Dumbarton 1
Clyde 0
League (League 1)

1 - 0

League (League 1)
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
C & G Systems Stadium. Att. 468
7:45 PM Kick-off

Morgyn Neill (67)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Danny Lennon

Starting Eleven
1. Conor Brennan
5. Morgyn Neill
22. Ryan McGeever
2. Lewis Crawford
3. Rico Quitongo
11. Ross Forbes
14. Joe McKee
10. Stefan McCluskey
6. Stuart Carswell
7. Jai Quitongo
24. PJ Crossan
David Mitchell
Craig Howie
Tom Lang
Ray Grant
Adam Livingstone
Ally Love
Martin McNiff
Chris McStay
Ross Cunningham
Mark Lamont
David Goodwillie

12. Jordan Pettigrew
16. Mati Zata
20. Callum Wilson
4. Ruaridh Langan
9. Ryan Tierney
17. Isaac Layne
15. Robert Jones
Scott Rumsby
Chris Johnston
Ross Lyon
Gregg Wylde
Darren Smith
Barry Cuddihy
Michael McGee

Isaac Layne for Jai Quitongo (78)
Robert Jones for PJ Crossan (84)
Ruaridh Langan for Ross Forbes (90)
Barry Cuddihy for Craig Howie (45)
Chris Johnston for Ally Love (67)
Gregg Wylde for Adam Livingstone (82)

Jai Quitongo (17)
Lewis Crawford (77)
Conor Brennan (86)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Lloyd Wilson (Referee)
Robert Thomson & John McCrossan (Assistants)

Match Report

THE message before kick-off could not have been clearer.

However you do it, however much effort it involves, however much you put everybody in the home end of the stadium through the wringer.

Win, Dumbarton, just win.

This was never going to be a game that would keep the top teams of the world awake at night. It was always likely to be a lesson in the importance of putting the ball in the net.

Sons have learned that lesson on many occasions. In this game, they dealt it out.

One swing of Morgyn Neill's boot, on 67 minutes, was the difference between one point and three.

With this result, and one the best part of 200 miles away in Peterhead, where the Blue Toon and Forfar drew, Dumbarton's prospects of being in League One for another tilt next season were boosted.

That's all, though. They're not over the line and might not officially be any time soon. Eleven more rounds of hard work lie ahead.

This round of it could have been harder from the very first minute. Chris McStay turned to make space on the edge of the area and his shot looked in, but fortunately rolled wide and hit the stanchion.

It wasn't indicative of what was to come as the game stalled on several occasions. It would be the 26th minute before the next opportunity.

That fell to Jai Quitongo initially after Stefan McCluskey rolled him in, but a defender eventually kept him out. McCluskey had a try from the loose ball but it went past.

Soon afterwards, hesitancy in defence almost let David Goodwillie have a free hit, but his shot bent just past. The same then happened from Joe McKee's free kick in a decent position.

The remainder of the first half was a slog, but the second saw chances at each end. The keeper blocked from Quitongo at a difficult angle while Sons were fortunate to see Mark Lamont miss the ball when well placed to finish.

A ball across goal by Goodwillie also nearly found Ally Love, but vitally he could not connect.

And then, midway through the second half, came the game's big moment. McKee has lost his crown as the SPFL's leading assister to Celtic's James Forrest and is clearly keen to win it back.

His corner bounced in the area, found Neill's feet, and after making space for himself the centre half rolled the ball home.

Clyde ramped things up from there, but Conor Brennan saved well from Chris Johnston and was then spared a huge workload by his hardworking defence.

All the effort was worth it anyway, but even more so when you looked at the league table. It is not, though, done and dusted yet. Far from it.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at February 25th, 2020)

2019/20 All Time
Conor Brennan (GK)25 29 - 31 -
Morgyn Neill23 324324
Rico Quitongo20 29 - 29 -
Lewis Crawford 20 13 - 13 -
Ryan McGeever25 305305
Stuart Carswell26 28 - 1204
Stefan McCluskey29 28 - 28 -
Joe McKee27 252252
Ross Forbes30 4 - 6614
PJ Crossan21 297297
Jai Quitongo22 4 - 4 -
Ruaridh Langan (sub)21 271271
Robert Jones (sub)24 4141
Isaac Layne (sub)24 219219

League Table (as at February 25th, 2020)

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