Dumbarton 0
Raith Rovers 1
League (League 1)

0 - 1
Raith Rovers 

League (League 1)
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
C & G Systems Stadium. Att. 870
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Grant Anderson (79)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
John McGlynn

Starting Eleven
Conor Brennan
Lewis Crawford
Rico Quitongo
Morgyn Neill
Ryan McGeever
Joe McKee
Stefan McCluskey
Stuart Carswell
Kyle Hutton
PJ Crossan
Ryan Tierney
David McGurn
Michael Miller
Iain Davidson
Kyle Benedictus
Keiran MacDonald
Keiron Bowie
Ross Matthews
Regan Hendry
Brad Spencer
Lewis Allan
Grant Anderson

Jordan Pettigrew
Jordan McMillan
Ruaridh Langan
Mati Zata
Conor Scullion
Isaac Layne
Joao Victoria
David McKay
Ross Munro
Jamie Watson
Jack Smith
Dylan Tait

Isaac Layne for Ryan Tierney (63)
Conor Scullion for PJ Crossan (69)
Ruaridh Langan for Kyle Hutton (84)
Jack Smith for Lewis Allan (45)
Joao Victoria for Grant Anderson (84)

Stefan McCluskey (35)
Stuart Carswell (66)
Brad Spencer (45)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Duncan Williams (Referee)
Daniel Graves & Ross MacLeod (Assistants)

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Match Report

THERE'S only so much you can gather from 90 minutes of league action.

But Dumbarton came off the pitch after their first opening day defeat for three years knowing the beginning, middle and the end of why they lost to Raith Rovers.

They competed and matched them in many respects. But many times in the past, putting a ball between a set of posts has been made to look like an art form.

It was here and, for long spells, it was for Raith until Grant Anderson scored the game's only goal with 11 minutes remaining.

Sons, in some respects, could feel hard done by. Their work rate never lowered from start to finish, but a lack of goals, and in the second half, anything resembling one apart from a close header, was their downfall.

Only one game, but few questions need asked about why at least a point wasn't taken.

After only two minutes a long ball down the right sent Kieron Bowie clear for Raith, but Conor Brennan saved with his legs at close range.

Sons' response came after 12 minutes when PJ Crossan's intelligent through ball found Stefan McCluskey, but the forward's angled shot was beaten behind by the keeper.

An overhead effort by Morgyn Neill on 25 minutes generated some excitement, but the game continued to meander along with little rhythm.

There was another chance for Dumbarton 12 minutes from half time, but the keeper was equal to PJ Crossan's low effort from the edge of the area.

Sons then thought they may have had a penalty when Kieran MacDonald challenged McCluskey in the area, but the home player was booked for diving. That was despite requiring several minutes of treatment afterwards.

A catastrophic mix-up between Brennan and Neill then almost let Lewis Allan in with six minutes left of the half, but the ball got away from the Raith striker and Ryan McGeever got rid of the very clear danger. That was followed soon after by a Ross Matthews effort which Sons were relieved to see fly wide.

Raith introduced striker Jack Smith as a half time substitute and he forced Brennan into a smart close range save early second half, although he was flagged offside in any case.

Chances were harder to come by in the early second half, but from a corner, a Neill header narrowly missed the target for Dumbarton with 21 minutes left.

Immediately after that, another corner saw McGeever's header saved at point blank range.

But with 11 minutes left, Anderson got to a through ball fastest and finished with a low, angled shot.

In injury time, his replacement Joao Victoria was played in but Brennan again saved with his legs and the margin of defeat was one goal instead of two.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at August 3rd, 2019)

2019/20 All Time
Conor Brennan (GK)25 3 - 5 -
Rico Quitongo20 5 - 5 -
Lewis Crawford 19 5 - 5 -
Ryan McGeever25 5 - 5 -
Morgyn Neill23 5151
Stefan McCluskey28 5 - 5 -
Joe McKee26 3 - 3 -
Kyle Hutton28 5 - 93 -
Stuart Carswell25 5 - 974
Ryan Tierney 21 4141
PJ Crossan20 5151
Conor Scullion (sub)20 2 - 2 -
Ruaridh Langan (sub)21 5 - 5 -
Isaac Layne (sub)24 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at August 3rd, 2019)

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