Dumbarton 2
Cove Rangers 2
League (League 1)

2 - 2
Cove Rangers 

League (League 1)
Saturday, January 29th, 2022
Moreroom.com Stadium. Att. 447
3:00 PM Kick-off

Stuart Carswell (pen.) (40)
Stuart Carswell (pen.) (85)
Rory McAllister pen. (52)
Connor Scully (54)

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell
Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Sam Ramsbottom
3. Pat Boyle
16. Stephen Bronsky
5. Gregor Buchanan
22. Gregg Wylde
6. Stuart Carswell
7. Conner Duthie
11. Ross MacLean
18. Paul Paton
15. Carlo Pignatiello
26. Joshua Oyinsan
Stuart McKenzie
Harry Milne
Scott Ross
Mark Reynolds
Morgyn Neill
Connor Scully
Fraser Fyvie
Iain Vigurs
Blair Yule
Rory McAllister
Mitch Megginson

21. Patrick O'Neil
27. Adam Hutchinson
4. Edin Lynch
14. Joe McKee
9. Kalvin Orsi
10. Eoghan Stokes
19. Callum Wilson
Kyle Gourlay
Leighton McIntosh
Robbie Leitch
Jevan Anderson
Olajuwon Adeyemo
Jamie Masson

Kalvin Orsi for Joshua Oyinsan (68)
Callum Wilson for Gregg Wylde (78)

Paul Paton (78)
Carlo Pignatiello (87)
Rory McAllister (84)
Fraser Fyvie (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)
Daniel McFarlane & George King (Assistants)

Photography by Andy Scott

Match Report

WE thought we'd seen this movie before.

Dumbarton in the lead, in control, the only regret being missed chances meaning the lead wasn't more.

And then losing it, and never likely to regain it. The Montrose and Peterhead double header before Christmas being the perfect example.

This time, though, there was a plot twist. It isn't every day that three penalties are awarded in the same game.

But with five minutes left of this competitive contest against Cove Rangers, the referee was pointing to the spot for the third time in the afternoon.

And when Stuart Carswell scored for the second time, he'd scored as many goals against the leaders in one afternoon, as the rest of League One have managed since October.

It was a point many would argue Sons merited. They weren't expected to get much out of this game, especially with the strong wind advantage enjoyed by Cove in the first half.

But Carswell's first penalty was the only goal of that half. There were chances to make it more, but they didn't find the net.

And that proved costly, as within nine minutes of the second half, Rory McAllister converted the game's second penalty before Connor Scully had the visitors in front.

Here we went again, seemingly. Three points had been within Dumbarton's grasp only to slip through their fingers.

However, Fraser Fyvie's challenge on Carlo Pignatiello going into the closing stages gave Carswell another opportunity from the spot, which he snapped up for his third goal against Cove this season.

It was another home game against somebody other than East Fife which failed to yield a victory, and that remains an ongoing concern. But in the circumstances, not a bad point at all.

The afternoon did not make an easy start. After only two minutes, Mitch Megginson got through on goal, only to take too heavy a touch before he could shoot, and the ball rolled out of play.

Fyvie then got in at a much narrower angle, only for Sam Ramsbottom to be alert and push the shot away.

To some observers it may have seemed a matter of when, not if, Cove would take the lead. But then Dumbarton found some rhythm.

Indeed, Ross MacLean was very unlucky not to open the scoring when the keeper beat away his powerful shot. He had another opportunity minutes later, but his shot just missed the upright.

Just after the half hour mark came what could have been a big moment. Conner Duthie headed for goal six yards out, but it was too high.

Sons didn't dwell on it though, and six minutes from half time, MacLean was fouled by Morgyn Neill in the area, allowing Carswell to open the scoring.

Cove started the second half as they did the first, despite now playing into the wind. An Iain Vigurs free kick forced Ramsbottom into a smart save.

But instantly afterwards, Pat Boyle was punished for a handball offence in the area and McAllister stepped up to equalise.

If that was frustrating, it had nothing on what happened a couple of minutes later. Scully was left unattended as the ball came in from the right, and finished at close range. In the space of three minutes, three prospective points had become none.

Cove were only denied a third just after the hour mark after a goalmouth scramble where there was more than one opportunity for them to find the net.

And when Scully shot over with 18 minutes left, it was now beginning to look like the visitors who may regret missed opportunities.

The defensive solidity returned from there, with the leaders largely kept out. But at the other end, an equaliser did not look imminent.

That was until five minutes from the end, Pignatiello was challenged in the area by Fyvie, and penalty it was again.

Up stepped Carswell for a point that drew Sons level on points with eighth-placed Alloa.

Match report written by Andy Galloway (dumbartonfc.com)

Squad Statistics (as at January 29th, 2022)

2021/22 All Time
Sam Ramsbottom (GK)25 26 - 43 -
Pat Boyle34 211414
Stephen Bronsky27 2 - 2 -
Gregor Buchanan31 2641037
Gregg Wylde30 3131
Stuart Carswell28 25517410
Conner Duthie24 264405
Ross MacLean24 235235
Paul Paton34 142142
Carlo Pignatiello22 251251
Joshua Oyinsan27 3131
Kalvin Orsi (sub)24 252252
Callum Wilson (sub)18 281281

League Table (as at January 29th, 2022)

No league table has been added for this season.