Dumbarton 0
Edinburgh City 1
League 1 Play Offs (Final 2nd Leg)

0 - 1
Edinburgh City 

League 1 Play Offs (Final 2nd Leg)
Thursday, May 20th, 2021
C & G Systems Stadium. Att. 398
7:35 PM Kick-off

None. Ouzy See (52)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Gary Naysmith

Starting Eleven
1. Sam Ramsbottom
3. Rico Quitongo
2. Ryan McGeever
5. Morgyn Neill
18. Nick McAllister
6. Stuart Carswell
8. Ross Forbes
17. Tomas Brindley
11. Adam Frizzell
16. Nat Wedderburn
10. Robert Jones
Callum Antell
Conrad Balatoni
Lee Hamilton
Craig Thomson
Liam Henderson
Josh Campbell
Liam Brown
Daniel Jardine
Ouzy See
Robbie McIntyre
Danny Handling

21. Jamie Barclay
15. Conner Duthie
7. Rabin Omar
4. Ruaridh Langan
9. James Wallace
20. Isaac Layne
Andrew Black
Ryan Goodfellow
Blair Henderson
Samuel Denham
Alex Harris
Jamie Dishington
Jordan Tapping

Rabin Omar for Nat Wedderburn (83)
Conner Duthie for Adam Frizzell (90)
Blair Henderson for Danny Handling (69)
Alex Harris for Lee Hamilton (69)
Jamie Dishington for Josh Campbell (84)

None. Liam Henderson (8)
Lee Hamilton (45)
Josh Campbell (77)

Red Cards
None. Liam Henderson (58)
Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)
Calum Spence & David Doig (Assistants)
Chris Graham (Fourth Official)

Photography by Andy Scott

Match Report

AND breathe.

It's just the Dumbarton way. Never the easy one.

When Ouzy See headed Edinburgh City's opening goal on 52 minutes of this tie, Sons' two-goal aggregate lead was sliced I half. The safety net was gone. They had to stay steady on the tightrope for another 38 minutes.

They did, and a place in next season's League One, after all the toiling since October, was theirs despite defeat on the night.

Defeat also came despite a man advantage, with the visitors losing Liam Henderson to a second yellow card just after the goal.

The return of fans to the C&G Systems Stadium had always been keenly anticipated, and in the end there was something to celebrate.

Now the hard work really begins.

Perhaps predictably, the opening stages of the game were cagey. Within the first 20 minutes, the only clear sight of goal for either side was a flicked See header for City which dropped just wide.

For Dumbarton, Ross Forbes had a shot on the turn on the edge of the area, but it trundled past. Sons maybe had shaded the game up to that 31st minute, but chances were not coming easily.

Then right on half time, what a chance. Nick McAllister headed a Forbes free kick across goal, but Robert Jones could only shoot over from close range. Almost the best moment saved until last in the half.

The second half began more promisingly, with Dumbarton forcing four corners in quick succession. From two of them, Nat Wedderburn and Jones were close, with headers deflected past.

But disaster was upon Sons seven minutes after the restart. A hopeful ball into the box from the right should have been dealt with, wasn't, and See header home from six yards.

On 56 minutes some hope was restored when Henderson, already carrying a yellow card, went down looking to win a penalty. The referee was having none of it and awarded him a second booking and an early exit.

But Sons continued to struggle. They maybe had more of the ball, but showed little sign of restoring their two-goal cushion.

And when See looked to be in on goal, only a challenge by Ryan McGeever stopped him. The last 20 minutes were looming ominously.

As those minutes wore on, it was kitchen sink time for Edinburgh. They were dominating, but weren't able to force any more clear chances.

A blistering volley by Jamie Dishington from the corner of the area had pace, but was always rising.

But then almost salvation. The goalkeeper got a hand to Adam Frizzell's narrow angled shot and it spun towards goal, but just wouldn't cross the line and was hacked clear for a corner.

Edinburgh had one last push, but couldn't find any more to trouble Dumbarton.

Over the line. Bring on League One season 2021/22.

Match report written by Andy Galloway (dumbartonfc.com)

Squad Statistics (as at May 20th, 2021)

2020/21 All Time
Sam Ramsbottom (GK)25 17 - 17 -
Rico Quitongo21 25 - 56 -
Nick McAllister20 16 - 16 -
Morgyn Neill25 312666
Ryan McGeever27 263598
Stuart Carswell27 26 - 1495
Nat Wedderburn29 272272
Adam Frizzell23 252355
Tomas Brindley19 171171
Ross Forbes32 2819716
Robert Jones25 301372
Conner Duthie (sub)24 141141
Rabin Omar (sub)23 161161

League Table (as at May 20th, 2021)

No league table has been added for this season.