Dumbarton 1
Cove Rangers 3
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Cove Rangers 

League (League 1)
Saturday, August 21st, 2021
Dumbarton Football Stadium. Att. 456
3:00 PM Kick-off

Stuart Carswell (47)
Mitch Megginson (23)
Robbie Leitch (24)
Rory McAllister pen (84)

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell
Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Sam Ramsbottom
4. Edin Lynch
3. Pat Boyle
5. Gregor Buchanan
2. Ryan McGeever
6. Stuart Carswell
19. Callum Wilson
9. Kalvin Orsi
11. Ross MacLean
18. Paul Paton
28. David Hopkirk
Kyle Gourlay
Morgyn Neill
Ryan Strachan
Scott Ross
Harry Milne
Connor Scully
Robbie Leitch
Blair Yule
Iain Vigurs
Mitch Megginson
Rory McAllister

21. Patrick O'Neil
20. Sam Muir
10. Eoghan Stokes
7. Conner Duthie
25. Ryan Schiavone
22. Kirk McKnight
Jamie Masson
Jevan Anderson
Broque Watson
Leighton McIntosh
Stuart McKenzie

Conner Duthie for David Hopkirk (73)
Eoghan Stokes for Stuart Carswell (80)
Ryan Schiavone for Ross MacLean (80)
Jamie Masson for Robbie Leitch (77)
Jevan Anderson for Morgyn Neill (77)
Leighton McIntosh for Connor Scully (77)

Ross MacLean (51)
Stuart Carswell (60)
Edin Lynch (70)
Ryan McGeever (84)
Mitch Megginson (75)
Iain Vigurs (76)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Duncan Williams (Referee)
Graham Chambers & Regan Wallace (Assistants)

Photography by Andy Scott

Match Report

ONE of these days, Dumbarton will not need a two-goal deficit to spur them into action.

Today was not that day.

For the third home game in a row, Sons' stride was not found until they were behind by a margin which would mean every last bit of attacking prowess was needed.

They did it against Airdrie - and they nearly did it again here. But only after Mitch Megginson and Robbie Leitch had established a two-goal lead for Cove Rangers with carelessly-conceded goals.

A brilliantly-taken free kick by Stuart Carswell reduced the deficit, and for long spells in the second half it looked like a second home league match in a row just might see Dumbarton bounce back from 2-0 down - if they could get close enough to goal.

That was until Rory McAllister converted from the penalty spot with five minutes left. Debate over the decision was to say the least lively, but with Sons having struggled to seriously threaten an equaliser despite their possession, it was largely academic to the game's outcome.

The first clear chance of the game fell to Dumbarton on 12 minutes, despite the visitors enjoying the vast majority of possession up to that point.

But David Hopkirk's shot from the edge of the box rolled through to the Cove keeper.

The visitors' only threat until the midway point of the first half was a long range Harry Milne shot which was always rising.

But it was then they who opened the scoring when Megginson found the net with a deflected 20-yard shot.

If that involved a bit of skill from Cove, the second was far too easy. A cross from the right found Leitch in splendid isolation and his header looped into the net.

Hopkirk soon tried again from the edge of the box, but it was another effort the keeper was equal to.

If there was a sign of promise, it was that Callum Wilson was showing craft in midfield and rarely more so than when he was awarded a free kick just inside the Cove half.

His set piece looked fairly innocuous, but was dipping under the crossbar before the goalkeeper got a touch to deflect it over.

But within 60 seconds of the restart, another free kick gave a lifeline. Kalvin Orsi was fouled at the end of a fine run, and up stepped Carswell to bend it into the corner.

Minutes later it was heart in mouth time again, as Milne intercepted with Sam Ramsbottom way out of his goal. Fortunately, his 30-yard shot towards a goal guarded by Gregor Buchanan drifted wide.

Dumbarton were on top territorially second half but struggled to make it count. Buchanan stretched to meet a long free kick into the box, but the keeper just got there first.

And with five minutes to go came the crushing blow. McAllister, looking suspiciously offside, went down in the area under Ryan McGeever's challenge. Penalty given and converted by the same player.

McAllister nearly had his own second in injury time, but Ramsbottom did well to turn his narrow angled effort away.

Dumbarton, after being on top for much of the second half, were done.

Match report written by Andy Galloway (dumbartonfc.com)

Squad Statistics (as at August 21st, 2021)

2021/22 All Time
Sam Ramsbottom (GK)25 6 - 23 -
Pat Boyle34 3 - 233
Edin Lynch21 5 - 5 -
Ryan McGeever27 81679
Gregor Buchanan31 81854
Ross MacLean24 8383
Kalvin Orsi24 6 - 6 -
Callum Wilson18 8 - 8 -
Stuart Carswell27 811576
Paul Paton34 2 - 2 -
David Hopkirk28 8 - 8 -
Conner Duthie (sub)24 71212
Eoghan Stokes (sub)25 5151
Ryan Schiavone (sub)18 3 - 3 -

League Table (as at August 21st, 2021)

No league table has been added for this season.