Dumbarton 2
Rangers B 3
Challenge Cup (1st Round)

2 - 3
Rangers B 

Challenge Cup (1st Round)
Wednesday, August 11th, 2021
Dumbarton Football Stadium. Att. 259
7:45 PM Kick-off

Gregor Buchanan (88)
Eoghan Stokes (89)
Jake Hastie (20)
Alex Lowry (25)
Tony Weston (76)

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell
David McCallum/Brian Gilmour

Starting Eleven
12. Callum Erskine
3. Pat Boyle
5. Gregor Buchanan
4. Edin Lynch
2. Ryan McGeever
6. Stuart Carswell
8. Andy Geggan
11. Ross MacLean
9. Kalvin Orsi
15. Carlo Pignatiello
28. David Hopkirk
Lewis Budinauckas
Adam Devine
Robbie Fraser
Nikola Katic
Kyle McClelland
Charlie McCann
Alex Lowry
Cole McKinnon
Tony Weston
Charlie Lindsay
Jake Hastie

20. Sam Muir
7. Conner Duthie
24. Evan Maley
18. Paul Paton
10. Eoghan Stokes
19. Callum Wilson
22. Kirk McKnight
25. Ryan Schiavone
17. Kristoffer Syvertsen
Jay Hogarth
Leon King
Lewis MacKinnon
Murray Miller
Mackenzie Strachan
Kane Ritchie-Hosler
Arron Lyall
Chris McKee
Robbie Ure

Paul Paton for Stuart Carswell (60)
Ryan Schiavone for Edin Lynch (61)
Kristoffer Syvertsen for Kalvin Orsi (72)
Callum Wilson for David Hopkirk (72)
Eoghan Stokes for Ross MacLean (80)
Chris McKee for Alex Lowry (71)
Leon King for Nikola Katic (72)
Arron Lyall for Jake Hastie (79)
Murray Miller for Cole McKinnon (79)
Kane Ritchie-Hosler for Charlie Lindsay (85)

Andy Geggan (58)
Callum Erskine (77)
Cole McKinnon (58)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steven Reid (Referee)
Steven Traynor & Chris Rae (Assistants)

Photography by Andy Scott

Match Report

DUMBARTON'S SPFL Trust Trophy campaign failed at the first hurdle as Rangers B progressed to a home tie against Ayr United in the next round. Rangers had taken a 3-0 lead before late strikes from Gregor Buchanan and sub Eoghan Stokes put late pressure on the visitors.

There were few chances created by either side in the opening 20 minutes with both having enjoyed a couple of decent passing spells but without creating a chance at the end of them.

The only effort of note came in the 4th minute from the visitors, with a 25 yard effort from Cole McKinnon's going wide of the bottom corner

That came to an end when, on 20 minutes, Rangers opening the scoring as a Jake Hastie strike found the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Five minutes later they doubled the lead as Alex Lowry touched the ball home from close range.

On the half hour mark, Sons best moment in front of goal so far came after a combination between David Hopkirk, Ross MacLean and Kalvin Orsi saw the latter round the goalkeeper, but then found himself too wide of the goal.

Sons were gradually taking control of the match as they mastered Rangers' pressing game and an Andy Geggan strike was saved by Lewis Budinauckas and Buchanan then headed over a Carlo Pignatiello free kick.

The final action of the half saw Callum Erskine push away a powerful Charlie McCann strike from the edge of the box.

The second half continued as the first half had finished: an early sight of goal for Dumbarton but MacLean headed over from Carswell's cross.

Pignatiello then had a shot beaten away by the goalkeeper and Rangers then hit back when McCann showed quick feet to create a chance only to see Erskine stand up well to save.

MacLean then just failed to get on the end of a cross from the right and he guided the ball over the bar before Rangers broke upfield to make it 3-0 when Tony Weston slammed the ball in the net.

On 88 minutes Buchanan pulled one back for the Sons when he connected with a great cross from Wilson. Memories of the previous Saturday's comeback were raised when 60 seconds later when Wilson, again on the right, caused problems with his cross which was swept home by Stokes.

Those goals set up a grandstand finish but Sons failed to find the leveller despite pressure on the opposition goal and it's Rangers B who progressed to the next round.

Match report written by Graeme Robertson (dumbartonfc.com)

Squad Statistics (as at August 11th, 2021)

2021/22 All Time
Callum Erskine (GK)20 2 - 2 -
Pat Boyle34 1 - 213
Gregor Buchanan31 61834
Edin Lynch21 4 - 4 -
Ryan McGeever27 61659
Stuart Carswell27 6 - 1555
Andy Geggan34 3117111
Ross MacLean24 6363
Kalvin Orsi24 4 - 4 -
Carlo Pignatiello21 4 - 4 -
David Hopkirk28 6 - 6 -
Paul Paton (sub)34 1 - 1 -
Callum Wilson (sub)18 6 - 6 -
Eoghan Stokes (sub)25 4141
Ryan Schiavone (sub)18 1 - 1 -
Kristoffer Syvertsen (sub)23 6 - 6 -

League Table (as at August 11th, 2021)

No league table has been added for this season.