Dumbarton 2
Inverness CT 1
League Cup (Group E)

2 - 1
Inverness CT 

League Cup (Group E)
Tuesday, July 18th, 2023
Dumbarton Football Stadium. Att. 505
7:45 PM Kick-off

Ryan Wallace (27)
Tony Wallace (50)
Billy McKay (76)

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell
Billy Dodds

Starting Eleven
16. Harry Broun
26. Sean Crighton
5. Mark Durnan
2. Aron Lynas
14. Tony Wallace
3. Gregg Wylde
6. Ryan Blair
11. Ross MacLean
12. Carlo Pignatiello
8. David Wilson
9. Ryan Wallace
Mark Ridgers
Wallace Duffy
Cameron Harper
Jake Davidson
Danny Devine
Charlie Gilmour
David Carson
Sean Welsh
Austin Samuels
Nathan Shaw
Billy McKay

1. Brett Long
29. Greig Young
17. James Hilton
15. Luca Vata
23. Michael Ruth
Zak Delaney
Adam Brooks
Keith Bray
Aaron Doran
Robbie Thompson
Roddy McGregor
Lewis Nicolson
Lewis Hyde
Cameron Mackay

James Hilton for Carlo Pignatiello (40)
Michael Ruth for Tony Wallace (72)
Greig Young for James Hilton (72)
Luca Vata for Ryan Wallace (79)
Adam Brooks for Charlie Gilmour (62)
Roddy McGregor for Sean Welsh (67)
Keith Bray for Austin Samuels (72)
Aaron Doran for Nathan Shaw (72)
Lewis Nicolson for Jake Davidson (72)

Ryan Blair (33)
Tony Wallace (55)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Chris Fordyce (Referee)
Steven Traynor & Brent Falconer (Assistants)

Match Report

Dumbarton picked up their first win of the 2023/24 competitive season with a 2-1 victory against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Viaplay Cup.

Ryan Wallace and Tony Wallace scored either side of the break for the home side with Billy McKay netting in the final quarter of an hour, but Sons held on for three points – their first ever victory in 90 minutes over a team two leagues above them.

The Sons boss made four changes from the side that lost out in Airdrie just a few days prior as Harry Broun, Gregg Wylde and the Wallace duo came into the starting eleven.

Dumbarton started on the front foot and found themselves in promising areas behind the Inverness defence on a couple of occasions but the quality of delivery was often left lacking which allowed the visitors to clear.

Last season’s Scottish Cup runners-up began to come into the game on the quarter of an hour mark with Austin Samuels looking like a threat, and he forced the first real save of the game as Broun got down low to push his shot behind for a corner.

From the resulting set piece, McKay headed into the net for Caley – but only after Broun had been nudged to the ground and a free-kick in Sons favour was awarded.

Dumbarton’s constant pressing and runs in behind the defence seemed to be becoming a lot for Inverness to handle as Carlo Pignatiello latched on to a ball from Aron Lynas and jinked past his man before cutting the ball back across the face of goal, however there was nobody in a white jersey following in.

The home side would take the lead on 27 minutes when a cross from Ross MacLean was poorly dealt with by Wallace Duffy, as his clearing header landed right to Ryan Wallace.

He brought the ball down on his chest and volleyed a shot towards goal that Mark Ridgers did get something on, but the power was just too much to handle and it flew into the net.

The hosts were holding on towards the end of the first-half as Samuels was denied by Broun again with Lynas hooking the loose ball off the line, and seconds later it was almost a carbon copy when a Broun save was tidied up by the same man.

After the break, Inverness hit the woodwork through David Carson when he poked the ball towards goal and Sean Crighton stooped low to clear away the danger.

Sons added a second on 51 minutes with Tony Wallace capping off a fine team move.

MacLean, with his back to goal on the edge of the area, backheeled the ball into the path of Wilson and he clipped a cross towards the back post that was met by a towering Wallace header.

Duffy looked to make up for his earlier error when he crashed a header off the crossbar on the hour before Samuels should have swept the ball into the net following a bombing run forward from Nathan Shaw.

The hosts could have sealed it on 75 minutes when an ambitious volley from Wilson flew just off target and Gregg Wylde perhaps had more time than he thought he did when he blazed a strike over from the edge of the box.

60 seconds later, the deficit was halved with McKay’s volley hitting the underside of the bar and bouncing away clear of the goal line – though not according to the standside linesman who ruled that the ball had crossed the line.

That set up for a tense finale that called Broun into action on more than one occasion, there was one low save to deny Keith Bray who had got behind the left of the Sons defence and another stunning stop in the seventh minute of added time to claw away Roddy MacGregor’s close range attempt.

After what seemed like a lifetime of additional minutes, the referee blew his whistle for full-time as four teams sit on three points after matchday two of Group E in the Viaplay Cup.

Sons host Bonnyrigg Rose and visit Dens Park to take on Dundee in their two remaining ties.

Match report written by dumbartonfc.com

Squad Statistics (as at July 18th, 2023)

2023/24 All Time
Harry Broun (GK)19 1 - 7 -
Sean Crighton33 2 - 2 -
Mark Durnan30 2 - 2 -
Aron Lynas27 2 - 472
Tony Wallace32 21374
Gregg Wylde32 2 - 556
Ryan Blair27 2 - 451
Ross MacLean26 2 - 6814
Carlo Pignatiello23 2 - 432
David Wilson28 2 - 685
Ryan Wallace32 21345
Greig Young (sub)20 2 - 2 -
James Hilton (sub)25 2 - 2 -
Luca Vata (sub)17 1 - 6 -
Michael Ruth (sub)21 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at July 18th, 2023)