to the arena where Sons' efforts will really matter this season.

The thing is that after 10 goals shipped in two games, a fixture against Premiership opposition who have so far scored seven unanswered goals is not really what is wanted.

It can only be hoped that the effort being spent by every player, which has gone without reward in the last 180 minutes of football, gets some breaks against the Steelmen.

It looked as if the workrate at Morton four nights earlier was being rewarded early doors against Queens, although firstly that was when Dobbie shot wide for the visitors when well placed.

Two minutes later that lead was punished. Ryan Tierney, last week's goal hero, turned provider this time, crossing to the back post for Crossan to squeeze a shot home.

All that had to be done was to see the lead out for the remaining 83 minutes. The efforts to do so lasted three.

A ball to the back post found Paton, whose close range effort evaded Conor Brennan's clutches and rolled in.

Three minutes later, a low ball came into the area from the right, found Oliver in splendid isolation, and he could hardly miss from six yards.

After a further four minutes, Dobbie finished with a low angled shot after cutting in from the left as Queens passed their way through.

And within another six minutes, Murray spun on the edge of the area to shoot over Brennan and into the net.

Talk about unravelling. But Dumbarton kept the workrate going, although the closest they got was a Joe McKee shot which was held by the keeper.

In the second half Sons were more competitive, but struggled to get close enough to the keeper to reduce the deficit.

Another McKee shot was saved, but only after an excellent save from Brennan prevented Murray from adding a fifth.

Each of the two outfield players had a further opening before close of play, but neither found the target.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at July 20th, 2019)

2019/20 All Time
Conor Brennan (GK)25 2 - 4 -
Ryan McGeever25 3 - 3 -
Jordan McMillan30 3 - 3 -
Rico Quitongo20 3 - 3 -
Morgyn Neill23 3131
Kyle Hutton28 3 - 91 -
Stefan McCluskey28 3 - 3 -
Joe McKee26 1 - 1 -
Stuart Carswell25 3 - 954
PJ Crossan20 3131
Ryan Tierney 21 3131
Lewis Crawford (sub)19 3 - 3 -
Ruaridh Langan (sub)21 3 - 3 -
Mati Zata (sub)19 3 - 3 -

League Table (as at July 20th, 2019)

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